Radcliffe Creek School Names Ben Joiner Assistant Head of School

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ben joinerRadcliffe Creek School is pleased to announce the hiring of Ben Joiner as Assistant Head of School. Ben will join the school on August 1, 2016.

The hiring of an Assistant Head was a critical part of Radcliffe’s strategic plan, Securing our Future. The plan focuses on charting the course and identifying both specific short and longer-term goals for the school, specifically focused on programmatic, financial, advancement, and governance ideals.

“We are thrilled that Ben is returning in this new capacity to the school. Our search process encompassed approximately 30 candidates for this position. Resumes were reviewed and candidates interviewed by a group of seven individuals representing all of the school’s constituencies. Ben proved to not only be the best candidate for this position, but also an individual we know will integrate into the unique culture and leadership of the school,” said Susan Newton-Rhodes, Radcliffe Creek School’s Board President. “The selection of the Assistant Head of School is a critical step for the school as we prepare for our founder, Molly Judge, to transition in the next two years. We welcome Ben and his family back to the Creek with joy and high expectations for our collective future.”

For the last two years, Ben has served as Assistant Head of School at Kent School in Chestertown, where he was responsible for assisting the Headmaster with the academic leadership of the school, including consulting with teachers on classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures. He maintained congruence between the school’s mission statement and all academic activities and oversaw the coordination of the co-curricular and extracurricular activity programs.

Prior to his time at Kent School, Ben was a member of the Radcliffe Creek School faculty for 13 years, where he served as the Discovery Department Coordinator, Discovery instructor, Athletic Director and coach, as well as the Eighth Grade Placement Coordinator. Ben’s love of active, hands-on learning truly speaks to his love of The Radcliffe Way.

“The notion that education should be an individualized experience and that every child can succeed constitute the basic tenets of my educational philosophy,” Ben said. “I am most passionate about meeting students where they are; helping students find their strengths and nurture their passions. I want children to be confident. I want them to be independent. I want them to embrace process. I want them to think and struggle and err and persevere and triumph. I want them to learn and thrive. Children deserve this kind of education, and it is my belief that given the appropriate environment and abundant opportunity, every child can succeed. I am thrilled to be returning to Radcliffe.”

Radcliffe Creek School is an independent day school designed for students between the ages of 5 and 14. Offering a three-to-one student-to-teacher ratio, students are encouraged to use their strengths to balance weaknesses and acquire the skills to become confident, independent learners. For more information about Radcliffe Creek or Little Creek, the school’s preschool, which includes programs for children from infancy through pre-kindergarten, please call 410-778-8150 or visit www.radcliffecreekschool.org.

Radcliffe Creek School Prepares for the Changing of the Guard

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Nothing can be more challenging for an institution than a change of leadership, and particularly so if that leader is the organization’s founder. That is the case with Radcliffe Creek School and the announcement earlier this spring that its founder and director, Molly Judge, had given notice that she would be stepping down from a position she has held for twenty years.

The good news is that this came as no surprise to Radcliffe’s board of trustees. In fact, both Molly and the Radcliffe School leadership saw this as an opportunity not to be wasted. Starting with the return of parent Susan Newton Rhodes as board secretary (and now interim president) to head up a comprehensive strategic planning process, which now has entered its second year, trustees have been digging deep into the mission, goals and long-term plans for one of the Eastern Shore’s unique private schools.

The Spy sat down with both Molly and Susan to discuss the process and some of the conclusions of its first ever major strategic plan and leadership succession which has only reinforced Radcliffe Creek School’s future mission in primary education in the Mid-Shore region.

This video is approximately six minutes in length

All Aboard: Holiday Train Show Rolls In To Benefit Radcliffe Creek School

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A holiday train show and LEGO competition will be held on Saturday, November 28 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Frank B. Rhodes Furniture Maker (535 Morgnec Road) in Chestertown. All proceeds from the event will benefit Radcliffe Creek School.

The train show will feature Standard and O-gauge engines and is being hosted by local furniture maker and train enthusiast, Frank Rhodes, who has been involved with the hobby for more than 50 years. There will be 15 continuously running trains included in the interactive display. Admission is $5 for individuals and $10 for a family.

