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Acts in this year’s Talent Show

“Kids seem to really love it here. We take pride in our school.”

News

Will and his Six Sentences: November 2009

You’ll recall that, two weeks ago, I decided to “open the vault” and share some of my old newsletter missives about my own children. Today’s installment focuses on Will Norry, now a high school senior, and the start of his writing career. My son completes his homework at the kitchen table. While this arrangement has […]

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Emily and the High Dive: January 2008

I have been writing missives for the TDS newsletter – some more interesting than others – for the past seven years. Prior to coming to TDS, I wrote similar pieces during my eight years as head of a middle school in Maryland. Some of my favorites focused on my children. With their permission (more or […]

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Science Olympiad

Stroll through the Kussin Commons on a Tuesday afternoon, and you’ll see upper elementary students designing, building, tinkering, researching, experimenting, collaborating, and having fun. You’ll also see a cadre of Lower School parents sharing their expertise and nudging the young scientists in the right direction. Stop by on a Saturday or Sunday, and you’ll see […]

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A Visit from a Civil Rights Activist

Yesterday, the middle school had a presentation from Faye Alston, a civil rights activist who participated in the sit-in movement, and Danita Mason-Hogans, who is a member of Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies. Our visitors shared information about the Triangle’s history of local civil rights activism, discussing events and figures such as the Chapel Hill […]

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What’s Happening in LS Complements?

Students in fourth grade love to share their Joys & Concerns during our morning meeting. Without fail, I hear, “My joy is that we have Art (or Science Lab or ____________ – Insert your favorite complement class here.) today.” Complement classes aren’t only something extra. They complement the instruction in the regular classroom. They make […]

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Science Fair vs Science Expo

Twenty years ago, I taught 8th grade Physical Science at an independent school in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the time, I had mixed emotions about the annual Science Fair. Students certainly learned about the scientific method, and many grew more independent as they tackled projects over the course of a marking period. On the flip side, […]

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Science Expo

Throughout the year, the middle schoolers have been working on their Science Expo projects, an inquiry-based project that requires them to apply the scientific method, conduct experiments, and track and publish their results. Their experiments ranged from testing water filtration systems to growing sugar crystal to analyzing the optimal angle for shooting a Nerf gun. […]

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February in Lower School

February has always been one of my favorite months. I know that people complain about cold, gray, rainy days that go on forever, but that’s not what I see. I see a month overflowing with chances to explore, learn, and celebrate. Lower School students are learning about kindness, heart health, great Black achievers, groundhogs, weather […]

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News from the Library

TDS students in Lower School are participating in a 2020 Mock Caldecott unit with Ms. Phillips in the library. They are reading, evaluating, and discussing twelve 2019 picture books that are getting buzz as Caldecott contenders. Maybe our students will pick one of the actual winners! If you’re unfamiliar with the Caldecott Medal, it’s an […]

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Middle School Newsletter – January 24, 2020

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