Our School at the NAIS Annual Conference

Each year, the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS) hosts an Annual Conference. This year’s conference is taking place in San Francisco, and the theme is “What’s Your Story? The Power of Trailblazers, Catalysts, and Calamities.”

All of our faculty and staff will be attending the conference on Friday, February 26th (school will be closed for a Professional Development Day). In addition, Sea Crest is benefitting from several exciting opportunities:

On Wednesday, February 24th, our SoundWaves and Middle School choirs are performing in the lobby of the Moscone Center for all registrants.

On Thursday and Friday, Innovation Lab Manager Patrick Neary will be showcasing Sea Crest’s iLab as one of only five Bay Area makerspaces featured at the conference.

On Thursday from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., Head of School Tekakwitha Pernambuco-Wise and Board Chair Amy Ramsey are leading a session titled Supporting Heads: Sustaining a Flourishing Leadership Partnership. Based on a survey of more than 250 heads of school and trustees, this presentation will examine how trustees can best nurture mutually beneficial relationships and sustain heads in their positions for the long term. The session will take place in Room 3003 of the Moscone Center for conference attendees.

On Friday from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., Dr. Pernambuco-Wise will also be leading a session titled Herstory: Behind, in Front of, and Next to Every Female Leader, There is a…. Her co-presenters are Penny Bach Evins, St. Paul’s School for Girls (MD); Stephanie Balmer, Harpeth Hall School (TN); and Ann Klotz, Laurel School (OH). Dr. Pernambuco-Wise will discuss how to encourage, celebrate, and cultivate future and current leaders. Conference attendees will be able to attend this session in Room 2007 of the Moscone Center.

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Innovators’ Symposium Recap

Sea Crest School’s Second Annual Innovators’ Symposium focused on the intersection of Innovation and Community. Hands-on workshops for Middle School students covered topics such as coastal pollution, group theory, venture capitalism, and the human brain. Speakers included physicians, professors, scientists, and Google’s Director of Education and University Relations.

The keynote speaker, Katlyn Grasso, shared her experience as a young CEO and encouraged students to have confidence in their ideas.

“The most successful entrepreneurs are incredibly determined and persistent,” said Grasso, who is the Founder and CEO of GenHERation. “I really encourage you to follow your dreams. Go out there and never take no for an answer.”

After the keynote, Katlyn led a workshop for students called The Perfect Pitch: How to Sell Yourself in Any Situation.

“I had a wonderful time at the Innovators’ Symposium and was impressed by the curiosity of the young students,” said Grasso. “I look forward to seeing how the students apply the insights from the Symposium to better the Sea Crest community.”

To learn more about all of the speakers and the topics they addressed, click here.

Innovators’ Symposium 2016

Sea Crest School’s Second Annual Innovators’ Symposium will take place throughout the day on Friday, February 5th. Nineteen scientists and innovators will be on campus to lead hands-on workshops for our Middle School students.

We encourage you to read in detail about the workshop sessions, which include “How Neurons Grow,” “Pollution at Pillar Point,” and “Design Thinking and Innovation.”

The Keynote Speaker from 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. will be GenHERation Founder and CEO Katlyn Grasso. Ms. Grasso speaks nationally about entrepreneurship, technology, and the advancement of women. She has been a featured speaker at the Forbes CMO Excursion, the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy CEO Round Table, and many more events at the intersection of innovation and community.

The Symposium session leaders are:

  • Dr. G. David Adamson, Medical Director of Palo Alto Medical Foundation Fertility Physicians of Northern California
  • Will Agramonte, venture capitalist and Sea Crest School alumnus
  • Tim Allan, Water Resources Engineer
  • Elizabeth Andruszkiewicz, ‎Graduate Researcher at Stanford University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Dr. Stephen Baccus, Associate Professor at the Stanford School of Medicine in the Department of Neurobiology
  • Dr. Barbara Brott, Senior Research Associate in the Department of Biology at Stanford University
  • Dr. Scott Brozell, software package contributor and researcher focused on theoretical and computational model development
  • Dr. Loretta Camarano, Assistant Professor at Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing
  • Katlyn Grasso, Founder and CEO of GenHERation
  • Dr. Adam D. Hughes, Drug Discovery Project Leader and Senior Director in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Dr. Maggie Johnson, Director of Education and University Relations for Google
  • Bryan Kohrs, Research Associate in Discovery at Amunix, Inc. and Sea Crest School alumnus
  • Dr. Dan Marquess, Chief Scientific Officer at UNITY Biotechnology
  • Christopher McKenzie, Senior Development Engineer with Oxford Instruments, X-ray Technology
  • Dr. Jennifer Robinson, Program Manager of the Nutrition Studies Group at Stanford University
  • Dr. Elizabeth C. Squiers, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Development at Quark Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Dr. Antitsa Stoycheva, biotech research scientist with a focus on computational drug design and bioinformatics
  • Dr. Carol Winograd, Professor Emerita of Medicine and Human Biology at Stanford University and Vice-chair of the J Street National Board
  • Dr. Terry Winograd, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Stanford University and founding faculty member of the d.school

As part of the day’s events, Middle School students will take notes and draw sketches about their chosen workshop sessions. At the end of the Symposium, students will meet in their Advisory houses to reflect and share feedback with faculty.

This year’s Innovators’ Symposium was organized by Head of School Dr. Tekakwitha M. Pernambuco-Wise, Director of Marketing and Communications Kat Clark, Science Teacher Rob Kashima, Technology Integration Specialist Ellyn Kohrs, Spanish Teacher Michaela O’Connor, Fifth Grade Humanities Teacher Emma Samuels, and Director of Admission and Development Michael Thompson. A special thank you to Administrative Assistant Cathy Greenwald and parent trustee Sarah Griego Guz for helping to make this day possible.

If you know an innovator interested in speaking at next year’s Symposium, please contact Dr. Tekakwitha M. Pernambuco-Wise.


Project VOICE

Renowned slam poet Sarah Kay will be speaking to Sea Crest Middle School students on Thursday, February 4th. You may recognize her from her performance of “If I Should Have a Daughter,” which is one of the most popular TED Talks of all time.

Ms. Kay will be joined by her Project VOICE Co-Director, accomplished poet Phil Kaye, who recently performed in partnership with the Dalai Lama at the celebration of his 80th birthday.

Project VOICE is a team of highly accomplished writers, performers, and educators. They have published Amazon bestsellers, been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, been featured on radio and television, and had their poetry published in numerous literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. The team has performed everywhere from National Poetry Slam stages to TED Conferences, from HBO Television to NPR Radio and Lincoln Center, and now at Sea Crest School. Videos of their performances have been viewed several millions of times online.

As educators, the poets of Project VOICE have mentored students of all ages, taught in hundreds of classrooms and communities around the world, led professional development workshops with educators, been interviewed and featured in education publications, and been featured presenters at education conferences such as the National Association of Independent Schools, The European Council of International Schools, The African International Schools Association, The New Brunswick Teachers Association, and more.

Read an article in the Half Moon Bay Review about the upcoming visit:
“Renowned slam poet Sarah Kay visits: Sea Crest hosts writer made famous at TED.”

We are excited to welcome Project VOICE to our campus, and we know our oldest students will be inspired by the experience.

Update: Our students (and staff) loved the Project VOICE experience. Click here to view photos from the day!


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