Monthly Happenings February 2022

Welcome to the Monthly Happenings!

It was one heck of a month, to say the least. There is so much to fill you in on, so if you are new to our Open School community, Welcome!! If you’ve been with us for a while, Hello again!!


This month we got a new staff member: Amber Tobias-Harris.

Amber Tobias-Harris

Amber Tobias-Harris is a graduate of Utah Valley University. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Theatre and a minor in both Psychology and Children’s Theatre. During Amber’s time at Utah University, she had the privilege of doing a study abroad program and traveling to the UK, visiting Ireland, Scotland, and parts of England. Amber pursued a Master’s Degree in Public Health, in 2017, where she was able again to travel abroad to China and study their public health systems as well. But the desire to engage in the world of public health ended after she decided to dedicate a year to Americorps VISTA. During Amber’s year with Americorps VISTA, she was able to work with underprivileged students at the Workforce Institute in various capacities. After working with Americorps, Amber went on to create a Life Coaching business and became an empowerment speaker for women. And in 2018, Amber was certified as a life coach. Since 2018 Amber has also authored, with plans of writing more, and opened a few online shops. Amber’s interests lie in performance art and dance, theatre, political justice, public speaking, and entrepreneurship.

Amber joined The Open School in January 2022 and is jumping in feet first. She is in the “fellowship period” of her employment, which entails a lot of training before she will take on more areas of responsibility. She serves the school in the following roles: on-campus fellow and marketing development.

Click Here if you’d like to meet the other staff members!!


Past Events

The Diploma cohort has been working hard with their fundraising efforts. They’ve sold lunches to the other students as part of their effort to raise money for the trip portion of their diploma. And if you are interested to learn how our students graduate, click here, to see the graduation process.

Birthday shout outs

  • Jacob on Feb 6th
  • Moriel on Feb 7th
  • Charlie on Feb 12th
  • Uri on Feb 18th

Upcoming Events

Coming soon…

The Open School - A New Hope - Annual Auction Fundraiser - 4/23/2022 2pm PT


Community Growth

This month was also filled with community growing, boundary building, and lessons in proper ways to speak to each other. This month our civics board saw its share of “hate speech” and “curse words” write-ups. But so much good came out of this! A special hate speech workshop was created and executed by Cassi Clausen. And the students had a chance to voice their opinion and set boundaries to strengthen their space.

If you are new to The Open School

and self-directed learning, we have some great blog posts that you can check out that help to explain what we do and what we believe in.

Start here:

  1. What if Everyone in the World was Happy?
  2. Liberty or Lord of the Flies?
  3. You Can’t do Sudbury at Home



If you’ve been around for a little while

and know a little bit about self-directed school and unlearning, and you want to see if maybe we are a good fit for your family, click here and let’s connect.

Also, check out of FAQs page to see if your questions have already been answered!!

And if you’re an old soul to the community

and/or you want to know how you can help to keep the school afloat, please don’t hesitate to donate here!

Phew! I told you there was a lot to catch up on. And we cannot wait for next month to see all of the awesome things that will happen, all the things that get created, and all of the news that we can share with you!

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