Did You Know?

  • Our Middle School Math Club was awarded the Guinness Book of World Records for building the largest tetrix?  Congratulations to Melissa Spainhour and our math students who collaborated throughout last year to make this happen! As Guinness says, it’s “officially amazing!”


  • All Middle School math faculty attended the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional conference for three days of workshops designed to enhance teaching methodology regarding 21st century learning? They have already begun to infuse some new techniques and strategies into classes.


  • Eighth grade students participated in a visit to Upper School, all part of a new initiative to foster a smoother transition to ninth grade?  Students enjoyed meeting a host, having lunch, hearing from a panel of US students at a Q & A session, and visiting two classes.


  • Student government leaders have organized a series of fundraisers to help support causes related to our Service Learning Program, raising almost $900 so far? These include raising awareness during Hunger Action month in October and supporting upcoming holiday initiatives for local organizations.


  • Ten student leaders attended the Triangle Diversity Alliance at Cary Academy where they participated in sessions designed for Middle School students?  We will engage these leaders as we continue our work on building a stronger, more inclusive community.


  • Three Middle School faculty will attend the NAIS People of Color Conference in December?  Their experiences will inform our work with divisional and institutional Diversity & Inclusion committees.


  • Four Science faculty members have ventured into project-based learning (PBL) through the Buck Institute of Education?  Janet VandeBerg and Melissa Spainhour attended a summer workshop at the School of Medicine in Durham, and Michelle Nunalee and Marcia Ostendorff engaged in independent study to create a new sustainability project.  Look for implementation as they model what we ask of kids – innovation, creativity, and risk!  We hope to engage all faculty in PBL training later this year, as research supports it as a strong model to make learning relevant and develop 21st century skills.
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