Summer Reading, part one

June 26, 2014 by Bill Ivey

Ah, summer. That magical time when teachers get to sit by the pool sipping drinks in tall glasses filled to the brim with ice and muse on…

… all the things they want to do differently next year.

Filed Under: Teaching, Grades 7-12, On Education, Ariel Sacks, Whole Novels for the Whole Class, Reading, The Faculty Perspective, Education

Olympic Heights

July 30, 2012 by Bill Ivey

The hills up into Conway are starting to feel a little longer than I would like, and I can feel my leg muscles straining to keep the pace I've set, a little faster than I would normally choose. But I dig deep and force myself to keep going, maybe even step up the pace slightly. "You don't get to the Olympics by giving up on yourself," I tell myself. Eventually, I'm at the spot about two miles out where the road flattens out a bit before finally giving way to a longer downhill, and I enjoy a brief moment of exhilaration as my body shifts into cruise control.

Filed Under: gender, Grades 7-12, All-Girls, athletics, Bill Ivey, Olympics, On Athletics, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, The Faculty Perspective, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Education

Getting Past Partisanship

January 14, 2011 by Bill Ivey

When I walked in to the Faculty Meeting room on the first Thursday after Winter Break, I noticed two of the middle school students hovering uncertainly and as inconspicuously as possible in a corner of the room. They were the Student Council Representatives, ready to make their presentation to the faculty on why 7th graders should henceforth be granted the right to vote for Student Council President (a right which all other currently enrolled students already had). I went up to them and asked how they were doing; they held out several pieces of paper with scribbled and periodically crossed-out notes alternating in pen and pencil and asked if I could look through what they planned to say. Curious as to what they had chosen to emphasize from the conversation we had had in MOCA (middle school student government) after Student Council had given preliminary approval to their proposal, I glanced through their notes for them and (maybe crossing my fingers a little bit on a couple of points) told them it was fine. They relaxed for a second and then asked me – implored me, really – if I would give their proposal support when the faculty discussed it. I smiled and told them they already knew where I stood on the issue.

The students were first on the agenda and, though clearly nervous, spoke well. There were a few questions from the faculty including at least one which they had not anticipated (nor had I). Their responses were, for the most part, clear and cogent, and even the one time they were clearly improvising as they went along, their initial soft-spoken meandering gradually gained focus and volume and finished strongly. After the students received applause and left, the faculty discussed the proposal. A number of people were commenting on the maturity and poise the students had shown, and Jeremy Deason, our Athletic Director, leaned over to me and whispered, “Every single day. If they visited the middle school, this is what they would see every single day.”

Filed Under: School Happenings, Grades 7-12, student government, All Girls Education, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Uniquely Stoneleigh-Burnham School

Whizbabies Take the Lead!

January 21, 2010 by SBS Admissions

Friday January 15, 2010 was the second in a series of competitions for the House Cup. It brought more than 30 day and boarding students enrolled at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School together to participate in a series of competitions from relay races to songwriting competitions to scavenger hunts and even a "chubby bunny" contest.

Filed Under: Midnight Madness, School Happenings, Chubby Bunny, Grades 7-12, All-Girls, Boarding and Day, Relay Race, Scavenger Hunt, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Uniquely Stoneleigh-Burnham School