Category Archives: Academics

A Good Night’s Sleep

Head of Upper School Ben Snyder often writes about the importance of sleep, reminding parents how important it is for the developing teenage brain: “Sleep is a critical factor in learning. If your child is out or up late — … Continue reading

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Grab a Good Book

Looking for a good summer read? Check out these faculty-recommended books: The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton. (Recommended by Kate Ramsdell) Upper middle class New York society of the 1870s is reeling from the calamity of individual aspirations contradicting the … Continue reading

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A Little Grit by Head of Middle School John Gifford

This year, I had high expectations for an article entitled “The Truth about Grit” by Jonah Lehrer. The author explained how researchers were working to define “grit” and to explain why it was valuable. One anecdote from the essay that … Continue reading

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Far From Dead: The Relevance of Latin by Head of Classics Department Dan Matlack

“Why should anyone take Latin? No one speaks it anymore.” I have addressed these naively simplistic charges many times in my career. Allow me a moment or two to take them head on. Latin is much more than a language … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “Making Schools Work” by Head of Upper School Ben Snyder

The lead story in the “Sunday Review” section of the New York Times on May 20  caught my eye with particular meaning and purpose.  The thesis of the article was that integration as a matter of educational and social policy … Continue reading

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Study Tips for Final Exams From Gia Batty, Learning Specialist

Around this time of year, we get lots of questions about how to study for finals.   The truth is that it’s not much different than preparing for regular assessments, but it does not always feel that way to students. Here … Continue reading

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5 Study Tips from the Learning Specialist, Gia Batty

1.  A place to work All students need a quiet and clutter-free space to study.  Help your child by clearing a spot at your dining room or kitchen table or at a desk in his or her room. When choosing … Continue reading

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