Karen Pleasant on "The intrusions of the world on the classroom"

September 22, 2018 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

Karen Pleasant, Chair of the History Department and IB co-coordinator, recently published this piece in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

As I begin my combined 36th year of school as learner and educator, two things recently occurred to me: I have now spent as many years as a teacher as I have as a student and how much the day-to-day realities of what it means to go to school have changed in that time. (read entire article on the Gazette's website)

Filed Under: Education, gun violence, student voice

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: Convocation, Paul Bassett Speaker, student voice

2018 Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony: Address

May 24, 2018 by Guest Student Author

Written and delivered by Jacqueline (Jax) Morgan '19, the Head-Elect of the Student Body.

Filed Under: Moving Up, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, Middle School, student voice

Poem #3

April 26, 2018 by Guest Student Author

by Luna Patience '21

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

Intersections: Rediscovering Hope

February 16, 2018 by Bill Ivey

“Hey, Bill, can we trade instruments and make a lot of noise?” It’s not the kind of request I would normally go for, much as I value student voice, but I knew it was Thursday evening and the lead singer for the middle school rock band was still on their way, having gotten out of theatre rehearsal late and needing to grab a quick dinner. I said, “Let’s do it!” The kids shouted happily and jumped up and ran, practically running each other over, eventually settling into place. I counted off - 1, 2, 1 2 3 4 - and the grand and joyous cacophony began.

Filed Under: school shootings, gun violence, Safe Schools, Student work, Women's March, student voice, Feminism

Intersections: My identity is my purpose

May 01, 2017 by Bill Ivey

“Well, maybe we'll still make the keynote,” I said to my student as we began the 10-minute walk from Wheelock's main campus, where I had attended last year's GLSEN Massachusetts Spring Conference (GLSEN being an organization that supports LGBTQ+ students and educators as well as their allies), to Wheelock's Brookline campus where, it turned out, this year's conference was held. They (the pronoun this student uses; here is a list of common choices) answered cheerfully, “Oh, it's okay. We'll get there.”

Filed Under: Intersections, Professional development, LGBT Support, GLSEN, Immigration, Safe Schools, student voice

Ingrained Pain

April 14, 2017 by Guest Student Author

by Miles DeClue '18

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

Twilight's Lullaby

April 14, 2017 by Guest Student Author

by Gwen Healy '19

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

Untitled

February 20, 2017 by Guest Student Author

by Annabel Holmes '22

We're all so complex.

And it confuses me when people allow for one moment, or mistake or event or even an instance of something tragic or unusual, to define them entirely as a whole.

We're not made up of the things we've said, or done; nor are we made up of the aspects we dislike about ourselves. We're not what others, or ourselves see us as, think of us as, or define us as; we're not the mistakes that we've made, the things that we've done in the past, or the stuff that we've screwed up or shattered to pieces with our own hands and actions. We're not any of those things, our thoughts don't define us, and neither does what we say.

Filed Under: Middle School, student voice, creative writing

Intersections: Excellence

February 17, 2017 by Bill Ivey

Here is a comprehensive list of all the NCAA basketball programs besides the UConn women’s side that have ever won 100 straight games:

1.

Not only is the feat unprecedented, but also they have kept it going in a year where few people if any predicted they would maintain this level of dominance. Their top three players - who just happened to also be the first three players taken in the WNBA draft, a feat that is also unprecedented - had graduated, and while this year’s group certainly had talent, they were seen as a young team due for what passes as a rebuilding year at UConn.

Filed Under: Intersections, athletics, Excellence, Education, Teaching, student voice, Student support