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  • CONGRATULATIONS to my Alma Mater!
    and faces and I m trying to figure out the nuances of our dress code In the six months I ve been working here however I ve been consistently struck by how much time energy and enthusiasm we as an institution put into capturing our students imaginations and engaging them in creative ways in the academic work that is the lifeblood of our school Our students have opportunities to explore the world around them through to name just a few examples film projects entrepreneurial ventures and international travel Read More Teaching for Relevancy and Curiosity 2 12 2016 Vince Day Program Director for Computer Science and Interactive Technologies Three years ago which in the world of gaming might as well be a lifetime I had the opportunity to offer a Game Design class to a group of SCH Academy Upper School students While my classroom teaching experience up until that time had been limited teaching teachers I was more than ready for the chance to connect and collaborate with students At the time my gaming prowess was bound by a childhood immersed in Atari Nintendo and Sega Genesis along with a freshman year of college solaced in NHL 97 on the Genesis console Although an argument could be made that I should have been more dedicated to course work the hours I spent gaming were the most engaging and focused time for me during that transitional year Read More Authentic Purpose 2 1 2016 Christy Yaffe Lower School Girls Reading Specialist Authentic purpose That is what makes the 4th grade news tick Each week a news team of three 4th grade students in the Lower School for Girls comes to meet with me to plan the following week s broadcast I never cease to be amazed by the creativity thoughtfulness and hard work that the girls put into this project Students have assumed responsibility for reporting the news and are careful that the stories they present will appeal to their youngest viewers Seriously a piece on Ebola would be too scary if you re in Kindergarten one team decided this year While we always keep an eye on the weather and report something related to health or wellness all of the stories come from the students I coach and mentor but the ideas belong to the girls We ve covered everything from current events and green initiatives to ear piercing and black holes It isn t fancy but it is always an adventure Read More Visit a world outside your own 1 19 2016 Richard Blyweiss Lower School for Boys 5th Grade Teacher Have you ever read a book so powerful that you say How are more people not reading and talking about this book If we re lucky we ve read a few of these books in our lifetime When I spoke with fellow teachers about the books that they claim really taught them or moved them in a way they never thought possible before I got some amazing answers The Giving Tree The Last Lecture Oh The Places You ll Go The Giver and dozens more When I began my teaching career I made a promise to myself that I would vow to my students on the first day of each school year You may leave this room at the end of the school year smarter than you were when you came in But I guarantee that you ll all leave here as better people I always wanted to keep an open and honest relationship with my students one full of discussion and celebration for their accomplishments both inside and outside of school I wanted to make sure my students understood my care for their lives not just as students but their lives as athletes musicians brothers cousins artists and any number of other ways they describe themselves But talking alone wasn t enough I needed stories and examples outside of our own I needed us to have the opportunity to each day visit a world outside of the one we lived in I decided that literature was one way to do this Unfortunately being a math and history teacher that doesn t exactly lend itself to much story reading time during class So I did what any teacher would do I improvised Read More Lessons that Stick 12 17 2015 Josh Budde Head of Middle School for Boys We have all been inspired in some way by the people in our lives people who knowingly or unknowingly have helped guide us and helped us to be who we are For many our parents play or played a large role but I have difficulty identifying exact moments turning points if you will when they set me on the course I am on The lessons they taught are not so singular as to be identifiable as distinct moments in time yet I cannot deny their influence on who I am My wife has had a more direct effect on inspiring me to be the person I am An educator herself my wife has always pushed me directly through her words and deeds and indirectly by being an example of what a teacher parent and spouse can be It is not an overstatement that I would not be the educator or person I am today were it not for her presence in my life Read More Service and the Global Travel Program 12 8 2015 Michael Ferrier English Department Coordinator Global Travel Programs A week ago I returned from an 11 day immersion trip to Peru with 19 students and two of my colleagues At the end of our trip we spent four days in a Quechua village called Llanchon nestled on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca to assist in a development project at a local high school One of the most important aspects of the Global Travel Program is our commitment to educating students about meaningful service Read More Outward Bound Day 5 The Stories We Tell 11

