Educating the
whole child.
Educating the
whole child.

A K-8 public charter school in Harrisville, Utah.

Our Story of the GreenWood Tree

The next time you see a tree, you might stop to consider why GreenWood selected this as its symbol and mascot. When we first looked for a property to build our physical space, we found this beautiful 12 acre farm in Harrisville. Reaching out to us, with its strong, inviting limbs was a lone tree, growing out of a tin shed used for holding irrigation pipe valves. While it was obvious this tree was not planted with intention, the tree grew and grew to become the tree we saw standing at the front of this farm. This tree stood for the growth we wanted to support in every GreenWood Student and Teacher.

At GreenWood, we have pursued these answers through a holistic approach to education- this approach is explained by our GreenWood tree- a symbol of the growth we hope to inspire in each of our students. An ecosystem, that nurtures each of our students as seedlings with nurturing support for what we want each to become. Rather, we nourish and encourage all light until it grows clear, bright, and true. GreenWood's work is to build a more supportive school system: an ecosystem that can nurture, care for and encourage our students to grow as Student Seedlings in a responsive and flexible grove of empathic Teacher Trees, energized by the light of our families:

1. Trees always grow toward the light. And that is why we need you, our families to support our growing forest of trees and seedlings with your light. You are our sun and will brighten our path and support our way with your care and radiance. We know our students have the power to soak in as much sunlight as possible to promote photosynthesis—the process of converting light energy into chemical energy, to produce amazing fruits of work! We nourish and encourage all light until it grows clear, bright, and true

2. Trees grow stronger through adversity. Removing of the competition for water, sunlight, and soil nutrients, doesn't help trees, it weakens them. the chosen trees would be released to grow and develop in extraordinary ways. Trees have to recover from various forms of adversity—a lightning strike, a powerful gust of wind, a heavy accumulation of snow or ice, the encroachment and abuse of careless humans, and sometimes the aggression of a neighboring tree. We know bad things can happen to students, but at GreenWood, we will support our students through these times and help them develop a growth mindset that will help them release and grow in extraordinary ways!

3. Trees grow best in forests, not in isolation. In nature it's unusual to see a tree standing alone. Trees almost always grow in groves, and over time these become forests like the one we hope to grow at GreenWood. Our multi-age program socially supports the interconnectedness of our students interacting and developing a synergy as they rely upon one another to grow together! "We know that "thinning" a forest weakens every tree- every tree is needed to grow a healthy forest. We know we can accomplish more together than we ever could alone!

4. Trees draw strength from the nutrients created by previous generations of trees. People, like trees, who share a common direction and sense of community can grow more easily supported by the work of trees before it. Forest fires, drought, harsh winters all can be difficult times for the tree, but with the fertile bed of previous tree growth, a tree can withstand these difficulties, and continue to grow.  

If we have the growth of the tree in mind as we work together to grow GreenWood, we will stand by each other and work cooperatively to build a better GreenWood year after year. Grooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow GREENWOOD!!!

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for the 2019-2020 school year!

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We accomplish more together
than we ever do alone!