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Artistic Expansion

March 31, 2021 | Chris Gasca

We have been taking what we are learning in social studies and transforming it during our art classes. Students are illustrating pictures that go along with their social studies journal entries. Pioneers traveled westward leaving their homes in Independence, Missouri, and traveling to Oregon City on the west coast of the United States with the dream of becoming landowners in a new place they hadn’t seen before.

In drama, we have been taking our knowledge of the Oregon Trail, building scenes, and acting out the things we are learning in our social studies classes, further solidifying the history of the pioneers in our minds. We build scenes like Chimney Rock and other important landmarks on the Oregon Trail.

We have had fun acting out some death-defying moments like crossing dangerous rivers in covered wagons, crossing deep, thick mud with family and animals like horses and oxen, and dealing with sickness and disease all while simultaneously creating a great sense of community, joy, and imagination in the classroom!

 

 

Chris Gasca

Assistant Teacher, Grade 2 Forests & Meadows Class: Assistant Teacher, Spanish

Chris Gasca first learned about Mustard Seed School through his wife, Clarissa, who is an alumna. Impressed with the education and the community, they enrolled their three children. Mr. Gasca saw firsthand the love, Godly character, and incredible skill of MSS teachers. He joined the staff as a substitute teacher in 2016 and felt right at home. Today he's an Assistant Teacher in the Forest Class and works with second and third grade students. He loves spending time with children in the park where he has been known to be a fierce competitor in foot races and team sports. He thoroughly enjoys building relationships with MSS students, especially learning beside them and helping them grow in character and self esteem. Whether through academics, extracurricular activities, or providing emotional support, Mr. Gasca always looks for the best way to invest in every single student.

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