Kent School Celebrates Graduates

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Friday, June 8 marked the 49th Graduation ceremony at Kent School. Thirteen members of the Class of 2018 were recognized for their achievements and contributions to the Kent School community during their years. In her remarks, Head of School Nancy Mugele stated, “There is a ‘big, bright, beautiful world’ waiting for you and I know you are ready. Kent School has given you an extraordinary foundation and instilled in you a love of learning – a love, I hope, will last you a lifetime. We have taught you how to think for yourself and how to ask good questions. You have learned many lessons outside of the classroom as well and have grown into empathetic, honorable and responsible citizens.”

Chris McClary ‘91, President of the Board of Trustees, addressed those gathered and presented the Navigator Award. The award is presented to an individual who has made a special contribution of time, talent, or treasure to Kent School over a sustained period of time, made a difference in the educational experience of a range of Kent School students, and supports the school mission to help each student reach their full potential. This year the Navigator Award was presented to not just one person, but a family who has been deeply involved and committed to Kent School for over 40 years. The Willock Family started their journey with Kent School in the 1970’s when John and Judie enrolled their daughter Jill Willock Caron ‘83 as a Kindergarten student. Two years later, Susan Willock ’85 entered Kindergarten. Since then, John, Judie, Jill and Susan have remained close to Kent School in a variety of roles including Trusteeship, and Parents, Teachers and Friends (PTF) leadership, as well as through their philanthropic support. Susan returned to Kent School as a teacher and Director of the Little School program from 1999 to 2003. Jill is the parent of two Kent School graduates, Jamie‘13 and Sarah ‘15. Jill has been, and remains, a loyal and flexible substitute teacher. Their most important role, which has helped sustain Kent School, is that of Friend of the School. Their tireless support has been instrumental in Kent School’s success as we reach the 50th   Anniversary.

L-R: Georgia Gillespie, Abby Russum, Cameron Lord, Andrew Baughman, Evan Gervais, Jake Cerino, Flynn Bowman, Zachary LaFleur, Reed Ferguson, Sage Cookerly, Tessa Schut, Danielle Simmons and Lexi Norman. Photo by Geoffrey DeMerritt.

The 2018 Graduation ceremony provided the opportunity to recognize three members of the faculty who are retiring this year, Kate Bennett, Pam Deringer and Holly Roddy. Kate leaves her role as Music and Drama Teacher after 23 years. Pam, who is credited with developing and growing Kent School’s nationally recognized Chesapeake Bay Studies program is leaving after 25 years of service. Finally, Holly Roddy is retiring after 20 years of teaching Seventh and Eighth Grade Literature and Language Arts. Each of these teachers has had a positive impact on every Kent School student in different ways. They will be missed but we congratulate them and wish them the best in their well-deserved retirement.

Several annual awards were presented to students at the Graduation ceremony. Each year, the Brian B. Kane Scholarship Award is presented to a Seventh Grade student who maintains a determined effort to produce quality work. The person has an attitude that is helpful, cooperative and responsible. This year, Tait Tavolacci embodies these high standards. The Americanism Award is presented by the Frank M. Jarmon American Legions Rock Hall Post 228 and emphasizes the qualities of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship service. The Americanism Award was presented to Andrew Baughman. Sage Cookerly was the recipient of the Joan C. Merriken Award for Excellence in Literature. Sage earned this award because of his demonstration of a love of reading, an appreciation of and sensitivity to the writer’s art, and an ability to respond to literature in an intellectual level as well as an emotional level. The final award of the day, The Osprey Award was presented in recognition of the student who best represents the positive qualities of character and excellence to the Kent School Community. This contribution can take many forms: athletic, artistic, academic or personal. This year, The Osprey Award was presented to Danielle Simmons. Student speakers were Reed Ferguson and Lexi Norman. Reed spoke of the importance of the relationships he developed with teachers through the years and shared experiences between he and his classmates. Reed said, speaking of his ritual arrival to school each morning, “I have gotten so used to this morning routine, that I haven’t appreciated the amazing environment that is my second home.” The second student speaker was Lexi Norman who reflected on her journey from Preschool through Eighth Grade and how fast that time has gone. She concluded with a message to current Kent School students. “Make every moment count. Trust me, it will be worth it.”

