Fun summer learning at QTS

First through sixth grade students created jelly fish, otters, colorful whales, and a huge mural during Quileute Tribal School
First through sixth grade students created jelly fish, otters, colorful whales, and a huge mural during Quileute Tribal School's six week summer school. Here students sing and use the fish rattles they made at summer school. Forks Forum Photo
— image credit: Christi Baron


Quileute Tribal School just finished 6 weeks of summer school. It was a wonderful learning experience for the students and staff.
Lessons were delivered through an enrichment program of activities designed to follow the theme of Quileute Water Ways. Academics such as math, reading, writing, science, and art/culture were woven in to the lessons. Each week of the 6 week program had a topic of study that included:
Water Cycle/Water Shed
Water Habitats
Fresh and Saltwater Fish
Quileute Days: Celebrating Our Heritage
Protecting Our Waters
Can you Eat That?
Students participated in many activities including the Quileute Days Parade. They also made excursions to the river, beach, Lonesome Creek watershed, 2nd Beach tide pools, Forks Public Library, Leyendecker Park to observe the meeting of the three Rivers, Mora Ranger Station and trails, and Sol Duc Hot Springs.
QTS also benefitted by networking with the local resources and businesses. Students and staff would like to thank the presenters who volunteered their time from:
Quileute Natural Resources
Coast Guard
Olympic Natural Resources Center
Forks Timber Museum
Forks Public Library
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA)
The last day of summer school was celebrated with a Parent Expo and Luncheon that shared the students’ work. QTS students and staff would like to thank the parents, school board, tribal council, and community for their support. Many thanks also to the students from Holland who so generously volunteered two weeks of their summer in assisting the community and the summer school program.
The summer school program was funded through the 21st Century Grant designed to improve academics and motivate student learning through enrichment activities. Meals were provided by the OSPI summer food service program. An after-school enrichment program will be continued this school year for all enrolled students who register to participate. Times and dates will be announced in the near future.



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