There is a great benefit to introducing students to Shakespeare in the latter Grammar School years. Academically, it prepares students for engaging with his text when they move to the Upper School and it helps them with reading comprehension. After all, not only does one have to remember what the lines are but one has to understand what Shakespeare is saying and communicate...Read More
You may know that at the end of each week, students in the Grammar School receive a small pack of Smarties candy. You may not know the other half of this ritual; they receive their candy on their way out the building when they shake hands with Mrs. Palumbo and practice looking her in the eyes and saying “thank you” or “have a good weekend.”...Read More
As I type this, first grade is lining up in the hall to go outside as teacher Mrs. Bryant leads them through a call-out that reminds them how to conduct themselves in line. Across the hall, sixth grade sings through the countries of Asia – with a favorite chorus that rings out every few minutes. Downstairs, second grade sings all the first twenty-six presidents, third...Read More
Congratulations to Miss Kara Faraldi who received her certification in the Kodaly method of music instruction at the Chenaniah Summer Music Institute at New St Andrew’s College in Moscow Idaho in July! “CSMI is the only place that offers certification in this way of teaching music combined with a Christian worldview,” says Miss Faraldi.
|Fifth grade enthusiastically harnessed their creativity recently in their studies of the solar system. Working in groups, they made conceptual satellites of the future - asking questions such as: What else might satellites be used for? How could a...|
|"We’ve been learning about the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island," says fifth grade teacher Mason Muur. "Students have been fascinated by the mystery of the disappearing colony. They made up their own theories of what happened and wrote...|
As part of their astronomy studies, fifth grade recently visited McCormick Observatory at UVA where they learned about the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor which was built in 1878. The 45 foot dome of the observatory was the largest in the world when it was built!Read More
Sixth grade presented A Midsummer's Night Dream and fifth grade presented scenes from Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, and Hamlet at Shakespeare Night.
"I think deep down inside all of us, we long...Read More
Prussian general Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben arrived at George Washington’s encampment at Valley Forge in February 1778 and trained the soldiers to instill new confidence and discipline in the troops. He also made a surprise appearance in fifth grade last week to help the fifth grade enter into the hardships of the Continental Army in their living history day! In...Read More
Fourth grade recently took a field trip to the UVA Special Collections Library where they had the opportunity to touch manuscripts over 500 years old. For students used to mass market paperbacks, handling vellum (made of calf skin) and gazing at books whose artistry and rarity make them worth more than $100,000 was like an entry into a different world. “It was an...Read More
Field trips are happening again! After more than a year-long hiatus, classes are able to travel to many of the locations they did pre-pandemic to experience the wealth of historical sites this area has to offer. Fifth grade recently went to Jamestown to learn about the first successful permanent English settlement in what would become the United States. "I'm a...Read More
From Amerigo Vespucci to Samuel de Champlain, Regents fifth graders dressed up and presented speeches on the lives of famous explorers of the New World. Mr. Muur challenged students this year not just to read their speeches, but to actually memorize and present them. Way to embrace the challenge, fifth grade!Read More
Over the course of the past month, I have enjoyed watching Grammar School students participate in class events such as Mammal Day, Monk Day, Famous Explorer Speeches, and Pioneer Day. It is such a joy to see the students’ effort displayed in the costumes they create and the presentations they prepare. More than this, however, I am grateful for the opportunity to see...Read More
In fifth grade, students explore the challenges, adventure, hardship, and glory of American history. We start at the beginning of it all by discussing exploration and colonization. In September, students were assigned an explorer to begin researching. They spent time in the library as well as time outside of class researching their chosen...Read More