Country School’s Director of Enrollment Management Nancy Hayes is a member of the Think Tank on the Future of Assessment commissioned by the Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB). This group is evaluating how admissions assessment is changing for the future. Think Tank members assert that the traits of grit, creativity and self-efficacy are as important as cognitive talent in determining student success in secondary school. Read the full article in The Independent School Magazine Blog, April 15, 2015.
Upper School students spent a day immersed in ideas of equity and inclusion with students from independent schools across the state last Sunday. More than 40 students and faculty chaperones traveled to Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford to attend the thirteenth annual Connecticut Student Diversity Leadership Conference.
As part of a school assignment at New Canaan Country School three years ago, 10-year-old Kyle A. Markes chose the Magic Johnson Foundation as a charity he thought was deserving of more awareness. A committed fan of NBA basketball, the young Stamford resident told his fellow classmates that Johnson was worthy of admiration for developing a proactive response to his diagnosis of HIV at the time. (New Canaan News, April 15, 2015)
In science class, eighth graders study gravity, inertia and Newton’s law. In Algebra class, they learn about parabolas and quadratic equations. By combining the two subjects, Country School teachers collaborated to create a lesson, “Projectiles and Parabolas,” which allowed students to understand how the subjects are interconnected.