Our state-of-the-art school building at Mason and Conway roads has all the amenities of a top-tier school: spacious classrooms for hands-on learning, a full gymnasium, a science lab and an extensive library. Each room is equipped with a SmartBoard, and students store their documents on a shared network.
Outside, 32 acres of ball fields, playground space and gardens allow us to use our campus as an extension of the classroom.
In our garden, students plant, tend and harvest vegetables that are later served to them for lunch! Gardening creates a culture of healthy eating and helps children understand that choosing locally grown produce is better for the environment. Mirowitz students learn early to be diligent in their stewardship of the earth, and know they don’t have to be a grownup to participate in the repair of the earth.
Mirowitz students have a special affinity for this native biome. As part of the third-grade grasslands unit, students hike in the prairie, camp in the prairie and pray in the prairie. They collect seeds from the prairie, plant them in flats for greenhouse germination, and replant them around the prairie’s edge to restore the prairie.
And in our own backyard (literally), they prepare the ground for tilling, planting seeds, remove weeds and serve as guardians to the Mirowitz prairie restoration project on our campus. It’s not just a science or social studies or math project. It’s an opportunity for us to fulfill our obligation to the earth and for children to understand that they have the power to make a difference.
Our teachers don’t rely on textbooks to nourish the mind. They take our students to watersheds to investigate erosion and stream ecosystems. Students study the prairie in the prairie, and Missouri geology amongst granite boulders. They watch caterpillars morph into butterflies and trace their own shadows to understand the path of the sun. They re-enact historical moments and scenes from their favorite literature.
The world is their classroom, and adventure yields authentic learning. It engages the whole self. We see ourselves as the guardians of each student’s childhood, and our intention is that they become adults who have lasting and meaningful memories associated with learning.