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Feed Your Imagination

The beauty of art is not just about the artist or even the subject matter, but also how art speaks to its audience. But how does an artist draw a viewer into the landscape and story of their art? As Keys fifth grade class recently discovered, by building a 3-dimensional space the audience feels like…

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Makers in the Making

Today, kindergarten students experienced the Keys Lower School Makerspace for the first time. In the spirit of the Halloween season, students constructed finger puppets for their first project. Teachers helped students use hot glue guns to seam the edges of their finger puppets together, and then the students were free to build the rest of…

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Coffee and Conversation: Art at Keys – The Process

Today’s Coffee and Conversation took parents behind the scenes of the arts at Keys School, giving insight into the teaching methods and the creative processes that lead to the spectacular concerts, plays, and art all our parents get to experience during the year. The faculty panel included Jennifer Farnham, Interim Lower School Art Teacher, Angie…

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Blast from the Not-So-Distant Past

Nolan, Keys Alum Class of 2018, returned to our Lower School campus today to volunteer his time to be cinematographer for the fourth grade students “Come to California” projects. After their lessons in persuasive language, students scripted commercials to lure tourists to different regions of California. Students used iPads to record voice overs and film…

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Force of Nature

Maresa Tucker, Keys Lower School Science Teacher, taught her third grade students today about lift, a force upward that helps objects stay in the air. After their initial lessons about lift, it was time for students to “take flight”, and see how forces of lift affected the flight of a paper twirly bird. Each student…

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Open Your Ears

Today, second grade students explored what feelings arise when they listed to different works of classical music. Students shared how Blue Rondo á la Turk by Dave Brubeck made them feel joyful, the Finale from William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini made them feel a little nostalgic, and how Flight of the Bumble Bee by…

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On Your Mark…Get Set…Go!

“Tell me a strategy you used that helped you accomplish the task?”. Physical Education with Jeff Berridge, Keys Lower School PE Teacher, is about team work, critical thinking, and building in students the necessary skill sets that they will later employ in sports and in life. Students learn to think about the moves they make…

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Talk Me Through the Problem

Math class with Nat Lewis may look like a traditional math class, students learning how to add and subtract with positive and negative numbers, but once you start to listen you realize students at Keys are thinking about Math in a very different way. One student raises their hand and asks “can I just say…

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Let the Games Begin!

Our Head of Middle School, Larry Purcell, once said that “community and relationships are at the heart of all we do”. Recently, we strengthened those bonds between our Lower School campus and Middle School campus during our Fall House Extravaganza.  This day is filled with laughter, fun games, and a little light-hearted competition. Middle School students…

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Come to California!

4th grade students spent their time at the beginning of the year learning about persuasive language, and how certain words can be used to persuade people to do something, like do their chores or brush their teeth. Kelly Ritz, one of Keys’ fourth grade teachers, had her students recall times when they were persuaded to…

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