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List of 20 news stories.

  • 8th Grade Student Council Speech - Kate Koster

    Renbrook School strives to create great leaders in our students and we are so proud of the nine eighth-graders who stepped up to the podium recently to present their Student Council speeches to their Upper School peers. They were eloquent, thoughtful, and courageous as they presented their ideas and requested the support of their classmates. We are showcasing each of these nine speeches here in our News channel and invite you to listen here as Kate Koster presents her bid for Student Council President.
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  • 8th Grade Student Council Speech - Cole Hill

    Renbrook School strives to create great leaders in our students and we are so proud of the nine eighth-graders who stepped up to the podium recently to present their Student Council speeches to their Upper School peers. They were eloquent, thoughtful, and courageous as they presented their ideas and requested the support of their classmates. We are showcasing each of these nine speeches here in our News channel and invite you to listen here as Cole Hill presents his bid for Student Council President.
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  • 8th Grade Student Council Speeches - Sam Almeida

    Renbrook School strives to create great leaders in our students and we are so proud of the nine eighth-graders who stepped up to the podium recently to present their Student Council speeches to their Upper School peers. They were eloquent, thoughtful, and courageous as they presented their ideas and requested the support of their classmates. We are showcasing each of these nine speeches over the coming weeks and invite you to listen here as Sam Almeida presents her bid for Student Council President.
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  • 8th Grade Student Council Speeches - Mikayla Grant

    Renbrook School strives to create great leaders in our students and we are so proud of the nine eighth-graders who stepped up to the podium recently to present their Student Council speeches to their Upper School peers. They were eloquent, thoughtful, and courageous as they presented their ideas and requested the support of their classmates. We will showcase each of these nine speeches over the coming weeks and invite you to listen here as Mikayla Grant presents her bid for Student Council President.
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  • Trustee Scholar Alex Wang

    At Renbrook School, eighth-graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.
     
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  • Trustee Scholar Jack Griffin

    At Renbrook School, eighth-graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.
     
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  • Trustee Scholar Kurt Burkhardt

    At Renbrook School, eighth-graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.
     
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  • Continuing the Journey: Mathematics Learning 2021 and Beyond

    Christine Ladd, Marianne Michailow, and Akilah Williams all attended the seminar Continuing the Journey: Mathematics Learning 2021 and Beyond sponsored by the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM), NCSM: Leadership in Mathematics Education, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
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  • Trustee Scholar Harshil Yerabelli

    At Renbrook School, eighth-graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.
     
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  • Trustee Scholar Michelle Grant

    At Renbrook School, eighth-graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.
     
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  • Trustee Scholar Rachael Budd

    At Renbrook School, eighth-graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.


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  • Renbrook School is Rich in History - Right Down to the Faucets

    Barbara Doyle
    Renbrook School is rich in history and evidence of that history is alive and well on our campus today. Renbrook School was originally the home of Frederick B. Rentschler, co-founder of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, his wife Faye Belden Rentschler, and their children. The estate was built more than 90 years ago and later became a school when Mr. Rentschler created a non-profit foundation to honor his late wife who had been the chief designer of the home. 
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  • Trustee Scholar Maddie Shani

    At Renbrook School, eighth graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.
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  • Trustee Scholar Alijah Sanford

     
    At Renbrook School, eighth-graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.
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  • Trustee Scholars

     
    At Renbrook School, eighth-graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.
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  • Celebrating 40 Years of “Mathtown” at Renbrook School

    Chris Ladd
    Middle school children are full of questions about themselves and the world around them. What career will I have as an adult? How does what I am learning in school help me in the future? Hundreds of vital questions that deserve answers. Middle School students are reaching adulthood and will be moving on to secondary school. In a few years, they will pick a college and declare a major or find a job. Children at any age need to understand why they are learning topics, and at Renbrook, teachers intentionally bring learning to life. A hands-on approach allows students to work at their own pace and tackle challenges appropriately.
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  • Former Renbrook Parent and Trustee Pens Lolita in the Afterlife

