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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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Laws of Motion

Gravity Visualized in Eighth Grade Science

What’s the relationship between acceleration and velocity? How does the mass of a moving object affect its momentum? And, what does this look like in space? Students in eighth grade Science recently tackled these essential questions as they studied the foundations of Newton’s Laws of Motion. Using a stretched spandex sheet to replicate the ‘fabric of…

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Mission to Mars

Fifth Grade Students Prep Missions to Mars

Our fifth graders completed a hands-on, teamwork-based project called ‘Marsbound’. After studying NASA’s current strategies and goals for Mars exploration, student teams posed their own questions about Mars discovery and proposed a mission that would collect data needed to answer their queries. The students created prototypes of space exploration vehicles (rovers), presented their designs to classmates,…

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Keys Kindergarteners Stage Sit-In

The right to peaceful protest is a cornerstone of democracy. At Keys, this rings true for even the youngest students on campus. After learning about Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggle for equality and change, students in Kindergarten were asked to examine their own school community and decide on an aspect of Keys they believed was…

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A Buddy Bench at Lower School

A popular sitting bench located on our Lower School play yard has officially been designated the ‘Buddy Bench’ and given a colorful new sign designed, painted, and installed by a number of Lower School faculty friends. The bench is a class gift from the Keys School Class of 2008, donated in memory of Chris Mayo,…

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On the Campaign Trail with Keys Fourth Graders

In the weeks leading up to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, Keys fourth graders were busy preparing for their own presidential stump speeches as part of an interdisciplinary unit focused on the campaign trail. Students kicked off the unit by exploring social issues currently dominating the political landscape, such as education, climate change, and immigration. They…

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Fifth Graders Visit NASA’s Ames Research Center

This week, our fifth grade class journeyed on a unique and interactive field trip to the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, one of ten NASA research and development field centers. During their afternoon off-campus, students participated in The NASA Ames Exploration Encounter (AEE), an educational program designed to inspire young learners in the fields…

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Pumpkin Challenge

Students Design and Construct Pumpkin Catapults at Middle School

“Running a test! Countdown set to begin! Be prepared to clear the area!” If you happened to enter the Middle School library during recess last Thursday, you most likely entered an active testing area, with hard-working students tinkering on their latest Maker Time creations. Recess in the library has become a center of ingenuity, perseverance,…

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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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