Kent School Launches Fall Mini-Term Classes

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Alyesha Williams and Carter Groh work together on a Nature Buddies lesson

Each academic year, Kent School offers two selections of mini-term classes for Middle School students. The mini-terms, called Explorations last for six weeks and occur in the Fall and Spring Semesters. Explorations offers opportunities for students in Grades Five through Eight to explore an interest, develop a hobby or even discover a potential future vocation. Each Exploration class meets Friday morning to work collaboratively on their project.

Michelle Duke, Assistant Head of School for Academics said, “The Explorations sessions involve a small group, usually six to eight students from across our middle school grades. It is a wonderful way for our students to work collaboratively with students from outside their typical classes. They get to see their peers’ talents and interests and maybe discover a new talent of their own.” Duke continued, “I really value the Explorations Program at Kent School because it reinforces our commitment to multiple modality teaching. It also offers our teachers another opportunity to observe the many ways our students learn. They can take these observations back to the classroom and perhaps incorporate a technique into a lesson or an alternative form of assessment.”

This term, students are exploring their creative side with music, photography, graphic design, painting and more. Students in the Photography session, taught by Michelle Cerino, explore the fine art and techniques of digital photography. They venture into classrooms or around the scenic campus to capture images for use on the school website or in the school yearbook.

Ms. Whitaker holds ukulele song sheet for Ellie Macielag

For those with an interest in music, Amanda Whitaker, Grade Seven and Eight Math teacher, is leading a ukulele class. The students will learn songs as a group and one of their choice to perform at an upcoming school assembly.

Hannah Richardson, Middle School Science teacher leads Nature Buddies. Nature Buddies is a unique, cross-grade session in which middle school students prepare lesson plans for Preschool students and then put those lesson plans into action with those children in nature-themed science projects.

Mural Design allows Grade Eight students the opportunity to design and paint a legacy mural. Throughout two Explorations sessions students select a theme, lay out the design and then get set to paint. Their mural is then installed in a prominent location on campus.

The object of “The Great Escape” is for the students to use logic and sequencing to design and build an escape-proof room. Students are collaborating to develop intriguing clues, designed for the Middle School teachers and students. Unlocking these clues will lead to escape from the room.

For students interested in journalism, video production or graphic design, there are two options. Students may elect to join the Kent School News team to produce a weekly video news segment. Kent School news includes student-led interviews, athletics updates, and the weekly “Word-on-the Street” segment in which students are asked a pertinent question on a current event or upcoming holiday. The second option for media enthusiasts is Yearbook Design in which students take on the job of creating the theme, design, text and layout of the annual Kent School Yearbook.

Finally, Fondant Fundamentals, taught by Librarian Julia Gross, gives interested students the opportunity to learn about the wonderful world of cake decorating. Students learn how to color their fondant to build creative toppings for cupcakes and cakes.

For more information about the Explorations program at Kent School or any other facet of the school visit the school website or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110.  Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown is an independent day school serving girls and boys from Preschool through Grade 8. The school’s mission is to guide its students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. The school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world.

 

 

 

Kent School to Host Visiting Writer

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Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair

On Wednesday, November 8, Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair will give a lecture on her book The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relations in the Digital Age. Her lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Kent School Library located at 6788 Wilkins Lane. This event is free and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Steiner-Adair is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist and school consultant in addition to being an award-winning author. In her book, according to her website, “Dr. Steiner-Adair examines ways in which the wonders of technology and media also change how children learn and grow, and shows parents and educators how to reap the benefits of tech while reducing the risks it poses at every stage of child development. In The Big Disconnect (cited as a Wall Street Journal TOP 10 Best Non-Fiction 2013) and in her work internationally as a speaker and consultant, Dr. Steiner-Adair identifies digital age challenges for parents and educators, and ways to strengthen children’s social and emotional development to help them grow to be responsible, resilient, confident, and capable young adults. In her book, as in her keynote presentations, Dr. Steiner-Adair shares real-life stories from her clinical practice and her work with educators, experts, parents, and children, including extensive interviews with students from preschool through high school and beyond.”

