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.”
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.
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!
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.
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]
Our 4th Annual All-School Hygiene Drive is underway. The Sixth Grade has been diligently working on posters, Sign-up Geniuses, and presenting to Lower School classes. All items will be donated to Coastside Hope to help our local community.
Before the Winter Break, girls in the Eighth Grade had the opportunity to empower themselves by learning about self-defense through a workshop led by Kristin Lynn and George Miller. Our girls discovered how to use their voice in a powerful way, as well as several techniques in self-defense.
The Eighth Grade had the opportunity to learn CPR. George Miller and Kristin Lynn guided the students through scenarios of when the use of CPR is necessary. Students learned how to perform CPR, as well as use automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Touch Your Toes
The Middle School finished a unit on Flexibility. Students were taught static stretching and resistive stretching. The unit emphasized the importance of flexibility and how it can assist in living a healthy lifestyle and prevent injury.
We have begun our dance unit. Students were introduced to the Electric Slide and were assigned the task of creating an updated version of the dance. This unit focuses on line dancing and choreography.
Food for Thought
The Seventh Grade watched the Morgan Spurlock documentary, Super Size Me, and reflected on how frequently food is wasted in our community. In the iLab, they are now utilizing the Design Thinking process to propose solutions for food waste here at Sea Crest. Seventh Graders will present their proposals to school administrators in the near future.