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

Poem #3

April 26, 2018 by Guest Student Author

by Luna Patience '21

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

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

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

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

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

In Search of More Student Voice & Agency

June 06, 2016 by Bill Ivey

republished with the kind permission of MiddleWeb

Every spring, we ask our middle schoolers to look at each of their courses as well as other areas of their life, think back to September, and reflect on how far they’ve come and what they’d still like to accomplish before the year’s end.

(read more here)

Filed Under: Middle School, MIddleWeb, student voice, Middle Level Education, Education, student agency

Sleeves Rolled Up

May 19, 2016 by Bill Ivey
Yesterday, Kaya Kim ‘17, the new Head of Community Alliance, sent out a diversity survey to the school. Her questions focused on a number of axes of diversity, including race, nationality, gender, and sexuality. She also asked about day/boarding relations. It’s hard to imagine a better way to get started at this brand new job than by taking stock of how different people perceive where the school is on diversity right now. When giving her speech as a candidate for the position, one of Kaya’s focuses was her willingness and ability to listen, and clearly she is putting that skill into play right from the start.

Filed Under: student voice, LGBT Support, anti-racism, social justice, Education, student agency, Community Alliance