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  • Members of a Global Community
    the Globe and Still Back in Time for Lunch 2 22 2016 Andrew Hallowell Mandarin teacher I m still new here at SCH I can t always find my way around campus I m still learning some names and faces and I m trying to figure out the nuances of our dress code In the six months I ve been working here however I ve been consistently struck by how much time energy and enthusiasm we as an institution put into capturing our students imaginations and engaging them in creative ways in the academic work that is the lifeblood of our school Our students have opportunities to explore the world around them through to name just a few examples film projects entrepreneurial ventures and international travel Read More Teaching for Relevancy and Curiosity 2 12 2016 Vince Day Program Director for Computer Science and Interactive Technologies Three years ago which in the world of gaming might as well be a lifetime I had the opportunity to offer a Game Design class to a group of SCH Academy Upper School students While my classroom teaching experience up until that time had been limited teaching teachers I was more than ready for the chance to connect and collaborate with students At the time my gaming prowess was bound by a childhood immersed in Atari Nintendo and Sega Genesis along with a freshman year of college solaced in NHL 97 on the Genesis console Although an argument could be made that I should have been more dedicated to course work the hours I spent gaming were the most engaging and focused time for me during that transitional year Read More Authentic Purpose 2 1 2016 Christy Yaffe Lower School Girls Reading Specialist Authentic purpose That is what makes the 4th grade news tick Each week a news team of three 4th grade students in the Lower School for Girls comes to meet with me to plan the following week s broadcast I never cease to be amazed by the creativity thoughtfulness and hard work that the girls put into this project Students have assumed responsibility for reporting the news and are careful that the stories they present will appeal to their youngest viewers Seriously a piece on Ebola would be too scary if you re in Kindergarten one team decided this year While we always keep an eye on the weather and report something related to health or wellness all of the stories come from the students I coach and mentor but the ideas belong to the girls We ve covered everything from current events and green initiatives to ear piercing and black holes It isn t fancy but it is always an adventure Read More Visit a world outside your own 1 19 2016 Richard Blyweiss Lower School for Boys 5th Grade Teacher Have you ever read a book so powerful that you say How are more people not reading and talking about this book If we re lucky we ve read a few of these books in our lifetime When I spoke with fellow teachers about the books that they claim really taught them or moved them in a way they never thought possible before I got some amazing answers The Giving Tree The Last Lecture Oh The Places You ll Go The Giver and dozens more When I began my teaching career I made a promise to myself that I would vow to my students on the first day of each school year You may leave this room at the end of the school year smarter than you were when you came in But I guarantee that you ll all leave here as better people I always wanted to keep an open and honest relationship with my students one full of discussion and celebration for their accomplishments both inside and outside of school I wanted to make sure my students understood my care for their lives not just as students but their lives as athletes musicians brothers cousins artists and any number of other ways they describe themselves But talking alone wasn t enough I needed stories and examples outside of our own I needed us to have the opportunity to each day visit a world outside of the one we lived in I decided that literature was one way to do this Unfortunately being a math and history teacher that doesn t exactly lend itself to much story reading time during class So I did what any teacher would do I improvised Read More Lessons that Stick 12 17 2015 Josh Budde Head of Middle School for Boys We have all been inspired in some way by the people in our lives people who knowingly or unknowingly have helped guide us and helped us to be who we are For many our parents play or played a large role but I have difficulty identifying exact moments turning points if you will when they set me on the course I am on The lessons they taught are not so singular as to be identifiable as distinct moments in time yet I cannot deny their influence on who I am My wife has had a more direct effect on inspiring me to be the person I am An educator herself my wife has always pushed me directly through her words and deeds and indirectly by being an example of what a teacher parent and spouse can be It is not an overstatement that I would not be the educator or person I am today were it not for her presence in my life Read More Service and the Global Travel Program 12 8 2015 Michael Ferrier English Department Coordinator Global Travel Programs A week ago I returned from an 11 day immersion trip to Peru with 19 students and two of my colleagues At the end of our trip we spent four days in a Quechua village called Llanchon nestled on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca to assist in a

