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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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Keys Staff Build Augmented Reality Sandbox

Imagine being able to create landscapes out of sand and then seeing the effects of water and weather come to life on your new creation. The new Augmented Reality Sandbox, built by our own Steven Zeigler, Technology Support Specialist, and Dave Coffman, Facilities Manager, allows students to shape sand into colorful topographical maps, which respond…

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Kindergarteners Explore – “What does it mean to be a hero?”

Kindergarteners have been exploring heroism by diving into the past to learn about real-life heroes. While studying Rosa Parks, students made a mental journey to Montgomery, Alabama and traveled back in time to December 1, 1955. They were asked to imagine the many reactions and perspectives of other passengers who shared Rosa’s infamous bus ride…

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Many Languages of Expression – Fourth Grade

Fourth graders embarked on a collaborative interdisciplinary project exploring various modes of expression. They began by analyzing Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” (a composition inspired by an art exhibit) during music class. In art, students then used a segment of Mussorgsky’s piano composition to inspire abstract paintings, experimenting with color, line, value, shape, and space.…

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