Twilight's Lullaby

April 14, 2017 by Guest Student Author

by Gwen Healy '19

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


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:


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

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

Appreciation 2016

May 06, 2016 by Bill Ivey

This year, Seniors have more leadership opportunities than ever. The position of “Student Council President” has been renamed “Head of Student Body,” and we have created a number of other student headships. This means that through the spring, all-school housemeetings are filled with speeches by students hoping to become Head of Student Activities, Head of Athletics, Head of Big and Little Sisters, Head of Service, Head of Community Alliance, Head of Curriculum, and Head of Health and Wellness. Besides meeting in a group with our Dean of Students, Kristen Peterson, who guided the development of this program, they will coordinate with adults in the school who are also responsible for these different areas. For example, the Head of Curriculum will meet regularly with Academic Dean Alex Bogel and also participate in Curriculum Committee meetings, while the Head of Community Alliance will meet regularly with the advisors to the Gay-Straight Alliance and Students of Colour affinity group, and so on.

Filed Under: student voice, Feminism, Education, feminist school, student agency, Teacher Appreciation Week

Poem by Nolka Bates '16

April 27, 2016 by Guest Student Author

The Origin Story of My Concrete Bones

Filed Under: student voice, National Poetry Month

Poem by Annalie Gilbert Keith '18

April 25, 2016 by Guest Student Author


Filed Under: student voice, Poetry, National Poetry Month

Poem by Siobhan Pascal '16

April 12, 2016 by Guest Student Author

The Unchanging Nights

Filed Under: student voice, Poetry, National Poetry Month, Education

Poem by Harper Watson '16

April 11, 2016 by Guest Student Author

Garden of the Body

Filed Under: student voice, Poetry, National Poetry Month