Fundamentals of Genomics and Biotechnology:A laboratory science class for homeschoolers, ages 12-19Mondays & Thursdays, 9:30 AM to 11 AMMay 7 to June 28, 2018, excluding 5/28 & 6/7This STEM class will help students develop hands-on laboratory skills while learning about the essentials of modern DNA applications:* Engaging real-world topics include forensics, food safety, GMO detection, human genetics, etc.* Students will become proficient in lab techniques including DNA extractions, PCR, electrophoresis, restriction digest, and more using current biotech equipment.* Pre- and post-lab questions that promote inquiry, content mastery, and debate on societal implications.* Extension activities are available for every academic level from middle school through college.* Preparatory reading recommendations will be provided after enrollment and before class begins.* This course is NGSS- and Common Core-aligned & AP Biology-ready.Fourteen 90-minute classes. Seats are limited. $300 tuition. Scholarships may be available based on financial need.Paulette Kofsky holds master’s degrees in biomedical science and in Math, Science, and Technology (MST) in teaching secondary education. Ms. Kofsky currently teaches at the middle school level at LYA and is also an adjunct professor of life science at Bay Path University.For more information or to enroll, please contact:Samara: Self-Propelled Learning for Teens177 Main StreetMonson, MA 01057Email: info@samarateens.orgTel: 1.413.265.9952Providing personalized education that empowers teens to discover their passions and achieve their potential. ... See MoreSee Less

Fundamentals of Genomics and Biotechnology:
A laboratory science class for homeschoolers, ages 12-19

Mondays & Thursdays, 9:30 AM to 11 AM
May 7 to June 28, 2018, excluding 5/28 & 6/7

This STEM class will help students develop hands-on laboratory skills while learning about the essentials of modern DNA applications:

* Engaging real-world topics include forensics, food safety, GMO detection, human genetics, etc.

* Students will become proficient in lab techniques including DNA extractions, PCR, electrophoresis, restriction digest, and more using current biotech equipment.

* Pre- and post-lab questions that promote inquiry, content mastery, and debate on societal implications.

* Extension activities are available for every academic level from middle school through college.

* Preparatory reading recommendations will be provided after enrollment and before class begins.

* This course is NGSS- and Common Core-aligned & AP Biology-ready.

Fourteen 90-minute classes. Seats are limited. $300 tuition. Scholarships may be available based on financial need.

Paulette Kofsky holds master’s degrees in biomedical science and in Math, Science, and Technology (MST) in teaching secondary education. Ms. Kofsky currently teaches at the middle school level at LYA and is also an adjunct professor of life science at Bay Path University.

For more information or to enroll, please contact:

Samara: Self-Propelled Learning for Teens
177 Main Street
Monson, MA 01057
Email: info@samarateens.org
Tel: 1.413.265.9952

Providing personalized education that empowers teens to discover their passions and achieve their potential.

 

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If anyone else is interested in this opportunity, it is now getting to be to be time to contact Samara to enroll. It's important that sufficient quantities of laboratory equipment be purchased in advance to accommodate all students, and in addition students will need to have sufficient time to do some recommended reading in advance of the class. This fascinating class is being made available to you at much less than cost thanks to a successful fundraiser this past fall. The lab work you see being done in this video is what your child will be doing, preparing them for the exciting world of the future that lies ahead: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNEHlDCcdKY

2 months ago

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Please join us for OPEN ART STUDIO for ages 12-19!Homeschoolers and public or private school students are all welcome.Come to paint, draw, sculpt, or craft with a group of like-minded creative people in a friendly, nonjudgmental environment. While not a class with formal instruction, this open studio time allows people to work on projects while meeting others. Sewing machines are available, as well as skilled sewing advice. Please bring whatever project you are working on as well as supplies (some basic supplies will be available). Suggested donation per session is $5.00. When: TuesdaysTime: 1:30 - 4:00 PMWhere: 177 Main Street, Monson, MA 01057Tel: 1.413.265.9952Email: info@samarateens.org ... See MoreSee Less

Please join us for OPEN ART STUDIO for ages 12-19!

Homeschoolers and public or private school students are all welcome.

Come to paint, draw, sculpt, or craft with a group of like-minded creative people in a friendly, nonjudgmental environment. 

