Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Workshop Agenda December 21, 2017

More Than Words
December 21, 2017
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Community Center

7:45       Groton STA bus picks up New London High Students
8:00       Groton STA bus picks up Fitch High Students
8:15       Groton STA bus picks up Ledyard High students
8:30       Students arrive at MPTN Community Center
8:20       Icebreakers:
•             Movement games
•             Name games
•             Ships that sink in the night
•             Group Challenge (ensure equal number of students from each school are in one of seven groups)
9:30      Student facilitation training:
–             key goal of group.
–             Newsprint with sticky back to post
–             What are the characteristics of a good facilitator?
10:00  Home group work: Student facilitator leads the group
•             Do you think society is handling the sexual harassment issues properly
•             What did the recent election in Alabama show about our country?
•             Is the ban on transgender service personnel in the best interest of our national security?
10:45     Home group reports     
11:15     Lunch
12:00     Home group discussion: 
–             How to handle volatile discussion that ensure frank dialogue and civility
1:00       Home group reports
1:15       Bus Departs
1:00       Bus Departs the MPTN Community Center
1:15-    Drop off Ledyard High students and staff
1:30 -   Drop off Fitch High School students and staff
1:45       Drop off New London High School students and staff

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Workshop Agenda October 26, 2017

More Than Words
Oct. 26, 2017
New London Science and Tech Magnet High School

7:45       Groton STA bus picks up Fitch High Students
8:00       Groton STA bus picks up Ledyard High Students
8:15       Students arrive at New London Science and Tech High School
8:20       Icebreakers
9:00       Mission orientation 
9:15       Opinion Continuum 
9:45       Fishbowl
10:45     Oliver Hazard Perry Newport trip September 2017
11:15     Lunch
12:00     Goal Setting – align school programs to inter-district group
1:15       Bus Departs 
1:45       Drop off Ledyard High students and staff
2:00       Drop off Fitch High School students and staff

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Article in The Colonel by Erin Tolles

Erin Tolles from LHS wrote a cool article in our school newspaper, The Colonel, about our Oliver Hazard Perry trip. Check it out! LHS Students Learn How to be Pirates

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Photos from Trip

Mark has published his photos and they are available here. If you don't have permission to view them, please email and Mr. Jannke will have Mark share the folders with your email address. Also, unedited photos from amateur Mr. Jannke are available here, as well as a couple of videos.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Trip Photos

The photos posted here so far are just from me. Our wonderful photographer, Mark, will start posting his collection next week. He typically posts one day at a time, so stay patient and keep an eye on your email, this site, etc. I will most likely post the rest of my photos Sunday or Monday. Mine are nowhere near as good as Mark's, but at least you'll have something to start looking through. Stay tuned. -Mr. Jannke

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Our Voyage Home

We woke to a spectacular sunrise off Bristol, RI. After breakfast, the kids cleaned the heads, floors, etc., and packed. We enjoyed a peaceful trip down the bay to Newport. Once we docked it was all hands on deck for cleaning, stowing, and furling. Some went to great heights to furl. We finished off with a group session, a group photo, and goodbyes. Thanks OHP! Until next time....

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Block to Narragansett Bay

We left Block Island this morning and set sail for Narragansett Bay. We participated in many sail handling drills along the way. The students are competent sailors now! We sailed under the Newport Bridge and then several miles up the bay. We set anchor off Prudence Island and went aloft to furl sails. We enjoyed another swim break, sunset, dinner, a navigation lesson, deep More Than Words discussions, and games. Then of course, it was lights out and time for our night watches.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Montauk to Block Island

After one more lesson on sail operations and high rigging training, we left Montauk and set sail for Block Island. The students set nine sails! After we were well out in Block Island Sound we did another round of fire and abandon ship drills. Then we enjoyed the afternoon sail to Block. After setting anchor, the students went aloft to furl sails. A few even went to the top of the highest sail (third sail on the mast) to furl. It was so high that photos just wouldn't do it justice. It was quite a bit of work to furl and tidy up the lines. We fit in a quick dinner and then went for a splendid swim off the boat at sunset. From there, each watch made it's own flag to represent themselves. Finally, the night watches, card games and sleep began.

Ready for Another Great Day

The photo below was of our spectacular sunset last night (more to come). It was a magical night on the hook. The kids are up and eating. The sun has risen. We are in for a couple more hours of training and then we'll set sail to the east.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Set Anchor for First Night in Montauk

We sailed across to Montauk, NY and anchored in Fort Pond Bay. It is so beautiful here! The students were in training all day. On the way over from CT, they learned about man over board, fire and abandon ship procedures, as well as how to get around the guts of the boat down below. After anchoring, they did their first climbing exercise and learned how to handle, lash, and stow lines. A few of them are up on the yard right now, furling the sail. There will be a whole other round of activities after dinner and then the two-hour night watches begin!