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  • Telling Stories to Cultivate Radical Empathy
    here however I ve been consistently struck by how much time energy and enthusiasm we as an institution put into capturing our students imaginations and engaging them in creative ways in the academic work that is the lifeblood of our school Our students have opportunities to explore the world around them through to name just a few examples film projects entrepreneurial ventures and international travel Read More Teaching for Relevancy and Curiosity 2 12 2016 Vince Day Program Director for Computer Science and Interactive Technologies Three years ago which in the world of gaming might as well be a lifetime I had the opportunity to offer a Game Design class to a group of SCH Academy Upper School students While my classroom teaching experience up until that time had been limited teaching teachers I was more than ready for the chance to connect and collaborate with students At the time my gaming prowess was bound by a childhood immersed in Atari Nintendo and Sega Genesis along with a freshman year of college solaced in NHL 97 on the Genesis console Although an argument could be made that I should have been more dedicated to course work the hours I spent gaming were the most engaging and focused time for me during that transitional year Read More Authentic Purpose 2 1 2016 Christy Yaffe Lower School Girls Reading Specialist Authentic purpose That is what makes the 4th grade news tick Each week a news team of three 4th grade students in the Lower School for Girls comes to meet with me to plan the following week s broadcast I never cease to be amazed by the creativity thoughtfulness and hard work that the girls put into this project Students have assumed responsibility for reporting the news and are careful that the stories they present will appeal to their youngest viewers Seriously a piece on Ebola would be too scary if you re in Kindergarten one team decided this year While we always keep an eye on the weather and report something related to health or wellness all of the stories come from the students I coach and mentor but the ideas belong to the girls We ve covered everything from current events and green initiatives to ear piercing and black holes It isn t fancy but it is always an adventure Read More Visit a world outside your own 1 19 2016 Richard Blyweiss Lower School for Boys 5th Grade Teacher Have you ever read a book so powerful that you say How are more people not reading and talking about this book If we re lucky we ve read a few of these books in our lifetime When I spoke with fellow teachers about the books that they claim really taught them or moved them in a way they never thought possible before I got some amazing answers The Giving Tree The Last Lecture Oh The Places You ll Go The Giver and dozens more When I began my teaching career I made a promise to myself that I would vow to my students on the first day of each school year You may leave this room at the end of the school year smarter than you were when you came in But I guarantee that you ll all leave here as better people I always wanted to keep an open and honest relationship with my students one full of discussion and celebration for their accomplishments both inside and outside of school I wanted to make sure my students understood my care for their lives not just as students but their lives as athletes musicians brothers cousins artists and any number of other ways they describe themselves But talking alone wasn t enough I needed stories and examples outside of our own I needed us to have the opportunity to each day visit a world outside of the one we lived in I decided that literature was one way to do this Unfortunately being a math and history teacher that doesn t exactly lend itself to much story reading time during class So I did what any teacher would do I improvised Read More Lessons that Stick 12 17 2015 Josh Budde Head of Middle School for Boys We have all been inspired in some way by the people in our lives people who knowingly or unknowingly have helped guide us and helped us to be who we are For many our parents play or played a large role but I have difficulty identifying exact moments turning points if you will when they set me on the course I am on The lessons they taught are not so singular as to be identifiable as distinct moments in time yet I cannot deny their influence on who I am My wife has had a more direct effect on inspiring me to be the person I am An educator herself my wife has always pushed me directly through her words and deeds and indirectly by being an example of what a teacher parent and spouse can be It is not an overstatement that I would not be the educator or person I am today were it not for her presence in my life Read More Service and the Global Travel Program 12 8 2015 Michael Ferrier English Department Coordinator Global Travel Programs A week ago I returned from an 11 day immersion trip to Peru with 19 students and two of my colleagues At the end of our trip we spent four days in a Quechua village called Llanchon nestled on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca to assist in a development project at a local high school One of the most important aspects of the Global Travel Program is our commitment to educating students about meaningful service Read More Outward Bound Day 5 The Stories We Tell 11 30 2015 Matt Norcini Dean of Student Life It was mid morning on Day 5 and these were our final hours together We