“The focus of family has turned to the glow of the screen—children constantly playing on devices, texting their friends while going online to do homework, and parents working online or using social media around the clock—everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation. Dr. Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that help parents achieve greater understanding, authority, and confidence as they engage with the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms. Easy access to the internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children and Dr. Steiner-Adair helps her audiences to understand the psychological fallout that children are experiencing, often with their parents unaware.”

Nancy Mugele, Head of School at Kent School said, “It is an absolute honor to welcome Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair to Kent School. We have invited her in direct response to our parents’ request for guidance as they help their children navigate the unchartered and quickly changing territory of personal technology and social media. Our students are learning about technology faster than most of their parents and new social media platforms are being introduced all the time. Dr. Steiner-Adair will help us all better understand the role technology should and should not play in our family lives.”

Part of Steiner-Adair’s visit to Kent School will include an afternoon assembly with Middle School students as well as a faculty professional development workshop. As a school consultant, Steiner-Adair helps schools meet the challenges of educating 21st Century students to be smart, culturally savvy and compassionate global citizens. Mugele continued, “Dr. Steiner-Adair’s work as a school consultant ties directly with Kent School’s mission to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence in a family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment which fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and diverse world.”

Following her evening lecture, copies of The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age will be available for sale and signing. Steiner-Adair’s visit is made possible by the Kudner Leyon Memorial Endowment. Kent School is located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown. For more information, visit the school website www.or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110.

Kent School Chesapeake Bay Studies Incorporate STEM

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Kent School students in Grade 4 and Grade 7 recently engaged in STEM activities related to their Chesapeake Bay Studies curriculum. Grade 4 students, in conjunction with The Center for Environment and Society at Washington College participated in a buoy building activity.

Students were challenged to design and build a buoy that would both float and support at least fifteen golf balls. The golf balls represent equipment that a real life buoy might hold when in operation.

Designing a buoy

Students worked in small groups to meet several specific challenges fulfilling criteria of cutting-edge STEM education that combines Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curricula.  In addition to a variety of problem solving skills, students explored principles of engineering such as buoyancy, displacement, balance, and weight distribution. Students experimented with two-tiered designs, designs with larger surface areas and inverted designs. Groups were also given allotted time to revise ideas and redesign. This program is a part of the Youth Observatory Project sponsored by the Center for Environment and Society at Washington College.

Oysters are the topic of a multi-phase science project for Grade Seven students. Hannah Richardson, Middle School Science teacher said, “The Seventh Grade curriculum emphasizes life science and ecology concepts. We are currently learning about taxonomy and the classification of animals. Using oysters to guide the curriculum, we were able to provide a rich, real-world, hands-on teaching and learning opportunity involving, research, construction of oyster cages and an outdoor education experience to Horn Point Oyster Hatchery.”

Kent School students with oyster spat.

Students constructed twelve oyster cages and added oyster spat provided by Horn Point. The cages were delivered to locations on the Chester River and Corsica River. They will be responsible for tracking salinity and the oyster growth rate until May when they oysters will be released into oyster bars in the Bay proper. Richardson continued, “It is truly rewarding to present seventh grade life science in ways my students can truly relate to their everyday lives. This experience ties seamlessly with our commitment to Chesapeake Bay Studies and our status as a Maryland Certified Green School.”

Nancy Mugele, Head of Kent School said, “Kent School is nationally recognized for its school-wide Chesapeake Bay Studies Program. The Chester River is one of the largest tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Our unique location on the bank of the Chester River affords many wonderful teaching and learning opportunities. Using the environment as an integrating context allows us to teach core subjects through the theme of Chesapeake Bay Studies.”

For more information about Kent School’s Chesapeake Bay Studies Program or any other facet of the school visit, www.kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110. Kent School, located in on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving girls and boys from Preschool through Grade 8. The School’s mission is to guide its students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. The School’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world.

