Professional Development: Spanish Civil War and Fascism

April 25, 2017 by Guest Faculty Bloggers
On Friday and Saturday April 7 and 8, History teachers Tim McCall and Karen Pleasant attended America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond , a two-day seminar supported by the History Collaborative in Northampton and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archive in New York City, with funding from the Library of Congress.  The seminar took place at the UMASS Center in Springfield, MA.  Tim and Karen had limited knowledge of the Spanish Civil War and this workshop provided a learning opportunity. Fascism was also topical and relevant to the history teachers, as the word has become increasingly part of the lexicon following the 2016 presidential campaign; although many people do not understand what it means. The conference included lectures, document work, practical teaching tips, PowerPoint presentations, and individual work time for participants to create a lesson plan. At the end of the event, Karen enlisted the guest educators to help design the last unit of the year on the Spanish Civil War, for the IB History Year 1 SL class. Tim will be reorganizing his spring-term foreign policy unit to focus on how America’s fear of communism trumped its faith in democracy and self-determination.

Filed Under: History, teaching history, Professional development

2017 Poetry Festival

April 17, 2017 by Guest Student Author

Three Prize-Winning Student Poems

Filed Under: Poetry, National Poetry Month, Poetry Month, Poetry Festival

Ingrained Pain

April 14, 2017 by Guest Student Author

by Miles DeClue '18

Filed Under: student voice, Poetry, National Poetry Month, Poetry Month, Student work, Student Writing

Twilight's Lullaby

April 14, 2017 by Guest Student Author

by Gwen Healy '19

Filed Under: student voice, Poetry, National Poetry Month, Student work, Student Writing

Professional Development: STAND UP! Symposium

April 12, 2017 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

English Language teacher Charlotte Hogan and French teacher Miriam Przybyla-Baum attended the STAND UP! Symposium at Phillips Academy Andover on Thursday, April 16.

Symposium Description:

From 1960s lunch counter sit-ins to recent movements at the University of Missouri, student activism has long sparked institutional change in American high schools, colleges and universities. And yet, independent schools have often been considered sites of privilege. How might these schools’ policies and histories engage or hinder student activism in equity and inclusion?”

Filed Under: anti-racism, Professional development, inclusion

Intersections: #LoveMySchoolDay

April 11, 2017 by Bill Ivey

Early this morning, one of our English teachers posted that she would be needing someone to cover E period because one of her children was sick. Four minutes later, I saw it and immediately wrote and offered to help. But I was too late, as it turned out - one of my colleagues in the Performing Arts Department had already grabbed the chance.

Filed Under: Girls Schools, community, Feminism, feminist school, Intsersections, #LoveMySchoolDay

Intersections: Rising Girls

April 09, 2017 by Bill Ivey

When you combine sound with goals, happiness, possibilities, you’ve got the perfect storm. - June Millington, from her TEDxShelburneFalls talk, “Rocking the Boat:How Playing Like a Girl Can Change the World.

A guitar strums a four-chord progression. A bass joins in. A rat-a-tat-a-tat on the drums kicking off a solid backbeat. The first lyric, “With your feet in the air and your head on the ground. Try this trick and spin it, yeah.” (Where Is My Mind? by the Pixies) resonates through the gym. Last night’s benefit concert for Girls Rising was off to a great start.

Filed Under: Rock Band, Feminism, Mission Statement, Women in Rock, Intersections, #GirlsRock

Intersections: Even Stronger

April 04, 2017 by Bill Ivey

Only rarely have I ever looked forward to a game more than my beloved UConn women’s basketball team going up against Mississippi State in this year’s March Madness semis. After all, one of our school’s alumnae, Chinwe Okorie, played for MSU and was likely to get significant playing time. It would be wonderful to root her on as well as my own favourite team. I confess, though, I was a little jittery as to how UConn would do. At one point in the season, MSU had been ranked #2, and they were the only highly ranked team UConn had not yet faced. I felt in my bones that, if anyone was going to stop UConn in this tournament, and I knew that was possible, MSU had perhaps the best chance.

Filed Under: athletics, basketball, gender equity, equity, Feminism, college athletics, Intersections, Title IX, women's sports

Intersections: #GirlsRock

April 03, 2017 by Bill Ivey

As a Rock Band teacher, I try to keep my eye out for kids, especially girls, who have talent and whom I can help promote on social media. One such artist is Sina from Germany, a 16-year-old girl who first came to YouTube fame at the age of 14; her drum cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” now has nearly 3,000,000 views. Earlier today, YouTube recommended I listen to her (amazing!) international collaboration with two 12-year-old girls of the classic “Smoke in the Water”; it’s nearing 100,000 views after just three weeks.

Filed Under: music, Girls Schools, Rock Band, Feminism, Women in Rock, Intersections, #GirlsRock, Antigone Rising

Winter Term Honor Roll Remarks

March 28, 2017 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

Delivered at the Upper School Honor Roll Assembly on March 28, 2017 by Kristen Peterson, Dean of Students at the request of Student Council.

We gather here today to celebrate the academic achievements of all of our students and to highlight those students who have earned honor roll or higher. I am honored to serve as your speaker today, though -- to be honest -- I feel a bit intimidated to be the one to speak on such academic achievements.

Filed Under: Honor Roll, social justice