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  • Outward Bound Day #3: That Magic Moment
    3 11 2016 The Lower School for Girls signature Kindergarten Animals in Winter Project goes on the road to the Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education This year kindergarten s annual Animal in Winter unit teamed up with the Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership CEL to enhance and expand the scope of this much beloved unit in which each girl becomes the expert on a local wild animal researching her animal and eventually teaching the class all that she has learned Looking locally the kindergarten team was thrilled to partner with the Schuylkill Center one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country Read More Around the Globe and Still Back in Time for Lunch 2 22 2016 Andrew Hallowell Mandarin teacher I m still new here at SCH I can t always find my way around campus I m still learning some names and faces and I m trying to figure out the nuances of our dress code In the six months I ve been working here however I ve been consistently struck by how much time energy and enthusiasm we as an institution put into capturing our students imaginations and engaging them in creative ways in the academic work that is the lifeblood of our school Our students have opportunities to explore the world around them through to name just a few examples film projects entrepreneurial ventures and international travel Read More Teaching for Relevancy and Curiosity 2 12 2016 Vince Day Program Director for Computer Science and Interactive Technologies Three years ago which in the world of gaming might as well be a lifetime I had the opportunity to offer a Game Design class to a group of SCH Academy Upper School students While my classroom teaching experience up until that time had been limited teaching teachers I was more than ready for the chance to connect and collaborate with students At the time my gaming prowess was bound by a childhood immersed in Atari Nintendo and Sega Genesis along with a freshman year of college solaced in NHL 97 on the Genesis console Although an argument could be made that I should have been more dedicated to course work the hours I spent gaming were the most engaging and focused time for me during that transitional year Read More Authentic Purpose 2 1 2016 Christy Yaffe Lower School Girls Reading Specialist Authentic purpose That is what makes the 4th grade news tick Each week a news team of three 4th grade students in the Lower School for Girls comes to meet with me to plan the following week s broadcast I never cease to be amazed by the creativity thoughtfulness and hard work that the girls put into this project Students have assumed responsibility for reporting the news and are careful that the stories they present will appeal to their youngest viewers Seriously a piece on Ebola would be too scary if you re in Kindergarten one team decided this year While we always keep an eye on the weather and report something related to health or wellness all of the stories come from the students I coach and mentor but the ideas belong to the girls We ve covered everything from current events and green initiatives to ear piercing and black holes It isn t fancy but it is always an adventure Read More Visit a world outside your own 1 19 2016 Richard Blyweiss Lower School for Boys 5th Grade Teacher Have you ever read a book so powerful that you say How are more people not reading and talking about this book If we re lucky we ve read a few of these books in our lifetime When I spoke with fellow teachers about the books that they claim really taught them or moved them in a way they never thought possible before I got some amazing answers The Giving Tree The Last Lecture Oh The Places You ll Go The Giver and dozens more When I began my teaching career I made a promise to myself that I would vow to my students on the first day of each school year You may leave this room at the end of the school year smarter than you were when you came in But I guarantee that you ll all leave here as better people I always wanted to keep an open and honest relationship with my students one full of discussion and celebration for their accomplishments both inside and outside of school I wanted to make sure my students understood my care for their lives not just as students but their lives as athletes musicians brothers cousins artists and any number of other ways they describe themselves But talking alone wasn t enough I needed stories and examples outside of our own I needed us to have the opportunity to each day visit a world outside of the one we lived in I decided that literature was one way to do this Unfortunately being a math and history teacher that doesn t exactly lend itself to much story reading time during class So I did what any teacher would do I improvised Read More Lessons that Stick 12 17 2015 Josh Budde Head of Middle School for Boys We have all been inspired in some way by the people in our lives people who knowingly or unknowingly have helped guide us and helped us to be who we are For many our parents play or played a large role but I have difficulty identifying exact moments turning points if you will when they set me on the course I am on The lessons they taught are not so singular as to be identifiable as distinct moments in time yet I cannot deny their influence on who I am My wife has had a more direct effect on inspiring me to be the person I am An educator herself my wife has always pushed me directly

