On Wednesday, 21st March, Sea Crest School was honored to host Donna Orem, the President of The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Sea Crest is one of 1,541 K-12 NAIS-member schools in the USA, serving 675,115 of the nation’s children. Appointed in 2016, Donna Orem is NAIS’ first female President in its 56-year history.
“What a true delight it was to visit your school. Your children are so engaged and self-directed in their learning.”
We began the day with a Coffee Meet and Greet with Faculty, Staff and Trustees, followed by an All-school Assembly and Classroom Tours led by our Middle School Admission Ambassadors: Olivia, Mayah, Mike, and Mimi.
“When you ask kids about passions, you normally get very traditional roles. At Sea Crest, I’ve heard students respond with ways to change the world: explorers, scientists […] You are putting good citizens out into the world.”
The Design and Innovation Program at Sea Crest is building up steam! There are students coming in all day to create a huge range of projects. While they are having a blast creating, it’s important to point out how the program impacts children in the long run.
Many of the jobs that exist today did not exist twenty, ten or even five years ago. If current trends continue, it’s likely that many of our children will go into careers that don’t yet exist and demand a great deal of adaptability.
We can prepare them for this shifting landscape with two essential problem-solving skills: empathy and grit.
These two skills are the backbone of our innovation program and design thinking. Each of the students’ projects begin with a challenge that needs solving. Next, they go through the design process, which consists of four steps: find it (research), sketch it (brainstorming), build it (prototyping), and share it (gathering feedback).
As students go through these steps, they learn to see things from another person’s perspective and to adapt ideas to fix complex problems. Below are some examples of the challenges they are solving:
Kindergarten & 1st Grade How might we use simple machines? [Experiment with simple machine combinations to solve problems]
2nd & 3rd Grade How might we keep better track of our things in class? [Create custom logo stickers for your things]
4th & 5th Grade How can we address small inconveniences around the school? [Add plants to the garden area, reduce noise in the locker area, and more]
Middle School How might we help teachers have more functional classrooms? [Build storage, adjust lighting, add plants, etc.]
How might we give the kindergartners more choice time options? [Build and donate a variety of toys]
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
~Henry David Thoreau
Congratulations to this year’s graduating class as they leave our K-8 community and embark on their high school careers and beyond!
Thirty four amazing students joining our alumni. Fourteen of them at Sea Crest since Kindergarten. Eleven highly respected high schools, including one international school.
Half Moon Bay High School
Lick-Wilmerding High School
Mercy High School Burlingame
Notre Dame High School Belmont
Sacred Heart Prep Atherton
Serra High School
St. Francis High School
The Wheeler School
Woodside Priory School
Yago School (Spain)
We look forward to remaining a part of their lives and being here for them. They are a part of Sea Crest and Sea Crest is a part of them.
Sixth graders presented their Call to Conserve projects at the Marine Mammal Center to students from schools all over the Bay Area, the Marine Mammal Center staff, and the visiting public. It was a fun and educational event emphasizing the understanding that for every harmful human interaction, there is a way that people can help. Sea Crest students shared their creative and thoughtful ideas about how we can make small changes to make a big difference in ocean conservation.
This 30-day kindness challenge took place during students’ advisories and they participated in one or two kindness activities every week.
The kindness curriculum was created by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. Through this program, the school received access to outstanding kindness-building lesson plans following the successful completion of the Challenge.
There were numerous activities from which to choose in four categories:
Promoting Cyber-Kindness: Students learned practical skills to create a more positive online presence (social media, apps and video games) and the habits of heart and mind to be kind online.
Strengthening Peer Relationships: Students practiced activities to develop empathy, active listening, and conflict resolution. This pathway focused on building constructive interactions for a positive classroom and school culture.
Developing Positive Mindsets: Students practiced self-management and self-care strategies (gratitude, goal setting and positive framing of situations) to monitor their own feelings and be kind to others.
Fostering Empathy: Activities such as shared identity and fostering civic discourse help students beyond individual relationships to tackle larger issues and trends such as stereotypes and bullying based on identity.
We believe that teaching our children how to practice kindness, be more empathetic, and manage their own emotions and actions, will cultivate their character and help them navigate our complex world.
“I am honored and grateful to serve on Student Council because it allows me to organize fun activities for my peers, changing Sea Crest by leaving it better than I found it!” ~ Olivia Cevasco, President
“As part of Student Council, I am someone who people come to for help. I’ve learned how incredible the feeling of leadership is and Student Council brought me closer to Sea Crest and its community.” ~ Jess Kammeyer, Vice-President
The Student Council has spearheaded a number of initiatives this school year and is truly making a difference:
Middle School Dances:
Middle School dances happen three times each school year and the Student Council is responsible for finding a DJ and organizing the event. Our next Middle School Dance will be on June 1st and we have a new DJ for the event! DJ Zak Kowal will be spinning tunes for our last dance of the year!
This year, the Student Council hosted several advisory competitions including pumpkin and door decorating contests, a basketball shoot-off, a gingerbread house contest and an Amazing Race scavenger hunt. We plan to have a few more events before the end of the school year!
Middle School Night Out:
In February, students enjoyed watching Jurassic Park on the big screen in our Kohrs Family Center. Our next Middle School Night Out will be on Friday night, May 18th at the Sky High Sports. Details and a permission slip will be emailed to families soon!
Pennies for Patients:
On Monday, the Student Council will kick off Pennies for Patients, a fundraiser to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Please bring your spare change to school for this three-week fundraiser! There will be a collection jar at Cathy’s desk.
Student Council Elections:
On the 1st of June, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Graders will have the opportunity to elect a new Student Council for the 2018-2019 school year! Students will learn more about the election process in the coming weeks.
On April 24th, the Sixth Graders brought the hygiene items they collected to Coastside Hope. They sorted all the products and created hygiene kits with 1-gallon Ziploc bags. Students were able to create over 150 hygiene kits for neighbors in need.
The Sixth Graders also learned about all the good work Coastside Hope does to serve individuals living in our coastal communities. The Drive was another way for our students to experience what it means to be “each other’s keepers,” which is one of our school’s guiding principles.