Category Archives: Academics

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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“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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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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The 4C’s: How Teachers Use iPads to Support 21st-Century Learning

Each spring in their Skills for Tomorrow class, the fifth grade engages in an exercise in empathy. Following the model of NPR’s StoryCorps project, students pair up and share significant life stories and experiences. Then, with the help of an iPad and a choice of apps, students retell their partner’s story using images, video, and words. As they work on

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How Middle School Teachers Spent Their Summer Vacation

When the middle school faculty returned to school last week, we had a great time catching up with one another. Not surprisingly, “time off” for these teachers also included a great deal of professional “time on.” Here are a few highlights. Julie Frey (Grade 6 Science) presented at the North American Monarch Institute at the University of Minnesota, discussing how

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The Rise of Creativity

In January, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released its new The Future of Jobs report. In it, they surveyed leaders at top global firms about how the workplace is changing and what skills workers will need to be successful five years from now. This should sound very familiar to Trinity Valley parents because our middle school faculty conducted a similar research project

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Why Math Counts

This week, I’m delighted to share some thoughts from Mr. Satish Tiwari, our dedicated Mathcounts sponsor who has helped so many of our students pursue their passion for mathematics over the last nine years. Mathcounts Club allows interested students to dive into the world of competitive mathematics – and gain some valuable lessons in problem-solving, teamwork, and character. After school,

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