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  • Outward Bound Day #2: On the Trail
    dress code In the six months I ve been working here however I ve been consistently struck by how much time energy and enthusiasm we as an institution put into capturing our students imaginations and engaging them in creative ways in the academic work that is the lifeblood of our school Our students have opportunities to explore the world around them through to name just a few examples film projects entrepreneurial ventures and international travel Read More Teaching for Relevancy and Curiosity 2 12 2016 Vince Day Program Director for Computer Science and Interactive Technologies Three years ago which in the world of gaming might as well be a lifetime I had the opportunity to offer a Game Design class to a group of SCH Academy Upper School students While my classroom teaching experience up until that time had been limited teaching teachers I was more than ready for the chance to connect and collaborate with students At the time my gaming prowess was bound by a childhood immersed in Atari Nintendo and Sega Genesis along with a freshman year of college solaced in NHL 97 on the Genesis console Although an argument could be made that I should have been more dedicated to course work the hours I spent gaming were the most engaging and focused time for me during that transitional year Read More Authentic Purpose 2 1 2016 Christy Yaffe Lower School Girls Reading Specialist Authentic purpose That is what makes the 4th grade news tick Each week a news team of three 4th grade students in the Lower School for Girls comes to meet with me to plan the following week s broadcast I never cease to be amazed by the creativity thoughtfulness and hard work that the girls put into this project Students have assumed responsibility for reporting the news and are careful that the stories they present will appeal to their youngest viewers Seriously a piece on Ebola would be too scary if you re in Kindergarten one team decided this year While we always keep an eye on the weather and report something related to health or wellness all of the stories come from the students I coach and mentor but the ideas belong to the girls We ve covered everything from current events and green initiatives to ear piercing and black holes It isn t fancy but it is always an adventure Read More Visit a world outside your own 1 19 2016 Richard Blyweiss Lower School for Boys 5th Grade Teacher Have you ever read a book so powerful that you say How are more people not reading and talking about this book If we re lucky we ve read a few of these books in our lifetime When I spoke with fellow teachers about the books that they claim really taught them or moved them in a way they never thought possible before I got some amazing answers The Giving Tree The Last Lecture Oh The Places You ll Go The Giver and dozens more When I began my teaching career I made a promise to myself that I would vow to my students on the first day of each school year You may leave this room at the end of the school year smarter than you were when you came in But I guarantee that you ll all leave here as better people I always wanted to keep an open and honest relationship with my students one full of discussion and celebration for their accomplishments both inside and outside of school I wanted to make sure my students understood my care for their lives not just as students but their lives as athletes musicians brothers cousins artists and any number of other ways they describe themselves But talking alone wasn t enough I needed stories and examples outside of our own I needed us to have the opportunity to each day visit a world outside of the one we lived in I decided that literature was one way to do this Unfortunately being a math and history teacher that doesn t exactly lend itself to much story reading time during class So I did what any teacher would do I improvised Read More Lessons that Stick 12 17 2015 Josh Budde Head of Middle School for Boys We have all been inspired in some way by the people in our lives people who knowingly or unknowingly have helped guide us and helped us to be who we are For many our parents play or played a large role but I have difficulty identifying exact moments turning points if you will when they set me on the course I am on The lessons they taught are not so singular as to be identifiable as distinct moments in time yet I cannot deny their influence on who I am My wife has had a more direct effect on inspiring me to be the person I am An educator herself my wife has always pushed me directly through her words and deeds and indirectly by being an example of what a teacher parent and spouse can be It is not an overstatement that I would not be the educator or person I am today were it not for her presence in my life Read More Service and the Global Travel Program 12 8 2015 Michael Ferrier English Department Coordinator Global Travel Programs A week ago I returned from an 11 day immersion trip to Peru with 19 students and two of my colleagues At the end of our trip we spent four days in a Quechua village called Llanchon nestled on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca to assist in a development project at a local high school One of the most important aspects of the Global Travel Program is our commitment to educating students about meaningful service Read More Outward Bound Day 5 The Stories We Tell 11 30 2015 Matt Norcini Dean of Student Life It was mid morning on