Following all remarks, each student was introduced with personal comments written by their advisors as they received their certificates. Members of the Class of 2018 will be attending the following secondary schools: The Gunston School, The STEM Academy at Kent County High School, and St. Andrew’s School.

For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org. Kent School, located in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving children 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.

Kent School to Offer Summer Programs for Children

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Kent School will offer several summer programs for children from age 3 to 12.  For the youngest children, ages 3 to 5, Kent School is offering two week-long sessions of Little Camp. Little Camp is led by Kent School teachers, Julia Gross and Karen Schauber. The first session of Little Camp, Seuss on the Loose will be held June 18 – June 22. Campers will explore everything Seuss through art, literature, science and physical activity.  The second session, Beach Party, will run June 25 – June 29. In Beach Party campers will create, imagine, read about and investigate who and what can be found during a trip to the seashore. The camp day runs from 9:00 a to 4:00 pm. Extended day is available starting at 8:00 am. and is also available until 5:00 pm. The camp fee is $185 per week. Extended day care is $10 per hour. Visit kentschool.org for more information. Call 410-778-4100 ext. 110 to request a brochure or email admissions@kentschool.org.

In addition to Little Camp, Kent School will also host YMCA summer programs for the second consecutive year. The YMCA will offer week-long Preschool camps for children ages 3 and a half to age 5 starting the week of June 18 and concluding the week of August 13. Themes will include Paw Patrol, Storybook Station, Petite Picasso and much more. Specialty camps, for children ages 5 – 12 will include sessions for children who want to cook, build, create and explore with session like Mad Scientist, Glee Camp, Nerf Madness, Sweet Shop and many other terrific choices. The full catalog of YMCA camp offerings will be available soon. Visit the YMCA of the Chesapeake website for more information at ymcachesapeake.org.

Nancy Mugele, Head of School at Kent School said, “We are looking forward to having a busy summer with dozens of children enjoying our beautiful campus. In addition to Little Camp and the YMCA summer programs, Kent School will also be hosting Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne for six weeks.” Mugele continued, “It is a pleasure and an honor to host these wonderful programs that will keep children actively engaged in learning and fun during the summer months.”

For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org. Kent School, located in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving children 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.

Kent School Students Present Shrek the Musical, Jr

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Members of Kent School’s Class of 2018 will perform Shrek, Jr. On Friday May 11 and Saturday May 12. Both performances will begin at 7:30 pm. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. The performances will take place in the M.V. “Mike” Williams Gymnasium.

Shrek is the story of an Ogre who is sent out by his parents at the age of seven to find his place in the world.He encounters fairy tale creatures, a Dragon, the evil Lord Farquaad, and a Princess in a tower. There is also a comic Donkey who befriends Shrek and joins him on his adventures. The 8th Grade spring musical has been a tradition at Kent School since the school began in 1968. The Director is Jim Landskroener, the Musical Director and accompanist is Kate Bennett, and the Art Director is Pat Parkhurst.

Cast:
Storyteller 1 – Lexi Norman
Storyteller 2 – Georgia Gillespie
Storyteller 3 – Tessa Schut
Mama Ogre – Cami Lord
Papa Ogre – Flynn Bowman
Little Shrek – Reed Ferguson
Shrek – Andrew Baughman
Captain of the Guards – Zach LaFleur
Guards – Jake Cerino, Flynn Bowman, Reed Ferguson
Pinocchio – Flynn Bowman
Big Bad Wolf – Jake Cerino
3 Little Pigs – Sage Cookerly, Abby Russum, Tessa Schut
Wicked Witch – Cami Lord
Peter Pan – Lexi Norman
Ugly Duckling – Georgia Gillespie
Mama Bear – Danielle Simmons
Papa Bear – Evan Gervais
Baby Bear – Reed Ferguson
Donkey – Sage Cookerly
Lord Farquaad – Tessa Schut
Gingy – Evan Gervais
Child Fiona – Lia Schut (4th Grade)
Teen Fiona – Lexi Norman
Adult Fiona – Abby Russum
Puss in Boots – Danielle Simmons
Knights – Jake Cerino, Flynn Bowman, Evan Gervais, Reed Ferguson
Dragon – Cami Lord
Pied Pipier – Zach LaFleur
Bishop – Danielle Simmons
Dwarf – Reed Ferguson
Trees – Tessa Schut, Danielle Simmons, Abby Russum
Residents of Duloc – Company

Shrek Jr. is based on the Dreamworks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig. The Book and Lyrics are by David Lindsay-Abaire, and the Music is by Jeanine Tesori.