Kent School to Host Empty Bowls Benefit

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On Friday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m. Kent School is hosting an Empty Bowls event to benefit the Kent County Food Pantry. Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. The event is open to the public. While admission is free, guests may enjoy a variety of homemade soups and breads with the purchase of a student-made ceramic bowl. Each bowl is $10. The soup dinner will be held in the M.V. “Mike” Williams Gymnasium. All proceeds from the sale of the bowls will go the Kent County Food Pantry. This event is a collaboration between the Kent School’s Art Department and the Student Government Association.

Since the start of this academic year, art classes have been devoted to ceramics. As a result, every student at Kent School from Preschool through Grade Eight, has made at least one ceramic bowl. Kent School’s art teacher, Pat Parkhurst said, “This is the second year completing the Empty Bowls project with our students. It is a great example of our School’s mission in practice. The students’ work is not only artistically excellent, they are all practicing moral excellence by offering their pieces to support the Kent County Food Pantry.” Parkhurst continued, “It is gratifying on so many levels. When the students see their work evolve from a mound of gray clay to a fully glazed and fired piece featuring their own personal design elements, the sense of accomplishment is very fulfilling.”

Susan Basener, the Board President of the Kent County Food Pantry said, “Kent School donated all proceeds of their 2016 Empty Bowls event to the community food pantry. Their large donation was enough to purchase food for over forty families for a week.” Basener continued, “This meaningful event not only supported the work of the Pantry, but it also provided an authentic learning experience for every student. Artistic expression, thoughtful reflection and an understanding of local hunger were integrated into an experience the students will likely remember.”

Kent School students have a long-term, ongoing relationship with the Kent County Food Pantry. Each year the Student Government Association (SGA) at Kent School leads charitable activities in support of the Kent County Food Pantry. The students coordinate food drives throughout the year. Parkhurst continued, “The partnership between SGA and the Art Department is a natural fit. This is a wonderful opportunity to incorporate a concentrated art unit with a student-led community service program. It has been an ambitious project for them, but a very satisfying and meaningful learning experience for all of us.”

To make a reservation for Kent School’s Empty Bowls event email rsvp@kentschool.org. For more information, visit www.kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110. Kent School, located in historic Chestertown, Md., is an independent day school serving girls and boys from Preschool through Grade 8. The school’s mission is to guide its students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. The school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world.

Kent School Welcomes Two New Trustees

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Kent School began the 2017-2018 academic year, the School’s 49th year, with the addition of two new Trustees. Lena Cantera and Kate Gray ‘90 will be joining eleven returning Kent School Trustees.

Chris McClary ’91, current Board President said, “We are fortunate to have both Kate and Lena join our Board of Trustees. Trustees are a critical group of ambassadors who play an important and active role in advancing the school. Lena and Kate bring different experiences coupled with great energy and passion for Kent School.” McClary continued, “With the addition of Kate and Lena, Nancy Mugele, Head of School has an even stronger board supporting her efforts to launch Kent School into its fiftieth year and beyond.”

Lena Cantera

Lena Cantera joins the Board after serving as President of Kent School’s Parents, Teachers and Friends (PTF) organization. Lena filled that role effectively and efficiently for three years. She was also chair of one Kent School’s most successful fundraising auctions. Her most important role at Kent School is that of parent to three children, Benji ’14, Annaliesse ’16 and Frank ’19. Lena earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Wesley College in Dover, Delaware.

Kate Gray ’90 is a Kent School alumna and the parent of two Kent School students, Cole ’22 and Zac ’25. Kate is the President of KRM Development and serves on several area charitable and business development boards including Chesapeake Charities, Horizons of Kent & Queen Anne’s, Kent County Economic Development and the Queen Anne’s County Economic Development. Kate earned her Bachelor’s from Gettysburg College and her Master’s in Business Administration from UMUC.

Kate Gray

Nancy Mugele said, “The Board of Trustees at Kent School is an incredibly dedicated group of leaders who want the best for the Kent School community. I am continually reminded of how fortunate we are to have the support of this professional group as we work together to advance the mission of Kent School. Their generous spirit inspires me.”

Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving girls and boys from Preschool through Grade 8. The school’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110.

