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Renbrook Community Blog

List of 19 news stories.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Math at Renbrook School

    Math at Renbrook School is dynamic and engaging at every level. Here, our Division Heads provide a description of our math philosophy and the ways we bring learning to life through real-world applications.  
    You will find through their writing that our math program is a foundational element of a Renbrook education. Secondary schools recognize our graduates for their conceptual mastery as well as their ability to execute an array of problem-solving strategies. Our outstanding math instructors take great pride in our student outcomes. 
    While our students’ strong standardized test scores tell a part of the story and their math trajectory makes their former teachers beam, we are most proud of the ways our teachers develop confidence and a love for math. 
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  • Skin Color Study in Junior Kindergarten

    Kelly Bird
    We want all students to see themselves as integral threads of the classroom fabric, so it is important that no single skin color is considered “normal.” To avoid having any child feel like an “other,” students need support to identify, describe, and discuss their own skin colors.
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  • Building a Ship in a Bottle - Will it Fit in the Bottle?

    Toby Goodrich
    It’s time to start checking that out. First, the hull must be glued onto a wooden mount inside the bottle. The “seas” will be installed around the mount before the hull is glued in place. But it’s time to start “dry fitting” everything before gluing. No one wants surprises when using glue.
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  • Carving the Hull

    Toby Goodrich
    Follow the steps below with the corresponding pictures to the right to carve your hull.
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  • Prepare to Carve the Hull

    Prepare to Carve the Hull

    Toby Goodrich
    There is an old saying that it’s better to design with a pencil than with a saw. Resist the temptation to start carving right away.
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  • Cat Boat

    Ship in a Bottle - Getting Started

    Toby Goodrich
    Decide what kind of boat you wish to build in your bottle. I recommend a “fore-and-aft” rig for first-time sailboat bottlers rather than a “square rig” like my brigantine. Common fore and aft rigs are catboats, sloops, cutters, yawls, ketches, and schooners. See the illustrations to the right of each type of rig.
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  • Brigatine

    Ship in a Bottle - Introduction

    Toby Goodrich
    In the “days of wooden ships and iron men” sailors passed idle hours building ship models, sometimes building ships in bottles. When confined as prisoners of war during the Napoleonic wars, sailors built ship models using scrounged materials, even beef bones. Finding myself facing idle hours and confinement I will be spending the next several weeks building a ship and a boat in a bottle. I have some experience at this. See the photo to the right of a little brigantine I built for my wife many years ago.
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  • The Renbrook Family - We All Have a Part to Play

    Matt Sigrist, Head of School
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  • Insights from our Use of Time Survey

    Insights from our Use of Time Survey
    by Kara Ashley
    Upper School Head
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  • Changing Lenses

    Julie Schlossinger
    Changing Lenses
    by Julie Schlossinger
    Lower School Head
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  • The Worry Cycle

    Kara Ashley
    The Worry Cycle
    by Kara Ashley
    Upper School Head
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  • Can this be home?

    Andy Baker
    Can this be home?
    by Andy Baker

    Upper School English
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  • Today’s School Library; from rows of books to a multi-faceted space.

    Kathryn Justus
    Today’s School Library; from rows of books to a multi-faceted space.
    by Kathryn Justus
    Director of Library Services

    In today’s rapidly changing world, technology has changed the way we consume information. While the fundamental mission of school libraries, to empower students to be critical thinkers and lifelong learners and readers, remains largely the same, school libraries are quickly evolving to adapt to these changes. As connected learning hubs, where collaboration and hands-on learning are encouraged, students learn to access, evaluate, utilize, and ultimately become creators of information.
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  • On the Ground

    By Julie Schlossinger Lower School Head at Renbrook School
    As a school administrator at a place such as Renbrook School, it’s easy to spend entire school days sequestered in front of a computer or in meetings. However, best practice dictates that I should get out of the office each and every day for “walkthroughs,” and this is a practice that I very much enjoy.
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  • Thinking Outside the Box

    By Betsy Flynn Learning Support, Diversity Coordinator and Special Projects Coordinator
    For the past five years, students in Kindergarten through grade five here at Renbrook School have participated in the Global Cardboard Challenge inspired by Nirvan Mullick’s film, Caine’s Arcade. Each year, the children, divide into teams and are given the task of designing and building something mostly out of cardboard. They’ve created arcade games, a metropolis, and playgrounds for a guinea pig.
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  • Why Project Based Learning?

    by Julie Schlossinger, Lower School Head
    Can you recall the projects you completed as a child in your school? Perhaps you made an instrument for music class, or a diorama for English class, or composed an oral presentation about a U.S. President. While assignments like these can be engaging, you probably don't remember the specifics of what you learned, and there’s a good reason why. These types of projects only touched the surface of learning because they were not presented as a means to solving an authentic problem, which we now know is one of the keys to making learning memorable and relevant.
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  • Our Brains at Positive

    by Julie Schlossinger, Lower School Head
    During this year’s faculty in-service days at Renbrook, I presented the lower school teachers with a TED Talk titled, “The Happy Secret to Better Work” by psychologist, Shawn Achor.  Shawn is a quick-witted, passionate storyteller with an overall helpful message to anyone who is looking to become more productive in their work.  
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