For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org. Kent School, located in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving children 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.

Spring Arts Celebration at Kent School

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The Visual and Performing Arts program at Kent School will be in the spotlight at the opening of the Spring Arts Celebration on April 25. The public is invited to attend a Chorus performance, hear selections from the upcoming Eighth Grade Musical, Shrek, Jr. and view the All School Art Show. The opening performance begins at 6:00 pm and admission is free. Following the performance, guests are invited to view art on display throughout the school. Light refreshments will be served.

Nancy Mugele, Head of Kent School said, “A rich and diverse visual and performing arts curriculum is essential to the fulfillment of our mission which is to guide children in reaching their potential for academic, artistic, athletic and moral excellence. Our Spring Arts Celebration is a testament to that commitment.” Music teacher, Kate Bennett has been working with students in every grade level at Kent School to prepare for the event. Lower School students will sing and third grade students will play recorders. Following those grade specific performances, the Kent School Chorus, an after-school program which is open to students from grades three through eight will perform. Following the Chorus performance, members for the Eighth Grade will perform a song from their upcoming musical, Shrek, Jr. Performance dates for Shrek, Jr, are May 11 and 12 at 7:30 pm. This performance is also free and the public is invited to attend.

Examples of student artwork from Preschool through Grade 8 will be on display throughout the halls of the school. Guests are invited to view the art following the musical performances. The Visual Arts curriculum at Kent School covers a wide array of media, themes, and subjects. Student work will include ceramics, mobiles, sculpture, painting, charcoal and more. Art class is frequently integrated with language arts, social studies, science or history classes. Pat Parkhurst, Art Teacher at Kent School said, “I really enjoy collaborating with my colleagues and I intentionally bring topics from history, science and literature into art. Students have a more meaningful understanding of what may inspire artists or styles of art. We know from our mind, brain and education science research, that this multi-modality teaching inspires deeper learning for all students.”

Mugele continued, “We are proud to highlight our students’ accomplishments in the arts. We truly believe that creative thought and creative problem solving are skills that must be cultivated for success as our students move into higher learning and future careers. Secondly, the connections made by students through our interdisciplinary approach to arts integration enhances learning.”

For more information about the Arts Celebration at Kent School, visit www.kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110. Kent School, located in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving children 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.

Kent School Students Support the Kent County Food Pantry

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Since the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, Kent School students have engaged in several projects that support the Kent County Food Pantry. Through this sustained effort in fundraising and food collection, Kent School students have been able to donate several hundred pounds of food which has served dozens of families in our area for a sustained period of time. Proceeds from Kent School’s annual Empty Bowls event, in which every Kent School student made a ceramic bowl to sell, allowed for a financial contribution of $1500. This contribution was enough to fund twenty-five families for one week.

Marilyn Parks, a Food Pantry Board Member said of the Empty Bowls event, “What particularly impressed me that evening was the collaboration that this event represented. The challenge of doing so many art projects that had to be not only created by the students but guided through the various stages of firing and glazing is a huge undertaking. The student government’s support of the Empty Bowls concept shows young leadership at work. I know that it’s the faculty and the support they receive from the administration that guides such endeavors.”

The Kent School students were challenged to collect enough food to fill the front end loader of our tractor. The front end loader was overflowing!

The Empty Bowls event kicked off the year’s service efforts. It was followed by a student organized non-perishable food drive. Several events were hosted on the Kent School campus and the admission “fee” was a non-perishable food item. These events, held in November and December yielded 103 pounds of food.

In February, Kent School participated in the Chester Gras celebration in support of the Backpack Program.  In addition to a sponsoring the event, students engaged in another food drive specifically to fill the needs of the Backpack Program. Students in different grades partnered to collect specific food items like individual soups or cereals, granola bars, fruit cups, pudding cups and drink boxes. Students collected over 500 pounds of food. Once collected and sorted, seventh grade students filled backpack baggies with a breakfast item, a lunch item, snacks and a drink. The filled bags were immediately put to use in one school to fill a particular need.

