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Not your average spring break!

Students visit a village in Ecuador

PARKER – Some students from Sierra Middle School spent spring break learning about Ecuador's culture, environment and people during a whirlwind tour of the country.

Twenty-three students and four chaperones practiced speaking Spanish as they observed everything from religious practices to farming techniques. The group played and worked during their visit, and tried a variety of foods with each meal. They also toured two of the largest cities in the country and visited a deserted island...watching wildlife, bartering for souvenirs and making friends along the way.

"It was an amazing, unforgettable experience," said Spanish Teacher Brent Sheffield. "The group gained a greater appreciation for the world around us."

Students posted blog entries and photos to a website while they were gone. Follow this link to visit the Sierra Student Travel blog. 

April 21, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: District, Middle School Education

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It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.