Middle School Dive in and Discover Week: An Introduction

Middle school students will be truly living out the mission this week as they “honor curiosity and reflection in an increasingly hurried world” every afternoon through Dive In and Discover courses. Like it’s counterpart at the Lower School, Dive In and Discover Week provides students a chance to engage with new topics that push the…

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Eighth Grade Legacy Gift Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Today we are celebrating this year’s 8th Grade Legacy Gift – huge thanks to our graduating class for making the impactful founding gifts to our Faculty Compensation, Growth and Well-Being Endowment Fund! We are also unveiling two awesome 3D printers acquired in honor of our creative and innovative 8th grade students. Thank you Class of…

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Everyday Heroes

Today, as part of their unit on “everyday heroes”, our kindergarten students are meeting with firefighters from our local fire station. Kindergarten students are learning how these amazing individuals contribute to and protect our community. After showing our students how they “suit up” before going near a fire and all of the equipment they use…

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Second Grade Invention Convention

Our second grade students brought in an impressive crowd to their invention convention this year! This unit first began with a series of student-led interviews with our faculty and staff, to determine what challenges on campus their inventions would tackle, like the distracting loud sound of the leaf blower. In the weeks that followed students…

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Immigration

Today, as part of their unit on immigration in the mid to late 1800s, our third grade students are embarking on a simulated immigration experience to help them gain a deeper understanding of what it was like to be an immigrant at that time and to see firsthand how one’s financial situation affected one’s immigrant…

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It’s Time to Redefine Success

Recently Palo Alto Online published a thoughtful article, “Pressure Over College Admissions ‘Out of Control’,” referencing the current high pressure climate surrounding the college admissions process. Please click here for the full article.

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Happy Pi Day!

Our 5th grade students are celebrating Pi Day today with an hour of math games, investigations, and puzzles. Students and parents are working their way through a series of math stations in order to win a delicious slice of pie…at the end. How are you celebrating Pi Day this year?

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Keys Student-Led Conferences

Our fourth grade students, much like the rest of our community, have been hard at work this week preparing for Keys School’s upcoming student-led conferences. A research-based practice, student-led conferences empower our students to take ownership of and reflect upon their learning while enhancing their confidence and self-awareness. Requiring students to be thoughtful about their…

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The Beat of Your Own Drum

Through their studies of African drum circles, our second grade students are learning to recognize and follow patterns within music. Each student in the drum circle must follow the specific beat pattern of their section while paying attention to how their section connects with the patterns other sections are following in order for them to…

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Year of The Pig

Today, in celebration of Chinese New Year, Grace Ting, our Lower School Mandarin Teacher, showed her fourth grade students how to make dumplings. Before students began assembling the dumplings they explored their significance, learning how the dumplings’ infamous shape is meant to mirror the ingot, a symbol of wealth in China. No sooner after the…

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