Category Archives: Middle School

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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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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Traveling Young by John Gifford, Head of Middle School

Occasionally, I get together with Middle School administrators from other independent schools. These gatherings are valuable opportunities to exchange notes and share opinions.  The conversation occasionally turns to the topic of school trips and many of my colleagues will aggressively … 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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Students (ping!) Need (ring!) to (tweet!) Concentrate! by John Gifford, Head of the Middle School

A debate continues regarding the impact of certain technologies on brain function. Specifically, researchers are studying how the constant interruptions that accompany internet-enabled computer use affect productivity. Most adults can understand why there is a concern. We sit down to … Continue reading

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