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Friday, September 14th, 2007

Posted by:ashley_y.
Time:8:59 pm.

Hi! My almost-five-year-old son has just started at Sego Lily School in Salt Lake City.

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Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Subject:My Sudbury Space
Posted by:missourimarmot.
Time:1:10 pm.
Dear Sudbury friends,

As an alum and a staff member of Alpine Valley School, we've taken it upon ourselves to set up a MySpace group for all students, alumni, and staff of Sudbury schools. We would like your help in letting as many people as possible know about this new group. Feel free to forward this email and/or post the attached flyer at your school.

The MySudburySpace group is intended to allow for the sorts of conversations we all enjoy at our individual Sudbury schools, only on a much larger scale. To join, a person simply needs to have or set up a MySpace account, and send an email to the moderators at mysudburyspace@hotmail.com with their name, the name of their school, their status (student, alum, staff) and years of enrollment/employment there.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We very much appreciate any help you can offer in spreading the word about MySudburySpace.


Vivi Reich-Henbest (Alpine Valley, 2000-2004) & Bruce Smith (Alpine Valley, 1998-present)
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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Subject:MySpace Migration?
Posted by:missourimarmot.
Time:2:05 pm.
A couple of us have been wondering about setting a group comparable to this on MySpace. What do the rest of you think about its potential for drawing in more participants, being more user-friendly, etc.?

Bruce (staff, Alpine Valley)
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Sunday, November 26th, 2006

Subject:Changes to community
Posted by:die_fledermaus.
Time:8:16 pm.
So, someone mentioned that the community should be less moderated. I thought long and hard about it, and I think that person is right, for the most part. I was asking people to make posts friends only, so that people had their privacy and their personal information wouldn't be floating around the internet, but...I'm getting rid of that rule, mostly because I realized that I wanted prospective parents who are interested in the Sudbury model to be able to join and read about it on this community, and that may not be possible if all the posts are friends only. So, from now on, don't worry about that. Just as a general guideline, though, use your best judgment, don't mention phone numbers or private information, etc. But you all know that, you're all big kids, I'm sure. ^_~
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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Subject:Banned Books
Posted by:die_fledermaus.
Time:8:23 am.
Hey everyone,

Some of my friends have been talking about banned books, and we had an article about them in our school newspaper, The Argosy There's another website here which lists books that have been banned in public schools.

My question is: As Sudbury people, what do you think about banning books in public schools? What are your opinions?
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Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Posted by:kyamagnolia.
Time:4:06 pm.
Mood: bouncy.
Hello fellow sudburians,

hey I am soo excited to be a part of this community....I am currently landed in Grass Valley CA. I don't know how much longer I will be here. I attended Sacramento Valley School in Sacramento CA. I went there for 3 yrs and recieved my diploma. I absolutely love my school. I am taking classes towards my AA at Sierra College in Grass Valley. Hoping to transfer to San Francisco State University. I am going to get my Degree in Journalism with a minor in Communications. I love to play music and sing. I also love to dance and make any kind of art. I hope all is well with the rest of the community and the world.

remember to live today and not to wait for tomorrow.

with shells,
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Monday, August 29th, 2005

Subject:Friends only
Posted by:die_fledermaus.
Time:8:32 pm.
Mood: full.
Hey everyone,

I just wanted to remind you all to make your entries to this community "friends only." The reason for this is that we are coming from lots of different places and lots of different schools, and we want to be able to chat about our schools while feeling safe. I don't want just anyone on the internet knowing where we are...

It's easy to make your posts friends only. When you are on the "update journal" page, there are some pull down menus (depending on what format your Livejournal page is, it may be in different places than other peoples' - on mine they're at the bottom of the page). The menu you want to use says "Security" next to it. Select "friends" from the menu.

Remember, you have to be logged in Livejournal while viewing the community to see the entries that have been made friends only.

Thanks, guys!!!

(P.S. I made this entry public so that those who don't know you have to be logged in to view "friends only" posts will see my request. From now on, I am going to make all my posts here friends only. Please do the same!)
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Saturday, August 20th, 2005

Posted by:vera_vlinder.
Time:5:00 pm.
Hi all,

I'm still figuring out how this works, but how to post seems to work ;o)
So I'll post my intro.

I'm Vera, F, 36, in Gent, Belgium.
Maaike and I started talking about a Sudbury school only 17 months ago, and september 1st De Vlinder opens, with 4 students (age 10-16yo), 2 maybe's, and 4 part-time staff, of which I am one.
It's been a wonderfull experience thusfar, and I'm looking forward to the next weeks.

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

Posted by:pinkplkadottofu.
Time:10:41 pm.
Mood: inquisitive.
Hey, all. I was thinking... I don't about the rest of you, but I've been wondering who everyone in this group is. Maybe there were introductions before I joined. But, more people have joined after me, too. For the sake of all of us who can't figure out who's who, could we do some brief introductions? It'd be good to just kind of cover the basics... I'll go first. ;)

Name: Mandy
ASL: 19, F, Katy, TX
My Sudbury: Houston Sudbury Group
Status: Staff, Graduate (May 2004)
Sudbury Years: 2 as student, entering my 2nd as staff

I firmly and wholeheartedly believe in the philosophy. I had a blast as a student and ran for every clerkship that I could. I was actively involved in the administration as a student and went right into being a staff after graduation. This summer we've been working really hard to market the school and its move into the city... it's kind of taken over my life. I look forward to school starting and things settling out a little bit. Also, I went to the workshop at SVS this summer. It was my first time there and an awesome experience overall.

