— Head of School appointed to NAIS Board of Trustees

Dear Sea Crest Families,

I am excited to have the opportunity to share the great news with you: Our Head of School, Dr. Tekakwitha Pernambuco-Wise, was recently appointed by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) to their Board of Trustees. NAIS is the national voice of independent education, advocating on behalf of its members. The association offers research and trend analysis, leadership and governance guidance, and professional development opportunities for school and board leaders. Sea Crest School is one of the 1500+ members of NAIS, which is a major source of industry information and professional development not only for school staff and leaders but also our Board of Trustees.

The NAIS Board of Trustees, made up of 20 distinguished individuals, includes thought leaders, independent school pioneers and innovators in the field of education. This prestigious appointment is a testament to the visionary leadership Tekakwitha has brought to Sea Crest School. Tekakwitha truly lives by Sea Crest’s Guiding Principles and has shared with me that she is looking forward to giving back to NAIS, an organization that provides so much support to our school. We look forward to the insights and ideas Tekakwitha is sure to bring back from her work on the NAIS Board.

Please join me in congratulating Tekakwitha!

Amy Ramsey
Chair, Sea Crest Board of Trustees


— First grade studies our neighborhood

Neighborhood Study Half Moon BayFirst grade has been studying the surrounding neighborhood of Sea Crest School as part of their Social Studies curriculum for over a decade. The study is the third part of a four-part project that begins in September with the students learning about themselves and their classmates as individuals and as a community. Then, students move to studying their school, their neighborhood and, finally, the farms and markets on the coast.

Neighborhood Study Half Moon BayThe Neighborhood study is a mix of place-based and project-based learning. The students research the inner and outer workings of the neighborhood by generating questions, conducting interviews and going on local field trips. They investigate how the neighborhood is designed to meet its members’ wants and needs by providing goods and services.

Neighborhood Study Half Moon BayNeighborhood Study Half Moon BayAdditionally, the students focus on the unique qualities of this community by exploring all it has to offer like the ocean, wildlife, hiking trails, etc. The study culminates in a weeklong “Neighborhood Build” where the students construct a model loosely based on Half Moon Bay. The model is made from 100% recycled materials that are collected from home in the weeks prior.

Neighborhood Study Half Moon BayBeforehand, the students are visited by a city planner who explains how neighborhoods are developed in terms of residential, commercial and mixed-use spaces. Each student creates a business and a home for the neighborhood. Collaboratively, they paint the streets and green spaces and make extras like garbage cans and recycling bins.

Neighborhood Study Half Moon BayStudents come together to name their town and the streets. They create a map and a key to personalize their neighborhood. On the final day, we invite parents and family to a ribbon cutting and open the town for viewing. This year’s neighborhood was named “Teamwork Town.”

Thank you to our wonderful first-grade team: Stephanie Hanepen, Lesley Stevens, and Sherri Trigueiro, as well as our parent volunteers for all of their support and encouragement during the neighborhood build and ribbon-cutting ceremony!


— Emergency Preparedness

The safety and security of our Sea Crest School community have always been and remains a top priority for us. During the past five years, we have prepared extensively for emergencies, natural disasters, and other catastrophes.

In today’s world and especially in light of recent events, it is important for us to assure you that we will continue to provide a safe school environment by working with our constituents — faculty, staff, students, parents — security specialists and local law enforcement.

Our Emergency Preparedness Committee, comprised of faculty and staff, spearheads our efforts and meets throughout the year to further strengthen our safety protocols. They plan for drills (observed by local authorities), assess feedback, train staff and teams (first aid, communications, sweep and rescue, utilities, long-range and reunification) and update our Emergency Response Plan (recently validated by Joffe Emergency Services, a premier security agency with extensive experience working with independent schools).

“Sea Crest School has cultivated a well-balanced safety mindset […] There is an overall sense of preparedness amongst faculty and staff. Safety at Sea Crest is not a fear-based initiative, but one that is motivated by a sincere interest to protect the
community. Sea Crest has progressed further than many schools in establishing the safety foundations we
prioritize and highlighted above.”

~Excerpts from Joffe Emergency Services’ report.

Here are some Parent Resources:

Talking to Children About Tragedies (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Helping Kids After a Shooting (American School Counselor Association)
Explaining the News to Our Kids (Common Sense Media)
Helping Children Cope with Frightening News (Child Mind Institute)
Helping Children Cope with Terrorism – Tips for Families and Educators (National Association of School Psychologists)

— Kindness Project: Love is Everywhere!

Right before the break, our Learning Buddies, students from Kindergarten to 8th grade, celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week by writing and hand delivering messages of hope, kindness, and love to our senior neighbors at Half Moon Village. The residents were greatly surprised and went to their weekly coffee hour with the cards they had received on their doors!

Special thanks to fifth-grade parent Christy Conklin (part of the local Love Ninjas group) for inspiring our students at the morning assembly with the story behind the Hearts Around Half Moon Bay campaign. The students even had the opportunity to generate ideas for the next wooden hearts project. We love our Half Moon Bay Community!


— Sea Crest alumna gave impassioned speech on sexism

Half Moon Bay High School students, including Sea Crest alumna Nicole Cordova, share strong words in speech. Discussion about a tough topic is well received. Published in the Half Moon Bay Review on Wednesday, February 21st. By Sarah Griego Guz.

On Feb. 12, three Half Moon Bay High School students delivered their sentiments regarding sexism. As part of the Half Moon Bay branch of the American Association of University Women’s Speech Trek exercise, each student gave an impassioned speech on the subject of “How Can We Stand Up to Sexism.”

The six-minute talks capped off months of hard work as Audrey Booher, Sara Bower and Nicole Cordova stood in front of an audience and spoke.

The opportunity was announced at Half Moon Bay High School. Seven students expressed interest. In the end, only three had the stamina it took to compete. Each student crafted talks under the watchful eye of retired teacher and the AAUW member Antoinette Wrubel.

“We started before the holiday last year and it soon became a collaborative effort,” she said. “I encouraged them to have a story, start with something personal or at least relatable, that seemed to set them off on something.

“In addition to reading, they used their relatives and mothers as research,” she continued.

In addition to keeping the students on track with respect to timelines, Wrubel mentored each young woman, often spending hours with each.

“I told them that they were writing a speech, not a paper,” she stated. “Meaning, it’s spoken so they needed to consider their audience.” Read more.



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