All-School Project Day

On Tuesday, February 16th, all Sky Islands staff and students alike took part in an all-day effort to move forward with the massive watershed restoration project, made possible by the generous Conserve 2 Enhance (C2E) grant. This involved lots of raking and shoveling to shape basins and berms, meticulous rock setting to control erosion and help direct rainwater where it needs to go in the new landscape, digging up irrigation boxes and setting up an irrigation system to use until new plantings are established, and even a crew to cook pizzas on the grill to feed everybody at lunch! Students were taught proper rock setting techniques by the Steel brothers, who are local landscaping and permaculture experts as well as rock artisans. They also learned about arid lands irrigation methods, the basics of shaping basins to control rainwater flow and minimize erosion, and everybody developed their teamwork skills over the course of the day and saw what can be accomplished with many hands working together! There were cameras and reporters from KVOA and KGUN on site as well, who featured our school and this project on the news!

KGUN Watershed Story
KVOA Watershed Story

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Sky Islands is amazing because the curriculum is unlike anywhere else. It is a community that is always changing, and everyone is friendly. The teachers here are the best teachers I have had in my entire student career. I now look at the world differently than others.
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Community is a huge part of Sky Islands. This school has amazing teachers, they are all fantastic, and they have taught me so much. I used to hate math more than anything because I never understood it. Now it is my favorite subject.
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Sky Islands is a great place to be! Everyone is welcoming and everybody knows each other at our school. Throughout the year, we work on projects in and outside the classroom. We also learn about so many interesting topics that you don't learn about at other public schools.
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My daughter graduated from Sky Islands in 2020. She studied there for 4 years of High School and it was the best decision we ever made. The curriculum there allowed her to broadened her mind and approach to more greenery and sciences. She started out very shy and and introvert and graduated more outgoing and she really bloomed at High School there. I would always refer my friends to have their students attend high school for the simple fact that they will get the education needed to go to college plus special treatment and care for each and every student.

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