Yeah, so, what about you guys, eh?
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Thursday, August 18th, 2005

Posted by:die_fledermaus.
Time:8:03 am.
Mood: rushed.
Mandy, what a smashing idea. I don't have time to make an intro now, but I will later. But to all of those who are going to make an intro - could you make a new topic instead of just replying to the one Mandy made? That way we don't have to go hunting for them. ^_~

Ask if you have any questions! See you guys later! *Rushes to work*
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Monday, August 8th, 2005

Subject:Yakkety yak, don't go back...
Posted by:die_fledermaus.
Time:9:33 pm.
Mood: just ate dinner....
(Isn't how that old doo wop-y song goes?)

Chelsea, who is really bored (justjournal) replied to your LiveJournal post
in which you said:

> Hey all. It's Vivi aka wolfwoodglomper. I changed my user name 'cuz I was
> bored of the one I had before. I had to make a whole new journal. It was
> either that or pay $15 for a new user name with the same journal. Let me
> tell you, though, updating all my friends and settings and stuff from
> wolfwoodglomper was annoying.


Their reply was:

Like what?

Hmmm...Good question...

How is everyone's summer going? When do you start school again?

I guess I'll say my piece. I actually went to school this summer semester, though that's not that unusual since I'm in college. ^_~ I took philosophy and guitar...Believe me, it was kind of annoying going to school during the summer. But it wasn't *too* bad because I was taking philo online. An interesting experiene to say the least.

Let's see...There was a lot of stress going on lately at home, with me and my boyfriend. But it looks like those things are pretty much figured out. And other than that, I'm going into the mountains later this week for a few days for a pagan retreat. I'm really, really, really excited. I get to get away from here and relax in the woods with a bunch of crazy pagans. Woohoo!

Oh, and I got a new job. I've been doing data entry since last November and it SUCKS. And now they're opening Whole Foods stores all over the place in Denver, so I decided to apply to one, shortly after I realized I want to go to into environmental studies...I think that's actually what got me my job, because it showed I cared about supporting the business. Anyway, I got a job, and they're starting me at $9.25 an hour...Not great, but better than what they said they would start me at originally, which was $8.75! So I'm feeling pretty good about that. I have to get good shoes, though, 'cuz I'll be standing a lot.

OK that's it from me. What about you guys???
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Posted by:die_fledermaus.
Time:9:14 pm.
Mood: hot.
Hey all. It's Vivi aka wolfwoodglomper. I changed my user name 'cuz I was bored of the one I had before. I had to make a whole new journal. It was either that or pay $15 for a new user name with the same journal. Let me tell you, though, updating all my friends and settings and stuff from wolfwoodglomper was annoying.

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Thursday, July 21st, 2005

Subject:SVS Workshop
Posted by:pinkplkadottofu.
Time:6:42 pm.
Mood: exhausted.
I just got in from the summer workshop. It was so exhausting, but incredibly valuable. I wish everyone could get a chance to see SVS. It was so pretty. The Fairhaven documentary rocked. I think they're going to make it available online, you should all check it out. Thanks to Bruce for all your work on CASE.

-Mandy, Brazos Valley Sudbury School
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Friday, July 22nd, 2005

Posted by:wolfwoodglomper.
Time:8:13 am.
Mood: tired.
Conference updates...Now! =D
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Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Posted by:wolfwoodglomper.
Time:7:43 pm.
I just sent off my big, long letter to the Sudbury school in Toronto...And I will be on pins and needles until they respond!!! *Excited* Thank you SO much Mandy and Bruce for the comments, they were GREAT. I definitely incorporated them before sending it off!
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Monday, June 27th, 2005

Subject:A thought
Posted by:wolfwoodglomper.
Time:11:30 pm.
Mood: oh yeah....
A thought just occured to me - maybe I should post her message on here. Here's what she said:

"When you mentioned coming to Canada I thought you said that you were
interested in attending school while working at the school at the same time.
Did I misunderstand?
The reason I am enquiring about this is that your plan impacts the direction
that this takes.
To clarify -- staff that are hired by Sudbury model schools are critical to
how the school works both in the mechanics and according to the educational
philosophy. The staff need to bring a number of things to the school which
include life experience, being a role model for responsible decision-making,
modeling life long learning, and enriching the school community with their
own interests and experiences.
Since you have just graduated from school I am not certain that you have the
life experience necessary to become a full-time staff member. Perhaps if you
intend to pursue a particular interest or continue your education here at
the same time we may consider you as a part time staff member. I guess we
need to better understand what your intentions are and get to know you
better as far as what you will bring to our school community."

So, I guess I need to show her that I can make responsible decisions, can be a role model, life long learning, all that stuff.

