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The vision of the Skyline High School's Green Energy Academy is to provide students with an opportunity to succeed in green energy careers and post-secondary green energy education by presenting them with a comprehensive educational experience, consisting of engaging and rigorous academics and hands-on learning. Skyline’s goal is to graduate a diverse body of experienced, confident, and highly motivated students who possess a sound academic background built upon through the understanding of technology, ethics and the economics of renewable energy sources.

Yi Shi- EarthTeam Student of the Month

Republished from EarthTeam

Yi ShiYi ShiEarthTeam's Restoration Director, Chiara Swartout, has selected eleventh grader Yi Shi as EarthTeam's November 2012 student of the month. Despite being offered a stipend for her time as an intern with the Schoolyard Restoration Project, Yi has declined the stipend and has offered to volunteer for the position, receiving community service credit instead. She has an incredible ability to listen intently to bird calls, hypothesizing what the birds might be communicating with each distinct vocalization. Yi's quiet demeanor allows her to listen to the subtlety of these calls, and Chiara is excited to use her listening skills in bird identification around the Skyline campus!

"My part of the project is the study [of] the redwood ecosystem, and the plants and animals liv[ing] around the redwood[s]. My favorite moment so far [wa]s [the] study [of] different plants and animals [and their] ecosystem, and mak[ing] the world better by join[ing] the EarthTeam. Also, I want to learn more [about] ecosystem[s] by [being] outside [and through] the books." -Yi Shi

Catherine Kuhn - EarthTeam Teacher of the Month

Catherine Kuhn, December 2011 Teacher of the MonthCatherine Kuhn, December 2011 Teacher of the Month Republished from EarthTeam

Catherine Kuhn, who teaches Biology at Skyline High School in Oakland, has participated in EarthTeam's Waste Action project and Eco-Stewards project.

Ms. Kuhn brings professionalism and endless support to her students. Recognizing the opportunity and the benefits for her biology students, Ms. Kuhn enlisted all of her freshman classes in the Waste Action project.

Through this project, students got a memorable glimpse of the school's waste stream by auditing a sample trash can, and collectively brainstormed methods for reducing the large amounts of waste that Skyline High School generates daily.

After working with EarthTeam's Waste Action staff on the initial audits, Ms. Kuhn took on the task of leading her students in two waste audits on her own (not a light task!), to ensure that her whole freshman biology class became aware of the waste issues and contributed to the solutions at their school.

Despite her busy agenda, Ms. Kuhn still finds energy, time and vision to bring academic enriching programs like Eco-Stewards and Waste Action to her students.

"This week we have being talking about natural cycles of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, as well as the waste stream, the waste audit is aperfect fit, I'm SUPER STOKED about this!"-- Catherine Kuhn

"I had the honor to work with all five of Catherine Kuhn's freshmen biology classes. Ms. Kuhn worked out a way for all of her freshmen to be involved in the program by proposing naturalist hikes on Skyline's beautiful redwood campus during class! She worked closely with me over the three days of hikes and classroom visits to tweak and adjust the curriculum for each consecutive class, improving the activities as each class experienced them. I am honored to have been with Ms. Kuhn those three days to see how she tirelessly works to ensure the best possible experience for her students. I look forward to our next class visit and field trip to Joaquin Miller Park to restore with the Friends of Sausal Creek in the spring!" -- Chiara Swartout, EarthTeam's Restoration Director

Congratulations to Catherine Kuhn- EarthTeam's December 2011 Teacher of the Month!

EarthTeam empowers teens to become lifelong environmental stewards through experiential education, skills development, and the building of community connections.

Eco-Club Recycling Video

Students in Skyline High School's Eco-Club produced an informative and entertaining video showing how to use the school's recycling program.

Tracy Ostrum - EarthTeam Teacher of the Month

Tracy Ostrum, April 2011 Teacher of the MonthTracy Ostrum, April 2011 Teacher of the Month Republished from EarthTeam

Mrs. Tracy Ostrom has been teaching science for fourteen years. She has been at Skyline High School for six years teaching Honors Chemistry, college prep Chemistry, and now Environmental Chemistry and AP Environmental Science.

This academic year she took on the added responsibility of establishing the Green Energy Academy in order to provide students with an opportunity to succeed in green energy careers and post-secondary green energy education.

Mrs. Ostrom has been very active with EarthTeam programs over the past several years, participating in EarthTeam's Restoration Initiative, the Climate Action Campaign, and Waste Action Project. Tracy works closely with EarthTeam staff to provide her students with engaging projects to stimulate critical thinking and the process of scientific endeavors.

From ecological restoration projects along Sausal Creek to involvement in's International Day of Climate Action, Mrs. Ostrom enhances her already phenomenal curricula with EarthTeam's programming. Tracy is given this award for her commitment to inspiring passion for the sciences in her students and developing future green energy leaders. She manages to juggle her workload and give so much, while also being wonderfully sweet to work with. 

Congratulations to Mrs. Ostrum on being selected as the April, 2011 teacher of the month for her outstanding accomplishments and integrative approaches in science education!

EarthTeam empowers teens to become lifelong environmental stewards through experiential education, skills development, and the building of community connections.

Skyline Waste Audit Report 2010-11

Skyline Waste AuditSkyline Waste AuditThe 9 students in Ms. Hunter's Advanced Drama class conducted a waste audit to provide a foundation of knowledge for the creation of a waste reduction performance. Students had a great time dissecting a sample of cafeteria waste that included 10 uneaten hot dogs, lots of paper lunch trays, and a lot of recyclable paper. Ms. Hunter put it aptly when she said, "When working with garbage, you have to have a sense of humor," and the students took this advice to heart. The fun continued as students brainstormed ways of engaging their peers with the Four Rs. Their original theatrical production is called "Trash Wars", and will debut at two of their feeder middle schools on February 17. Last year's Advanced Drama class also performed an orginal production, entitled "What if?" with wide spread critical acclaim.

Read the full report here.