Intersections: 2191 Days Later

December 14, 2018 by Bill Ivey

Like many Americans, especially parents, especially teachers, Dec. 14, 2012 is burned into my brain. I may have been too young (just) to remember where I was on Nov. 22, 1963, but I know exactly where I was 49 years and 22 days later - in the gym working scoreboard for our basketball tournament - and remember it as clearly as if it were yesterday. On that day, we learned with growing shock what had transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a horrific mass shooting that began with the shooter’s mother and continued to result in the deaths of 20 children and six faculty/staff members before the shooter turned his gun on himself.

Filed Under: gun violence, Sandy Hook Promise, sandy hook, Parkland, Student Activism, StudentVoice

Junior Ring Ceremony 2018: Speech by Luna '20

November 30, 2018 by Guest Student Author

Luna Patience, Vice-President of the Junior Class, delivered this speech during their ring ceremony on Thursday, November 29.

I feel privileged to be able to share such a special evening with all of you, both guests, and classmates.

Filed Under: Junior Ring Ceremony, StudentVoice

Intersections: Giving Thanks 2018

November 21, 2018 by Bill Ivey

Doves adorn the staircase to the middle school, twirling gently in the air currents, still exuding the active hope for peace expressed by the students who made them and arranged them. At the top of the staircase sits a totem pole, made by the class of 2019 back when they were seventh graders, expressing who they were at the time and thus, in many ways, who they are now. I walk into the middle school lobby, where soon enough kids will start to flood in, flopping on the chair and couch, half sitting on each other’s laps as they chatter about any- and everything that crosses their minds. I walk into my room, past the Black Lives Matter, Girl Power, and LGBT Safe space signs on the door, and arrange the blue beanbags in a half circle. Soon, kids will half-walk, half-run into the room and either drop their backpacks on their beanbag of choice, whirl, and return to the lobby, or drop down to relax and hang out with their friends as they arrive.

Filed Under: Middle School, Student Writing, StudentVoice, student-centered learning, #GirlsRock, Rock Band, Humanities 7, Thanksgiving

Student Work: Stop Motion Video

November 14, 2018 by Guest Student Author

Recently, students in Meghan Lena's HL Bio class created stop motion videos. This one, from Bee and Siena, is on Membrane Transport. Enjoy!

Filed Under: Student work, StudentVoice

Intersections: Just, Vote

November 05, 2018 by Bill Ivey

“I kind of like being fooled about some things.” Tally, the protagonist in Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, utters this line to close out a chapter section, where we ended today’s Morning Reading in Humanities 7. The kids reacted immediately to the line, pointing out examples of Tally, and the society in general in this future dystopia, wanting to be fooled. After their thoughts settled into silence, I asked them, “Are there people in our culture who kind of like being fooled about some things.” No silence then - one student jumped straight to, “I like being fooled into thinking the world isn’t going to descend into chaos in about 12 years and our species will go extinct.”

Filed Under: Vote

Intersections: A practice of invitation and grace

November 04, 2018 by Bill Ivey

title taken from the closing keynote of the 2018 AISNE Diversity Conference, given by Darnell Moore.

I had an excellent day at the 2018 AISNE Diversity Conference. I attended:

  • Opening Keynote: “Understanding & Dismantling Privilege: The Importance of Disrupting White Silence, by Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility
  • Workshop I: “Transgender Student, Faculty, and Family Experiences,” a panel facilitated by Alex Myers
  • Student Panel: “Be Inspired: Student Voices, facilitated by Erica Ramirez
  • Workshop II: “Using Oppressed Identities to Face White Privilege," with Robin Di Angelo
  • Closing Keynote: “Beyond Tolerance: LGBTIQAP Students and the Need for Loving Policies & Practices,” by Darnell Moore, author of No Ashes in the Fire

Filed Under: AISNE, diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, LGBTQ+ Support, Student support, StudentVoice

Intersections: Don't Stop Now

November 02, 2018 by Bill Ivey

Blog title from a song by Nina Kauderer ‘20

Joan Armatrading and her Stratocaster. Bonnie Raitt and her Stratocaster. Avril Lavigne and her Telecaster. Chrissie Hynde and her Telecaster. Tal Wilkenfeld and her Precision Bass. Aimee Mann and her Precision Bass.

And don’t forget Anna and her own Stratocaster.

Filed Under: #GirlsRock, Women in Rock, StudentVoice, Student work

Installation Ceremony: Stephanie's speech

October 30, 2018 by Stephanie Luebbers

(note: Stephanie’s original speech has been edited for space considerations.)

Filed Under: Installation, Authentic self, Best self, Mission, Ethical

Installation Ceremony: Faculty Welcome

October 19, 2018 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

by Miriam Przybyla-Baum P’22,’20, Chair of Language Department and Co-Coordinator of the IB Diploma Programme

Filed Under: Installation

Installation Ceremony: Staff Welcome

October 18, 2018 by Guest Staff bloggers

by Sam Settin Torres '08, Associate in the Development and Alumnae Relations Department

Filed Under: Installation