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Top Six Reasons the SSSAS Math Program So Successfully Prepares Students for College

Posted by Jon Kunz on Jan 15, 2019 1:38:32 PM

Each year, SSSAS sends graduates to college armed with the tools necessary to succeed in college and in life. The secret? A faculty dedicated to ensuring that each individual student develops an appreciation for the process of learning and mastering the 21st century skills necessary to lead in a complex and changing world.

The math program at SSSAS, in many ways, personifies this dedication. Through a wide range of courses with multiple levels and electives, the math department strives to foster deep understanding in all students. Our math teachers create learning experiences that challenge and inspire students, build confidence and skills, and emphasize the relevance of mathematics in the real world. So where does this success take root?

Here are the top six reasons our math program so successfully prepares students for success in college-level STEM courses and beyond:

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Topics: become ready, Upper School, Academics

Holiday 2018 Book Recommendations for Children

Like many people at this time of the year, a familiar tune rings in my ears and I can picture Tony Bennett crooning. However, I often change the lyrics:

It's the most wonderful time of the year.
There will be great books for reading
And minds will be growing
As the new year nears
It's the most wonderful time of the year.

The holidays provide an opportunity to share and give the gift of reading. Books transport children to special places where they can explore familiar terrains, experience new adventures, and discover unknown treasures. The long winter break offers the perfect time for readers to cuddle up with a reading buddy, grab a cup of cocoa, and crack open a new book (#saintsread picture worthy). One of the best parts of my job as the Lower School Librarian at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School is getting to know our children and connecting with them over books. Here are some choices that are sure to please this holiday season. 

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Topics: Insider, Teachers as experts, become ready, Recreational Activities

5 More Reasons Your Child Should Learn Magic

Posted by Bob Weiman, Associate Head of School on Dec 18, 2018 9:51:43 AM

Magic Enhances One’s Creativity and Problem Solving Ability

Learning and honing a magic trick or effect is a journey. You read the instructions and try it out with someone and then someone else and another person and you start to learn what works and what doesn’t work for both you and your audience. What are those touches that you can add that will make it more mysterious or amusing or entertaining? When I teach my 5th grade students a trick I am very clear about how I’d like it to be done. But sometimes the way I perform it won’t work for them so we brainstorm different approaches and methods. And once they perfect it I then tell them to do it entirely their own way, to personalize their “patter” or stories, to try something new with the same props. And they come up with so many great ideas that I will often borrow them and use them in my own performances!

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Topics: Teachers as experts, become ready, Recreational Activities

5 Reasons Your Child Should Learn Magic

Posted by Bob Weiman, Associate Head of School on Dec 17, 2018 2:28:30 PM

I have been teaching magic for over 25 years, and I have seen it be a transformative experience for so many kids of different ages, temperaments, interests, and backgrounds. I began learning magic when I was five years old, and I started delving deeply into it when I was in 5th grade. As I performed for friends, classmates, and family I loved the effect that it had on others. And I could tell that it was doing amazing things for me as well. Today, magic is an important part of my own life as I teach it to students at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes and perform it during school assemblies and while walking through our school buildings. I continue to hone my craft through online tutorials, magic conventions, and monthly gatherings of my local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM). In the summer of 2017, I was sworn into the IBM’s Order of Merlin, becoming a true wizard! In this blog I plan to share how one can become a magician, but I wanted to begin by sharing the many ways that magic can help your child.

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Topics: Insider, Teachers as experts, become ready, Recreational Activities

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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