— Alumni Story: Carter returns to assist one of his favorite teachers

Carter White graduated from Sea Crest School in 2008. He started out in Kindergarten, back in 1999, at our old building and moved to the new building when he was in third grade. He still remembers the excitement about the move and the brand new classroom he got to enjoy.

Carter White in 2008 when he graduated from Sea Crest School.

Carter in Third Grade

Carter in Mrs. Bybee’s Third Grade class in 2002.

Today, after nine productive years, he is back in the same classroom! A lot has changed, the furniture was recently updated and the classroom fully transformed in a flexible learning space. He is still enjoying that classroom, but now from a different perspective: assisting one of his favorite teachers, Ms. Bybee.

After Sea Crest, Carter attended Half Moon Bay High School and studied Physiological Sciences at UCLA. He graduated last year, worked as an EMT in LA, and is waiting to go to graduate school in August at Tufts University School of Medicine. In the meantime, he wanted to do something productive and decided to volunteer on a regular basis at our school.

“I’ve always loved working with kids and want to go into pediatrics”, said Carter. “I’m really excited about coming back and helping Ms. Bybee. I know the kids also get a lot out of it. They get even more attention, more one-on-one time […] I love Sea Crest. I loved my time here. A lot of the teachers are still here. It’s a great school and a lot bigger now.”

Carter will be assisting the third grade classrooms until the end of this school year when he goes to medical school in Boston. We are very proud of the successful young man he has become. We would also like to thank him for thinking of us to volunteer. He is having a good time and the children, too. They are lucky to have such a wonderful role model in the classroom. Thank you, Carter! Good luck in your new endeavors!


 

Creativity and Confidence: The All-School Musical

A key component of Sea Crest’s mission is empowering our learners to express creativity. This holds true for our core classes as well as our enrichment programs, and in each subject we focus on student-centered learning and curricular innovation.

For the performing arts, student-centered learning means that children are integrally involved in every aspect of the All-School Musical. Each student, from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade, is part of either the cast or the crew for the production. In recent years, Middle School students have also taken on the role of scriptwriters, and they storyboard and write the Musical as part of a “Page to Stage” Explorations course. Middle Schoolers also learn the foundations of technical theater in a “Behind the Scenes” Exploration.

“We believe in finding and implementing the most innovative and creative ways to teach and learn with children at Sea Crest, and I think we get better at this endeavor every year,” says Spanish Teacher Michaela O’Connor, who led the backstage crew for the Musical. “Our core beliefs in hands-on inquiry, compassion, and character education, and in becoming more and more innovative, are what sets us apart from other schools.”

“This experiential learning opportunity gives students a chance to showcase skills and concepts they have learned in Drama and Music classes,” says Music Teacher Cathy Bleecker. “They develop perseverance, teamwork, and confidence through this wonderful tradition.”

“It is an amazing joy to watch students from all grades work together to create a work of art,” agrees Drama Teacher Michael Lederman.

The Musical involves the wider community as well. We partner with the Coastal Repertory Theatre to provide an authentic theater experience for students, and our families volunteer to coordinate costumes, supervise the green room, and lend their expertise. Each year – due to the number of people involved and the quality of the production – tickets sell out for every performance.

Last year’s Eighth Graders reported that the All-School Musical would be the experience they would remember most about their time at Sea Crest. It conveys our school’s culture and spirit, bringing the community together to express how much we value the arts as part of a well-rounded education. The confidence and poise students gain from the experience ensures that they not only learn to express creativity, but also learn to lead with courage.

“Education in the arts is just as important as education in Math, Science, or English,” says Sea Crest alumna Amanda Odasz. “Theater was where I learned about teamwork and valuing the people around me and what they have to offer. It was where I found a sense of family.”

“I got really close with a lot of people through the theater experience,” says Lucas Gust, who graduated from Sea Crest in 2007. “And I’m still friends with them today.”

To watch highlights from the 2016 Musical, visit vimeo.com/seacrestschool/mavericks.

To view a short film about Sea Crest’s All-School Musical, please click here.


 

Sea Crest Alumnus Named National Merit Finalist

Ian TigheSea Crest graduate Ian Tighe, a senior at Junipero Serra High School, has been recognized as a National Merit Finalist. This distinction places him in the top one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

Tighe has also starred in Tri-School plays and musicals, most notably as Danny Zuko in Greaseperforming as part of the combined cast from Junipero Serra, Mercy, and Notre Dame High Schools. A member of the National Honor society, Tighe has a 4.6 grade point average. He is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Men’s Chorus, Tri-School Chorus, the Eleven Dollar Singers, and the Computer Programming Club. He practices martial arts outside of school and plans to pursue engineering in college.

The National Merit Finalists from Junipero Serra “exemplify everything that’s wonderful about Serra High School,” said Serra Principal Barry Thornton, Ed.D. “They have been leaders in all aspects of our program – from the performing arts and music to spiritual and academic leadership. Ian has exemplified excellence in all areas of the school. I am delighted that he has been recognized as a National Merit Finalist.”

“Ian exemplifies our mission to express creativity and lead with courage,” said Sea Crest Director of Learning and Teaching Michelle Giacotto. “He found himself and his passions during his time here and went on to excel at those passions in high school. We are really proud to see what he’s achieved, and I know he’ll continue to find success in college and beyond.”

Congratulations, Ian!

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