Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

The Keys School held its graduation for the Class of 2017 this morning, as students, faculty and staff, family members, and friends filled the seats for a heartfelt and memorable commencement ceremony. Each of the graduating eighth graders received a short farewell speech from a select Middle School teacher, reflecting on their years at Keys…

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Design Thinking Process on Display at Middle School

At the 2017 Keys Design Expo, an annual showcase for innovative student projects and research, a range of interdisciplinary work from grades five through eight was on display. Parents and faculty toured the expo and chatted with students about their design processes. Projects ranged from virtual reality tours of solar houses designed by seventh grade…

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Eighth Graders Stage Mock Trials at Stanford Law School

Keys eighth graders delivered their opening statements, objections, and closing arguments this week, as they gathered in Stanford Law School’s Moot Courtroom for two separate Mock Trials. Students spent three weeks in Social Studies class preparing for their trials, reading an unedited Supreme Court case centered around 4th Amendment Rights (New Jersey vs. T.L.O.) and…

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Keys Holds Successful Science and Engineering Fair

The Lower School campus was buzzing with activity last week, as second, third, and fourth graders displayed an array of interactive and innovative projects and demonstrations during the annual Lower School Science and Engineering Fair.

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Middle School Students Lend a Helping Hand

This year, the members of our Keys School H.E.L.P. Club (Helping Everyone Live Prosperously) have volunteered their time during recess periods to tend the plants on the Middle School rooftop garden and learn about the benefits of urban agriculture. To date, H.E.L.P. has donated over 26 pounds of fresh produce to Second Harvest, including kale,…

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Keys Students and Teachers Walk for Equality

Several students and teachers gathered in Palo Alto on Sunday to participate in the Northern California Walk for Equality, a rally to support and protect women’s rights and the Equal Rights Amendment. The Keys Walking and Fundraising Team was coordinated with the help of the Keys’ Girls Leadership Initiative, an on-campus student group advocating women’s…

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Keys Hosts Visiting Teachers from Hawaii

Keys School recently hosted a group of visiting teachers from Kamehameha Schools in Hawaii. Operating an educational network of more than 90 schools currently serving more than 7,000 students of Hawaiian ancestry, Kamehameha Schools’ mission is to improve the capability and well-being of Hawaiians through education. With an emphasis on professional development and cross-cultural connection,…

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Real-World Problem Solving in 7th Grade Research and Design

The 7th grade Research and Design class convened in the library yesterday¬†morning to work on the second phase of their Keys Community Improvement Project. Using the design process as their guide, students worked with faculty and staff members to define particular problems or issues of concern on the Middle School campus. Issues ranged from gender-neutral…

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First Graders Explore Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center

Earlier this week, students in first grade travelled to Half Moon Bay for a day-long field trip at the Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center. In addition to exploring live stock, gardens, and acres of open space, students learned about how the food they eat is grown and processed, the necessity of safe food handling, and…

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Fifth Graders Honor Pi Day With Interactive Math Celebration

The Middle School library was abuzz yesterday morning, as the fifth¬†grade class hosted parents and faculty members for an interactive mathematics celebration. Coinciding with Pi Day, the nationwide event commemorating the mathematical symbol used to represent a constant, students led parents through a series of stations involving math games, world problems, and investigations. The budding…

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