Water Balloons and Algebra!

Water Balloons and Algebra!

Challenge, curiosity, community, and authenticity are all at the center of the "Breakwater Way" and are what make our teaching model so powerful. On a chilly Friday morning in November, all four were on display when our students from preschool - 8th grade gathered on the blacktop to see whether grades 5/6 algebra students could complete the water balloon challenge! The challenge entailed dropping water balloons from the roof of the school in hopes of one landing on their teacher who was running across the blacktop below. When the time came to take on this challenge, our community of teachers and students alike cheered on our mathematicians as they put their hard work to the test. It was a meaningful experience for all of us and an engaging lesson into the power of math! 

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Support the Breakwater Fund

Support the Breakwater Fund

Breakwater is sustained and energized by the shared vision of parents, grandparents, teachers, alumni and friends working together to provide an optimal learning experience for each child. We rely on the generosity of the extended Breakwater community to support teaching and learning by offering both volunteer and financial support.

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Adventure!

Adventure!

“The reason why we adventure is because at Breakwater we're doing so much more than just making students a little smarter each day. We're building character. We're showing them that it's ok for things to be hard and to expect to fall down from time to time. We help them back up and push them to pick themselves up. To pick each other up. We're showing them how to be great human beings by inspiring curiosity and appreciation of the world and its many wondrous inhabitants.  These incredible kids will be the stewards of our world someday. Why not start today?” - Patrick “Fitz” Fitzgibbons, Science and Adventure Educator

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September at Breakwater

September at Breakwater

September at Breakwater is such a magical time of year. Teachers and students alike are creating and strengthening the essential bonds needed to help support each other while they grow, learn, explore, and create together. Making these important connections early on promote self regulation, encourage students to take risks, strengthen problem solving skills and create a positive and collaborative environment in which students can best learn and play.

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The Breakwater Youth Corp (BYC) is hard at work!

The Breakwater Youth Corp (BYC) is hard at work!

The BYC has been hard at work this summer, bringing the Breakwater spirit to new spaces and projects on campus, as well as working to maintain and improve the special places we call home. This program offers a great way for our alums, qualified current students, and Portland area youth to give back and stay connected to our community, as well as learn how we keep our facilities maintained, safe, and beautiful over the summer.

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