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Back to School: Version 2020

Sami starts her first day of eighth grade. Today, August 17, 2020, marks the beginning of the new 2020-2021 school year in our school district. To say that it looks different from any of the other 152 starts in the over 150 years of the district's existence is probably an understatement. There have been crises… Continue reading Back to School: Version 2020

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A Day at Mt. Baden-Powell with my Sami

Samantha at the summit. This past Saturday, with the help of a Subway sandwich bribe, I convinced Samantha, my twelve-year-old, to hike up Mt. Baden-Powell with some of our Scouts as part of their Sierra training. We started from Vincent Gap off California Highway 2, up forty unforgiving switchbacks, and made it to the peak… Continue reading A Day at Mt. Baden-Powell with my Sami

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The End of the World as We Knew It

It has been nearly four weeks since we closed our schools, began a stay at home order, and slowly backed away from life as we knew it.  What started as a two week closure of our schools extended to a month-long closure, culminating with an April Fools Day emergency board meeting which ended in-person classroom… Continue reading The End of the World as We Knew It

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Life in the Time of Coronavirus

The family gathers round the laptop for Sunday morning worship services in an unprecedented move to suspend Sunday gatherings. Today, Monday, March 16, 2020 is the first day of what the high schoolers are calling Corona Break.  At the end of what was a tough week both personally and professionally- with the week beginning with… Continue reading Life in the Time of Coronavirus

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Oh The Places We’ll Go… in Middle School

After a lovely- and busy- summer, we have returned to school and our regularly scheduled programming. This school year is a big one for the Haas family.  For the first time in 12 years we do not have a child at the elementary school. This transition has been bittersweet. On one hand, it is nice… Continue reading Oh The Places We’ll Go… in Middle School