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INSIGHTS banner (Aug. 20, 2019) over a photo of fourth graders working together on a project
Jimmy Gerrity, 5th-grade Lead Teacher

Last fall, we launched this program with the primary goal of better preparing our graduates for academic and social life beyond PBS. This was a program designed to help address elements of preparedness that may not have already naturally been a part of a PBS student’s experience. We hope that, over time, this program will keep PBS families from feeling pressured to seek outside resources to assist students with middle school readiness. This is the tenth in a multi-part series examining the work accomplished by various faculty teams over the summer.

Read More » about INSIGHTS • Evaluating our Ready? Set… Go! program as it enters second year
INSIGHTS banner (Aug. 20, 2019) over a photo of an ELC student exploring with slime
Zac Oldenburg, ELC Lead Teacher, Site Supervisor, and Emotional Intelligence Coordinator

I’m writing today to catch you up on what all has been going on with us over in the Early Learning Center (ELC). As you may or may not know, we’ve been in the midst of some transitions over the last couple of months – both inside the classrooms and out on our playground. This is the ninth in a multi-part series examining the work accomplished by various faculty teams over the summer.

Read More » about INSIGHTS • Upgrades to the ELC space and program
INSIGHTS banner (Aug. 15, 2019) over a stock photo of school supplies featuring the text "Behavior Management"
Leslie Richardson, Director of Preschool–2nd Grade

The primary goal for our time together was to create documentation, common language, visuals, and tools to enhance the clarity and consistency around all parts of the school day related to behavior. This is the eighth in a multi-part series examining the work accomplished by various faculty teams over the summer.

Read More » about INSIGHTS • Behavior Management • Phillips Brooks Summer Institute 2019
INSIGHTS banner (Aug. 15, 2019) over a photo of three students embracing and laughing on the playground
Leslie Richardson, Director of Preschool–2nd Grade

This June, eight PBS faculty members and administrators gathered for three days of vibrant conversation and extensive curriculum mapping of our emotional intelligence and social–emotional learning program. This is the seventh in a multi-part series examining the work accomplished by various faculty teams over the summer.

Read More » about INSIGHTS • Emotional Intelligence • Curriculum Deep Dives 2019
INSIGHTS banner (Aug. 13, 2019) over a photo of 5th-grade boys greeting each other at Morning Meeting
Lisa Busby, Strategy Advisor

As we prepared, earlier this year, to launch the process for the Class of 2020, we analyzed performance, key indicators, and parental feedback to make adjustments to our expectations and to our strategies for engaging and supporting the families of 5th-graders in a thoughtful, positive process of research and application. This is the sixth in a multi-part series examining the work accomplished by various faculty teams over the summer.

Read More » about INSIGHTS • Middle school application process improvements
INSIGHTS banner (Aug. 13, 2019) over a photo of an ELC student on the playground
Michael Lavigne Jr., Director of Marketing and Communications

The health, safety, and wellbeing of the school community remain a top priority at PBS. As we have shared in the past, our Safety and Security Committee has been working for the past year with Joffe Emergency Services to assess our existing practices and policies and to identify specific actions PBS can take to continue to strengthen both. This is the fifth in a multi-part series examining the work accomplished by various faculty teams over the summer.

Read More » about INSIGHTS • Campus safety and security updates and enhancements
INSIGHTS banner (Aug. 8, 2019) over a photo of a student working with a DaVinci bridge model
Lane Young, Director of Educational Technology

“How will we create and nurture invention at PBS?”  This was the exciting question that the Invention PBSi contemplated for our work. We began by examining the work of other of some other leading schools in the areas of design thinking, innovation, STEAM/STEM, and entrepreneurship. This is the fourth in a multi-part series examining the work accomplished by various faculty teams over the summer.

Read More » about INSIGHTS • Invention Program • Phillips Brooks Summer Institute 2019
INSIGHTS banner (Aug. 8, 2019) over a photo of four students building with magnetic tiles
Michelle Fix Donahoe, Math Enrichment Coordinator

I am thrilled to join the PBS community as the Math Enrichment Coordinator and have enjoyed settling into my new role this summer. My work commenced in June when I participated in the PBSi Math Summit. It was a valuable opportunity to connect with PBS teachers and administrators whose experience and expertise spanned from preschool through 5th grade. This is the third in a multi-part series examining the work accomplished by various faculty teams over the summer.

Read More » about INSIGHTS • Math Enrichment Summit • Phillips Brooks Summer Institute 2019
INSIGHTS banner (Aug. 6, 2019) over photo of two boys sharing a chair reading a book together
Aracely Diaz, 4th-grade Lead Teacher

The Global Citizenship curriculum at PBS – an interdisciplinary approach to social studies, civics, and cultural studies – has long aspired to create aware, conscientious, and responsible community members. Indeed, this curriculum is at the heart of the school’s mission to empower our students to be kind, effective communicators who respect the uniqueness of each person. This is the second in a multi-part series examining the work accomplished by various faculty teams over the summer.

Read More » about INSIGHTS • Global Citizenship • Curriculum Deep Dives 2019
INSIGHTS banner (Aug. 6, 2019) over a photo of 2 girls on playground equipment
Lisa Busby, Strategy Advisor

This June, our Curriculum Deep Dive team examined the health and wellness program at PBS through three lenses: physicalsocial–emotional, and environmental. For all three, we discussed strengths and growth areas in how each is implemented and assessed each year. This is the first in a multi-part series examining the work accomplished by various faculty teams over the summer.

Read More » about INSIGHTS • Health and Wellness • Curriculum Deep Dives 2019

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