The Candor Altschool took a trip last week to Cornell for a tour of the Botanical Gardens and the Orchards. We went on this field trip because we are creating a green space of our own and wanted some tips on how to improve the project. We learned quite a lot and will definitely make some improvements. We met with Michelle Bidwell, from the Cornell cooperative extension, who had previously come to the Altschool to take a look at our greenhouse and give us a few tips. She gave us a tour of the Cornell Botanic Gardens Greenhouse where they bring in plants for the winter and also do research. The greenhouse has many different rooms with a variety of plants. Plants are placed on trays and tables which move so you can water them easily. The greenhouse staff take clones or clippings of certain plants to research them and then plant them in other locations. There is one part of the Cornell greenhouse where the plants get watered by a overhead water system very frequently. I thought it was super cool! We saw lemon geraniums that smelled like lemon pez and fruit loops.
After visiting the greenhouses we went to the Cornell Orchards. A researcher named Erik met us when we first got there to give us a tour. We saw many apple trees; he even let us each take an apple off a tree to eat. Next, he brought us inside and showed us exactly how they press cider. The last place he took us to was the lab, where a researcher was doing experiments on fermentation. Before we left, we all took a few minutes to look around.
After our amazing experience at Cornell, we went to lunch in college town at Wings Over Ithaca. The food was extraordinary! We had lots of smiles and laughs on the way back and a safe ride thanks to our bus driver Boyd. Many pictures were taken throughout the day. Please take a look below!
What do you think about how the new Altschool turned out?
It's great. Shea did really good. Needs a more homey feeling(ha ha)
What is different about this new Altschool and the old Altschool?
The other Altschool had upstairs and downstairs and this one just has an upstairs. Way better than the other one. More furniture.
What do you miss now that you are graduated?
Being around everyone. Being in the adult life(crazy).
What advice do you have for the newcomers?
Good luck! He knows that the kids who come are looking for a totally different environment.
What do you miss the most?
Operation tangos and poker.
What are you doing now and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Right now I'm working. In 10 years I hope to have a degree in college. Winging it, kinda.
Greetings, my name is MyKayla Carlson, and I will be the editor for this year's Candor Altschool newsletter. Last year Makenna Raspantini was the editor, and I hope I can live up to her vision, doing just as well as she did. This year we have nine students so far, and it’s a great group. We all get along very well; we care and have each others’ back.
I never saw the old Altschool but I bet it was amazing and many memories were made there. I’m sure this year will be amazing and many more memories will be made. This year will be full of great adventures and fun times. The greenhouse the former students made will be brought over to the new Altschool. We will be taking a trip to Lowes to get plants for our greenhouse and new green space. Then we will be going out for lunch at the Chinese Buffet. After we get back we will start the planting process.
Shea Bensley and Jonathan Wolfe are amazing teachers at the Altschool. I learn very well with them and they teach with care. I would also like to thank Mr. Wright and Ms. Lux for coming over to teach Math and Science. I’m excited to start this school year and make many memories with the people I am with.