    In 1958, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita was published in the United States by Walter Minton to immediate controversy and bestsellerdom. More than sixty years later Walter Minton's daughter Jenny Minton Quigley, has edited Lolita in the Afterlife: On Beauty, Risk, and Reckoning with the Most Indelible and Shocking Novel of the Twentieth Century. Amazon describes: "This phenomenal novel generates as much buzz as it did when originally published. Central to countless issues at the forefront of our national discourse—art and politics, race and whiteness, gender and power, sexual trauma—Lolita lives on, in an afterlife as blinding as a supernova."
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  • SIMPLY LINCOLN - Canton Resident Portrays Abraham Lincoln to Enthusiastic Reviews

    If you know Howard Wright, Science Department Head here at Renbrook, you may know of his love for all things Lincoln and his art of portraying President Abraham Lincoln. March 4, 2021 marked the 160th anniversary of Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861 and in honor of this anniversary, Bruce Deckert, Editor-in-Chief of Today Magazine, featured a six-page spread on Howard and his Lincoln portrayals. Enjoy this wonderful story and the beautiful photos featuring our own Howard Wright. 
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  • Laura Horn ’10 Performs in UCONN's Radical Black Art and Performance Series

    Renbrook Alumna Lauren Horn ’10 Performs "Cleave"

    Renbrook alumna Lauren Horn ‘10 performed recently in the University of Connecticut’s Radical Black Art and Performance Series, featuring virtual performances, film screenings, discussions, and workshops by LGBTQ artists and scholars of color. The series was curated by Philadelphia-based choreographer and artist Arien Wilkerson who recently shared in an interview with Connecticut Public Radio, “This series really invites UConn and other institutions to think about the way they have neglected Black artists and Black educators. They need to incorporate Black artists, Black thinkers, Black minds in all facets, not just entertaining you, not just educating you, but also in the planning and the infrastructure of all this, too.”
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  • MATHCOUNTS 2021

    Congratulations to all of our Renbrook "Mathletes" who recently participated in MATHCOUNTS. Particular congratulations go out to sixth-grader Hridaan Mehta for qualifying for the next round of the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series, the Chapter Invitational. Hridaan scored 37 out of 46 possible points and ranked fourteenth overall.
    The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem-solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, in-person "bee" style contests. The contests are all being held virtually this year and Hridaan will move on to the Chapter Invitational on February 25, 2021. Best of luck Hridaan! 
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2021

  • October

    8th Grade Student Council Speech - Kate Koster

    Renbrook School strives to create great leaders in our students and we are so proud of the nine eighth-graders who stepped up to the podium recently to present their Student Council speeches to their Upper School peers. They were eloquent, thoughtful, and courageous as they presented their ideas and requested the support of their classmates. We are showcasing each of these nine speeches here in our News channel and invite you to listen here as Kate Koster presents her bid for Student Council President.
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  • Family Book Boxes

    Love Makes a Family

    Dr. Kelly Bird
    Helping young children understand the differences and similarities between their families strengthens their sense of identity and helps them grow into empathetic friends and classmates. At the Early Learning Center, we find many ways to help children talk about their families and to foster inclusivity and belonging.
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  • 8th Grade Student Council Speech - Cole Hill

    Renbrook School strives to create great leaders in our students and we are so proud of the nine eighth-graders who stepped up to the podium recently to present their Student Council speeches to their Upper School peers. They were eloquent, thoughtful, and courageous as they presented their ideas and requested the support of their classmates. We are showcasing each of these nine speeches here in our News channel and invite you to listen here as Cole Hill presents his bid for Student Council President.
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  • Hispanic Heritage Month

    Señora Camila Pina
    Between September 15 and October 15, Americans all over the country celebrate National Hispanic American month. This observation, started in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson, pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation. During the month of observance, several Latin American countries celebrate their independence, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile. 
     
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  • 8th Grade Student Council Speeches - Sam Almeida

    Renbrook School strives to create great leaders in our students and we are so proud of the nine eighth-graders who stepped up to the podium recently to present their Student Council speeches to their Upper School peers. They were eloquent, thoughtful, and courageous as they presented their ideas and requested the support of their classmates. We are showcasing each of these nine speeches over the coming weeks and invite you to listen here as Sam Almeida presents her bid for Student Council President.
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  • Parent-Teacher Partnerships

    Julie Schlossinger
    During our recent Parents’ Night, I spoke about teachers in terms of their sincere commitment to their students’ growth and development, and how they chose a teaching career because they care about the outcomes of others. I also touched on the importance of continuing to build a strong parent/teacher partnership on behalf of the students. What I’d like to speak to now is the role of the parent in this critical relationship.  
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  • September

