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Ernest Richardson Returns to EMS

Ernest Richardson Returns to EMS

On Thursday last week, EMS was delighted to host Ernest Richardson, Music Director of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, who assisted in the final tinkering before our Spring Strings Showcase. The occasion marked the first time that cohorts were able to meet together,...

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At One With the Universe

At One With the Universe

A kindergartner is a true artist. As they move through time and space, they are forever interested in knowing the truth of whatever they encounter. Likewise purposeful in their manipulation and representation, they arrange their subject matter with honest intent,...

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The Art of Flip Teaching

The Art of Flip Teaching

Like many neologisms and methodologies in contemporary education, 'Flip Teaching' is tricky to accomplish and is best understood by example. Doug’s 7-8 science class offers a good case study. In premise, the method is rooted in the notion that students learn needed...

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It’s a Jungle in There

It’s a Jungle in There

One of the photos in last week’s Connection offered a prequel to today’s article, revealing Jen’s classroom adorned with paper vines, snakes, sloths, leaves, monkeys and lizards. The transformation of her room into a rainforest has been the ongoing process of her...

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Field Notes: 7-8 Spring Trip, Price River, Utah

Field Notes: 7-8 Spring Trip, Price River, Utah

Monday: following rapid tests and a jump-starting of the 5-6 bus (long story, for another time), we hit the road, following 40 west toward Utah. Students took off masks for the long ride, and were therefore able to look each other in the full face, as a group, for the...

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The Head of School Reflects on the Past Year

The Head of School Reflects on the Past Year

One year ago, on Monday, March 16th, we shifted to remote learning. The previous week had begun relatively normally; there were rumors and estimated timetables developing around school closures, but we felt as though we still had a few more weeks, and maybe more....

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The Many Layers of Community

The Many Layers of Community

The Douglas Firs have lately begun a project of design thinking inspired by the work of contemporary artist Mark Bradford. The Los Angeles-based painter and muralist has gained international acclaim for his creations, which tend to focus on abstract incorporations of...

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What is Culture?

What is Culture?

Taking a couple steps back and considering the profundity of the title question indicates how its richness may define years of concentrated study. Jen’s 3/4 class recently dove deep to begin unraveling its myriad answers, a project they took on from multiple angles....

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The Classroom is Everywhere

The Classroom is Everywhere

In continued preparation for their spring Outdoor Ed trips in March, the middle school cohorts ventured to Steamboat Lake and Rabbit Ears Pass over the past two weeks for learning in the field. Each trip included an array of applicable curriculum, all of which extends...

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Discovering the Self

Discovering the Self

Who am I? The age-old question presents a never-ending stream of philosophical wonder available to all students of every age. Perhaps the kindergarten class presents the most fascinating case-study, as they constantly grapple with the notion, minute by minute. Who am...

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Following MLK’s Legacy

Following MLK’s Legacy

Stemming from MLK Day last week, students in all grades looked to apply his core values of empathy and kindness. Jen led primary school students in thinking about the effects of engaging in acts of kindness everyday, and how small actions can make a lasting impact on...

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Lessons in Civility

Lessons in Civility

Certainly, the general tumult of reality during the past year has presented challenges to educators. In my 7-8 Social Science class, I find myself consistently confronted with the daunting task of trying to lucidly explain that things aren’t always like this,...

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