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  • Making it better
    they have become better through feeling the agony of losing Back Enjoy our collection of blog posts List of 21 news stories Animals in Winter project goes on the road 3 11 2016 The Lower School for Girls signature Kindergarten Animals in Winter Project goes on the road to the Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education This year kindergarten s annual Animal in Winter unit teamed up with the Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership CEL to enhance and expand the scope of this much beloved unit in which each girl becomes the expert on a local wild animal researching her animal and eventually teaching the class all that she has learned Looking locally the kindergarten team was thrilled to partner with the Schuylkill Center one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country Read More Around the Globe and Still Back in Time for Lunch 2 22 2016 Andrew Hallowell Mandarin teacher I m still new here at SCH I can t always find my way around campus I m still learning some names and faces and I m trying to figure out the nuances of our dress code In the six months I ve been working here however I ve been consistently struck by how much time energy and enthusiasm we as an institution put into capturing our students imaginations and engaging them in creative ways in the academic work that is the lifeblood of our school Our students have opportunities to explore the world around them through to name just a few examples film projects entrepreneurial ventures and international travel Read More Teaching for Relevancy and Curiosity 2 12 2016 Vince Day Program Director for Computer Science and Interactive Technologies Three years ago which in the world of gaming might as well be a lifetime I had the opportunity to offer a Game Design class to a group of SCH Academy Upper School students While my classroom teaching experience up until that time had been limited teaching teachers I was more than ready for the chance to connect and collaborate with students At the time my gaming prowess was bound by a childhood immersed in Atari Nintendo and Sega Genesis along with a freshman year of college solaced in NHL 97 on the Genesis console Although an argument could be made that I should have been more dedicated to course work the hours I spent gaming were the most engaging and focused time for me during that transitional year Read More Authentic Purpose 2 1 2016 Christy Yaffe Lower School Girls Reading Specialist Authentic purpose That is what makes the 4th grade news tick Each week a news team of three 4th grade students in the Lower School for Girls comes to meet with me to plan the following week s broadcast I never cease to be amazed by the creativity thoughtfulness and hard work that the girls put into this project Students have assumed responsibility for reporting the news and are careful that the stories they present will appeal to their youngest viewers Seriously a piece on Ebola would be too scary if you re in Kindergarten one team decided this year While we always keep an eye on the weather and report something related to health or wellness all of the stories come from the students I coach and mentor but the ideas belong to the girls We ve covered everything from current events and green initiatives to ear piercing and black holes It isn t fancy but it is always an adventure Read More Visit a world outside your own 1 19 2016 Richard Blyweiss Lower School for Boys 5th Grade Teacher Have you ever read a book so powerful that you say How are more people not reading and talking about this book If we re lucky we ve read a few of these books in our lifetime When I spoke with fellow teachers about the books that they claim really taught them or moved them in a way they never thought possible before I got some amazing answers The Giving Tree The Last Lecture Oh The Places You ll Go The Giver and dozens more When I began my teaching career I made a promise to myself that I would vow to my students on the first day of each school year You may leave this room at the end of the school year smarter than you were when you came in But I guarantee that you ll all leave here as better people I always wanted to keep an open and honest relationship with my students one full of discussion and celebration for their accomplishments both inside and outside of school I wanted to make sure my students understood my care for their lives not just as students but their lives as athletes musicians brothers cousins artists and any number of other ways they describe themselves But talking alone wasn t enough I needed stories and examples outside of our own I needed us to have the opportunity to each day visit a world outside of the one we lived in I decided that literature was one way to do this Unfortunately being a math and history teacher that doesn t exactly lend itself to much story reading time during class So I did what any teacher would do I improvised Read More Lessons that Stick 12 17 2015 Josh Budde Head of Middle School for Boys We have all been inspired in some way by the people in our lives people who knowingly or unknowingly have helped guide us and helped us to be who we are For many our parents play or played a large role but I have difficulty identifying exact moments turning points if you will when they set me on the course I am on The lessons they taught are not so singular as to be identifiable as distinct moments in time yet I cannot deny their influence on

