It may be cold outside, but we are always thinking about summer in the Everwood office. As the year comes to an end, we think back to the amazing staff we had this past summer and begin to look forward to putting together another incredible staff for summer 2014. We are thrilled to be welcoming back many fantastic staff members and have already begun hiring A-W-E-S-O-M-E new staff members for the 2014 camp season! If you are interested in a position at Everwood Day Camp this coming summer, now is the time to apply. The best way to apply is to fill out our online staff application through our website. Once you are on Everwood’s site (www.everwooddaycamp.com), go to the For Staff section and then to Job Applications. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Camp office at 781-694-5829 or email Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Everwood Day Camp is very excited to team up with Extreme Field Day to bring an exciting and challenging obstacle race for kids here at Everwood on Sunday April 13, 2014. Many of you may have questions about what this program is and if it is right for your child. Check out these answers to Extreme Field Day FAQs! Hopefully, you will be as impressed and excited about this opportunity as we are!
A: Extreme Field Day is an obstacle course race series designed for children ages 4-13. Children will be running, climbing, carrying objects, and getting dirty.
Q: Who started Extreme Field Day?
A: Extreme Field day was started by Theresa Hickey. She is a mother of four and a former employee of one of the largest and most successful obstacle course race companies in the world. She does not work alone. The staff at Extreme Field day for kids consists of obstacle course racing athletes, obstacle course designers, construction professionals, sales and marketing professionals, and caring parents.
Q: What is the philosophy of Extreme Field Day?
A: The staff at Extreme Field Day share a core belief that it is important to bring creative, fun, mentally and physically challenging experiences to our children. Extreme Field Day is dedicated to the advancement of obstacle course race events for children that will inspire a lifetime of fitness and healthy choices.
Q: Why is this so important to the people at Extreme Field Day?
A: Teresa says… “We want to educate parents and children on the importance of healthy food and exercise choices. These healthy choices will be the driving force behind avoiding diseases and health problems that are associated with childhood obesity. We want children to get back to the playground and off the playstation for at least 60 minutes a day. We believe that our child athletes achieve a sense of confidence, independence, and joy that they can call their own when they cross the finish line at one of our events.”
A: The cost is $29 per child. They receive a finisher’s medal and t-shirt at the end of the race. The children are divided into heats based on their age.
Q: How do I sign-up?
A: Please visit http://extremefielddayforkids.com/spring-event/. All the information you need is there. There are also links with contact information if you still have more questions.
Please come join us on April 13th for a fun filled event for the whole family. There will vendors and activities as well as the race. Hope to see you there!
American 15 year olds are lagging behind students from other nations in math andscience, according to the results of an international assessment exam called PISA. Though we’d like to think of ourselves as an educated nation, these results point to some glaring deficiencies in the way that we educate our children. For the record, this is not about poverty; students from wealthy american families fared no better in the results.
What is hidden behind these results, however, is an even more unsettling insight. The PISA test, unlike the standardized tests that are administered in most American schools, assesses older students in mathematics literacy and science literacy, or how well they can apply their knowledge and skills to problems set in real-world contexts. Most standardized tests that are used in the US measure only content knowledge. The newest US assessments now being piloted, PARC and SBAC, which are aligned to the new “Common Core” standards, measure some of the cognitive skills linked to that content. They are a step forward, but they don’t really assess the skills that are needed for college and career readiness. In other words, it is not what our kids know that is really important, it is whether they can apply that knowledge to real world problems and new situations.
The PISA test does measure some of those college and career readiness skills, and the mediocre performance of our high school freshmen in these important measures should raise some pretty serious concerns among our local, state and national leaders. We assume that American’s will always be able to innovate; to invent the future. But if these tests are any measure, our ability to think critically, to problem-solve, and to adapt our knowledge to new and novel situations is truly in doubt.
It is for this reason we have chosen to focus on the teaching and strengthening of these essential 21st century skills at our Camps. We consider it our mission to teach your children the skills that they will need to be successful and fulfilled in the world they will enter as they enter the workforce someday. If our schools are unable to teach these skills right now, then it is incumbent upon all of us who work with children during their out of school time to do this important work. Free of the constraints of funding streams and the politics of assessment, we will continue to do all that we can to insure that your children are college and career ready, with the skills to innovate and invent the future.