Out of the classroom, into the world.
WE ARE A FREE MINNESOTA PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 6 – 12
At the Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy, students will foster their knowledge, love and respect for the environment while promoting sustainability for future generations. This teacher-led school is located near Maple Lake, Minnesota in the heart of Wright County.
UPDATED 10/2/21Like many surrounding communities, JGESA is experiencing a strong increase in Covid positive cases, exposures, and quarantines. This week we have multiple positive cases among staff and students that have resulted in essentially the entire school community being a close contact at some point. And, an additional number of staff and students are awaiting test results or under quarantine. We have come to a point where we need to transition to full online learning for a minimum of two weeks. This will start Tuesday, October 5th. There will be NO SCHOOL MONDAY, OCTOBER 4TH.Right now, our intent is to return to campus on Monday, October 18th; however, please understand that this return is dependent upon numerous factors. The two weeks of online learning is an attempt to mitigate those factors. We hope that this serves as a reset of sorts that will allow us to mitigate spread and return fully staffed as well. We will continually review the data and provide an updated plan by Thursday, October 14th.Student Expectations:
Advisors will be working with students on expectations and planning to help them with this change. This transition will allow us to offer equitable attention and resources to all learners. JGESA also has free internet hot-spots available for students without internet access in the home to support online learning.JGESA is able to offer free, private, at-home BinaxNow Covid-19 testing for any student. These tests are conducted in the privacy of your home and with rapid results in 15 minutes.We will be offering a chance for contactless pick-up of any necessary school supplies, chromebooks, internet hot-spots or Covid test kits on Monday from 3-8pm. This is by BY APPOINTMENT ONLY CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE AND INCLUDE IN THE APPOINTMENT NOTE WHAT YOU NEED TO PICK-UP.------------------------------
- NO School Monday. Oct. 4th this is a calendar change
- Attend typical seminar schedule via Google meets daily M/T/Th, and Advisory on Wednesday. A link will be sent out and loaded in Headrush on Monday for everything you need to log-into any seminar.
- Work independently on approved projects in the afternoons and Wednesday/Friday
- Check-in and upload work to Headrush daily. This is the same expectation as we've set for Fridays - to be in attendance.
- Meet virtually with your Advisor as assigned.
- No school as previously planned Friday, October 8th.
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How Minnesotans can get a COVID-19 test:
- Walk in or schedule an appointment for a free test at one of the state’s 11 community testing sites across Minnesota: COVID-19 Community Testing Sites.
- Order a free test through the state’s at-home testing program: COVID-19 Test at Home.
- Find other testing options near them through the state’s Find Testing Locations map, including through local providers, pharmacies and clinics: Find Testing Locations.
- This tool is intended to help Minnesotans more easily find and connect with local vaccine providers in their area.
COVID-19 Related Information
As we return to full in-person learning we know there are lots of questions. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions. Please note that this is a continually evolving situation and changes will be made as necessary.
- Click here for JGESA Safe Return to In-Person Learning Plan 2021-22
- It is strongly recommended, but not required, that all people present in school buildings wear a face covering.
- All people are required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order to wear face coverings on all public transportation conveyances including school buses and vans.
- JGESA has the unique advantage of a 300-acre outdoor campus, whenever possible we will utilize outdoor spaces for learning experiences.
- JGESA will continue to follow protocols around social distancing, daily cleaning, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, and cohorting into small groups in an effort to mitigate disease spread when possible.
- JGESA has partnered with Wright County Public Health and local health care providers to offer and share vaccination options to our school community. These opportunities have been communicated to families via email and social media as they become available. JGESA also has posted links to Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector.
JGESA - Award Winning Innovative School
JGESA is proud to have been recognized as the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools winner in the Category: Creating Different and Innovative Forms of Measuring OutcomesJane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy in Maple Lake has integrated their mission of “Out of the Classroom, Into the World” into every aspect of school design and culture. Instead of focusing student success on test scores and standards, they choose to emphasize the interconnectedness of living and learning with a “Skills Rubric” that promotes self-improvement, achieving happiness and self-defined personal success.
How do we facilitate the work of youth as self-directed producers and learners?
Allowing students to design learning experiences based on their own unique interests and passions encourages them to be self-motivated, independent thinkers who are capable of solving problems, thinking critically, and who are prepared for post-secondary options and the workforce. Personalized learning plans are designed for each student.
What is Project-Based Learning?
Project-Based Learning (PBL) gets kids excited about learning by tailoring learning opportunities to match their interests. Students pursue their passions and academics at the same time by earning credit for projects they design.
- Love to draw? Create a comic book about an interesting person or event in history.
- Video games more your speed? Learn about an ancient civilization and build a game.
- Like to hunt or fish? Turn your trophy into an anatomy lesson.
- You like to cook - bake a cake that represents the layers of the earth's crust.
- Want to take a hike? Photograph and identify wildlife along the way.
Click here for answers to more Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for a Showcase of Student Projects
A School Like No Other
Free Learning Activities
There are countless ways for your student to explore and learn outside of the classroom. Click for a list of free or low cost ideas, any of which could be turned into a fascinating JGESA school project. If you know of other ideas please share so we can expand the list.
Tall Ships Experiential Learning Voyages
Out of the Classroom, Into the World - JGESA is excited to announce a partnership with Lake Superior Tall Ships that will allow us to offer our students an AMAZING learning opportunity with 3 day Experiential Learning Voyages. Watch for more details to come. These trips require teamwork which fosters acceptance of others, cultivates personal responsibility and builds leadership skills. Programs emphasize navigation, seamanship, environmental issues, S.T.E.M. and team building.
Youth Conservation Crew - Middle School Program
JGESA is excited to announce bringing the Youth Conservation Crew - Middle School Program to JGESA next year. Advisor Jess Paulson has been selected to lead the pilot program at JGESA where the program will roll-out along with a few other select MN schools and @ConservationMN . Watch for full details in the 2021 school year. Out of the Classroom, Into the World.Conservation Crew will instill leadership and real world experience in students and support them as they select, perform, and lead a hands-on conservation project in your school or community.