The Upper School gathered on Friday 2/16 to hear Storyteller Valerie Tutson as part of our Black History Month celebrations.
THIS VERY SHORT WEEK
Presidents Day + Head’s Holiday + Faculty PD Day = Mid-Winter Break!
No Classes Monday – Wednesday
Upper School Musical “Into the Woods”
Friday & Saturday, February 23 – 24
ON THE HORIZON
RHedTalks “Anxiety in Students” Mini-series
Tuesday, February 27 and Tuesday March 6
See below for more information
Monday, March 12 – Monday, March 26
Classes resume on Tuesday, March 27
RHedTalks PRESENTS “ANXIETY IN STUDENTS” MINI-SERIES
On Tuesday, February 27 and Tuesday, March 6, RHedTalks presents a two-part series exploring the effect of anxiety on students and their families.
Join Jessica Kaplan, LICSW on 2/27 for an interactive evening dedicated to answering questions about how anxiety affects our children’s minds, bodies and behaviors. Participants will learn to identify common triggers, and ways to help children cope, both in and outside of the home.
On 3/6 we present a special screening of the acclaimed documentary film Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture. Called one of the “10 Education Documentaries You Don’t Want to Miss,” RTN features stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing, and the relentless pressure to achieve. The film has been screened in more than 7,000 schools, universities, cinemas, hospitals, corporations, and community centers, and we are honored to be able to bring it to the RHS community.
WHAT WE’RE READING
How to Teach Teens About Love, Consent and Emotional Intelligence (KQED) — The Making Caring Common project found that most teens want parents, teachers and caregivers to be more proactive in teaching them how to have healthy romantic relationships. They’re looking for more guidance from parents on emotional aspects of romantic relationships. “The first thing is that you want to really set up a space that is safe and that will be, at times, uncomfortable. Super uncomfortable,” said Matthew Lippman, a high school English teacher at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. A few years ago, he began teaching a course called MEMOIR: LOVE.
Why Grades Are Not Paramount to Achievement (Atlantic) — The intrinsic love of learning supplants the drive for high marks in the long run. Even for students who are highly motivated by grades and test scores, a teacher who experimented with no grades for six weeks saw students who were freed from the pressures of grades and instead focused on being learners. Engagement, enthusiasm, motivation, and determination drastically increased.
What The Screen Time Experts Do With Their Own Kids (KQED) — Parents today struggle to set screen time guidelines. One big reason is a lack of role models. Grandma doesn’t have any tried-and-true sayings about iPad time. This stuff is just too new. But many experts on kids and media are also parents themselves. The author of the book The Art of Screen Time interviewed dozens of experts to ask them how they made screen time rules at home. None of them held themselves up as paragons, but it was interesting to see how the priorities they focused on in their own research corresponded with the priorities they set at home.
RHS STUDENT COMPETENCIES
The eight Student Competencies serve as fundamental learning goals we believe will prepare our students for success. A Rocky Hill Student is a Navigator, Critical Thinker, Citizen, and Communicator, who is Innovative, Self-Aware, Ethical, and Globally-Minded.
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