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  • Outward Bound Day #1: We were all in it together
    I ve been working here however I ve been consistently struck by how much time energy and enthusiasm we as an institution put into capturing our students imaginations and engaging them in creative ways in the academic work that is the lifeblood of our school Our students have opportunities to explore the world around them through to name just a few examples film projects entrepreneurial ventures and international travel Read More Teaching for Relevancy and Curiosity 2 12 2016 Vince Day Program Director for Computer Science and Interactive Technologies Three years ago which in the world of gaming might as well be a lifetime I had the opportunity to offer a Game Design class to a group of SCH Academy Upper School students While my classroom teaching experience up until that time had been limited teaching teachers I was more than ready for the chance to connect and collaborate with students At the time my gaming prowess was bound by a childhood immersed in Atari Nintendo and Sega Genesis along with a freshman year of college solaced in NHL 97 on the Genesis console Although an argument could be made that I should have been more dedicated to course work the hours I spent gaming were the most engaging and focused time for me during that transitional year Read More Authentic Purpose 2 1 2016 Christy Yaffe Lower School Girls Reading Specialist Authentic purpose That is what makes the 4th grade news tick Each week a news team of three 4th grade students in the Lower School for Girls comes to meet with me to plan the following week s broadcast I never cease to be amazed by the creativity thoughtfulness and hard work that the girls put into this project Students have assumed responsibility for reporting the news and are careful that the stories they present will appeal to their youngest viewers Seriously a piece on Ebola would be too scary if you re in Kindergarten one team decided this year While we always keep an eye on the weather and report something related to health or wellness all of the stories come from the students I coach and mentor but the ideas belong to the girls We ve covered everything from current events and green initiatives to ear piercing and black holes It isn t fancy but it is always an adventure Read More Visit a world outside your own 1 19 2016 Richard Blyweiss Lower School for Boys 5th Grade Teacher Have you ever read a book so powerful that you say How are more people not reading and talking about this book If we re lucky we ve read a few of these books in our lifetime When I spoke with fellow teachers about the books that they claim really taught them or moved them in a way they never thought possible before I got some amazing answers The Giving Tree The Last Lecture Oh The Places You ll Go The Giver and dozens more When I began my teaching career I made a promise to myself that I would vow to my students on the first day of each school year You may leave this room at the end of the school year smarter than you were when you came in But I guarantee that you ll all leave here as better people I always wanted to keep an open and honest relationship with my students one full of discussion and celebration for their accomplishments both inside and outside of school I wanted to make sure my students understood my care for their lives not just as students but their lives as athletes musicians brothers cousins artists and any number of other ways they describe themselves But talking alone wasn t enough I needed stories and examples outside of our own I needed us to have the opportunity to each day visit a world outside of the one we lived in I decided that literature was one way to do this Unfortunately being a math and history teacher that doesn t exactly lend itself to much story reading time during class So I did what any teacher would do I improvised Read More Lessons that Stick 12 17 2015 Josh Budde Head of Middle School for Boys We have all been inspired in some way by the people in our lives people who knowingly or unknowingly have helped guide us and helped us to be who we are For many our parents play or played a large role but I have difficulty identifying exact moments turning points if you will when they set me on the course I am on The lessons they taught are not so singular as to be identifiable as distinct moments in time yet I cannot deny their influence on who I am My wife has had a more direct effect on inspiring me to be the person I am An educator herself my wife has always pushed me directly through her words and deeds and indirectly by being an example of what a teacher parent and spouse can be It is not an overstatement that I would not be the educator or person I am today were it not for her presence in my life Read More Service and the Global Travel Program 12 8 2015 Michael Ferrier English Department Coordinator Global Travel Programs A week ago I returned from an 11 day immersion trip to Peru with 19 students and two of my colleagues At the end of our trip we spent four days in a Quechua village called Llanchon nestled on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca to assist in a development project at a local high school One of the most important aspects of the Global Travel Program is our commitment to educating students about meaningful service Read More Outward Bound Day 5 The Stories We Tell 11 30 2015 Matt Norcini Dean of Student Life It was mid morning on Day 5 and these were our

