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List of 20 news stories.

  • 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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  • 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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2022

  • October

    Play is the Work of Children

    Dr. Kelly Bird 
    As parents, we often worry. Will my child ever stop crying at drop-off? Will they learn their letters? Will they write their name? Will they learn to read? The answer is yes. They will do all of these things. If we can remember this, it will allow us to take a deep breath, model calmness for our children, and allow them to enjoy where they are developmentally. 
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  • June

    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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  • May

    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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  • Building Number Sense

    Dr. Kelly Bird
    Math happens everywhere in the Early Learning Center! Students are counting, estimating, and computing in the context of authentic daily tasks and experiences. Confident mathematicians need to develop a strong number sense in order to be successful long-term. While memorization of math facts is also important at this pivotal time, students relying solely on rote memorization can hit a wall, and number sense and more creative applications play an outsized role in student success.   
      
     
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  • March

    Talking to Young Children About Death

    Dr. Kelly Bird
    “We have to move the worm out of the road even though it’s dead. If a car smushes it, it can’t become food for a bird!” – Junior Kindergarten student  
     
    The time our ELC students spend outdoors introduces them to all kinds of nature’s beautiful creatures. It also brings them face to face with the fact that all living things are born, and, also, must die. This reflection by one of Ed Donahue’s students last year reminds us how students’ intimacy with the outdoors serves to normalize this stage of life. Of course, when facing the death of an individual the conversation feels more complicated. One must balance the reality of death and the emotions that accompany it.  
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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.
    Read More
  • Rigor

    Julie Schlossinger
    Recently I read an article from U.S. News & World Report on how students can better manage an academically rigorous course load while maintaining a strong GPA. As those connected with education, kindergarten through higher ed, rigor is a term used often. Independent schools frequently use it in their mission statements and marketing materials. Programs, teachers, and/or curricula regularly are described as either rigorous or lacking thereof. There are countless studies and research articles touting the relevance and significance of rigor in 21st Century teaching and learning.  
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  • February

    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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  • Black History: Beyond the Month of February

    Dr. Kelly Brd
    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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  • January

    Self-Advocacy Shows Up in Several Ways for Young Children

    Dr. Kelly Bird
    Having complicated conversations with children can feel challenging because we aren’t sure what they are ready for and because our own feelings often permeate the conversation.  As educators we respond to the questions that children bring us and we do our best to answer only what they have asked. As children are ready for more, they will ask more. We, too, have moments of uncertainty about how to answer their questions as we balance the needs of everyone in the room. It is perfectly ok to say, “That is a great question. I’d like to think about it more and come back to you.” Likewise, if you don’t feel you answered something well, you can always say, “You asked me something yesterday and I’d like to talk about it some more.” Silence is the least healthy alternative because it leaves children to answer their own questions without enough context. 
     
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