The Backpack program provides food for children who face food instability when they are away from school on weekends and holidays. Michelle Duke, Assistant Head of School for Academics said, “We encourage our students to come to school well-rested and well-nourished so their brain is ready to learn. Our students understand that children cannot learn if they are hungry or tired which makes this ongoing community service partnership meaningful to them and to our entire school community.”

Sue Basener, Food Pantry board Chair said, “Kent School is very loyal to the Pantry and also to our Backpack Program. We truly value the ongoing support.”

Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving children 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 Joins Harvard’s Making Caring Common Project

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Kent School is among the nation’s first schools and the only Preschool through Grade 8 school in Maryland to join a new national campaign to mobilize middle and high schools to prepare young people to be constructive community members and citizens who create a better world. Led by Harvard’s Making Caring Common project, the Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign aims to motivate schools to take action to help mend our country’s fractures and strengthen democracy.

“It is an exciting honor to partner with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and to be an early leader in Making Caring Common.” said Nancy Mugele, Head of School at Kent School. “As we work each day to fulfill our mission to foster the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world, intentionally teaching empathy strategies within our community is essential. We are fortunate to be among a global network of 135 independent schools who see this as a transformative teaching and learning opportunity. Within this global reach Kent School is one of fewer than 20 middle schools to be an early leader.”

The campaign seeks to advance the following specific goals by working with schools nationwide:

1. Deepen students’ care for others and their communities;
2. Increase equity and access for all students in the college admissions process; and
3. Reduce excessive achievement pressure in communities where it is detrimental to students.

These goals align with and build on Making Caring Common’s successful Turning the Tide initiative that has engaged more than 175 college admissions offices nationwide.

“Our country is at a crossroads,” said Dr. Richard Weissbourd, Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Faculty Director of the Making Caring Common project. “We need to mobilize the great strengths of Americans to prepare young people to build strong, inclusive communities and to protect democracy. This work has perhaps never been more important.”

To join the campaign, schools commit to taking substantial, meaningful action to advance one or more of the campaign’s goals and to engage in a self-assessment or evaluation process to measure the impact of their action(s). Schools that commit to, implement, and evaluate the impact of their efforts will earn a special designation from Making Caring Common.

Kent School was one of more than 135 schools that joined the campaign as “early leaders” who helped to inform, shape, and build momentum for the campaign.According to Mugele, “Kent School is committed to enhancing our Middle School Advisory program with empathy strategies lessons to counter some issues we have had with social media and students being unkind online. We are just beginning this work. For us, it is a commitment to teaching our students to be kind, be empathetic and be their authentic selves online.” Mugele continued, “For our parents, we will offer a Parent Forum to give them strategies to help their sons and daughters understand the effects of their actions online. We will shine a light on the ‘anonymous’ world of texting by giving parents the tools to monitor online activity and help use it for good connections and conversations. Kent School recently created a Social Media Policy which our students endorsed to be kind, caring and helpful to friends and classmates online and to think how your words might effect someone else – positively or negatively – before posting. Being a part of Making Caring Common helps us frame this work around building empathy in a meaningful way for our students.”This work will be led by Michelle Duke, Assistant Head of School for Academics, and Kent School’s team of Middle School advisors and teachers.

As part of the launch, Kent School today is joining other early leaders on Facebook and Twitter using the Caring Schools #CommonGood hashtag to express support for the campaign, publicly commit to a chosen action(s), and encourage schools nationwide to join the effort. New schools interested in joining the campaign are encouraged to share a photo and use the text “Count us in! We’re joining the Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign.” on Facebook and Twitter on March 6.

More information about how schools, parents, and students can join the campaign can be found at commongoodcampaign.makingcaringcommon.org.

About Kent School

Located in historic Chestertown, MD, Kent School serves boys and girls from Preschool through Grade 8 on its scenic campus on the bank of the Chester River.

Kent 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.

About Making Caring Common
Making Caring Common (MCC), a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, helps educators, parents, and communities raise children who are caring, responsible to their communities, and committed to justice.

