Intersections: L'impermanence

April 16, 2019 by Bill Ivey

When I first heard the news about the Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris, I immediately went into a state of shock and denial. I closed my Twitter feed immediately, only to open it again, tentatively, some minutes later, when I realized it was my best chance to get updates, only to close it yet again when the first image popped up in my feed. And so on, back and forth and back and forth and…

Filed Under: Notre Dame

Choosing the Growth Mindset & What Inner Strength Means to Me

April 16, 2019 by Guest Student Author

Chloe Hughes '19 is on the Teen Advisory Board for Miss Heard Media. This is her third post for them, published on April 8, 2019


Having a growth mindset is going into every situation means knowing that the worst thing that could happen is you fail and you learn from what you lost. This knowledge that you can find lessons even in hardship is one of the most important things that we as human and we as women need to learn. We need to be able to walk away from every situation knowing that we’ve learned and we’ve grown.

You may read the entire post here.

Filed Under: student voice, Student work, Student Writing, Miss Heard Media

"Stranded" by Luna Patience '20

April 15, 2019 by Guest Student Author

In my head

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

"ANX (Fog)" by Joy Lundberg '20

April 14, 2019 by Guest Student Author

As fast as you may be going,

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

Intersections: Book Review of "Brave, Not Perfect"

April 13, 2019 by Bill Ivey

(with thanks to MiddleWeb for originally publishing this review)


As a teacher in a girls school, I’m acutely aware that my students (girls and non-binary kids alike) often feel trapped between two opposing yet interlocking ideals our culture sets for them – to be their true authentic selves, and to please other people.

Filed Under: Middle School, MIddleWeb, girls' education, educating girls, Girls Schools, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, girls' school, girls psychology, Reshma Saujani

"Nolite te bastardes carborundorum" by Syd L. '19

April 13, 2019 by Guest Student Author

Syd is one of three student poets who read at this year's poetry festival. Because the spacing is so important to this poem, and so as to ensure readers of our blog who use screen readers can enjoy it, we are publishing two versions here - the first as screen shots to show the proper spacing, the second typed in by hand so it may be machine read. Enjoy!

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

Intersections: Confluence of Silence

April 12, 2019 by Bill Ivey

Today is the annual Day of Silence, sponsored by GLSEN. Some of the students in our Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) are choosing to participate, maintaining silence throughout the class day to call attention to the figurative silence of the closet in which many LGBTQ+ people live, whether wholly or partially. Following GLSEN guidelines, teachers have been asked to support the kids, bending where possible to allow them to maintain their silence in the classroom (for example, writing out answers to questions or doing board work) with the understanding we might also ask them to participate vocally in cases where that might genuinely be necessary. At the end of the day, the kids will gather for a three-minute long period of silence followed by a ritual (read: loud and joyful) breaking of the silence.

Filed Under: day of silence, student voice, LGBT Support, GLSEN, Intersections, LGBTQ+ Support

Kavanaugh's Plight

April 02, 2019 by Guest Student Author

Astrid Newton '23 is on the Teen Advisory Board for Miss Heard Media. This is her second post for them, published on March 11, 2019.


When one considers the complete history of the United States, women’s voices have only been heard for a fraction of the time that men’s have. We have only had the right to vote for less than a century. The women’s rights movement is making more progress all the time. However, many of the current government officials are attempting to prevent women having basic control over their bodies and feel safe in this country knowing responsible, moral people are running it. It has been this way for a long time, and many individuals contribute to it, but Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the a Supreme Court certainly isn’t helping. According to a poll, 63% of women oppose his confirmation to the Supreme Court. The political decisions he will make is undoubtedly going to cause an even further decrease in women’s rights for this country.

You may read the entire post here.

Filed Under: Student work, Student Writing, Miss Heard Media, Women's History Month

Intersections: the 2019 NELMS Annual Conference

March 28, 2019 by Bill Ivey

Recently, I attended the Annual Conference of the New England League of Middle Schools. As always, it was a chance to catch up with old friends, learn about ways to better support my students and colleagues, and in general enjoy being with people who really get middle schoolers and love working that age group.

Filed Under: Middle School, student voice, STEAM, Middle Level Education, NELMS, New England League of Middle Schools

A Playlist for the Powerful Woman in All Of Us

March 18, 2019 by Guest Student Author

Chloe Hughes '19 is on the Teen Advisory Board for Miss Heard Media. This is her second post for them, published on March 4, 2019

Cause sometimes, you just need to celebrate with some tunes!

You may read the entire post here.

Filed Under: student voice, Student Writing, Miss Heard Media