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    Day Program Director for Computer Science and Interactive Technologies Three years ago which in the world of gaming might as well be a lifetime I had the opportunity to offer a Game Design class to a group of SCH Academy Upper School students While my classroom teaching experience up until that time had been limited teaching teachers I was more than ready for the chance to connect and collaborate with students At the time my gaming prowess was bound by a childhood immersed in Atari Nintendo and Sega Genesis along with a freshman year of college solaced in NHL 97 on the Genesis console Although an argument could be made that I should have been more dedicated to course work the hours I spent gaming were the most engaging and focused time for me during that transitional year Read More Authentic Purpose 2 1 2016 Christy Yaffe Lower School Girls Reading Specialist Authentic purpose That is what makes the 4th grade news tick Each week a news team of three 4th grade students in the Lower School for Girls comes to meet with me to plan the following week s broadcast I never cease to be amazed by the creativity thoughtfulness and hard work that the girls put into this project Students have assumed responsibility for reporting the news and are careful that the stories they present will appeal to their youngest viewers Seriously a piece on Ebola would be too scary if you re in Kindergarten one team decided this year While we always keep an eye on the weather and report something related to health or wellness all of the stories come from the students I coach and mentor but the ideas belong to the girls We ve covered everything from current events and green initiatives to ear piercing and black holes It isn t fancy but it is always an adventure Read More Visit a world outside your own 1 19 2016 Richard Blyweiss Lower School for Boys 5th Grade Teacher Have you ever read a book so powerful that you say How are more people not reading and talking about this book If we re lucky we ve read a few of these books in our lifetime When I spoke with fellow teachers about the books that they claim really taught them or moved them in a way they never thought possible before I got some amazing answers The Giving Tree The Last Lecture Oh The Places You ll Go The Giver and dozens more When I began my teaching career I made a promise to myself that I would vow to my students on the first day of each school year You may leave this room at the end of the school year smarter than you were when you came in But I guarantee that you ll all leave here as better people I always wanted to keep an open and honest relationship with my students one full of discussion and celebration for their accomplishments both inside and outside of school I wanted to make sure my students understood my care for their lives not just as students but their lives as athletes musicians brothers cousins artists and any number of other ways they describe themselves But talking alone wasn t enough I needed stories and examples outside of our own I needed us to have the opportunity to each day visit a world outside of the one we lived in I decided that literature was one way to do this Unfortunately being a math and history teacher that doesn t exactly lend itself to much story reading time during class So I did what any teacher would do I improvised Read More Lessons that Stick 12 17 2015 Josh Budde Head of Middle School for Boys We have all been inspired in some way by the people in our lives people who knowingly or unknowingly have helped guide us and helped us to be who we are For many our parents play or played a large role but I have difficulty identifying exact moments turning points if you will when they set me on the course I am on The lessons they taught are not so singular as to be identifiable as distinct moments in time yet I cannot deny their influence on who I am My wife has had a more direct effect on inspiring me to be the person I am An educator herself my wife has always pushed me directly through her words and deeds and indirectly by being an example of what a teacher parent and spouse can be It is not an overstatement that I would not be the educator or person I am today were it not for her presence in my life Read More Service and the Global Travel Program 12 8 2015 Michael Ferrier English Department Coordinator Global Travel Programs A week ago I returned from an 11 day immersion trip to Peru with 19 students and two of my colleagues At the end of our trip we spent four days in a Quechua village called Llanchon nestled on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca to assist in a development project at a local high school One of the most important aspects of the Global Travel Program is our commitment to educating students about meaningful service Read More Outward Bound Day 5 The Stories We Tell 11 30 2015 Matt Norcini Dean of Student Life It was mid morning on Day 5 and these were our final hours together We were back at Fort Washington State Park and the students were busy cleaning water bottles dinner bowls equipment the objects that had been so new to us just five days ago but which had by now become a part of us our routine the things that had provided comfort in the unknown Sentimentally attached as some might be to these objects though I m pretty sure everyone was ready to wash their food bowls By the

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