Saints Advisory Program Explained

Posted by Erin Daly, Jon Japha and Pauline Bauman on Dec 17, 2020 10:45:00 AM

Inspiring Middle School students to be a positive force in their school community

Join us January 6, 2021 for WEBINAR ALL ABOUT OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM!

As an Episcopal school, we are called to love and honor one another despite our differences. We are called to practice empathy and understanding toward one another, always pursuing goodness, as well as knowledge. These are lofty goals—especially for middle school students. How do we work toward these goals in our middle school? One of the ways is through our Advisory program!

Some of the closest bonds students develop with faculty and peers are forged through their Advisory group. It helps to ensure each child at our Middle School feels a strong sense of belonging, is known, and is inspired and equipped to be a positive force in our school community and beyond.

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Topics: Insider, Teachers as experts, become ready, Goodness as Well as Knowledge, Middle School

Pondering your child’s academic future after school closures and remote learning?

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Nov 4, 2020 6:24:24 PM

Wondering what you can do to fill in learning gaps to keep your child on a college prep trajectory? You are not alone. One solution to consider is reclassifying.

We anticipate a greater number of reclassifications to occur across elementary, middle and high schools grades this year. Each year, we have about a handful of students who choose to reclassify as they enroll. We are experienced with guiding students through transitions and setting them on a path for achieving their full learning potential. Many private schools are uniquely positioned and experienced to offer this extra support. Let’s take a look at why reclassifying versus repeating a grade is a good solution—perhaps even a gift—to solidify their academic aspirations or even accelerate them.

Why do some schools call it repeating and other schools call it reclassifying? Let’s first talk about definitions, because words matter.

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Topics: become ready, Kindergarten, Looking at private schools, choosing a school, Upper School, Academics, Middle School

How to Navigate Election Day Stress

Posted by Rev. Kristen Farrington, Upper School Chaplain on Nov 2, 2020 1:50:20 PM

SSSAS is intentional about providing students the knowledge and skills needed to navigate this anxious time.

As Election Day dawns, we will have lived through one of the most contentious election seasons in recent memory. Day-to-day life in the midst of the pandemic, demands for racial justice and equity, and economic uncertainty have attributed to higher levels of stress and anxiety. A few weeks ago the American Psychological Association published a study about a new source of stress—some have named Election Stress Disorder. This research shows that the 2020 Presidential Election is a source of significant stress for 68% of adults—regardless of political affiliation.

SSSAS has been very intentional about providing students, parents and faculty the knowledge and skills needed to navigate this anxious time. On October 21, the Upper School held an Assembly to review the Presidential Election process and to offer suggestions for how to navigate Election Day and the days and weeks following.  

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Insider's Guide to Applying to Private School

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Sep 16, 2020 12:27:00 PM

Starting the process early will make the experience easier.

Applying to private school can be a daunting process and one that requires significant time and energy from a family.  While this may not be the most encouraging opening thought, if embraced, it will actually make the process much less daunting.  

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Topics: Insider, School search, become ready, Looking at private schools, choosing a school

Become Ready!

Practical Advice for Parents of School-Aged Children

Through this blog we intend to share the ways in which our students become ready. We will highlight our faculty, experts in their fields; we will dive into topics such as the joyfulness of learning, the balance of school and home, college readiness, and service. We hope to offer sound advice and guidance, while also sharing what it really means to be a member of our Saints community.

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