Over the past month, students in sixth-grade history have been learning to think, dig, and document like archaeologists by conducting an indoor archaeological dig in the new Lower School’s Innovation Lab. In groups of three or four, students practice their excavation and documentation skills by gradually uncovering and recording artifacts hidden within their team’s bin.
We were fortunate to have Dr. Karambu Ringera, who runs International Peace Initiatives based in Meru, Kenya, with us on Tuesday last week. At our Middle and Upper School assemblies, Dr. Karambu shared her thoughts on why curiosity, care, and courage are essential abilities for effecting lasting change in the world—starting with our day-to-day lives in a school community.
Erica Marcus, educator and wellness instructor from “Wise Minds, Big Hearts,” led parents last Monday in an evening of reflection that began with an inquiry into our own technology use as a window into understanding the impact of screens and devices for our children.
The conversation centered on how to be more intentional in determining your family’s “technology diet” and reclaim “screen free family time,” including ideas for how to respond when tech use feels out of balance. An interesting related article on rising concerns about the impact of devices on children appeared last Friday in the New York Times.
Students gathered in the Emery Student Center last night to share their stories of embarking on “Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder” global citizenship courses last summer with parents and peers.
“It was inspiring to see the enthusiasm about the personal discovery each of them clearly experienced,” remarked one parent upon hearing their reflections. “It seems to have given them a valuable perspective on the world’s challenges while also sparking great hope.”
Student Government visited Wayside Food Services yesterday as a kick-off to the all-school food drive. We’ve been organizing this drive for the past 15 years (at least) to benefit the program. This is a photo of our students standing in an empty watermelon box which was full of canned tomatoes just ten minutes before. They sorted all of those items into boxes as a hands-on project during their visit. We’ll be publicizing the drive starting next week!