Freezing temperatures, snowfall, and short winter days haven’t stopped students from conducting a scientific experiment on plant growth in Mount Prospect Academy’s greenhouse.
The students are conducting a multi-week experiment, called The Tower Garden Challenge, which provides hands-on learning in science, math, and writing.
MPA teacher Jessica Boynton manages the greenhouse, and she has used the building to run The Tower Garden Challenge during the dead of winter. The experiment’s hands-on components help students stay engaged with the material they are learning, Boynton said.
Art Teacher Tyler Pike saw a sense of pride and craftsmanship swell within students as they made holiday gifts — working to improve artistic designs, or making multiple attempts to perfect their projects.
Clay Hanukkah dreidels, Christmas tree ornaments, wreaths, decorative holiday plates, and gingerbread houses are among the many items that Mount Prospect Academy students made in the weeks before winter break.
Pike and several other MPA teachers guided students through the gift-making projects.
“For many of our students, gift-making means getting to go home, seeing the people they care about, h...
As fall season temperatures set in, and green leaves transformed into brilliant shades of red, yellow, and orange, two Mount Prospect Academy students volunteered their time.
The students — guided by Mike Adamkowski, executive director of Mount Prospect Academy's Adventure Based Trauma Informed Treatment program — helped replace a washed-out culvert that was blocking access to the Oliverian Pond Boat launch.
The road and boat launch have re-opened since this work was finished in early October.
"We actually had a group paddle on the pond on Wednesday the 10th, and judging by the forecas...
Mount Prospect Academy's recently constructed climbing tower has provided students with new opportunities to push their comfort zones, participate in therapy, and get exercise.
The tower was built in fall 2017, and it is managed by MPA's Adventure Based program. Climbing can help students learn to trust themselves and others, while providing healthy exercise, according to Mike Adamkowski, executive director of MPA's Adventure Based Trauma Informed Treatment program.
"Climbing gives us an opportunity to talk with students about comfort zones," Adamkowski said:...
Whether they were examining coastal tide pools in Rye, NH, or studying geology and cleaning up litter at Bretton Woods Ski Resort – this month Mount Prospect Academy students learned mountains of information while staying active outside.
MPA science instructor, Karen McAlpine, regularly immerses students in nature while teaching. MPA students often benefit from an outdoor learning environment because they are non-traditional learners who have difficulty succeeding in four-walled classroom environments, McAlpine said.
Many MPA students can be clinically identified as emotionally handicappe...
Mount Prospect Academy’s staff and faculty are excited to see the summer progressing! The warm weather has been great for our students to get outside swimming, fishing, adventuring, and participating in other forms of outdoor learning and healthy exercise.
Renovation and landscaping work is mostly complete at our 19 Owl St. property in Campton, NH. The facility improvements include the addition of a new greenhouse, which MPA will use to educate students in agriculture. MPA plans to serve vegetables that are grown in the greenhouse at school meals.