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Talking About Natural Disasters

Talking To Children About Natural Disasters

Of late we’ve been feeling like one natural disaster – Hurricane Harvey – would have been enough. The addition of Hurricane Irma, the earthquake in Mexico, the fires in Oregon, Montana, and our own home state, not to mention the flooding in India have left us all with a wild range of emotions, from “How…

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Outdoor Education

Students Return from Fall Outdoor Ed Trips with Stories of Adventure and Independence

Students in grades four through eight returned to campus last week after embarking on several unique Fall Outdoor Education trips. Accompanied by faculty and parent chaperones, each grade level camped under the stars and experienced a taste of California’s diverse ecosystems. Educational expeditions varied from exploring the jagged geography of Mono Lake to traversing the…

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Exploring Gardens

Fifth Graders Explore Local Gardens in Science Class

Keys fifth graders stepped outside during their first week of Science class to explore the large local gardens behind the Middle School campus. Observing their surroundings using all five senses, they crafted notes and illustrations in their binders before returning to the classroom to further research and discuss their findings.

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Solar Eclipse

Keys School Community Witnesses Historic Solar Eclipse

Though Tuesday, August 22 was the first official day of classes at Keys, Monday’s optional ‘Welcome Day’ provided an opportunity for new and returning students and families to tour the Lower and Middle School campuses and meet classmates, advisors, and homeroom teachers. Coincidentally, the event also provided a rare learning opportunity, as members of the…

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First Day of School

First Day of School at Keys Marks 45 Years

Yesterday marked the first day of the 2017-2018 school year at Keys, and the 45th year since its inception in 1973. Students eagerly arrived well before the sound of the morning bell to reconnect with their friends and discover newly redesigned classrooms and community spaces on the Lower and Middle School campuses. At Lower School,…

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Summer Reading Suggestions for Parents

Still looking for that perfect read over summer vacation? There’s still time to add another book to your summer reading list. Below are some of the books Keys School faculty and staff have been reading over the past year. Many of the choices on our list offer a unique perspective on adolescent behavior and parenting…

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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

Design Thinking Process on Display at Middle School

At the 2017 Keys Design Expo, a design thinking 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…

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Mock Trials

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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Science Fair

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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