The LEGO competition is open to children ages 5-18. There is a $5 registration fee and all designs must be the entrant’s original design and approximately 12 inches deep, 18 inches wide, and 12 inches high. Designs must be dropped off at 535 Morgnec Road no later than 3:30 p.m. on Friday, November 20 (late entries will be accepted on Monday, November 23 for a $15 entrance fee) and will be judged by a “celebrity” panel. Entries should include a name for the project and a brief description. Top two entries by age category (5-8, 9-12, and 13-18) will win $100 and $50 gift certificates to the LEGO Store. Entries should be picked up Monday, November 30 after 10:30 a.m. Items not picked up by December 4 will be dis-assembled and the Legos will be donated.

Food for the event is being provided by Boy Scout Troop #130.

For more information, call 410-778-3993 or visit www.radcliffecreekschool.org

Radcliff Creek School Celebrates 20 Years With Gala September 25

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Radcliffe Creek School will celebrate its twentieth year with an anniversary Gala on Friday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the school. The event will feature the band Love Seed Mama Jump and all proceeds will benefit the school’s scholarship fund. Radcliffe Creek, an independent day school designed for students between the ages of five and 14 (with a preschool, Little Creek, that serves infants through pre-kindergarten), has served as an important community resource for the mid-shore and beyond for these past 20 years. Its mission is to empower children in a dynamic environment that celebrates unique learning, embracing The Radcliffe Way – truly hands-on, multi-sensory learning. Community members are encouraged to attend this event. Tickets can be purchased online at www.radcliffecreekschool.org. For more information, please call 410-778-8150.

Train Show & Lego Competition to Benefit Radcliffe Creek School

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A holiday train show and LEGO competition will be held on Saturday, November 29 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Frank B. Rhodes Furniture Maker (535 Morgnec Road) in Chestertown. All proceeds from the event will benefit Radcliffe Creek School.

The train show will feature Standard and O-gauge engines and is being hosted by local furniture maker and train enthusiast, Frank Rhodes, who has been involved with the hobby for more than 50 years. There will be 15 continuously running trains included in the interactive display. Admission is $5 for individuals and $10 for a family.

The LEGO competition is open to children ages 5-18. There is a $5 registration fee and all designs must be the entrant’s original design and approximately 12 inches deep, 18 inches wide, and 12 inches high. Designs must be dropped off at 535 Morgnec Road no later than 3:30 p.m. on Friday, November 21 (late entries will be accepted on Monday, November 24 for a $10 entrance fee) and will be judged by a “celebrity” panel. Entries should include a name for the project and a brief description. Top two entries by age category (5-8, 9-12, and 13-18) will win $100 and $50 gift certificates to the LEGO Store. Entries should be picked up Monday, December 1 after 10:30 a.m.

Food for the event is being provided by Boy Scout Troop #130. For more information, call 410-778-3993 or visit www.radcliffecreekschool.org

Radcliffe Creek School is an independent day school designed for students between the ages of five and 14. Offering a three-to- one student-to-teacher ratio, students are encouraged to use their strengths to balance weaknesses and acquire the skills to become confident, independent learners. For more information about Radcliffe Creek or Little Creek, the school’s preschool, which includes programs for children from infancy through pre-kindergarten, please call 410-778-8150 or visit www.radcliffecreekschool.org

Radcliffe Creek School to Host Fall Soiree & Community Open House

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Radcliffe Creek School will host a Fall Soiree and Community Open House on Friday, October 17 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This is an exciting event for the community to come and discover Radcliffe Creek and what it offers from its preschool, Little Creek, to its kindergarten through eighth grade programs. Classrooms will be open and teachers will show the benefits of our active, hands-on learning experiences – including learning cursive writing in shaving cream and creating an interactive map of the Revolutionary War, among other activities. Hors D’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Radcliffe Creek School is an independent day school designed for students between the ages of five and 14. Offering a three-to-one student-to-teacher ratio and a multi-sensory based approach, Radcliffe provides a highly-individualized learning environment. Students are encouraged to use their strengths to balance weaknesses and acquire the skills to become confident, independent learners.