OK I'm going to bed now. G'night.
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Posted by:wolfwoodglomper.
Time:11:08 pm.
Alright fellow Sudburians (don't ask, I just made it up).

I was going to wait to tell you about this idea, because I didn't know how much of a possibility it would be, but I have a letter to send and I need your opinions. So, I've had this idea to go to Canada for a really, really long time, and now I'm finally putting my mind to it and planning. I have been in contact with the Sudbury school in Toronto, and I told them that I would be interested in finding out more info about being a staff member there. So, one of the staff (not sure if she's the founder or not) has been E-mailing back and forth with me, and she said that she doesn't think I have enough life experience to be a full time staff member, but that they would be interested in a part time position.

So, I wanted to write her back. The letter is a *little* lengthy, and needs editing, but I was wondering if you guys could tell me what you think.

"Hey Kate,

I can see what you mean about life experience. I think that really is an asset to making a Sudbury school work. However, I also think that Sudbury graduates are already way ahead of the game than even people who have been out of high school for years and years. I can also see that I may not have as much "life" experience as someone who has been out of school longer, but I have had a lot of life experience packed into not much time - both from my time at Alpine Valley and the time since I graduated.

For example, while at AVS, I was very involved in the community inside and outside the school. Within AVS, I was School Meeting chair, School Meeting secretary, JC Clerk, and held other clerkships with various committees in the school, as well as designed and sold the yearbook alone for four years straight. I helped initiate classes, organized talent shows and graduations, and studied a variety of academic subjects. In addition, I served on the Diploma Committee and continue to do so today. I was also very involved with the PR Committee while at school and helped out with events, office work, etc. I had to deal with a carpool for four years, plus a super long commute (believe me, it takes nerves of steel! But I would not have done it had it not been for AVS).

Outside the school, I was an actor, dancer, bagpipe player, among other things. I served on the board for a non-profit dance organization as the student representative. My mother is German, so I was raised speaking two languages, and spent a lot of time in Germany (almost every year of my life, to be exact), so I have exposure to other cultures and countries. I had a job at a bookstore for a while, and in my last year at AVS, I had a job at a dry cleaners, which taught me so much about money management (though I had experience already from selling yearbooks).

Shortly after I graduated from AVS, I got a job moved into an apartment with my boyfriend, which is definitely an experience I have learned a lot from. I no longer have much financial support from my parents. I am going to school full time while working. I am also organizing an event to create awareness about a case in Arkansas where 3 men are in prison with no hard evidence to put them there - believe me, my experience at AVS is helping a lot with this, but it's still not an easy task!

In terms of coming to Canada, it is something I have wanted to do for a long time, and am finally in a place in my life where I can think about it seriously. I am doing it mostly because I don't like the direction our country is going in, and never felt totally comfortable and at home here in the first place, though I grew up here. I feel that if I came to Canada, I would definitely need a place where I can be welcomed by a community, since this will be an entirely new experience. In addition, I love Sudbury schools. I care very much about keeping them open and alive, and want to help to make that possible. And ever since I started being involved in AVS, I knew deep down I was going to do something with Sudbury schools in my lifetime. Why make it later rather than sooner?

The school/work thing is a problem, however - as a citizen of the United States and not yet a citizen of Canada, I cannot work and go to school at the same time. I would definitely be interested in having a part time position with your school, but if I had to wait and get established in Canada first, I would be more than willing to do that, too. Right now, I am very flexible. And if I did come to Canada, and if my feeling about Canada is correct, then I have a feeling I will be there for quite a long time."

(And following would be some sort of departure...)

Do you think that I should say the whole bit at the end there, about how I would be willing to take a part time job, or come to Canada and wait until I'm established there? I can't decide if I should or not.

(Bruce...I would really value your opinion here...When you have time. ^_~)

Anyway, thanks, guys!!!

*~*EDIT*~* I should really put something in there about how I'm learning French just so I can come to Canada, huh? =P
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Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Subject:Summer Workshop
Posted by:pinkplkadottofu.
Time:5:22 pm.
Mood: jubilant.
Okay, it's official. The Executive Committee voted today. I'm going to the SVS Summer Workshop in July. I am so excited. Is anyone else on this list going to be there? Have any of you been before? Yay!
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Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Posted by:wolfwoodglomper.
Time:11:15 pm.
Mood: excited.
They actually started a Sudbury school in Japan!!! It was on SVS's website! I'm tempted to try to contact them, but my Japanese is soooooo rusty these days. What do you guys think?

Here's their website

You probably won't be able to read it, unless you can download the Japanese characters. If you can't, it'll just be jumbled gobbledy gook.

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Subject:Wikipedia rules you... and me... and everyone... it rules the world.
Posted by:pinkplkadottofu.
Time:2:05 pm.
Mood: good.
Okay, I found this out last night (thanks to Nate) and already posted it on my own lj, but felt the need to share:

, seemingly the most popular online encyclopedia, actually has a listing for 'SVS', 'Sudbury Valley School', and 'Sudbury'. It even has a list of Sudbury schools. I don't know about you guys, but I am oh-so-excited.

Check it out...
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