While not a class with formal instruction, this open studio time allows people to work on projects while meeting others. Sewing machines are available, as well as skilled sewing advice. Please bring whatever project you are working on as well as supplies (some basic supplies will be available). Suggested donation per session is $5.00. 

When: Tuesdays
Time: 1:30 - 4:00 PM
Where: 177 Main Street, Monson, MA 01057
Tel: 1.413.265.9952
Email: info@samarateens.org

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One of these days I am coming for lunch...yummy

5 months ago

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Pathfinder starts their day at 7:43 AM.Monson High starts at 7:35 AM.Why be underslept and "tardy?" Here at Samara, we think 9 AM is a much healthier start time to the day for everyone. Don't you agree?

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We would like to thank everyone who donated, shared, liked, talked up, volunteered for, or otherwise supported Samara in any way. YOU make it possible to help these kids and the ones who will follow as we grow.We are going to leave the donation page active for the time being for anyone who would still like to help out. We are seriously thrilled by every single donation, no matter the size.https://samarateens.org/give ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy Thanksgiving! Samara and the Unitarian Universalist Parish have tables in the sanctuary during the Monson Arts Council Holiday Craft Fair this weekend, Saturday, 9 AM - 4:30 PM, and Sunday, 11:30 AM - 4 PM. Hot lunch will be served in the building from 11 AM - 2 PM on Saturday and there will be many other local artisans and vendors here too. Please stop by and show your support! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Thanksgiving!  Samara and the Unitarian Universalist Parish have tables in the sanctuary during the Monson Arts Council Holiday Craft Fair this weekend, Saturday, 9 AM - 4:30 PM, and Sunday, 11:30 AM - 4 PM.  Hot lunch will be served in the building from 11 AM - 2 PM on Saturday and there will be many other local artisans and vendors here too.  Please stop by and show your support!

 

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Come check out these homemade silk swatch scarves!

Amazing photo prints from a Samara teen!

Some pottery on the UUPM table

Little gemstone trees, by a Samara teen

Wool scarves and firestarters on the UUPM table.

Linens on the UUPM table.

And much more!

Wow! Between Saturday and Sunday, the crafts table raised nearly $500 for Samara! Thanks to everyone who donated items or showed up!

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With nearly 14 million views since 2007, Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. The TED... ... See MoreSee Less

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Maybe YOU know someone who might love Samara as much as our students and their parents do?We accept new students on a rolling basis throughout the year and work with families from all economic backgrounds. ... See MoreSee Less

Maybe YOU know someone who might love Samara as much as our students and their parents do?

We accept new students on a rolling basis throughout the year and work with families from all economic backgrounds.

Anyone planning to go to the Paint-n-Sip this Sunday, please buy your ticket as soon as possible or otherwise indicate a firm commitment that you will be attending. We are trying to establish an accurate headcount. It will be a lot of fun and for a good cause, and we look forward to seeing you! ... See MoreSee Less

Traditional schools are stuck in the Industrial Age, but the factory mindset is losing its appeal to many students and parents today. Visit http://samarateens.org to find out more about how Self-Directed Education (SDE) offers a fresh approach for modern learners.The traditional system of education was designed in the industrial age and is now outdated and ineffective. Learn about the 6 major problems with the system.... ... See MoreSee Less

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Co-Executive Director Jessica Downes shares her personal expertise in the field of psychology with our students.

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Our two Co Executive Directors, Jessica Downes and Mary Gelezunas.

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Students are learning the nearly lost art of sewing from our Co-Executive Director, Mary Gelezunas, a veteran teacher with a Masters degree in Costume Design.

 

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I was a home economics major in college. Long time ago

Awesome to see!

Can't wait to see their finished projects !

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Welcome to the First Day of Delight-Not-Dread !!

 

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Have a great first day!!!

7 months ago

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There is always a need for volunteer instructors or tutors in the areas of math, science, and history, but in particular right now, we are also looking volunteers with expertise in the science/history/artistry of fashion/stage/costume makeup, photography, e̶q̶u̶e̶s̶t̶r̶i̶a̶n̶ ̶s̶t̶u̶d̶i̶e̶s̶ ̶(̶h̶o̶r̶s̶e̶s̶)̶, any kind of music, fun/interesting mathematics, and marine biology. But if you have an idea for an interesting presentation or topic you would like to offer, please let us know! (Please re-share to anyone who may be interested.)

