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Ice-Skating: A Beloved Tradition

We value the importance of movement and physical exercise at Keys, and ice-skating is so much more than a unit in our Physical Education program. Ice-skating is a cherished tradition at our school. Our relationship with Winter Lodge, our local ice-skating rink, formed way back in the early days of Keys and has remained strong…

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Stone Soup

Our first graders recently worked together to cook up two large, delicious pots of stone soup! This activity follows their Social Studies unit on food, during which time students explored how food is a window to one’s identity and ways in which food can bring people together, like in the book “Stone Soup”. Through these…

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Be a 4th Grade Mathematician Day!

Recently, our fourth grade families got to experience what it is like to be a fourth grade mathematician at Keys School! Family members joined their fourth grade students as they played concept-teaching games, explored big ideas in mathematics, and even tackled a few challenges in what we call “rotation stations.”  This was a chance for…

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day our eighth grade students recited Dr. King’s famous speech “I Have a Dream” to our entire middle school.

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Dive in and Discover: Student Choice

We know that student choice builds ownership of and investment in learning. Dive in and Discover week provides students with dedicated time to explore a topic that is of interest to them, personally.

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Dive in and Discover: Design Thinking

A guest visitor to our “Under Construction” Dive in and Discover group shared with students about how his company constructs real furniture from cardboard.  Students learned about the properties of cardboard and utilized Design Thinking to empathize, imagine, create, and iterate in making their own rocket ships and backpacks to take to Mars.

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Dive in and Discover: Multiage Learning Groups

Dive in and Discover week gives our Lower School students the opportunity to work in mixed-age learning groups with students and teachers they don’t frequently interact with. In mixed-age groups, the dynamics between older and younger students fosters interdependence through collaboration and independence in older students who become leaders and mentors for the younger students.…

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Heather Rogers and Christine Carter Talk Gratitude

For me, reflecting on all that I am thankful for is not a yearly activity. It is a daily practice, and a part of my family’s routines. When I wake in the morning, my first thoughts are “What am I grateful for?” or around the dinner table, my family and I will share what we…

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Dive in and Discover: Deep Learning

A week like Dive in and Discover allows for the transference of students’ existing skills and knowledge to new and unfamiliar contexts, which research shows is essential for deep learning. The world becomes the classroom. Learning is blended, rather than divided into single-subject chunks, and students can see real-world application of their learning. Today the…

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Dive in and Discover: An Introduction

Today marks the beginning of Dive in and Discover, an exciting week of learning and exploration at Keys. Divided into mixed-age groups, students in Grades K through 4 will take a deep dive into one of the topics listed below. Students will have the opportunity to explore passions, try something new, and forge cross-grade friendships,…

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