Amy Sickler: Growing into Cooping

Amy Sickler: Growing into Cooping

The first time I visited Open Classroom I was overwhelmed. There were so many things happening I wasn’t sure what was what, but I loved how the teachers talked with the children and the other parents talked to us. When we left I said to my husband, “I...
A chat with Judy Voets

A chat with Judy Voets

I sat down recently with Judy Voets. Here’s what she had to say. As I think about the beginning of Open I think about how we did a lot of laughing.   We had to laugh because there was so much that we didn’t know, and we didn’t know where to...
Richard Sloan Puts It In Context

Richard Sloan Puts It In Context

What influenced my thinking the most probably is growing up in Berkeley and going to UC Berkeley in and out from 1950 to 1960. I was always interested in politics and how decisions were made, so I took part in politics at Berkeley, and was a member of Slate, the...
Marilyn Milos knew what she wanted

Marilyn Milos knew what she wanted

This is the first of hopefully many posts where members of the Open Community write about their personal experience of the program. Feel free to add your comments or contact us if you’d like to write an entry! ****** We moved to the Valley in 1970 and Kate was...

Schedule for Oct 16th!

Clay and Play Day is coming right up this weekend! Here’s the schedule: 12:00:  Check in at the welcome table by the parking lot, get your wristband, find a good spot for your picnic, and join pickup games of cornhole, hunker hauser (rope-balance), 9 square,...
Have you ever fit your hand here?

Have you ever fit your hand here?

Ally Wilson was a student 25 years ago when Amy Valens was the Open art teacher. Amy put out a call to the Open Classroom community: Come make a tile for a mural to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the program. Students like Ally made tiles on three different themes:...
May 14th’s the date for the Big Event!

May 14th’s the date for the Big Event!

Put May 14th on your calendar! Tell all your Open Classroom contacts too! Lots of planning to do between then and now, so stay tuned for more information. One thing you can be pretty sure of: there will be square dancing to music played by the folks John Pederson and...
Alumni blogs are coming!

Alumni blogs are coming!

We have been reaching out to alumni students and their family members who cooped as well as teachers and other staff to send us their perspectives on the Open experience. Check back here soon for the first of many reflections!

Parent Meeting Information

2018-2019 Parents Meeting Survey Results 41 results, representing about 1/2 the open classroom households for 2018-2019. The largest group attended no meetings. Of those who attended meetings, most attended ‘some’ of the meetings, followed closely by a...