Radcliffe Creek’s Little Creek program features small class sizes, multi-sensory instruction, and hands-on learning. It offers nine and 12-month option for children from six-weeks through pre-kindergarten. There are a few spots still available for the 2014-2015 school year.

Please RSVP for the event to info@radcliffecreekschool.org or 410-778-8150. We ask that adults only attend. For more information on Radcliffe Creek or Little Creek, visit www.radcliffecreekschool.org

All Radcliffe Creek School Parents Participate in Annual Fund

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Radcliffe Creek School is pleased to announce that its parent community rose tothe challenge and 100 percent supported the school’s Annual Fund. Because of this incredible accomplishment, the school’s Board of Trustees will donate an additional $10,000.

Radcliffe Creek parents raised more than $23,000 in the 2013-2014 school year to support the school’s students, faculty, and programs.

“Our parent’s support shows a true belief in what Radcliffe Creek is accomplishing as a school – instilling a love of learning in their children and the desire to discover, create, and thrive,” said the school’s Director, Molly Judge.

The success of Radcliffe Creek’s Annual Fund is critical to the success of the school. Funds raised through the Annual Fund help bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating a student at Radcliffe.

Radcliffe Creek School is an independent day school designed for students between the ages of five and 14. Offering a three-to-one student-to-teacher ratio and a multi-sensory based approach, Radcliffe provides a highly-individualized learning environment. For more information on Radcliffe Creek or Little Creek, the school’s preschool, which includes programs for children from infancy through pre-kindergarten, please call 410-778-8150 or visit www.radcliffecreekschool.org

Expert in Sensory Integration Theory to Speak at Radcliffe Creek School

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Carol Stock Kranowitz

Carol Stock Kranowitz

Radcliffe Creek School is pleased to announce that international speaker Carol Kranowitz will visit the school on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public as part of a grant received from Family and Community Partnerships of Kent County.

More than 600,000 copies of Kranowitz’s book, The Out-of-Sync Child have been sold and she has spoken across the world helping families and professionals understand Sensory Processing Disorders in children. She will offer teachers and families practical strategies for the classroom and home.

What is sensory processing and why is important for parents and educators to learn more? Sensory processing is defined by the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation as, “A term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Whether you are biting into a hamburger, riding a bicycle, or reading a book, your successful completion of the activity requires processing sensation, or ‘sensory integration.’”

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, more than 50 studies on the efficacy of sensory integration have been conducted and support that better understanding of sensory integration and sensory processing can improving academic skills, motor development, and socio-emotional behaviors. Furthermore, sensory integration has been positively correlated with academic achievement in elementary school children and negatively correlated with juvenile delinquency.

Read more about Carol’s work at www.out-of-sync-child.com. To RSVP for the event, please call 410-778- 8150 or e-mail info@radcliffecreekschool.org.

Radcliffe Creek School is an independent day school designed for students between the ages of five and 14. Students are encouraged to use their strengths to balance weaknesses and acquire the skills to become confident, independent learners.

Radcliffe Creek School Offering Occupational Therapy Program

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Radcliffe Creek School is pleased to announce that it will be launching an
Occupational Therapy Program with the start of the 2013-2014 school year. The program is made possible by a grant from the Family and Community Partnerships of Kent County.

Occupational therapy plays a key component in educating children with learning differences, and the new program at Radcliffe Creek will focus on helping students manage and organize their daily activities to help foster learning.

Sensory integration will also be a major aspect of the occupational therapy program, which is proven to improve academic skills, motor development, and socio-emotional behaviors.
The grant has enabled the School to hire a part-time, licensed occupational therapist, Susan Barnett.

Barnett comes to Radcliffe Creek from Katherine Thomas School in Rockville, Maryland. She has her master’s in occupational therapy from Boston University and her previous work experience includes the Kennedy Institute, Ivymount School, and the Lab School in Washington, D.C.

In addition to hiring Barnett, the grant will also allow Radcliffe Creek to equip a dedicated occupational therapy classroom and train current teachers on how to incorporate occupational therapy and sensory integration techniques into their classrooms.

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