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Keys Student Artwork on Display in San Jose Art Gallery

Aspiring Keys School visual artists in grades K-4 currently have their work featured in a summer art exhibit in the Art Gallery at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. The gallery features new exhibits every two to three months in a variety of media created by artists of all ages. The artwork featured in the exhibit titled Bird’s Eye…

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Sixth Grade Students Design, Construct, and Test Suspension Bridges

Sixth grade science students were recently challenged with designing, prototyping, and building a balsa wood and glue bridge. Their objective was to make the bridge be as light as possible, while supporting as much weight as possible. Their final products were tested and analyzed in front of a captivated audience of middle school students and parents…

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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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Sixth Graders Build Cell Cities

Providing students with strategies to help them make sense of abstract or high-level concepts is critical to their learning process. As a means to develop a more concrete understanding of cells, sixth graders created vibrant three-dimensional cities as analogies for how cells operate. Students started by brainstorming what it takes for a city to run smoothly…

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A Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Fellowship Hall was overflowing with rhythm and movement last Friday afternoon as students in Kindergarten to fourth grade formed a massive conga line that snaked in and out of the hall and had students dancing all the way to their classrooms. In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, our Lower School community welcomed special guest, Gustavo…

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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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The First Grade Restaurant – A Culinary Learning Adventure

Small aproned chefs bustled about in the Little House kitchen each afternoon as first graders opened the doors to their restaurant, “Seventeen Students,” a project that was part of a year-long focus on communities and the interconnected systems within communities. The restaurant project kicked off with a field trip to Pieology in Palo Alto, where students…

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Seventh Graders Visit IDEO and Learn from Designers

Last week, our seventh grade Research and Design class visited the Palo Alto branch of IDEO, a global design firm, giving students the chance to observe research and design at work in the real world. Led by IDEO employee and Keys parent, David Webster, students toured the facilities, including the toy lab and workshop where prototypes…

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Eighth Graders Choreograph Dance Routines

Groups of eighth grade students recently performed their final dance projects for the Middle School community at our Opening gathering. For this project, students chose a piece of music and using their knowledge of dance, worked collaboratively to choreograph a dance. Students were encouraged to explore personal style and diverse genres. As a result, the…

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Second Graders Take the Maker Cart by Storm!

After completing their trainings with Mr. Howe, our second graders are now ready to join the third and fourth graders at the Maker Cart every day during recess, if they are in the mood to tinker and invent. At 11:30 every day, the scampering of feet, the shrieks of delight, and the “I know!” eureka…

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