    8th Grade Student Council Speeches - Mikayla Grant

    Renbrook School strives to create great leaders in our students and we are so proud of the nine eighth-graders who stepped up to the podium recently to present their Student Council speeches to their Upper School peers. They were eloquent, thoughtful, and courageous as they presented their ideas and requested the support of their classmates. We will showcase each of these nine speeches over the coming weeks and invite you to listen here as Mikayla Grant presents her bid for Student Council President.
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  • Feedback

    Julie Schlossinger
    During the Lower School Faculty meeting recently, teachers viewed Austin’s Butterfly: Models, Critique, and Descriptive Feedback. This video, created by EL Education, a non-profit organization which began out of a collaboration of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound in the 1990s, provides insight for teachers and students regarding how critique and feedback, through the process of multiple iterations, can transform student work. After the video, teachers read Seven Keys to Effective Feedback by Grant Wiggins and discussed the important and critical components of feedback: goal-referenced, tangible and transparent, actionable, user-friendly, timely, ongoing, and consistent.  
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  • The Gifts of Recess 

    Julie Schlossinger
    Often when I speak with elementary age children and ask what their favorite subject is in school, the answer most frequently given is… recess. At one time, I hoped I would hear math, reading, or writing, but 9 out of 10 times, it was always recess. It’s actually comical to watch the doors open to the playground and see so many children run out squealing with their arms open wide as if they are hugging the air. It’s such a common behavior and a true gift that brings me joy every time I see it. At this point in my career, I no longer wish to hear the words math, reading, or writing when I ask that question. You see, I now know that recess is a truly significant and important class for our students and one that should not be overlooked.  
     
     
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  • Back to School Musings

    Julie Schlossinger, Lower School Head
    How is it that first days of school continue to cause butterflies and excitement in those of us who have been teaching for many, many years? It has been more than twenty-five years for me, yet I continue to experience similar feelings each year, both the night before and the morning of. There are countless picture books about this phenomenon. In fact, there’s a great one titled, “Butterflies on the First Day” by Annie Silvestro that almost all teachers have and bring out to read to their new classes on the first day.  
     
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  • Trustee Scholar Alex Wang

    At Renbrook School, eighth-graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.
     
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  • August

    Trustee Scholar Jack Griffin

    At Renbrook School, eighth-graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.
     
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  • Trustee Scholar Kurt Burkhardt

    At Renbrook School, eighth-graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.
     
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  • Continuing the Journey: Mathematics Learning 2021 and Beyond

    Christine Ladd, Marianne Michailow, and Akilah Williams all attended the seminar Continuing the Journey: Mathematics Learning 2021 and Beyond sponsored by the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM), NCSM: Leadership in Mathematics Education, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
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  • Trustee Scholar Harshil Yerabelli

    At Renbrook School, eighth-graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.
     
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  • Trustee Scholar Michelle Grant

    At Renbrook School, eighth-graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.
     
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  • July

    Trustee Scholar Rachael Budd

    At Renbrook School, eighth-graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.


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  • Cramphin Excellence in Education Award Winner - Robbie Saal

    Doug and Jane Cramphin served on the faculty of Renbrook School for a combined 78 years. They received monetary gifts in their names at the time of their retirement and have graciously paid it forward with the annual Cramphin Excellence in Education Awards. These awards recognize members of the faculty and staff who demonstrate passion, creativity, innovation, collaboration, strength in relationships, and a willingness to go above and beyond normal expectations, enabling others to excel. This year, three faculty members were chosen for this wonderful recognition and monetary awards. Today we celebrate Robbie Saal.
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  • June

    Cramphin Excellence in Education Award Winner - Kim Dansin

    Doug and Jane Cramphin served on the faculty of Renbrook School for a combined 78 years. They received monetary gifts in their names at the time of their retirement and have graciously paid it forward with the annual Cramphin Excellence in Education Awards. These awards recognize members of the faculty and staff who demonstrate passion, creativity, innovation, collaboration, strength in relationships, and a willingness to go above and beyond normal expectations, enabling others to excel. This year, three faculty members were chosen for this wonderful recognition and monetary awards. Today we celebrate Kim Dansin.
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  • Renbrook School is Rich in History - Right Down to the Faucets

