On Friday, February 24, students in grades 9–11 participated in an annual curriculum round robin, during which department chairs and faculty members talked with students about choosing courses for the 2017–2018 school year. In the Upper School, we have expanded our elective program in addition to adding two new Advanced Placement courses. As we look to be strategic and intentional about the education of girls, we continue to re-envision the academic program at Ellis, providing a more robust course of study, enhancing our interdisciplinary offerings, and redefining education for young women in a global society.
The month of March brings the opportunity for students to consider and choose courses for next school year. Depending upon their grade level, Middle School students make decisions about performing arts, world languages, and electives. This year, we are excited to offer students in grade 7 and 8 three new electives in computer science and the fine arts, and a reenvisioned grade 8 visual art curriculum. As we look to be strategic and intentional about the education of girls, we continue to re-envision the academic program at Ellis, providing a more robust course of study, enhancing our interdisciplinary offerings, and redefining education for young women in a global society.
The Lower School is buzzing with excitement this spring as girls engage in hands-on math learning activities. At Ellis, our interdisciplinary approach to learning begins with our youngest students and Lower School girls are experiencing the beauty of math as they create their first symmetrical painting or admire a pattern they create with colorful teddy bear counters.
In January, Amy Larsen and I traveled to Austin, Texas to attend a workshop on the power of gratitude in schools. The workshop was organized by the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education. Presenter and Keynote Speaker, Giacomo Bono, author of Making Grateful Kids, shared his valuable research with conference attendees and worked with us to integrate gratitude and kindness into our classrooms.
Ellis faculty and staff are committed to providing an inclusive approach to our curricula which recognizes and celebrates diversity throughout the school year. During the month of February, we focus on the achievements, contributions and central roles of African Americans, particularly in the history of the United States.
It is exciting to come together in the New Year as a strong and vibrant community of learners—students, teachers, and families alike. Just as our girls learn and grow in this dynamic and innovative academic environment, we are pleased to offer parent education programs that serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas and for strengthening our community.
Happy New Year! Despite the freezing temperatures, Middle School students returned from Winter Break with excitement, enthusiasm, and feeling empowered to tackle the term. January and February promise to be busy and exciting months. Students in STEAM and Humanities classes, electives, and clubs have been designing, creating, reading, writing, and editing for weeks in preparation for competitions.
The Ellis School Class of 2017 set an inspirational tone for spring after they rocketed into their college application season this winter; in our class of 30 soon-to-be graduates, well over two-thirds have made at least one Early Decision or Early Action application.
by Susan Freudenberg, Interim Head of the Lower School
Happy 2017! The New Year is all about making resolutions. I am going to eat healthy this year. I am going to work out more this year. I am going to try rock climbing this year. I am going to get organized this year. Whatever resolution you make, do you keep it? In the past, I have made and broken countless resolutions. At Ellis, we want to teach every student that setting resolutions and new goals is great, but it is also okay if you break a resolution or fall short of your goal.