Fifth Grade Trip to Mt. Cardigan

Fifth Grade Trip to Mt. Cardigan

Mt. Cardigan is typically one of the adventure trips that is most often mentioned in 8th grade speeches, in memories of Breakwater by alumni, and by parents as one of the most character building, inspiring and memorable trips at Breakwater. Fifth grade students spent nearly eight hours hiking through the fresh fallen snow 3,155 feet to the summit of Mt. Cardigan or just below to PJ Ledge. Some went on a hike to Welton Falls while others went sledding down a nearby hill. They cooked several meals, put on a memorable talent show and found so many ways to connect with each other, with their teachers, and with the natural world. They pushed themselves and were well rewarded with spectacular views, some hot cocoa, and new personal stories of strength, resilience and pride.

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The International Tale of the Turkey Unicorn

The International Tale of the Turkey Unicorn

One of the guiding principles of our unique teaching model is the integration of subjects across the curriculum. Educators know that children learn best when approaching a subject the same way grown ups do: with all lenses wide open. Young children are naturally integrated learners as they are full of questions and wonder about everything having to do with a subject. For their integrated studies this fall, students in third and fourth grade have chosen six countries that they have found interesting. The six countries of interest are: Greece, Morocco, Peru, China, New Zealand and Canada. Just after Thanksgiving break Jesse, who is one of our third and fourth grade teachers, began an integrated unit with his students that involved a mythical creature, storytelling, graphing, foreign language and geography.

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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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Join the Breakwater Youth Corps (BYC)!

Join the Breakwater Youth Corps (BYC)!

Learn essential job skills, give back to the Breakwater community, and have some fun with your friends this summer, through The Breakwater Youth Corps. The BYC is an opportunity for eligible current students and high school-aged students to provide service to the school and, if applicable, earn a little income. The program runs in two week sessions throughout the summer.

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Welcome Peter Wallis

Welcome Peter Wallis

Breakwater and the Breakwater Enrichment Center are pleased to welcome Peter Wallis, our new Summer Program Director. Peter is an interdisciplinary artist and graduate of Maine College of Art. He has worked with students throughout the country teaching visual arts at independent schools and nonprofit arts organizations. His experience and varied skill set will support the continuation of our unique Summer at Breakwater programming! 

Read more about Peter's background and our summer programs...

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