FlexSchool Fanwood Students Spend FlexFriday at the Paley Media Center

Our Fanwood campus students recently attended a viewing of the Star Wars Holiday Special as it was originally aired in 1978. It was quite an adventure as the students boarded the train from Fanwood to Penn Station and a walk up 5th Ave. in New York City. After a hearty lunch it was time to walk to the Paley Media Center and settle in to watch the movie. Even though the movie special effects were quite funny compared to movie special effects of 2016, a great time was had by all of the students.

FlexSchool believes having our students in the community and part of the community is critical. It is the reason we place our campuses in the heart of the community. We also value the importance of teaching our students the skills to be independent adults. Watching the Stars Wars Holiday Special is a fun sci-fi outing but taking the train, navigating the city, being on time are all important life lessons. It is ideal when an opportunity to learn is also fantastic fun.

Semih Bulbul – Syrian Refugee Crisis

On Friday, September 30, our students were treated to a very special Skype session with Semih Bulbul of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees. He explained his humanitarian work involving the Syrian refugee crisis and answered student questions. Semih was born and raised in Ankara, Turkey. He was hired by UNHCR in 1988 and began working in the Ankara office. In 1992, UNHCR sent him on a mission for 9 months to Cambodia during which he met his future wife. After 10 years in the Ankara office, Semih left Turkey and has since been posted in Kosovo, Macedonia, Iraq, Bosnia, Switzerland, and is now on a second mission in Iraq (since early 2014).

Mr. Bulbul answered questions on topics such as “What is a typical day in a refugee camp?” and “How do they help orphans?”

After we hung up with Semih we located the conflict on a map and discussed the historical origins of conflict in the region. The students also discussed how youth could participate to make a positive impact on the humanitarian crisis.

One student was so moved by the presentation, she has changed her FlexSchool community impact project to designing ways to help with the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

FlexSchool visits The American Museum of Natural History

FlexSchool fanwood nj natural history museum visit

AMNH Became FlexSchool’s Alternative School for the Day

This FlexFriday we led the students on a trip to the American Museum of Natural History and the museum became our school for the day as Dr. Matt, one of our FlexSchool social study/history/philosophy teachers, guided and sent the students on a scavenger hunt during our visit. Students took a step back through time, beginning with a short film on the Big Bang. We descended down the cosmic pathway as we travelled back to the future and followed the birth of the earth and other planets. Each step on the pathway represents one million years. We continued striding through halls filled with creatures of the past: vertebrates, mammals in America, and, of course, dinosaurs!

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.

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