At The Tutorial School we define agency as “The ability to get something to happen.” It is a simple definition, but a challenging thing – to learn how to make things, that you choose, happen in your life. If you learn this, then the world truly is your oyster.
November 2019 Volume 28 Number 2
Change and transformation fills the air as leaves change colors and fall to the ground. The red and orange foliage is there to remind us that change can be scary but it is also a beautiful thing. Fall is the perfect time to reflect and embrace change. It is the end of many things but it can also represent the beginning. — The Living Urn blog
The autumn student conferences have begun. It is important to meet with them at this time of year to help them articulate their experience and what they want from this year.
As the leaves change and eventually drop, the garden browns, and the worms burrow deeper, we start to look inside. The time of transformation is upon us. The walls between worlds grow thin and the inner spirits come out to play. So too, at the school, all these things are in motion. The intending graduates are looking inward, the big room becomes more cozy with the heat of the wood stove, and our shadows are revealed. The ripeness, the abundance, the beauty of the natural world are a preparation for what is next.
Our school community has matured together to become a solid and cohesive group. The students who began the school year are all returning students. This is the perfect environment to bring in new students who can benefit from our unique style and approach. If there are young people you know who fit this description, please do not hesitate to send them our way or give us a call.
On November 5th we will be having an open house. We will have food and everyone will be welcome. There is a flier enclosed. Please post it or give it to someone who would appreciate it. (There are more at the school.) We will be building an outdoor cob oven, weather permitting.
Come see our beautiful kitchen! The Kitchen remodel is almost finished. We just need to get the perfect water heater installed. Many thanks to Matt Kreitman of Groundfloor Stone for their generous donation of floor tile.
As it gets colder we are very grateful for all the help from Michael Austin.Thank you so much for taking kids to get wood from Christina Stephenson’s place, and working so hard to cut it up.
2019 – 2020 School Calendar
November 5th: Open House
November 25th to 28th: Thanksgiving Break
Dec 16th to Jan 5th: Winter Solstice Vacation
January 20th: Open House (proposed)
February 3rd: No school
March 16th to 19th: Spring Break
May 28th: Last day of school
We just had a wonderful first week of school. This is our 37th year! 27 years of being fully democratic by having All School Council meetings and no coercion (except to clean up after yourself 😉 We ended the week with a hike up to Aspen Peak, elevation 11,103ft (3.384m) It’s going to be a great year.
Towering sunflowers and fresh organic vegetables fill our garden, awaiting the returning students. The amount of growth that can happen in a short period of time is astounding. We can’t wait to see how the students have also grown over the summer! It will be fantastic to see you all during Work Week.
Work week is Monday, August 26th through Saturday, August 31st. This year we have several big projects, the most important of which is the remodeling of the kitchen. We also need to paint one third of the big room, fix the stove pipe, and landscape. There are also smaller projects like the typical yearly cleaning. If you are a parent with a trade agreement remember that time spent during Work Week counts toward your amount owed and cleaning counts as double. Of course, we will also feed you. Moe will be making his annual chile stews.
The first day of our regular program is Tuesday, September 3rd. Remember, If you don’t have a signed enrollment contract for this year, please make an appointment with us in order to complete the registration process. Tuition will remain unchanged from last year.
This summer Iku and Moe met with 250 participants from 27 countries and another 500 Ukrainian educators for the 2019 International Democratic Education Conference in Kyiv and Vinnytsia, Ukraine. We had a wonderful time renewing and deepening friendships and making new connections with democratic schools from all around the globe. There were sessions regarding a visiting teacher program, so we might have more international visitors in the future.
The 2020 conference will be in Nepal, October 15th through the 20th. We were not planning on going but if enough students are interested, we will consider going. It will be an amazing conference. Then in the summer of 2021, the international conference will merge with the regional conferences and Summerhill School, for a big festival in England to cerebrate their 100th anniversary. That’s right, Summerhill School, a democratic boarding school, has been in continuous operation for 100 years!
This year we will start an ongoing project to reduce the carbon in the atmosphere by planting trees. If you are able to donate saplings or if you know someone who can, please send them our way.
Education is not merely acquiring knowledge, gathering and correlating facts; it is to see the significance of life as a whole. To understand life is to understand ourselves, and that is both the beginning and the end of education.
– J. Krishnamurti
NEWSLETTER May 2019 Volume 27 Number 3
It is unbelievable, but the school year is almost over. Not only that but we actually have a spring this year, not a surreptitious slide from winter to summer. This has been a wonderful year and the students have grown and learned so much about themselves. They know how to be in community and to make decisions together while sharing power. It gives us great joy to experience this.
Tuesday, May 14th to Thursday, May 16th we will be on a school camping trip to Panchuela Campground in the Pecos Widerness area. Students who are coming will need to be at school by 10:30 am on Tuesday. The school will not be open for a half day on Tuesday and no school on Wednesday and Thursday. If your child is going please see the attached list of necessities.
Our graduation process is an amazing, challenging, and growth-filled time for our graduates. See the fruits of their labor at the Thesis Defense Tuesday, May 21st at 5:30pm. This will help you to understand the learning that happens at The Tutorial School. You will be amazed. Then join us Thursday, May 23rd at 5:30pm for the graduation. Help us to celebrate and to send our graduates off into the world.
Pending approval from the All School Council, the first day of school next year will be September 3rd. Work week will tentatively be August 26th to the 31st. As always, Moe will cooking up his vegan red chile potato stew and his green chile chicken pozole. Please join us to make the school and grounds beautiful and safe for our children. This is also a good way to get your work/trade hours done. Help us devote all our time to the school by registering your child this spring.
Measles outbreaks have been in the news lately, as have other diseases. As a result the State of New Mexico Department of Health is being proactive to make sure schools are in compliance with state laws. If you have any questions about whether or not your child is up to date with vaccinations please talk to Moe. Also, exemptions from vaccination will need to be approved by the Department of Health. If you have any problems please come to the school to talk to Moe.
An education is the capacity to author your own life instead of merely accepting the one handed to you.
— Blake Boles
Things to bring for camping
$15 per person for gas money and food
Tent if available
Sleeping pad and pillow (the ground will be cold)
Warm sleeping bag and a warm blanket
Lantern or flashlight
Folding chair if you don’t want to sit on the ground
Water bottle (non-disposable kind)
Individual plate, bowl and utensils
Good shoes for hiking
Water shoes or shoes that can get wet
Change of clothes and socks (two pairs of pants, one pair shorts, at least four pairs of socks)
Snacks and juices
Bring a trash bag for candy wrappers, litter, and other trash.