November 2016

The New Hangout Space

Hello, my name is Andrew. My friend Caleb and I are working on a new hangout space for the older students. The space is in the loft of our barn at school. It will be a spot for the Crew (the older students) to socialize, eat lunch, stay warm, and chill out. The hangout space is about the size of two hallways smashed together.

To prepare the loft, we need to paint, build our library, and ensure that the space stays warm during the winter. The Crew is asking for donations like furniture, lights, and heaters to keep us cozy. We even want to put in a recliner, swing, mini fridge, and a TV.

Starting November 8th, we will ask for donations to make our hangout space awesome. Please consider donating if you have any gently used items that you are willing to give up! 

You can drop off donations to us on Thursdays from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. at our farm, 6302 East Raymond Street.

Wish List

  • Drinks and snacks
  • Bean bag chairs
  • A radio
  • Loveseat
  • A Desk
  • Blankets
  • Big pillows
  • A table
  • Drawing supplies
  • Reading or floor lamps
  • Other decorative items!

Thank you in advance for your help to make our space cool! We'll give you an update next month.

-Andrew Babcock, 14 years old and Caleb Taylor, 15 years old


Did you know arrowheads can be made out of bone? Mr. D and Gordon, his neighbor, have found two arrowheads on the farm.


Today we will talk about arrowheads, learn what they are made of, and hear some cool facts about them.

I conducted research and found out the arrowheads we found are both old. If you look at the marks and patterns of arrowheads you will know how old they are. You can tell an arrowhead is old when it is smooth. The two arrowheads at our farm are smooth and worn down, which means they are pretty old.

The arrowheads at our farm are both made from metamorphic rock. Metamorphic rocks will have obvious bands, streaks, or clumps of different minerals. Arrowheads can be made out of metal, quartzite, bone, chert, flint, and obsidian.

 In the past, people had to make their own tools. The made arrowheads by striking rocks together. This is what creates flake scars. Flake scars are a mark or trace on a stone showing the point of attachment of a flake that has been removed. The flake scars are usually curved.

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing this. Next month, I will be talking about llamas.

-Ben Smith, 13 years old

School for Community Learning - Service Project

Did you know that our students are working on a ten-week long community service project with the School for Community Learning (SCL)? 

Every other Friday, Distelrath students and SCL students are meeting to work on a community gardener project. During our time together, we are building indoor garden boxes, fostering relationships with food insecure families, and working with these families to grow nutritious produce!

Patricia Wildhack, the school leader at SCL, and Miss Ashley planned this project to help teach students the value in mentorship, to help local families to become more self-sustainable, and to provide access to nutritious food options in an area with no easily accessible grocery store. 

If you are interested in helping out with this service project or would like to learn more about our new service project, please contact Ashley at