Samara: Self-Propelled Learning for Teens
Volunteering for Samara can be a deeply rewarding experience that makes a direct impact in the lives of some amazing teenagers and in our local community and the world.Volunteering your time and knowledge as an instructor at Samara is probably unlike anything you have experienced before. We are looking for responsible people with a passion for a subject that brings them joy. And what we offer our volunteer instructors in return is a very small group of very eager and receptive young learners who aren't there because they have to be, they are there because they are fascinated with the expertise and guidance YOU have to offer.This can mean an ongoing class, a one-on-one tutorial, a workshop series, or organizing a field trip. Timing is flexible throughout the day on weekdays. Work-study might be available for those in college.If you think you can help, we would be delighted to speak with you. Please visit us at http://samarateens.org/ for our contact information. (By offering to volunteer, you are acknowledging our right to perform a background check on you.)
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I told you I would do Horsemanship.

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Know a teen who is bored or frustrated with school?Know a teen who wants more out of life?Know a teen who is looking for a welcoming community?What do you say to a teen who tells you, "I really don't like going to school. If there were any choice, I wouldn't go"?Visit http://samarateens.org/ and discover a place where teens love learning! And please come check out our free screening of "Class Dismissed" on Saturday, August 26, at 6:30 PM, to be followed by casual refreshments and a discussion of the issues raised. https://www.facebook.com/events/114331339227250/In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TED... ... See MoreSee Less

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Welcome to Hogwarts!

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There are many different kinds of students who benefit from self-directed learning. Here, a parent of one of them speaks.A look back at this year's Celebration of Self-directed Learning. In this video, board member and parent of a former member, Christie McDade, speaks about her experience as a parent of a teen who became a self-directed learner over time. ... See MoreSee Less

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Traditional school is not the right fit for every student.What the field of school reform fails to accomplish is the lack of any explicitly stated purpose of schooling. http://ow.ly/UIHE30bM6qs ... See MoreSee Less

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Our first postcards are out! Please let us know if you would like some to distribute yourself.We are also very busy developing the details of our organization and filing documents, networking to potential students, parents, instructors, and volunteers, growing a board of directors, and organizing our summer plans for outreach activities. ... See MoreSee Less

What do you say to a teen who tells you, "I really don't like going to school. If there were any choice, I wouldn't go"?In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TED... ... See MoreSee Less

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A samara is a winged achene, a type of fruit in which a flattened wing of fibrous, papery tissue develops from the ovary wall. A samara is a simple dry fruit and indehiscent (not opening along a seam). The shape of a samara enables the wind to carry the seed farther away than regular seeds from the parent tree:* The seed can be in the centre of the wing, as in the elms (genus Ulmus), the hoptree (Ptelea trifoliata), and the bushwillows (genus Combretum).* The seed can be on one side, with the wing extending to the other side, making the seed autorotate as it falls, as in the maples (genus Acer) and ash trees (genus Fraxinus).A samara is sometimes called a key and is often referred to as a wingnut, helicopter or whirlybird, whirligig, polynose, or, in the north of England, a spinning jenny. During the autumn months, they are a popular source of amusement for children who enjoy tossing them in the air and watching them spin to the ground. ... See MoreSee Less

A samara is a winged achene, a type of fruit in which a flattened wing of fibrous, papery tissue develops from the ovary wall.  A samara is a simple dry fruit and indehiscent (not opening along a seam).  The shape of a samara enables the wind to carry the seed farther away than regular seeds from the parent tree:

* The seed can be in the centre of the wing, as in the elms (genus Ulmus), the hoptree (Ptelea trifoliata), and the bushwillows (genus Combretum).

* The seed can be on one side, with the wing extending to the other side, making the seed autorotate as it falls, as in the maples (genus Acer) and ash trees (genus Fraxinus).

A samara is sometimes called a key and is often referred to as a wingnut, helicopter or whirlybird, whirligig, polynose, or, in the north of England, a spinning jenny.  During the autumn months, they are a popular source of amusement for children who enjoy tossing them in the air and watching them spin to the ground.
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