    Barbara Doyle
    Renbrook School is rich in history and evidence of that history is alive and well on our campus today. Renbrook School was originally the home of Frederick B. Rentschler, co-founder of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, his wife Faye Belden Rentschler, and their children. The estate was built more than 90 years ago and later became a school when Mr. Rentschler created a non-profit foundation to honor his late wife who had been the chief designer of the home. 
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  • Trustee Scholar Maddie Shani

    At Renbrook School, eighth graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.
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  • Cramphin Excellence in Education Award Winner - Becky Klein

    Doug and Jane Cramphin served on the faculty of Renbrook School for a combined 78 years. They received monetary gifts in their names at the time of their retirement and have graciously paid it forward with the annual Cramphin Excellence in Education Awards. These awards recognize members of the faculty and staff who demonstrate passion, creativity, innovation, collaboration, strength in relationships, and a willingness to go above and beyond normal expectations, enabling others to excel. This year, three faculty members were chosen for this wonderful recognition and monetary awards. Today we celebrate Becky Klein.
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  • Renbrook Alumni Visit with Eighth-Grade Students

    Our eighth-grade students enjoyed a visit with two Renbrook Alumni recently to talk about careers. There was no shortage of questions from our inquisitive students as they explored career options and choices in the area of arts and entertainment and government. We are grateful to Barrie Kreinik "00, an actor, singer, writer, and audiobook narrator based in New York City, and Vasishth Srivastava ’06 who serves as Chief of Staff for Hartford Mayor Luke A. Bronin.
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  • Trustee Scholar Alijah Sanford

     
    At Renbrook School, eighth-graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.
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  • Fifth-Grade Student Inspired by TED Talk

    Fifth-grade students recently watched a TED Talk entitled “Can Art Amend History?” by Artist Titus Kaphar, as part of their history study of slavery. Kaphar makes paintings and sculptures that wrestle with the struggles of the past while speaking to the diversity and advances of the present. According to TED, “In an unforgettable live workshop, Kaphar takes a brush full of white paint to a replica of a 17th-century Frans Hals painting, obscuring parts of the composition and bringing its hidden story into view. There's a narrative coded in art like this, Kaphar says. What happens when we shift our focus and confront unspoken truths?”
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  • Alumni Visit with the Class of 2021

    This year, in lieu of its annual Alumni Career Day, Renbrook invited alumni guest speakers to Zoom with the Class of 2021. Barrie Kreinik '00 and Vasishth Srivastava '06 met with Renbrook eighth graders, sharing their personal stories, Renbrook memories, education and career paths, and career advice and insights on June 4, 2021.
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    • Trustee Scholars

       
      At Renbrook School, eighth-graders traditionally serve as leaders of the student body, running Morning Meeting, serving in senior positions on the student council, acting as team captains, playing major roles in the school musical, and more. Students can participate in the Trustee Scholar Project as one of their leadership roles.
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    • May

      Creating a Beehive of Innovation 

      Jessica Wawzyniecki and Olivia Goodrich

      At Renbrook, we are committed to project-based STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education, a multidisciplinary approach to hands-on learning. We believe that giving our students the chance to tinker, create, and build shows them that they can impact systems and objects in their world. We want our students to see that they can bring their learning to life by creating effective solutions that integrate knowledge and skills across disciplines. We take children’s intellect and ideas seriously and strive to help them build a “maker mindset,” demonstrating the value of an iterative process. It is through such process-oriented work that our students discover that their outcomes can be refined and improved through self-reflection and sharing their work with others. 
       
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    • Renbrook's Evolving Work for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

      Gretchen Hathaway
      In 2020–2021, as our country renews its commitment to equity and justice, how is Renbrook applying our mission and values to this call to action?      

      Decades of faculty, parent, and student work (see sidebars) have laid the groundwork for this time. But the work is a long journey, and the national movement of the past year has offered new perspectives for deeper exploration. Facing the past, opening up dialogue in the present, and looking toward a future of healing and growth, Renbrook’s community is dedicated to the work.
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    • Celebrating 40 Years of “Mathtown” at Renbrook School

      Chris Ladd
      Middle school children are full of questions about themselves and the world around them. What career will I have as an adult? How does what I am learning in school help me in the future? Hundreds of vital questions that deserve answers. Middle School students are reaching adulthood and will be moving on to secondary school. In a few years, they will pick a college and declare a major or find a job. Children at any age need to understand why they are learning topics, and at Renbrook, teachers intentionally bring learning to life. A hands-on approach allows students to work at their own pace and tackle challenges appropriately.
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    • Renbrook Sports Survive the Pandemic

      Tony Scherer '82
      Tony Scherer ’82, long-time Upper School teacher and coach, whose love of sports, particularly baseball, is legend, offers this reflection.   

