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Julie Troman

Principal Notes:

More Authentic Learning Opportunities

In our constant quest to provide the most rigorous learning opportunities, it can sometimes seem simpler to compartmentalize content, and focus on skills in isolation.  The research in early learning, however, shows us the importance of integrating content, making it relevant, and providing opportunities for student leadership and decision making.  When we are able to tie together a host of academic, social, and emotional learning targets, we are able to help students learn in a setting that replicates the real world for which we hope to prepare them.  This week, I’d like to highlight one such venture.  Teacher, Emily Hilker, and her students at Leighton, take on a holiday workshop project each winter.  Their goal, on the surface, is to make, market, and sell, dog treats for the holidays. 

     But this project does so much more.  Emily’s students plan, shop, cook, market, take orders, fill orders, and ship these delicious doggy delights.  Beyond the “school standards,” they are learning to collaborate, cooperate, compromise, ask and answer questions, record data, produce an authentically valuable and useful product, and deliver on their promises.  They are, in fact, learning how to be entrepreneurs. 

     I am providing ordering information here, and a student designed flyer as an attachment, so you can support Emily’s class, and, of course, please your pup!  Orders will be taken from December 4th to December 19th.

If you would like to order dog treats, please call 330-954-2203

Please try to call during these times:

9:10-10:00, 11:15-12:30 and 1:30-3:15

Students will be available at these times only to take your orders by phone. If you call at other times, you will be able to place an order, but an adult will take your information. Students LOVE to take orders, so please try to call within those windows of time!  If you would like to order treats via email, please email Ms. Hilker directly at ehilker@aurora-schools.org

*Checks may be made payable to: Aurora City Schools.

All treats are homemade by students in Ms. Hilker’s class. The funds raised will be used for classroom field trips, activities, and resources, and a donation will be made to Camp Sunshine!

Large Bags = $ 4.00, Small Bags = $ 2.00



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