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Force of Nature

Maresa Tucker, Keys Lower School Science Teacher, taught her third grade students today about lift, a force upward that helps objects stay in the air. After their initial lessons about lift, it was time for students to “take flight”, and see how forces of lift affected the flight of a paper twirly bird. Each student…

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Open Your Ears

Today, second grade students explored what feelings arise when they listed to different works of classical music. Students shared how Blue Rondo á la Turk by Dave Brubeck made them feel joyful, the Finale from William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini made them feel a little nostalgic, and how Flight of the Bumble Bee by…

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On Your Mark…Get Set…Go!

“Tell me a strategy you used that helped you accomplish the task?”. Physical Education with Jeff Berridge, Keys Lower School PE Teacher, is about team work, critical thinking, and building in students the necessary skill sets that they will later employ in sports and in life. Students learn to think about the moves they make…

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Talk Me Through the Problem

Math class with Nat Lewis may look like a traditional math class, students learning how to add and subtract with positive and negative numbers, but once you start to listen you realize students at Keys are thinking about Math in a very different way. One student raises their hand and asks “can I just say…

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Let the Games Begin!

Our Head of Middle School, Larry Purcell, once said that “community and relationships are at the heart of all we do”. Recently, we strengthened those bonds between our Lower School campus and Middle School campus during our Fall House Extravaganza.  This day is filled with laughter, fun games, and a little light-hearted competition. Middle School students…

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Come to California!

4th grade students spent their time at the beginning of the year learning about persuasive language, and how certain words can be used to persuade people to do something, like do their chores or brush their teeth. Kelly Ritz, one of Keys’ fourth grade teachers, had her students recall times when they were persuaded to…

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Portrait Mode

Keys School incorporates the use of technology within our curriculum for Grades K through 8, in order to cultivate good digital citizens in our students. Kindergarten students start the year learning what the idea of technology really means, and as the year progresses they utilize technology in relation to various projects within their curriculum. Mayrin…

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Hand in Hand: Building Cultural Competency

Keys School is proud to announce Katie Dlesk, our Assistant Head of Middle School, and Sara Poplack, our Assistant Head of Lower School as recently published authors in the National Association of Independent Schools Magazine! Their article “Hand in Hand”, emphasizes building school-wide cultural competency with teacher-leaders and among an entire faculty. Read the article…

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Coffee & Conversation: Keys Alum Parent Perspective

Keys welcomed a wonderful panel of alum parents to our Lower School campus, to share their insights into life after Keys. Current families asked questions about public vs. private high schools, the transition from middle school to high school, and life in college. We are really thankful to have parents continue to be so connected…

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Drop Everything and Read!

Reading for fun, just like the arts, math, science, English and other subjects, deserves time, so yesterday Keys Middle School students, faculty, and staff literally dropped everything they were doing to sit and read. The D.E.A.R initiative is meant not only to promote literacy, but remind everyone how much fun reading can be. The Middle…

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