 

Kent School Students Certified as Chester Testers

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Emily Harris trains Eighth Grade students at Kent School to become Chester River water quality testers.

In mid-September Emily Harris, Watershed Coordinator of the Chester River Association, visited Kent School to train and certify Grade 8 students to become Chester Testers. The students will be responsible for testing and reporting on water quality samples they take from the Urieville Lake Branch.

Harris explained the role of the Chester River Association and its part in monitoring the health of the Chester River. After the overview, the students were trained to test for dissolved oxygen, nitrates, nutrients, phosphorous and turbidity. Students also discussed the potential cause and effects of imbalances in the water they test.

The students will travel to and test water samples at Urieville Lake Branch once a month starting in October. Their findings will help determine the Water Quality Index and the Chester River Report Card.

Hannah Richardson, Middle School Science Teacher at Kent School said, “I believe that the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries can provide an excellent outdoor classroom. I am excited to deepen Kent School’s nationally recognized Chesapeake Bay Studies program within the Middle School science curriculum. I plan to intentionally incorporate more Bay Studies experiences and learning opportunities into our earth science, life science and physical science curricula. We are so fortunate to have the Chester River in our backyard. Why not use it as an extension of our classroom?”

Michelle Duke, Assistant Head of School for Academics said , “The Bay Studies program at Kent School is unique in its in-depth, hands-on teaching opportunities. Our students from Preschool through Grade 8 engage in meaningful classroom and field experiences. It is gratifying and rewarding to see our students learn through, and with, nature. We are able to provide this unique program in part due to our relationships with other area organizations such as the Chester River Association, The Sultana Education Foundation, The National Aquarium, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Echo Hill Outdoor School and others.” Duke continued, “It is incredible to see how engaged our students are in their Bay Studies learning. It makes me hopeful for the future health of the Chester River and its tributaries.”

For more information about Kent School’s Chesapeake Bay Studies program or any other facet of the school visit www.kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110. Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, is an independent day school serving girls and boys from Preschool through Grade 8. The school’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world.

 

Secondary School Fair at Kent School Oct. 2

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On Monday, October 2, Kent School will host a secondary school fair for students in grades seven and eight and their parents or guardians. The event will be held in Kent School’s library from 7 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. The fair is free and open to the public. Several independent schools, both day schools and boarding will participate. A partial list of participating schools includes The Gunston School, Severn School, Mercersburg Academy, St. Andrew’s School, West Nottingham Academy, Madeira School, Westtown School, St. James School and Woodberry Forest School.

According to Tricia Cammerzell, Assistant Head of School for Advancement, “The purpose of the fair is to bring as many secondary schools together in one place at one time so students and parents can get an overview of the wonderful regional options for high school. This is an opportunity for families to speak with admission representatives and decide if they want to delve further into the admission process for a particular school.”

The secondary school process at Kent School is an intentional one that includes an academically rigorous program coupled with faculty support, small class discussions and student accountability. Nancy Mugele, Head of Kent School said, “At Kent School we are proud of the work we do for each student to prepare them for success in their chosen high school. We conduct mock interviews, create classroom situations similar to high school classes and write in- depth recommendations. As stated in our mission, we are invested in ‘helping each student reach their full potential for academic, athletic, artistic and moral excellence’. The secondary school fair is an important tool to help guide students and parents through the discovery, application and enrollment process.” Mugele continued, “I hope families from throughout the Kent County and Queen Anne’s County communities will join us to learn more about some of these exceptional schools.”

Kent School is located at 6788 Wilkins Lane in historic Chestertown. For more information call 410-778-4100 ext. 110 or visit the school website. Kent School serves children from Preschool through grade eight on its scenic campus on the bank of the Chester River.

 

Osprey Triathlon Set for Oct. 15

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Organizers of Kent School’s Osprey Triathlon have announced that this year’s race will be Sunday, October 15. Held on the beautiful grounds of Kent School in Chestertown, MD, the Osprey Triathlon is a family friendly event welcoming athletes at all levels of skill and experience. Those not ready for the full triathlon can create a team with friends or family and compete in 1, 2, or 3 legs of the race.