Web: www.makingcaringcommon.org
Facebook: Making Caring Common
Twitter: @MCCHarvardEd

Kent School to Offer Saturday Programs for Youngsters

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Kent School is inviting children and their parents to attend a series of fun, Saturday sessions designed to engage and stimulate the curious minds of children ages 12 and under.

The workshops will be held on January 27, February 10 and March 4. There is no charge and the public is welcome. For activities designed for children ages six and under parents should plan on staying on campus while their children participate. Parents are welcome but not required to stay for the “Science is All Around Us” and the “LEGO Creation Station” for children ages 7 to 12.

On January 27, Kent School Librarian, Julia Gross and Preschool teacher, Karen Schauber will team up to present“Stories, Songs and Explorations” for children 6 and under This session will run from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Also on Saturday, January 27, Kent School Middle School Science teacher, Hannah Richardson will lead “Science is all Around Us” for children ages 7 to 12. This session will run from 10:00 am to 12:00. Children will engage in Bay Studies oriented activities that will teach them about our environment while having  a great time doing it.

On Saturday, February 10, James Hersh of Bricks for KIDZ will lead a fun and creative LEGO “Creation Station” for children ages 7 to 12. Mr. Hersh will have specialized kits for each participant to use and everyone will leave with their own mini-figure.

On March 4, Physical Education teacher Erin Kent will lead “Gym Time Tumble and Climb” for children ages 6 and under, a session that will get kids moving through age-appropriate obstacle courses and exercise activities. “Sometimes it’s hard for any of us to keep moving in the cold winter months. We will guide the children through fun activities that will keep them moving from start to finish,” said Kent.

All workshops are planned with several breaks so the children can move around and explore the School facilities and other campus features. Tricia Cammerzell, Assistant Head of School for Advancement said, “We’ve designed these activities with a few goals in mind. First, we always want to create fun and interesting activities for children that inspire a love of learning. We want to share the talents of Kent School’s teachers with the community. We are always proud of our commitment to the academic, athletic, artistic and moral excellence this is a way to showcase that.” Cammerzell will be on hand to offer tours of the school to anyone interested.

For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org, email tcammerzell@kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110. Kent School, located in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving children 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.

Kent School Students Compete in School Level Geography Bee

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Friday, January 12 Kent School students in grades four through eight competed in the 2018 school-level National Geographic Geography Bee. Flynn Bowman, an eighth grade student, won the school-level competition and a chance to compete in the Maryland State Bee. Flynn was also the runner-up in the 2017 Bee. Seventh grade student, Tait Tavolacci was the runner-up this year. After several rounds, Flynn and Tait emerged as the finalists and the two battled through several tie-breaker rounds with questions about South America, Central America and Asia.

Two students from each of grades four through eight qualified in preliminary rounds completed in individual grades earlier this month.  Finalists were: Cole Gray and Harrison Lavery (4th grade), Jude Gross and Victoria MacGlashan (5th grade), Allie Butler and Tilghman Overton (6th grade), Tait Tavolacci and Frank Cantera (7th grade), and Flynn Bowman and Georgia Gillespie (8th grade.)

Contestants pictured left to right: Front Row: Ally Butler, Harrison Lavern, Cole Gray, Jude Gross, Victoria MacGlashan

Kent School’s seventh grade geography teacher, Michelle Cerino has been coordinating the National Geographic Geography Bee for over a decade and is proud of all the contestants, students and teachers that help in preparing for this event.  Cerino said, “This week, Flynn will take a written test to determine if he qualifies for the Maryland State competition. Several Kent School students have successfully qualified to compete in the state level of the National Geographic Bee in recent years.”

According to the National Geographic Bee web page, “Each year, thousands of schools in the U.S. participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society.  The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in the classrooms and spark student interest in the subject and increase public awareness about geography. Cerino continued, “The National Geographic Bee fits seamlessly with Kent School’s commitment to global studies. Our students learn about the world and different habitats in Kindergarten. Global Studies continues in third grade and is emphasized again in 7th grade when students spend the full year in World Geography.”

For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org, email tcammerzell@kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110. Kent School, located in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving children 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.

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.