Snapshot: Eighth Grade Mandarin


With only three students, eighth-grade Mandarin 2 class has plenty of time for individual instruction, whether in person or over Zoom! Chase, Micaiah, and Najja are studying the second-biggest Chinese holiday, the Mid-Autumn Festival (a.k.a., Moon Festival), which falls on October 1 this year. They will be reading (and reading aloud) famous Chinese poems about the holiday and enjoying the beautiful full moon at home this week with their families.

Snapshot: Eighth Grade Mandarin2020-09-30T13:41:55-05:00

Does Your Child Really Need a Smartphone?


Added to the age-old conundrum of when to give your child the car keys for the first time, is a 21st-century parenting question: At what age should a child have his or her own smartphone? This is a tricky situation. You might be a parent who simply got tired of your child asking to use your phone. Or maybe you caved to pleas of “But all the other kids in my class have one!” But does your child really need a smartphone? It could do more harm than good. A student with a smartphone has instant access to other students, 24/7. [...]

Does Your Child Really Need a Smartphone?2020-09-28T11:59:49-05:00

Surviving Sophomore Year


One of the enduring patterns I’ve seen in 30-plus years educating high school students is that for most of them, sophomore year is big leap from freshman year. You are given much more responsibility, you are expected to know so much more, and the classes are much more difficult. As a freshman, you’re introduced to high school and you’re just learning the ropes of it. The following year, you get hit with more work, more tests, and more unexpected quizzes. Also, this is the first point when students can take AP classes, might have multiple honors-level classes, and/or are completing some [...]

Surviving Sophomore Year2020-09-23T14:05:02-05:00

Snapshot: Fifth Grade P.E.


Fifth-graders took a swing at tennis in P.E. class, working on hand-eye coordination through a series of games that called on them to balance, bounce, and pass the ball with a racket while on the move in team relay races. Coaches say it's one of their favorite outdoor lessons, a great and challenging lesson for all types of learners — kinesthetic, auditory, and visual.

Snapshot: Fifth Grade P.E.2020-09-16T10:49:11-05:00

Snapshot: Boats & Balloons in the Makerspace


Eighth-graders explored engineering and design in the Thrall Family Makerspace with a pair of science projects. First, they researched, designed, and built boats using only straws and duct tape, testing and redesigning them to make sure they were seaworthy. Later, they experimented with letting air out of balloons of different sizes to see how far they could get one to fly when released.

Snapshot: Boats & Balloons in the Makerspace2020-09-11T15:13:37-05:00

Snapshot: Seventh Grade World History


In seventh grade, world history class starts with the Ancient Greek World before tackling the rise and expansion of Rome. This week’s mini research project saw students examining artifacts from Ancient Mycenae, the first advanced and distinctively Greek civilization (1600-1000 BCE). After picking an artifact for online research from the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, the Louvre Museum in Paris, the British Museum in London, or the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, students had to draw and describe the artifact, its date, location, size, material, and write how the people of Ancient Mycenae used the item and might have [...]

Snapshot: Seventh Grade World History2020-09-16T14:45:56-05:00
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