It's all about the beanbags. The nine students in my Humanities 7 class had been adamant that we would able to fit the 22-27 relatives they were expecting for Family Weekend into our relatively small classroom, and when I demurred, they insisted that wherever we go, their beloved beanbag chairs should follow "because our parents should see what our class really looks like." So it was that I greeted Barbara, who was responsible this morning both for cleaning my regular classroom and for cleaning the Meeting Room where we would be moving for the day, at a bright and early 6:15 A.M. I had my temporary classroom set up, and chairs set out for visitors in the Jesser 3 classrooms, by 7:00, and zipped to the dining room to fill my travel mug with decaf (a special treat for a special day) and soy milk.
Filed Under: student voice, Family Weekend, On Education, On Parenting, In the Classroom, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, girls' school, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, International Baccalaureate, Equestrian Program, Uniquely Stoneleigh-Burnham School
The following was originally published in the Spring 2007 Bulletin. At the time, Samantha Pleasant '02 was Associate Director of Admissions and a riding instructor here at SBS. Her words still reflect the feelings of so many students and alumnae that we wanted to share them here with you. We hope that you enjoy reading Sam's account of her own relationship with horses and what she observed in our students during her time here.
Filed Under: Middle School, Teaching, Alumnae, Grades 7-12 and PG, School Happenings, All-Girls, Boarding and Day, Riding, All Girls Education, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Horse Show, Equestrian Program, Uniquely Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Education
Things have been quite busy the last few months. On top of hosting the normal array of horse shows at home, we also held a big Wall of Fame Induction ceremony in February and hosted the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Zone 1 Region 3 Regional Finals in March.
The atmosphere at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School Equestrian Center has been lively during the last few weeks. On January 15th we held a Jumper show which was well attended despite the subzero temperatures outside. The SBS girls did particularly well and three girls took first place! Full results from the day can be found on our website.
Filed Under: Equestrian Program
It's my first December at SBS - and wow - we certainly get into the holiday spirit here! With gingerbread houses, secret snowflake gift exchanging, and hilarious faculty skits, SBS dives right into the holiday celebration and the barn is no different.
Filed Under: Equestrian Program
This week marks the start of a brand new trimester which will usher in a whole new atmosphere around the barn. While there will be many returning students, we are excited to welcome many new students as well. The lesson schedules will change and there will be new group dynamics formed with these new combinations of riders. I'm eager to see returning riders continue to progress and to meet all our new riders! I can't say I'm looking forward to the coming cold of WINTER, but I'm thrilled so many riders are willing to brave the chilly temperatures this winter to come down to the barn (over 40 including both full time and part time riders!).
This past weekend was such a jam-packed weekend for SBS Riding that Marilyn and I had to split up for the whole weekend just to get everything done. Marilyn took several of our riders (Tess and Kelly) to Springfield for the NEHC Junior Medal finals while I stayed at school to organize and run the little horse show we hold during family weekend to give parents the opportunity to see their kids ride. It's Tuesday now, and Marilyn and I have been reunited. After comparing notes, we have decided that both equestrian events were a big success.