Looking forward to 2018-19
2018-2019 will be a year of change - changes in staff, changes in Micro! Talbot Hill is committed through MicroSociety to empowering students; providing rich real-world experiences in a challenging engaging environment. Talbot Hill students learn about voice and choice; that they can make change happen in their world.
Every person at Talbot Hill is a citizen of our school’s community, and has the right to participate in our elections and community. In the fall, we hold elections - for our president, vice president, senators and representatives - and our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders look for a job.
Phase 1 of MicroSociety
September thru mid-November is Academy time. Your student’s homeroom teacher will be teaching the basic concepts that are the foundation of our MicroSociety program. Students learn general information about MicroSociety, and more specific concepts related to community, citizenship, government, economics, banking, and financial literacy.
MicroSociety Phase II
K-2 students will use their math and financial literacy skills as they sort, count, and solve problems with Cool Cash. They will develop their whole class business, practice communication skills, and learn about roles and schedules in preparation of our first Marketplace.
Students in 3rd-5th grades may leave their homerooms to join their Micro organization. Each organization will decide what its business venture, non-profit, or government agency will look like this year. Employees will complete a mission statement, business plan, and a budget before moving on to develop their goods and/or services.
Micro is purposefully aligned with our State learning goals and/or Common Core Standards. Micro is a place where students put their classroom learning to work in engaging real-world ways - often answering their own questions of “why do I have to learn this?”
Through MicroSociety, Talbot Hill can begin as early as kindergarten addressing our District’s Goal 2: College and Career Ready – Each student will graduate with the necessary skills and an appropriate plan to continue to post-secondary options! Students will understand and apply their learning in real-world activities, recognizing the importance of their learning to their future. Through their work in MicroSociety businesses, their school to work experiences (fieldtrips), and community partner mentoring, students will have a view into real-world opportunities.
Parent, Business and Professionals Participation
It is our goal that each of our Micro organizations are connected to a similar community business and/or person. These interactions will strengthen our students’ understanding of the real-world and post-graduation possibilities and create meaningful relationships between Talbot Hill and our Renton community; demonstrating to our community that great things are happening here! We appreciate and welcome parent participation in all our MicroSociety organizations. Put your hobbies, talents, careers and/ or education to work helping students as they apply their learning in these real-world settings.
Scholastic Parent-Child magazine said it in their August/ September 2012 issue:
Talbot Hill is one of the twenty-five coolest schools in America!
Sally Boni, MicroSociety Coordinator