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PUSD: A Holistic Approach to Learning

Eric Sahakian Feeling connected, safe, and engaged in school shape children’s learning and development. The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) has an organized array of social-emotional support programs to nurture the whole child’s behavioral, emotional, and academic success. “We want our students to graduate healthy in mind, body and spirit so that they can enter college and the workforce confidently as productive citizens of the…

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Westridge Upper School Anatomy and Physiology “Draws” Upon an Interesting Way to Learn About Bone Structure

Amisha Gadani, who teaches 7th grade 2D Art, recently made a guest appearance in Laura Hatchman’s 11th and 12th grade Anatomy and Physiology class. Ms.…

Poly’s First Grade Class: Creating Different Gingerbread Men

Poly 12-12-2016 Mrs. Siegel’s first grade class and Ms. Grogan’s second grade class had an amazing week of collaboration! Together they compared and contrasted 14 different gingerbread man stories, engineered gingerbread friends traps, and created their own gingerbread characters! When the wonderfully tempting and camouflaged traps were…

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Mayfield Junior School: Creating in the D-Lab

Mayfield Junior School third graders spent the day in the D-Lab learning the ancient skill of weaving with Mrs. Crepaux. From patiently building the frame…

Barnhart School’s Candy Cane Math

Barnhart School 12-6-2016 pics01 Barnhart second-graders used candy canes to estimate, measure, pattern, and create pictures with symmetry. Finally, they counted how many licks it took to make the red part of the candy cane disappear. Barnhart School, 240 West Colorado Blvd., Arcadia, (626) 446-5588 or visit www.barnhartschool.org.  

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Pasadena Christian School: Exploring the Preschool Outdoor Classroom

Teachers often heave a sigh of relief when they take their students out to recess. Finally! The children can burn off the pent up energy…

High Point Academy: Investing in Outstanding Teachers

HPA 11-18-2016 pics01 Maybe you’ve heard us use the term “Professional Development”? Possibly it sounded like a dry, technical, educational term to you. But here’s what you didn’t know: It is High Point Academy’s laser focus on professional development that ensures our teachers deliver an exceptional 21st century…

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What is Materials Science and Why Should You Study it?

Materials Science is recognized as one of the most promising career opportunities for engineers and scientists today. It provides a natural preparation for further education…

Chandler’s Math Curriculum Prepares Students for Success

Pete Carlson Teaching pics01 Math Teacher Mr. Pete Carlson Teaching Chandler’s mathematics curriculum provides a sequential program that challenges each student to develop their fullest potential as analysts, problem solvers and critical thinkers. Students learn to see mathematics as an elegant and logical whole rather than a series of…

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Students Jump into High Point’s Own Eagle’s Lair

L-R: Evan Steinhoff, Jake Hansen, Ali Guerrini, Tracey Gibbs, and Norma Richman Tracey Gibbs and Ali Guerrini The Eagles have landed in High Point Academy’s new service learning class, The Eagle’s Lair. Students formed teams to research needs in environmental or humanitarian causes in the local community. After settling on their own student-driven community engagement projects, they were required to develop business plans and demographic studies and to use 21st century skills to create media-based presentations to “judges”, who then determined which plans had the best feasibility and most thoughtful presentation. Eighth grade student teams used demographics research to formulate…

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