Campwide Briefings

Campwide Briefing October 7 - 11

ANNOUNCING ALL NEW Campwide October Projects for all to enjoy!

Start writing your Halloween, Ancestor, and Saints stories.
This month we host a writing contest for multi-cultural Halloween, All Souls Day, and All Saints Day celebrations. The Campwide Field Reports Room will be open M-F 8am-3pm for you to post student stories. A spooky (but no gruesome) ghost story ? A loving tribute to a departed relative? Or a story admiring a wonderful Saint ? A book report on one of the above ? Whatever religion your students observe, one of these story assignments will be appropriate. Winning story earns their class a Mark Twain storytellers CD ROM! Room will be open through November 1st.

Want to Host a Family Film Night? We are opening our online doors n October 24th for a family film chat 5-8pm. Teachers can host an evening video showing and have parents and kids answer teacher-determined questions online, or invite parents and students to join us from home to report on a video with educational value. Let’s get families watching educational films! If you want to host a classroom session – let us know (even if it needs to be on another date this month) and we will help by drafting a flyer to invite your families and can provide a suggest viewing list. Classroom with the most family postings will win a classic Zorro movie!

SPECIAL EVENTS - TWO NEW GROUP PROJECTS are ready for ALL Campers – we need your input this month!
  1. FIRST - Post your SCHOOL INTRODUCTION (as a class or as individuals) in the FIELD REPORT room for your Expedition track. Menu to select your room from is at  Tell us about your school, your community, your class, and special projects you have planned for the school year. This month we also invite reports on animal sightings on campus – who visits or lives at your school ?
  1. THEN - See the first GPS school project “Where is Your School?” in Field Reports – GIS. There is a form to fill out to enter your site data, and a way to then copy and paste that report into the work room to share your findings with one another. You don’t need to have  GPS as there is an online lat/long calculator. This event will be open all month and will add-in changes Animal Sightings. Room for postings is at .

Something NEW this month – we invite you to try out the first early reader Storybooks we are piloting. The first completed books are in the Islands section under Chumash History and under Storytelling. They are in English AND Spanish, so try it out and let us know how you think this style and format will work for younger readers, or ESL developing English skills. Send feedback to if you have comments to offer. You can access the new bi-lingual Storybooks directly at


REMEMBER to USE YOUR DIGS – these are excellent content and comprehension exercises that can be made use of every week.

You have DIGS open for student use in Islands, Backcountry, Southwest, America’s Original Promise and GIS – use them any day, M-F, anytime 8am-3pm. These allow students to research one or more questions, post answers – and – teachers can use these as a graded assignment by printing the results each Monday afternoon.