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Grade Level Programming: Expeditions

Sarah O'Neill
Tilton’s Grade Level Programming bring teams of faculty together with students to solve problems, think deeply, and work together to navigate their world with character and vision. These teams were established with the goal of providing consistent and effective planning and operational vehicles for faculty who work with students at various developmental levels within the school.
To mark the beginning of a brand new year, grade level teams went on Expeditions this week. Each grade level explored a different area of interest, inviting experts in said area to campus or travelling as far as Boston for some first hand experience.

9th Grade - FORGE
Tilton’s Forge group went to Ellacoya State Park for some outdoor fun team building exercises. They had a blast rafting, kayaking, and paddleboarding with Outdoor New England. They also played beach ice breaker games with Forge faculty.

10th Grade - IGNITE
The University of New Hampshire  Browne Center is dedicated to “advancing the standards of excellence in experiential learning through support of practitioners, researchers and educators working to achieve social change.” Our 10th grade program, Ignite, spent the afternoon with them on campus.

11th Grade - DIVE
Tilton’s Dive group travelled to York Beach in York, Maine for some friendly competition, class bonding, and beach time. Students began the day by splitting into teams and completing a photo scavenger hunt around the town of York. Fastest team won a prize! After lunch students had time to swim in the ocean, hang out on the beach, play mini-golf and bowl, or walk around town and relax before this busy years gets underway.

12th/PG Grade - LAUNCH
Our senior/PG class, or Launch group, made a trip to Boston. They visited four businesses: Polis, Bodega, Place Pass, and Ministry of Supply are all recent start ups. The purpose of these trips were so students could gain insight for business design projects they will be working on later this year. Seniors also broke into smaller groups to explore the city. They were tasked with approaching individuals they found interesting to ask about their experience living in Boston and record the interviews in notebooks. Students are currently writing reflections on this experience, some of which will be shared here on The Hill!
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