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Issue 13, Spring 2015
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Logs From San Diego Bay,
   Tom Fehrenbacher
Knowing Why,
   Joanne Sith
My Education at the Met,
   Luis Del Rosario
Rigor Reconsidered,
   Rob Riordan
10 Principles to Move Your School Toward Distributive Leadership,
   Nicole Assisi & Shelli Kurth
Inside a Successful School Project: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,
   Scott Swaaley
Getting More Students Into College: A Foray Into Improvement Science,
   Isaac Jones, Ryan Gallagher,
   Ben Daley & Stacey Caillier
After a Progressive K-12 Education...Then What? First Gen Voices on the Transition to College,
   Jean Kluver & Heather Lattimer

1: Who Am I?
2: Subatomic Black Hole Soup:
    A Graphic Novel Project

3: Run Like A Girl: Don’t Judge Me
4: Response-ABILITY: Empathy in Action
5: 2084: Junk Puppet Theatre
6: Once Upon A Prime
7: Town Squares:
    A San Diego Neighborhoods Project

8: A New Life
9: The Upcycle Project
10: What is your Everest?
11: Project IDEATE
12: Choose Your Own Adventure
      Through U.S. History

13: Apocalypto

Town Squares: A San Diego Neighborhoods Project

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Students at HTM are selected through a lottery system and come from every zip code in the city. Our team chose to use photography and writing to explore the wonderfully diverse neighborhoods that make up our school and town. We learned about elements of photography from Outside the Lens, researched the history of our neighborhoods, took many photographs of where we live, interviewed several residents, and wrote our “One Neighborhood, Three Things” to describe three places that are unique and special to our neighborhood. Our final artistic piece was a canvas “square” of our favorite photo accompanied by a unique phrase both carefully chosen to represent our neighborhood. We exhibited our work at the Outside the Lens gallery for the “Friday Night Liberty” art-walk where students were able to share their photography and writing with the public.

Teacher Reflection
It was interesting to see the students explore their communities and capture some amazing perspectives through photography. We all learned a lot about the history of San Diego through their research. Many students really took the opportunity to see and describe familiar places in new ways. It was awesome to see students’ pride as they exhibited their photography in a “real” gallery space, and the wonderful diversity of our school and city was evident in the collection of final photographs.

Student Reflections
I found out a lot of good things while I was writing about my neighborhood because before I had always thought my community was a bit boring. —Natasha

I learned a lot about OB’s past and I also saw my neighborhood with different eyes as a photographer. —Elle

What I liked about this project was how we got to see where everyone lives in San Diego. —Regan E

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