      FUN. That’s where it starts. The first time we run, the first time we play catch, the first time we hit a ball with something, the first time we throw a ball through a hoop. Sports are fun. (Or, if you prefer, sports is fun, if you think of “sports” as a collective singular noun, like “art” or “music.” English teachers think that way.)
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    • Renbrook Physical Education: Pandemic Style

      Gretchen Hathaway
      Our campus was empty all spring. Students stayed at home, glued to their screens. Everyone was curious: How would our PE department keep kids active and motivated from a distance?      

      All spring, Athletic Director Peter Reynolds, Assistant Athletic Director Sarah Davis, and PE teacher Natalie Kirkpatrick motivated kids remotely by making videos in their back yards. They offered athletic challenges, communicating with energy and humor as they demonstrated: Shoot baskets into a trash can! Teach someone to do a proper squat! Here’s a drill you can try! Get on your bike and ride! Instagram became the new gym.
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    • April

      Former Renbrook Parent and Trustee Pens Lolita in the Afterlife

      In 1958, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita was published in the United States by Walter Minton to immediate controversy and bestsellerdom. More than sixty years later Walter Minton's daughter Jenny Minton Quigley, has edited Lolita in the Afterlife: On Beauty, Risk, and Reckoning with the Most Indelible and Shocking Novel of the Twentieth Century. Amazon describes: "This phenomenal novel generates as much buzz as it did when originally published. Central to countless issues at the forefront of our national discourse—art and politics, race and whiteness, gender and power, sexual trauma—Lolita lives on, in an afterlife as blinding as a supernova."
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    • Technology in a Time of Pandemic: Versatility & Expansion

      In March, when the curtain came down on school as we knew it, Renbrook was well-positioned to pivot to online learning. “We had done the heavy lifting in 2018-2019,“ says Dave Blodgett, Academic Technology Coordinator, “when we moved to a cloud-based system school-wide.” In March 2020, teachers and staff were already living in Microsoft’s “more is more” online environment, and the sudden onset of virtual school accelerated their exploration of new ways to connect with students using a variety of apps and platforms.
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    • Steve Arnold and his hardy Kindergarteners

      A Conversation with Steve Arnold, Kindergarten Teacher

      Mr. Arnold has spearheaded creative use of the Renbrook campus for 30 years. He recalls the origins of our trail system.        

      “You can see the remnants of Frederick Rentschler’s estate on the Yellow Trail and the part of the Blue Trail that leads from the bridge down to the Brook. Rentschler built stone steps in steep places, and they’ll still take you down to Canal Road and from the highest point on campus to below the ELC.”
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    • Howard Wright’s seventh-grade students listen to the falling leaves.

      A Conversation with Howard Wright, Science Department Head

      “Last year seventh-grade Life Science students were outdoors about 50% of the time. This year I can count on one hand the number of classes held indoors.” In their study of dendrology, students ask, "Why do leaves fall?” They go into the woods to find out. As Mr. Wright reads to them from The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, “ 'A tree is not a forest . . .'  they listen to leaves falling, then jump up and try to catch them. We discuss the interdependence of trees, and that leads to the importance of community; we take care of each other as trees do.” 

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    • Outdoor Learning: Curiosity, Creativity, Community at Work

      Gretchen Hathaway
      Given the treasure of our 75-acre campus, turning to the outdoors as the safest way to learn together has been a natural adaptation for Renbrook this year. Undoubtedly our location on Avon Mountain has been essential to our successful effort to hold school in person. But more than that, learning from nature has been a vital element of Renbrook’s philosophy and practice from the outset and is embedded in the school’s philosophy and traditions.        
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    • March

      Music at Renbrook Is Not Just Enduring – It’s Thriving!

