March for Equality

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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Ice Skating

Gaining Confidence and Finding Balance on the Ice

Students have laced up their ice skates at Keys since the school’s inception in 1973, staying active during the brisk winter months by learning how to ice skate through lessons, free-skate time, and fun games with their friends. Each winter, students, teachers, and parent volunteers share the rink and learn from one another. On several…

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Chinese New Year

Celebrating the Year of the Rooster

Classrooms, blacktops, and stages were the sites of Chinese New Year celebrations at Keys over the past two weeks, as students at both our Lower and Middle School celebrated the upcoming Year of the Rooster. The celebration provided a meaningful opportunity for students to learn about a Chinese festival that is rooted in centuries old customs and traditions. Kindergartners learned about…

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Keys Students Dive Into an Immersive Virtual Reality Field Trip

New Delhi, India. 9:35 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. The fifteen students in Ms. Nelson’s second grade class scanned their surroundings as they described what they saw to their classmates – bustling city streets crowded with ornate monasteries, honking taxis, and energetic bazaars filled with food carts, sweet shops, and spice stalls. When it came…

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Mono Lake

Keys Fall Outdoor Education Trips Inspire Wonder, Awe, and Growth

Two weeks ago, Keys students in Grades 4-8, teachers, staff, and parent chaperones prepared their sleeping bags, hiking boots, and curious minds and departed campus to diverse outdoor learning environments around California: Point Reyes, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Yosemite Valley, and Mono Lake. While each Outdoor Education trip has its own distinct learning goals linked…

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Keys School Kicks-off the 2016-2017 School Year

Keys welcomed students and families back to school this week, and the Keys School community kicked-off another year of vibrant learning and growth! It didn’t take long for students to transition from the slower, more relaxed pace of summer to the bustle and excitement of back-to-school mode. At Lower School, students and teachers have been…

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Google Expeditions

Google Expeditions Pioneer Program Visited Keys Second – Eighth Grades Today

Google Expeditions is a new opportunity for schools, a product that allows teachers to take their classes on virtual field trips, immersing students in experiences that bring abstract concepts to life and giving students a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom. These trips are collections of virtual reality panoramas — 360° 3D photo…

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House Groups Design New Games

The spirit of play was alive, kicking, and on full display last Friday afternoon during a Lower School House activity. Tasked with developing a brand new, never before imagined game, the field was buzzing with Lower School students prototyping plans and refining rules. Working together in their house groups, game design required students to identify…

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