Ms. Oropallo Agreed to Take on Another MSEL Class?

MarinSEL EngineeringIs it possible to hush a class of kids who all know each-other? “No matter how randomly I group you up, you all chat because you’re one giant family,” said Allison Oropallo herself, the very woman who is single-handedly capable of keeping the MarinSEL junior class entertained, educated, and on task. For the past three weeks, Ms. Oropallo has kept us interested by demonstrating the proper use of each tool, and giving us time to practice. Most of us in the class agree that drilling, hammering, and sawing wood are phenomenal stress relievers, and genuinely feel empowering.

As our comfort level with these tools grows, we are beginning our first engaging project of the year: the Spoon Project. While free-hand and measured drawing have never proven to be too diffcult, they have become a class-shared struggle as we each attempt to create two individual spoon designs, one of which will be made out of the notoriously heavy European Beachwood. Looking ahead, our MarinSEL Engineering class will collaboratively design and build six unique chicken coops in groups. Having heard only great things about this project, we are all excited to commence and enter the handsy world of tools, sawdust and creation.

On Thursday, September 11th, Juliana Birnbaum spoke publicly in Bolinas about her theories, ideas, and research. Never heard of her? Neither had we, until we adopted “Sustainable Revolution; Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms, and Communities Worldwide” as our class textbook –“textbook,” because it will be our main literary focus for this year–. ¬†Juliana Birnbaum wrote this book with the intention of influencing young readers minds to redesign our thought processes into those with environmental defaults. As we indulge into this factual novel, we will be learning new, creative ways to build our way to sustainability, and perform healthier every-day tasks.

With an abnormally higher-than-usual girl to boy ratio, we have high hopes for this class. Thank you, Ms. Oropallo, for providing us with the beautifully unlimited opportunity of learning to be self-reliant, comfortable,  and handy.


Written by: Angelique Avanozian and Monica Zeidan

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22 Responses

  1. mias says:

    Cool blog. I found it quite interesting.

  2. mias says:

    Absolutely brilliant! Cheers.

  3. brendav says:

    Ms.Oropallo’s quote is so true about our class

  4. nicm says:

    I love your hook, it really grabs your attention, and I’m definitely looking forward to reading Sustainable Revolution with everyone, the book should be quite interesting!

  5. emilyi emilyi says:

    Nice hook and awesome blog post. Good Job!

  6. angelicap angelicap says:

    We really are one big family

  7. jonathanw says:

    Very intriguing to hear about what you are doing. It sounds cool.

  8. Patrick Shami Patrick Shami says:

    I like your writing style!

  9. khanht khanht says:

    Beautifully written! I thought it was funny when you said “With an abnormally higher-than-usual girl to boy ratio, we have high hopes for this class.”

  10. taylors taylors says:

    I loved your hook in the beginning really entertained me.

  11. anapaulav anapaulav says:

    nice post! that class looks awesome! Ms Oropallo sounds like a rad teacher

  12. heslerd says:

    Great job. Very excited for the spoon project and how it will turn out at the end.

  13. avaa says:

    I love this post!!! Interesting and intriguing !!

  14. amberl says:

    Great job! It was really well written and it kept the reader engaged and interested.

  15. dahlyah says:

    I’m really excited to use sustainable revolution! I got it and it looks really interesting!

  16. meronee says:

    loved the intro!!!

  17. Miguel F. miguelf says:

    Very well written blog. You keep the reader interested the whole time. Good job.

  18. selenak says:

    Love the quote! I totally agree with the spoon drawing part, definitely a struggle!

  19. audreyb says:

    Good job guys! I think you really captured the picture of MSEL.

  20. juliettas says:

    I’m excited for the speaker to come! It should be interesting. I love your introduction by the way… very true. The spoon project is turning out pretty cool so far!

  21. inesg inesg says:

    you guys!!! this is so well written! we’re all super excited to do the spoon project and to experience such an amazing class with such an awesome teacher! yay for msel 2016

  22. tarenb says:

    wow, this class looks awesome. I can’t wait to see how the spoons turn out. Good luck everyone!

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