Keeping Up with Science

Sixth graders build atoms using new materials in their science class. The high cost of textbooks is something we are always aware of in Middle School.  Our faculty tries to balance the importance of good teaching materials with respect to the cost of those materials.  Last year the science department felt it was important to … Continue reading Keeping Up with Science

Helping Students Stay Healthy in a Fast-Paced World

Athens Academy Head of School John Thorsen and I recently had the opportunity to attend a conference in Los Angeles that focused solely and exclusively on the health and well-being of students. The president of OESIS, Sanje Ratnavale, opened the intensive and extensive two-day conference by stating “All roads to 21st century learning must pass … Continue reading Helping Students Stay Healthy in a Fast-Paced World

Preschool Peek: Well-Laid Plans & a Little Bit of Magic

We often use words like “intentional” and “deliberate” to describe the Athens Academy Preschool curriculum.  Each aspect of the program—from the physical spaces to the minute details of a learning experience—is thoughtfully crafted to present our students with a meaningful learning opportunity. Sometimes, though, there’s a little bit of magic involved… About a month ago I … Continue reading Preschool Peek: Well-Laid Plans & a Little Bit of Magic

Magical Shared Moments

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most space in your heart.” --Winnie the Pooh Many of you have heard me talk about the gift of the preschool age and how it is one of the few age groups where each moment is filled with awe as they experience new things, even those which have … Continue reading Magical Shared Moments

Fun Summer Learning Activities

With the end of the school year and the finish line in sight, it is time to think about the days of summer. As a kid, summer should have plenty of outside time and hopefully lots of unstructured play with friends. The longer days allow for more family time. So what are some good summer … Continue reading Fun Summer Learning Activities

The Importance (and Fun!) of Outdoor Play

It would be hard to argue against the fact that today’s children spend significantly more time inside than outside. On average, American children spend four to seven minutes a day in unstructured outdoor play and over seven hours a day in front of screens. As parents, we are constantly bombarded with advertisements showing us all … Continue reading The Importance (and Fun!) of Outdoor Play

Global Issues Day at Athens Academy

Students work on a watershed remediation project during Global Issues Day. Water is a resource we take for granted every single day, from tasks as simple as brushing your teeth, cooking a meal, and even just filling up your pet’s water bowl. According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people lack clean and safe water; … Continue reading Global Issues Day at Athens Academy

Roots and Wings

Spring is always a welcomed time of year for most people because it brings with it warmer weather, longer days, nature’s color spectrum, and newness. For students and educators, it signals the final push of the academic year when classes culminate, seasons end, and performances finish. It is a time when we can simultaneous look … Continue reading Roots and Wings

Professional Growth through School Collaboration

When one thinks about professional development, images of conferences, workshops, and other traditional forms of training are likely to spring to mind. While these kinds of opportunities continue to serve Athens Academy’s faculty and staff well, school visits are another form of professional learning that have proven to be both popular and influential among teachers … Continue reading Professional Growth through School Collaboration