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List of 20 news stories.

  • Dr. Kelly Bird presents at Independent School Management Conference

    Barbara Doyle
    Five Ways to Make Your School Makerspace a Thriving Space of Belonging
     
    Dr. Kelly Bird, Director of Renbrook Beginning School, joined Margaret Powers, founder of Creative Thinking Partners LLC, and ISM Consultant Joshua Nelson, as presenters in a webinar on makerspaces for Independent School Management this week.
     
    Makerspaces are dedicated areas where students use hands-on techniques and tools to design, experiment, build, and invent. These spaces foster learning through inquiry and help develop students’ real-life, critical-thinking skills. But teachers often find it challenging to use their school’s makerspaces effectively and equitably. Dr. Bird and her colleagues discussed the value of makerspaces and how to ensure these specialized areas support student belonging and fruitful learning.
     
    Key Points included:
    • Scheduling tips to promote collaboration and ways to create connections across subjects for interdisciplinary projects.
    • The benefits of designating a makerspace coordinator in each school division.
    • The importance of creating a scope and sequence for specific skills students can choose from.
    • The impact of the environment’s physical design on student interest and sense of belonging.
    • Concrete steps to build a shared commitment to learning through "making."
    Dr. Bird received her Doctorate in School Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Her dissertation, MAKING Space: Teacher Perceptions of How
    Participation and Choice are Mediated in Maker Education in Independent Schools has informed her important work here at Renbrook School and beyond.
     
  • Renbrook School Featured in West Hartford Lifestyle Magazine

    Renbrook School was recently featured in the November edition of West Hartford Lifestyle Magazine and Glastonbury Lifestyle Magazine. Head of School Matt Sigrist talks about our mission and the Renbrook difference. Our own Katie Jackson graces the cover with her woodworking students. Enjoy the full article here.
  • Maggie Doyne, Author and Philanthropist Visits Renbrook School

    Last week, Renbrook welcomed humanitarian and author, Maggie Doyne. Maggie is the founder and CEO of the BlinkNow Foundation that funds a children's home, health clinic, women's center, and K-12 school in Surkhet, Nepal. Maggie met with our Lower and Upper School students for a spirited and inspiring conversation about her life's work. She also joined us for an evening parent event to discuss her new book, Between the Mountain and the Sky: A Mother's Story of Love, Loss, Healing, and Hope.
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  • Eighth Grader Excels at Track & Field

    We are excited to celebrate eighth grader Chidi Moemeka for his amazing accomplishments in track recently, In the Spring of 2022, Chidi, along with his team at Capital City Track Club, competed in the USA Track & Field (USATF) Indoor Nationals.  Individually, Chidi won the National Championship in the 55 meter hurdles. Additionally, his relay team earned All American honors  by placing fourth in the 4X200m.
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  • The Pandemic Within the Pandemic: COVID-19 and Anti-Asian Racism

    Alana McDonough
    During the month of May, we have celebrated Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in a variety of ways at Renbrook School. Students have read numerous books, presented at assemblies about AAPI influencers, shared personal stories, and completed projects.
     
    Seventh grader Alana McDonough focused a recent “Key Convictions” project on hate and hate crimes directed at Asian Americans. Alana was inspired by the uptick in events due to COVID and its origins in China. Alana has written a thoughtful, important, and passionate paper, and her own Asian American heritage surely fueled that passion.

    Enjoy Alana's paper here.
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  • Shelley Grant '21 gives moving chapel talk

    Last month, Shelley Grant '21, a Renbrook alumna and current student at Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts, delivered a chapel talk.

    A chapel talk is a brief speech written by a student and delivered to their fellow students and faculty. Chapel talks focus on themes that are personally meaningful to the speaker; they are reflective and range from the moving to humorous to motivational.

    In her moving chapel talk, Shelley tells her story as a Ghanaian American. She shares her love for poetry as both a bridge and an outlet and recites three of her original poems. You can watch Shelley's talk here.
  • Renbrook Student is Making His Mark in Caring for the Environment

    CJ Glooch is an eighth grader at Renbrook School and a budding environmentalist. CJ is part of the Trustee Scholar program at Renbrook and chose to make a difference in his community and in the world by doing something good for the planet. The Trustee Scholar Program is student-initiated service learning designed to fulfill an identified need within the school or the community while fostering personal growth and leadership for the student. Students in the Trustee Scholar Program must choose a project, make a proposal to the Board of Trustees, volunteer a minimum of 15 hours with the organization, and deliver a final presentation about what they learned from the project to their peers and the Board of Trustees.
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  • Renbrook School featured in ESPN Video Honoring Teachers

    When the school year kicked off this fall, ESPN wanted to thank teachers for the incredible work they do and their commitment to students everywhere. Renbrook School is honored to be featured in this video celebrating the excellence of teachers everywhere. The video, narrated by Rece Davis of College GameDay, was featured on ESPN networks and we are proud to be a part of it.
  • Renbrook Sixth Grader Demonstrates Immense Talent in Irish Step Dance

    Renbrook sixth grader Balian Buttimer has been Irish Step Dancing since he was 4 years old.  He made Preliminary Champion Level by age 8 and has been competing at a champion level in his age group since then. At normal Feis competitions, both boys and girls compete against one another in their age category.  However, at larger competitions such as Regional Oireachtas, Nationals and Worlds, dancers only compete against their own gender, again in their age category.  
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  • Renbrook Sixth Grader Makes a Big Difference

    With her big heart, big smile, and big aspirations, sixth-grader Tommi Manafort has made quite a difference in the lives of several children with serious medical needs.
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  • 8th Grade Student Council Speech - Zaki Shamsi

    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. Here is the final video in showcasing each of these nine speeches here in our News channel. We invite you to listen here as Zaki Shamsi presents his bid for Student Council President.
  • 8th Grade Student Council Speech - CJ Glooch

    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 CJ Glooch presents his bid for Student Council President.
  • 8th Grade Student Council Speech - Ari Peres

    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 Ari Peres presents his bid for Student Council President.
  • 8th Grade Student Council Speech - Hadley Edwards

    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 Hadley Edwards presents her bid for Student Council President.
  • 8th Grade Student Council Speech - Tristan Buttimer

    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 Tristan Buttimer presents his bid for Student Council President.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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2023

  • January

    Happy Birthday MLK

    Julie Schlossinger, Head of Lower School
    At Renbrook, we believe a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment serves our students’ needs of belonging so they can pursue academic excellence, experience community, and lead with courage and empathy. Throughout the school year, those core beliefs inform our curriculum and programming. Additionally, when significant events such as the MLK Jr. federal holiday occur, we thoughtfully curate learning experiences that are relevant and age-appropriate. This important work is accomplished because of positive and constructive mindsets, belief in the impact of unity, and an understanding of the experiences of others.
     
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  • Reading Comprehension

    Julie Schlossinger, Head of Lower School
    As adults, we tend to overlook the complexity of the ability to make meaning from something we read because we have been doing it for a long time and because it happens automatically and instantaneously for so many of us. For children, though, especially during the elementary school years, there is so much involved in processing print.
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