Tricia Cammerzell, Assistant Head of School for Advancement said, “The Osprey Tri at Kent School is a terrific community event. We host athletes from throughout the mid-shore and beyond. It is great to have folks join us from Baltimore, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Our visitors love competing on and around our beautiful campus.” Cammerzell continued, “The race is definitely competitive but there is a spirit of teamwork present. Whether it is relay teams or our team of wonderful volunteers we are all working together to create a wonderful event.”

The race will consist of three legs: a 7-mile bike race, a 2-mile kayak course and a 3-mile run. (Exact distances may vary.) The course will cover mixed surfaces, including pavement, gravel paths and some grassy areas.

The course begins and ends on the Kent School campus at 6788 Wilkins Lane in Chestertown. The triathlon course takes advantage of Kent School’s unique location adjacent to the Chester River. The race begins at 9 a.m. and should be complete between 11 and 11:30 a.m. All racers are invited to a post-race party featuring music and food. Kent School is also offering a Pumpkin Run for children age 8 and under.

Register online here. No pre-registration is required for the Pumpkin Run. The Osprey Triathlon is open to racers aged 9 and over. Racers between the ages of 9 and 12 must be part of a relay team with at least one team member 16 years of age. Registration fee includes performance t-shirt for all participants and awards.

Optional fees include kayak rental fee of $10. The Osprey Triathlon is sanctioned by USA Triathlon and features chip timing. Osprey Tri participants must have a current USAT membership. One-Day memberships may be purchased at the time of registration. Lunch may be purchased on-site.

Nancy Mugele, Head of School said, “It is hard to believe we are planning our sixth race. We are so very grateful to the volunteers and sponsors who have made this event possible. Special thanks go out to our Top of the Class leadership sponsors, Gunther McClary Real Estate and RealTerm.” For more information about the Osprey Tri and sponsorship opportunities contact Jen Matthews ’01, Director of Development & Alumni Relations, at 410-778-4100 ext. 350 or by email at jmatthews@kentschool.org.

Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, is an independent day school serving girls and boys from Preschool through Grade 8. The School’s mission is to guide its students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. The School’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world.

Kent School is best known for its signature Chesapeake Bay Studies program. For more information see Kent School or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110.

Kent School to Host Preschool Preview

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On Saturday, July 22, Kent School will open its Little School for a preview session for those interested in learning more about the Preschool program.  The session will run from 9 to 11 a.m. Little School teachers will be on hand to work with children on typical school day activities. Kent School’s Head of School, Nancy Mugele, and Assistant Head of School for Advancement, Tricia Cammerzell, will be on hand to answer questions and to give campus tours.

The Little School at Kent School serves children ages three to five and can accept children who turn three in the first semester of the 2017-2018 academic year. The Little School is licensed by the State of Maryland as an Early Childhood Education Center. The Little School offers a play-based curriculum designed to instill a love of learning while achieving age-appropriate educational goals. The student to teacher ratio is eight to one, while official state guidelines specify a ten to one student teacher ratio.

Students in Little School engage in child-centered, teacher-directed activities designed to develop phonological awareness, language and communication skills, reasoning and problem solving. Bonnie Williams, Director of the Little School at Kent School said, “We design and present activities that encourage curiosity, creativity and resourcefulness. Our teachers are committed to helping children develop a strong sense of self and to providing hands-on, meaningful learning opportunities.”

The Little School at Kent School has dedicated classroom and playground space, yet the students are very much a part of the larger school community sharing in all-school cultural arts assembles, as reading partners with third grade students and in our Nature Buddies program with Middle School students. Williams said, “It is a robust program filled with learning that is fun. It is important that we prepare our students for success in Kindergarten and beyond but we want to do that in a joyful, stimulating setting.”

To register to attend the Preschool Preview call the Admission Office 410-778-4100 ext. 110 or email admissions@kentschool.org. For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org. Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving girls and boys from Preschool through Grade 8. The School’s mission is to guide its students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. The school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world.