Teaching Timeliness…and the Benefits of Arriving to School Early

Teaching Timeliness…and the Benefits of Arriving to School Early

I will admit it; one of my biggest pet peeves is arriving late to a meeting, appointment, or event. It is challenging, especially on these dark mornings, to get out the door to be on time for school, but I try to live by the mantra that arriving 15 minutes early is...
Embrace the Deep Freeze!

Embrace the Deep Freeze!

Returning to school after the December holiday break is never easy. Re-adjusting to waking up before 8:00 AM, packing lunch boxes, combing hair, and finding missing sneakers can challenge our mental capacity following our relaxing, unscheduled “routines” during the...
To the Mountains and Beyond: Growth Through Experiential Learning

To the Mountains and Beyond: Growth Through Experiential Learning

One of the many things that separates Shaker Road School from others is our commitment to developing the whole child. Part of this process is exposing our students to authentic learning and personal challenges. Our annual fall trips provide powerful opportunities for...
Life is Busy…But Take Time to Truly Enjoy School Events

Life is Busy…But Take Time to Truly Enjoy School Events

Long before the last campers packed up their bags and departed the Shaker Road School Summer Session, our teachers had already put the finishing touches on their classrooms in anticipation of welcoming students back for the 2017-2018 academic year. Although school...
Celebrating the Success of Others

Celebrating the Success of Others

On Monday, we hosted the annual SRS Awards Ceremony for our sixth through eighth grade students. We recognized students in several categories – academics, citizenship, co-curricular involvement, school trips, peer recognition, and faculty recognition. Within the...
Making History – The SRS Annual Trip to Washington D.C.

Making History – The SRS Annual Trip to Washington D.C.

The annual spring trip to Washington, D.C. rounds-out the eighth graders’ academic and social lives in middle school and at SRS. This year’s trip included a mix of emotions, sore feet, and tired bodies. It also illustrated the differences between our trip and those of...
Visiting an Islamic School: A Shared Commitment to Education

Visiting an Islamic School: A Shared Commitment to Education

As part of Shaker Road School’s accreditation through New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEAS&C), we are required to serve on committees to help others through the accreditation process. Recently, I was the chair of a team of educators that helped...
Music’s Role in Building Community at SRS

Music’s Role in Building Community at SRS

The arts are alive at Shaker Road School! At our most recent spring music recital, nearly 60 students performed pieces ranging from solo piano to rock band duos and violin concertos. And the spring concert followed our fall music recital, a band and chorus concert,...
The 2017 SRS Humanities Fair: An Example of 21st Century Learning

The 2017 SRS Humanities Fair: An Example of 21st Century Learning

This year’s Humanities Fair focuses on documentaries. Students have worked collaboratively for the last three months to learn about documentaries, decide on subjects to research, create presentations, and prepare to publicly present their work. The collaborative...
To Close or Not to Close…That is the Question.

To Close or Not to Close…That is the Question.

With whipping winds and quickly accumulating snow, several intrepid students arrived at school on Tuesday. Despite the hype, most weather forecasts were accurate. Nearly all schools closed for the day, save one. Shaker Road School has a long history of not closing on...
Breathe a Sigh of Relief: It’s March 10th

Breathe a Sigh of Relief: It’s March 10th

The tenth of March. To most people the date is like any other on the calendar. Possibly a Friday like this year, a birthday, or a wedding anniversary, but to a select few March 10 signifies the next step; the end of middle school and a path forward. March 10 is the...
Academic Competition Teaches Critical Life Lessons

Academic Competition Teaches Critical Life Lessons

Last week, SRS crowned a new Spelling Bee Champion. After dozens of spellers competed in classroom contests and a vocabulary qualifier, a sixth grader successfully dethroned an eighth grader who had previously won the School Bee three times. With grace, the...
The True Definition of Success in Youth Sports

The True Definition of Success in Youth Sports

Last week, two SRS co-ed middle school indoor soccer teams battled for bragging rights at Fieldhouse Sports. Mr. Curry’s team in their digital camouflage uniforms and my team in their sleek, black jerseys went “head-to-head” to win the last game of the session. It was...
Adventures in Winter Sports

Adventures in Winter Sports

The new year at SRS officially kicks off our ski and snowboard season. The last few years, we have not been blessed with much snow, so we “made do” with the icy slopes at Mount Sunapee and Loon Mountain. But, this year looks different, so let the fun – and the lessons...
Shaker Road School’s New Blog ~ The Heron’s View!

Shaker Road School’s New Blog ~ The Heron’s View!

Welcome to the first edition of The Heron’s View! The launch of the new SRS website opens an exciting means of communication for our school community. Current, past, and prospective families will now have many opportunities to learn what’s happening on campus and how...