Learning and the Brain

Sea Crest’s strengthened Student Success process has increased our school’s focus on neuroscience. Each day, we are learning more about how memory, attention, and perception change over the course of a child’s development and how we might adjust our approach in order to maximize learning.

One example is “Learning and the Brain,” our new weekly core course for Sixth Grade students. Taught by Student Support Coordinator Laurie Schoeffler, the goal of this class is to help Sixth Graders better understand the way their minds work so that they can gain metacognitive abilities.

“I am passionate about the intersection of neuroscience and education,” said Ms. Schoeffler, who has been a member of the Learning and the Brain Society for ten years. “I am most interested in understanding how mindset, executive function, and social-emotional development are integral to the learning process. Understanding our children as the unique beings they are brings the joy into each day for me! Two books top my recommended reading list: Raising a Self-Disciplined Child by Brooks & Goldstein and Brain Rules by John Medina.”

Another example of our work with learning and the brain is our partnership with Dr. Melina Uncapher and Dr. Adam Gazzaley, experts in the field of applied neuroscience. Current Third, Fifth, and Seventh Grade students are piloting an innovative study for a cognitive neuroscience research lab at UCSF. With parents’ permission, students are undergoing interactive assessments and using brain/body trainers in small groups. Our school is helping to build the foundation for a large longitudinal study that could change the way educators approach neuroscience.

Watch Dr. Gazzaley’s TED Talk:


Boys’ Basketball: Champions!

7th Grade Boys' Basketball

7th Grade Boys’ Basketball: Champions

The team finished their regular season with an overall record of 7-2 and a league record of 7-1. They received a bye in the first round of the playoffs and hosted Charles Armstrong School in the Championship on Thursday. The Championship game was a hard-fought battle from start to finish. The Armstrong Cougars held the Sea Crest Seals to just four points in the first half. Down 13-4 in the second half, the Seals fought back to 15-16 at the end of the third quarter: down one. Limiting the Cougars to just three points in the fourth quarter, the Seals came out victorious with a score of 22-19.


8th Grade Boys' Basketball

8th Grade Boys’ Basketball: Second in the League

The boys finished their regular season with an overall record of 7-2 and a league record of 7-1. They won a first round playoff game against Wornick on Tuesday with a score of 26-16, which moved them forward to the SSIL Championship game on Thursday against Alma Heights. In the Championship, the boys played a great game against an outstanding Alma Heights team and finished with a score of 40 to 28. The Eighth Graders were led by Coach Luis Gonzales.


6th Grade Boys' Basketball

6th Grade Boys’ Basketball

It is evident that the future of Boys’ Basketball at Sea Crest is in good hands. The Sixth I team finished with a 4-2 record, with one of their losses to the Sixth II team (26-29). The Sixth II team lost some very close games this season and made remarkable improvements over the past six weeks. Thank you to Coach Rob Kashima and Assistant Coach Jenny Urban for their leadership with the Sixth II team.


6th Grade Boys' Basketball


We look forward to another great season next year!


Girls’ Soccer: Champions!

Congratulations to our Girls’ Soccer players, who were crowned SSIL Champions¬†after an undefeated league record. They had convincing wins over every team and displayed fantastic sportsmanship. Coaches Katie Moore, Tyler Elliott, and Phil Geisler provided plenty of playing time for all 29 girls. This Championship was truly a collaborative effort.


You’re Invited: Open House & Science Festival

Sea Crest’s annual Science Festival will take place Wednesday, January 13th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

It will begin directly following the informational K-8 Admission Open House, which kicks off the evening at 5:30 p.m.

Both the Open House and the Science Festival are open to the public.

At the Science Festival, there will be a number of engaging hands-on science activity stations, including hovercraft design, breadboard circuits, hexaflexagon creations, and many more! Seventh Graders have been working hard on their science projects for the past three months: researching, hypothesizing, and conducting experiments. The top three projects will be entered in the San Mateo County STEM Fair in San Carlos.

Click here to join the event on Facebook!

We look forward to meeting you!

K-8 Admission Open House
Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Sea Crest School Science Festival
Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Sea Crest School
901 Arnold Way
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Free and open to the public.


Annual Report 2015

Annual ReportOur school is much more than a building. It’s more than a report card, an agenda, or a single lesson plan. It’s a Lower School class and a Middle School chorus, a partnership of parents and a team of faculty and staff. We are a community of people committed to the education of nearly 300 students spanning nine grades. Together, we are Sea Crest School.

As we move forward into 2016, we are grateful for the foundation built over the past two decades. We are thankful for a strong spirit of innovation and for a warm tradition of service. Most of all, we are inspired by our students, who engage curiosity, express creativity, act with compassion, and lead with courage.

Please click here to view our Annual Report, which celebrates your contributions. Printed copies of this calendar are available at the front desk.

This year, and every year, we celebrate our community.

Happy New Year!


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