SBScodes: All about a new course at SBS: AP Computer Science Principles

September 10, 2018 by Andrea Tehan Carnes

Computer science is a subject that many faculty members and students have been longing to teach and learn at Stoneleigh-Burnham School for many years. Early in now-retired Math Teacher Roger Turton's tenure, he taught computer science. If you've seen the movie Hidden Figures, then you can probably guess that he learned to code a computer using cards with holes punched in them. I am no SBS expert, but I think that may be the last kind of coding we taught here.

Filed Under: SBScodes, AP CSP, AP Computer Science Principles, coding

Convocation 2018: Remarks by Julia (Jewels) Hatchard '19

September 07, 2018 by Guest Student Author

Hello everyone, good morning! I hope you’re all doing well~ If you don’t know me already, I’m Jewels Hatchard and I am entering my sixth year being at Stoneleigh-Burnham School. Even though I’ve been here for six long years, each new year brings new challenges.

Filed Under: student voice, Convocation, Paul Bassett Speaker

Convocation 2018: Remarks by Jacqueline (Jax) Morgan '19

September 05, 2018 by Guest Student Author

Hello Stoneleigh-Burnham students, staff, faculty, and families. My name is Jax Morgan and as the Head of Student Body, I stand before you today as we prepare to sign our honor code and commence our new and exciting academic year.

Convocation 2018: Remarks by Shayna Appel '78

September 05, 2018 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

Welcome friends! It is so good to be with you again at the outset of a new year, with a new Head of School and so many hopeful expectations! Welcome Stephanie, because I have not yet had the chance to publicly say that! It is a real joy to have you here with all of us, and the culmination of a decade’s worth of hard work!

Intersections: The Roots of Democracy

September 04, 2018 by Bill Ivey

Humanities 7 is, by design, a democratic classroom. I provide the overall structure - independent writing, independent reading, and unit work, plus the skill list on which we focus - and they make all the decisions about what they write independently, what they read independently, and what the theme questions and individual (personally chosen) Focus Questions are for each unit.

Filed Under: Middle School, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, Democratic classroom, Democracy, Constructivism

Convocation 2018: Remarks by Lauren Cunniffe, Academic Dean

September 03, 2018 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

Welcome, everyone, to the first day of the Stoneleigh-Burnham academic year.

Filed Under: Resilience, Convocation

Intersections: “Ten Questions Parents Should Ask Before School Starts”

August 14, 2018 by Bill Ivey

Forbes recently published an article by Frederick Hess entitled “Ten questions parents should ask before school starts.” Normally skeptical of articles that list whatever number of things people “should” do, I began to fall in love with his list at the first question, and by the third decided I wanted to answer them all. So, in order and writing as if I were speaking directly to a parent...

Filed Under: Parenting, Middle Level Education, Education, Intersections, Communication

Intersections: Book Review of "Enough As She Is"

July 13, 2018 by Bill Ivey

(with thanks to Middleweb for originally publishing this review)

I pre-ordered Rachel Simmons’s newest book,

Filed Under: Rachel Simmons, educating girls, girls' school, girls psychology, Raising Children, Enough As She Is

Intersections: #SavingLivesChat

July 09, 2018 by Bill Ivey

“We try. We will always try. And also? We all matter- all of our voices rising for school safety, better resources for schools and teacher and students, etc. will help .....” - Nelba Márquez-Greene, tweet dated July 2, 2018.

Nelba Márquez-Greene is the founder of the Ana Grace Project, one of a variety of foundations and charities set up by Sandy Hook parents following the tragedy. Her ongoing advocacy for safer and more inclusive schools, her willingness to be vulnerable, her resilience, and her relentless work to bring about positive change in the world have led me to view her as a role model in my own ongoing work along the same lines. So when the idea arose that we might do a Twitter chat together on gun violence, I knew working with her was an amazing opportunity, one which I hoped many dozens of people would seize. We settled on the hashtag #SavingLivesChat, and if you click on this link, you should be able to scroll back and view the chat if you’d like.

Filed Under: sandy hook, gun violence, school shootings, Saving Lives, Sandy Hook Promise, Connection, Nelba Márquez-Greene

Intersections: The Gift that Keeps On Giving

July 06, 2018 by Bill Ivey

I was the first to show up at today’s blood drive in my home town of Shelburne Falls. I sat patiently by the intake table checking my Twitter and Facebook feeds (and those of the school) on my phone as they finished getting everything ready to go. Ten or 15 minutes later, I was lying on a table listening as the donation specialist sang along to Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” which was playing on the radio. I waited for the right moment to tell her that I taught Rock Band in my school, and the kids had chosen to do that song twice over the years, and she told me about her husband, “a real singer” in a metal band who was planning to participate in a benefit concert for suicide awareness this September. Moments later, “Titanium” came on the radio, and again we bonded as I told her about the time the middle school band was scheduled to do the song in a Winter Solstice Performance - and then Sandy Hook happened. We had to postpone that performance as everyone was just too raw and upset, but when the kids worked with my colleague Greg Snedeker and me to ready “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber for performance with just one rehearsal, we pulled off what my colleague Karen Suchenski called “a Christmas miracle.” (see "Resolution" if you want to read more about this.)

Filed Under: Intersections, Kindness, blood drive