A New Year’s Resolution: Reduce Stress with Family Meetings

As the dust begins to settle from first few days of school, we can now turn to looking ahead and deciding on routines for the school year. After living many years in Middle School, I’ve learned to never let a motivational opportunity pass us by, and so this weekend I think it is fitting to set some new year’s resolutions.

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Want to Outrun a Horse? Go Together, Go Far, Go for Fun

How can a human outrun a horse? As we discussed this week, human runners can accomplish great things when they work to their strengths. If the course is long, hot, and hilly, humans can outrun even horses because humans cool their bodies more efficiently while still moving. Slow and steady wins the race! Above is an amazing story about a ultramarathon

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Focus on Character Education

As September arrives and students hear plenty of advice on how to approach the academic year ahead, it’s helpful to know that we are also modeling one of the central pieces of advice we give to students: steady, continual improvement is a better goal than trying to achieve perfection (or even close to it) the first time. As a group

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Entrepreneurialism: A Story about Curiosity and Ingenuity

What’s it worth to know that the Academy’s cupola draws on an illustrious heritage of monuments dating back to the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates? Well, this year it’s worth $175, one dollar for every year of the Academy’s history. What is it worth to know that middle school students never give up on an answer and will form nuanced, artful

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Thinking about Hearts, Minds, and Hands in Israel

The time is quickly approaching when we will return together to share our summer adventures and begin a new school year. This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Israel with other administrators and teachers from independent schools in the Pittsburgh area. Our tour took us to schools and towns along the still young borders with Lebanon and Syria.

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