Springhouse is offering summer camps this year! Come and learn the practice of yoga, or dance and create in community with other girls, go on an adventure, or hike with some great boys and men! If you have any questions or would like to register, please email us!
Being able to clearly and truthfully articulate your thoughts and feelings is an important skill to have as one enters young adulthood. At Springhouse, students practice this regularly. This past month, students read the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. They also studied writers like Jack London and Henry David Thoreau. After their study, students wrote about the adventure of the main character in the book. Check out these thoughtful essays on Chris McCandless' journey and how these students wrestled with what adventure has to do with living a meaningful and purposeful life.
Romance in Nature by Leah Pierce
A Journey of Inner and Outer and Us by Jack Walker
Transcendentalism by Andrew Finn
A Springhouse Community School 7th grader placed second in the First Amendment essay writing contest this past weekend. Community members gathered at the Floyd Ecovillage to celebrate the First Amendment through writing, poetry, and song. Read this student's essay here and check out this piece on NPR about the gathering.
As (mostly middle class) Americans, we rarely, if ever, think twice about meeting our basic physical needs. These needs, along with all our wants, are readily met by the push of a button or a quick trip to a nearby store where we have nearly unlimited access to products (food, clothing, entertainment, you name it) from all over the world. In this state of satiety, our senses are dulled and our values are dictated to us by a consumer culture that makes sure we never have, or are, enough. We are losing touch with our bodies and the body of the earth. We are losing the ability to connect with others in meaningful ways.
In response to this challenge, Ezekiel Fugate is teaching a class where students have the opportunity to develop an intimate relationship with the world around them by learning and practicing wilderness survival skills and by critically exploring the theme of survival in literature and film. This week, students are learning how to build a fire with a bow drill. Students, and participants in the Springhouse Well program for young adults, are collaborating and responding with excitement and determination to this new challenge!
Jenny Finn, Director of Mentoring, and Skyler, 7th grade SCS student are attending the social media workshop sponsored by the Community Foundation of the New River Valley and the Foundation for Roanoke Valley. We are learning about how nonprofits can use social media to expand their reach generally and in-depth strategies on how to make the most of social media for online giving days.
Located in the small town of Floyd atop the Blue Ridge Plateau in southwestern Virginia, Springhouse Community School is a private, learner-centered secondary school built on a progressive, developmental model of education. Springhouse was founded in 2014 in response to a clear need - a need for a secondary school experience that empowers learners to actively engage with their education in the context of long-term mentoring relationships. The result is an innovative, rigorous, and truly transformative learning environment that helps students to connect with their passions, to navigate the complexity of adolescence, and to step prepared into their young adulthood.