      Last spring, as Zoom classes carried on, students in Upper School missed sports, art, and music—the non-academic areas of school life. But each of those departments found ways to include their joys in the lockdown experience. Woodworking and photography challenges were issued, and PE videos appeared on Instagram. 
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    • Curiosity, Creativity, Community: They’re in our Renbrook DNA

      Gretchen Hathaway
      In Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll’s Alice finds herself quite suddenly and unexpectedly in a world alarmingly different from her own orderly one. When the pandemic struck last winter, we, too, went down a rabbit hole. We had no choice but to engage with the new reality and use our wits, as Alice does—all the while registering surprise and amazement.
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    • SIMPLY LINCOLN - Canton Resident Portrays Abraham Lincoln to Enthusiastic Reviews

      If you know Howard Wright, Science Department Head here at Renbrook, you may know of his love for all things Lincoln and his art of portraying President Abraham Lincoln. March 4, 2021 marked the 160th anniversary of Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861 and in honor of this anniversary, Bruce Deckert, Editor-in-Chief of Today Magazine, featured a six-page spread on Howard and his Lincoln portrayals. Enjoy this wonderful story and the beautiful photos featuring our own Howard Wright. 
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    • Play-Based Learning at Renbrook School

      Kelly Bird, Early Learning Center Director
      Play-based learning at Renbrook is balanced with direct instruction to support students’ social, emotional, and intellectual development. Although learning through play looks different than more traditional learning experiences that many of us may be familiar with, it is learning that happens within a meaningful context. Students take ownership over constructing their own understanding and knowledge and because of that it sticks and becomes internalized.  
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    • Black History Education in the Early Learning Center

      Kelly Bird, Early Learning Center Director
      Black History Month was created to ensure due attention was given to the numerous and important contributions of people of African descent. The goal was not for discussions, research, and projects to start and end in February; Black history is American history and should be woven into conversations with children throughout the year.
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    • February

      Social Studies, Humanities, and History at Renbrook School

      Renbrook’s mission calls us to prepare our students to lead in a global and inclusive world. Our “Curriculum Spotlight” highlights our Social Studies, Humanities, and History Program which plays a central role in this work. Our intentional development of empathetic citizens dedicated to the greater good is more important now than ever.  
       
      As you explore our Division Heads’ “fly over” of the scope and sequence of this important program, join us in our partnership to develop our children’s commitment to serving ideals and institutions that support our community and strengthen our democracy.
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    • Laura Horn ’10 Performs in UCONN's Radical Black Art and Performance Series

      Renbrook Alumna Lauren Horn ’10 Performs "Cleave"

      Renbrook alumna Lauren Horn ‘10 performed recently in the University of Connecticut’s Radical Black Art and Performance Series, featuring virtual performances, film screenings, discussions, and workshops by LGBTQ artists and scholars of color. The series was curated by Philadelphia-based choreographer and artist Arien Wilkerson who recently shared in an interview with Connecticut Public Radio, “This series really invites UConn and other institutions to think about the way they have neglected Black artists and Black educators. They need to incorporate Black artists, Black thinkers, Black minds in all facets, not just entertaining you, not just educating you, but also in the planning and the infrastructure of all this, too.”
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    • MATHCOUNTS 2021

      Congratulations to all of our Renbrook "Mathletes" who recently participated in MATHCOUNTS. Particular congratulations go out to sixth-grader Hridaan Mehta for qualifying for the next round of the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series, the Chapter Invitational. Hridaan scored 37 out of 46 possible points and ranked fourteenth overall.
      The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem-solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, in-person "bee" style contests. The contests are all being held virtually this year and Hridaan will move on to the Chapter Invitational on February 25, 2021. Best of luck Hridaan! 
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    • Topics List

      Student-Driven Curriculum in Kindergarten – Why and How?

      Kelly Bird, Early Learning Center Director
      Despite COVID-19 limitations that require each kindergarten class to remain socially distant, the kindergarten teachers brought their students together on Zoom to brainstorm what topics they might be interested in studying. The list was vast and varied! Topics ranged from tunnels to whistles to clocks.

      Each teacher created a list of the students’ ideas and the individual classes then began to group the topics into themes such as food, machines, toys, and transportation. Once several categories were identified, each class voted on a theme to study, with each student allowed two votes. Topics were given 2 points for a child’s first choice and 1 point for a child’s second choice. Two kindergarten classes selected transportation as their theme while the third selected toys.
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