Why Zzz’s Are as Vital as ABC’s


“But I don’t want to go to bed!” That’s my three-year-old’s nightly mantra. It turns out that toddlers and middle school students have a lot in common: the desire for independence, incredible physical and cognitive growth spurts .  . . and bodies and brains that need a lot of sleep, even when they don’t want it. Often, middle schoolers think

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The Great Kindness Challenge, Middle School Style


Middle school students no longer cart in Valentine’s boxes covered in glitter and paper hearts on February 14. But they still get to join in on the Valentine’s Day fun!  This February, our sixth and eighth grade advisory groups will embrace the Great Kindness Challenge by showering our lower school students with kindness in several creative ways. Sixth Grade Advisory

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“Lunch in the Zombie Apocalypse” and Other New Classes


A new round of seventh and eighth grade Selectives courses started this week, and the middle school teachers are shaking things up. Seven new offerings are joining perennial favorites – everything from building remote-controlled cars to surviving a zombie apocalypse. Talk about twenty-first century skills . . . ! Take a look at the course descriptions of our new Selectives

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Raising Kids in the Digital Age


Next Wednesday, January 11, the TVS Parents’ Club will host a special screening of “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.” This widely-heralded documentary “probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we

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Ready, Set, Learn! Our December 2016 Selectives Showcase


When you have 15 inventive Selectives classes happening simultaneously each week, students and teachers naturally want to take a peek inside other classrooms. Thursday, they got that chance. The middle school transformed into an interactive museum where students and their parents got to watch, listen, taste, build, code, learn, and play with one another. Here are some snapshots from our third semi-annual Selectives Showcase! 

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The Thankful Jar


Each night at dinner, my family and I share one thing that we feel thankful for and place a stone in our “Thankful Jar.” It’s a tradition that we started because of robust research around the benefits of gratitude. As I described last November, it turns out that thankfulness is really good for you. This year, as we approach Thanksgiving,

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One Key to Success? Ask Better Questions


“Instead of asking our students what they want to be when they grow up, we should ask them what problem they want to solve.” This advice from Jaime Casap, Google’s Chief Global Education Evangelist, echoes the thoughts of columnist Thomas Friedman, who once wrote: “My generation had it easy. We got to ‘find’ a job. But, more than ever, our kids

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