Intersections: International Day of the Girl 2019

October 11, 2019 by Bill Ivey

In many ways, 2019 has been an amazing year for girls. Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work with climate change, and Alexandria Villaseñor and Isra Hirsi, among others, have also received well-deserved attention. Mari Copeny continues to advocate tirelessly for an improved water supply for her hometown of Flint, and Autumn Peltier has been doing the same for the indigenous people of Canada. And Malala Yousafzai’s name still pops up on occasion in connection with her own ongoing work advocating for girls’ education and women’s equality.

Filed Under: student voice, student government, International Day of the Girl, Malala Yousafzai, student agency, Student Activism, Greta Thunberg, Isra Hirsi, OEKs, Alexandria Villaseñor, Mari Copeny, Autumn Peltier

Intersections: For Love, Respect, and Dignity

October 10, 2019 by Bill Ivey

Tomorrow, as two middle schoolers announced in a housemeeting presentation on Tuesday, is National Coming Out Day. You knew they were thinking intersectionally right from their title slide as they chose the eight-stripe version of the rainbow flag, introduced in 2017 by the Philadelphia More Color More Pride campaign in order to be explicitly inclusive of Black people and other people of colour.

Filed Under: LGBT, student voice, LGBT Support, student-centered learning, National Coming Out Day, LGBTQ+ Support

WHERE I’M FROM

October 03, 2019 by Guest Student Author

by Faith Hargrove '24 (written in Humanities 8)

Filed Under: Middle School, student voice, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, Student work, Student Writing, Poem

post #ClimateStrike

September 24, 2019 by Guest Student Author

Following the Climate Strike on Sept. 20, we invited students to write for the blog about whether or not they went, why, and what next. Maddie Johnson '22 shared her thoughts with us.

Filed Under: student voice, Climate Change, Student Writing, Student Activism

Intersections: Getting Smart About My Smartphone

September 19, 2019 by Bill Ivey

Having polished off a delicious blue plate special at Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge, I set off back toward Harvard Square. While I was admittedly clutching my phone in my right hand as my arm swung back and forth, as I watched person after person coming toward me staring down at their phones or talking to an unseen interlocuteur, I realized I no longer felt I was missing out on something by focusing on my actual environment instead of my own phone, quickly and frequently opening it up to unlock it and see what was going on in social media world. I wasn’t particularly surprised. But it did make me think about my journey to this point.

Filed Under: Technology, Rachel Simmons, social media, Intersections, Rosalind Wiseman, Ana Homayoun, responsible use

Faculty Professional Development - 2019-2020

September 18, 2019 by Maeve Ryan

Prior to the start of school, new athletic trainer Emily Dylewski and Associate Director of Admissions Brittany Weiss attended a Junior Boarding School Association faculty conference at Eaglebrook School in August that included sessions on coaching philosophies, professional boundaries, how to care for international students, and more. Emily reports, "I enjoyed attending the conference at the Eaglebrook School. Being a new employee at an institution such as this can be daunting at first glance. How will I maintain a balance between work life and home life? It was helpful to learn from experienced professionals about how they keep boundaries while having meaningful interactions with their students. The session called 'Words Matter: How the words we choose and the way we say them affects students' was great; I have applied this awareness to not only my work-place, but my personal life as well."

Filed Under: faculty

Intersections: Improving Kids’ Middle School Experience

September 17, 2019 by Bill Ivey

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) recently shared the article “Seven ways parents and educators can improve kids’ middle school experience” by Phyllis Fagell, the author of Middle School Matters. I immediately clicked on it, and found a series of thoughtful suggestions and examples, each of which in fact does relate well to our own middle school program. Her seven suggestions (in boldface), and a few examples of how they have been playing out in our school:

Filed Under: Middle School, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, Middle Level Education, Intersections

Campaign Speech given by Gracie Spencer '25

September 13, 2019 by Guest Student Author

Every spring, we elect not only the OEKS (student heads of eight different areas of school) and the Vice President of Student Council but also the Presidents of the 9th grade, sophomore, junior, and senior classes. Each fall, the upper school classes elect a Vice President, the eighth graders elect Co-Presidents, and the seventh graders elect a Class Representative.

This year, we invited the newest members of Student Council to share their campaign speeches. This speech, by Gracie Spencer, Seventh Grade Class Representative, is our second submission.

Filed Under: student voice, student government, Class of 2025

Campaign Speech given by Sarah Amzil '21

September 12, 2019 by Guest Student Author

Every spring, we elect not only the OEKS (student heads of eight different areas of school) and the Vice President of Student Council but also the Presidents of the 9th grade, sophomore, junior, and senior classes. Each fall, the upper school classes elect a Vice President, the eighth graders elect Co-Presidents, and the seventh graders elect a Class Representative.

This year, we invited the newest members of Student Council to share their campaign speeches. This speech, by Sarah Amzil, Junior Class Vice President, is our first submission.

Filed Under: student voice, student government, Class of 2021

Convocation 2019: Lauren's words

September 05, 2019 by Lauren Cunniffe

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

Filed Under: Convocation