Mike's Notes: October 31, 2014

Oct 31, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Politics, baseball, and the learning environment. Before I go too far, let me admit right up front that I have a bias. I have a deep love of baseball and all its agonizingly slow rhythms, its endless season that stretches 165 games from April to October, and the multiplicity of “feel good” stories about persistence and faith. Politics? A little less inspiring these days.

Academic Lens: Understanding Anxiety in Adolescents

Oct 29, 2014 12:14:21 PM

Tuesday evening, Proctor faculty and staff had the privilege of hearing Dr. Angela Currie from NESCA (Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents) speak about anxiety levels in teenagers today and the impact those increased levels of anxiousness have on the learning process.

Community: Understanding Nametags

Oct 27, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Friday evening, the Proctor community had the opportunity to watch Chris Waddell’s documentary, “1 Revolution” during which he becomes the first paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro almost entirely under his own power. As part of Proctor’s speaker series, Waddell’s documentary (trailer embedded below) was followed Saturday morning by a presentation called “Nametags”.

Ocean Classroom: Setting Sail for St. Croix

Oct 26, 2014 8:30:00 PM

After being stuck in Charleston, South Carolina for a few extra days due to offshore weather, Ocean Classroom is in the midst of a twelve day passage to St. Croix. Students share reflections on their time in Savannah and expectations for the voyage ahead. 

Proctor en Segovia: Stu Saves the Day and Other Spanish Adventures

Oct 26, 2014 12:04:00 PM
Proctor en Segovia students visit the Prado museum and attend a Real Madrid match, explore vineyards in La Rioja, a windfarm near Burgos, celebrate Paris' 17th birthday, and more!  Enjoy photographs and students' writing.

Mike's Notes: October 24, 2014

Oct 24, 2014 8:30:00 AM

This week I had the privilege of spending from Sunday through Wednesday visiting Burke Mountain Academy as part of their NEASC accreditation process. These opportunities are to be both cherished and entered into with full awareness that sleep and family will be parked for a few days. And the upside? Stepping into another vibrant and focused learning community is some of the best professional development available.

Discovery Education

Oct 22, 2014 9:29:17 AM

Wired wrote this article earlier this week, “American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn’t Exist”. Proctor identifies itself as a college preparatory school, however, we believe deeply in preparing our students for far more than simply college. 

Academic Lens: The Brave New Classroom

Oct 20, 2014 8:00:00 AM

The last three weeks of weather have given Sue Houston’s Climate Science class plenty to study. The first light frost of the season came three weeks ago, followed by an 85 degree sunshine filled day, and then thunderstorms and another hard frost. We returned from Family Weekend to a muggy downpour before highs yesterday only reached 44 degrees. Who would think you would start your woodstove and run your air conditioner in the same week. While some may find rural New England lacking excitement, all you need to do is follow the weather to stay entertained!

Ocean Classroom: From Cumberland Island to Charleston

Oct 19, 2014 8:02:00 PM

Ocean Classroom has left Charleston, South Carolina with its next stop coming in the  Virgin Islands! Hurricane Gonzalo impacted the group's itinerary slightly, but as program director Dave Pilla wrote to families Saturday, "Safety trumps everything when at sea."

Proctor Alum Matt Nathanson '91 Gives Back

Oct 18, 2014 9:24:00 AM

Proctor's Social Entrepreneurship class and Project Period approached Proctor alum Matt Nathanson '91 about playing a benefit concert last spring. Over the past three years Proctor has built relationships with Lemonade International, a microfinance organization in Guatemala, and Freedom in Creation, a Ugandan based nonprofit building fresh water wells and using art as therapy for a wartorn community. Nathanson eagerly agreed to play a benefit concert on Proctor's campus to support these organizations and did not disappoint Friday night! 

Mike's Notes: October 17, 2014

Oct 17, 2014 8:30:00 AM

I mentioned the book Flow over Parents’ Weekend, and subsequently have been thinking of the delineation between pleasure and enjoyment as outlined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I was prompted to take up the topic after reading the latest blog post from Spain detailing the segment of the Santiago el Camino pilgrimage Proctor students recently walked over three days.

Relationships: The Ties that Bind

Oct 16, 2014 6:32:32 AM

Each student begins his or her Proctor experience at a different stage of life. Some start as ninth graders, others do not arrive until the tail end of their high school career as juniors or seniors. On Wednesday, members of the Class of 2018 gathered as a class to complete an Independent School Gender Survey before hiking to the Proctor Cabin as a class; a tradition begun five years ago that has proven powerful.

Proctor en Segovia: Be Here Now

Oct 14, 2014 8:38:00 AM
The Proctor en Segovia Fall 2014 group hikes three sections of the Camino de Santiago in Spain's Galicia region. Enjoy photography and beautiful student writing reflecting on their journey and the importance of living in the moment.

Ocean Classroom Reaches Savannah!

Oct 12, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Ocean Classroom docks in Savannah, Georgia this weekend and will have the opportunity to meet up with program director Dave Pilla who will deliver coveted mail from family, friends, and advisors!

Fall Family Weekend at Proctor!

Oct 9, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Midterm grades have been published and Fall Family Weekend is upon us! It has been a whirlwind six weeks since Wilderness Orientation departed, and yet it feels as though this group of faculty, staff, and students has been together forever. 

Academic Planning: What Will Your Proctor Experience Look Like?

Oct 7, 2014 10:00:00 AM

As ninth graders in Freshmen Seminar create self-portraits, they discusses their identity at Proctor. It is an identity that has certainly changed since each student first went on an Admission tour the year before. They have grown physically, emotionally, and socially. Their connection to Proctor is far deeper now than it was when first visiting. Four years from now when they graduate, after thousands of shared experiences, their connection will be still deeper.

Ocean Classroom Visits KIPP Baltimore

Oct 6, 2014 9:01:00 AM

Three weeks ago today the schooner Roseway blasted its canon as it pulled out of Gloucester Harbor. Over those three weeks, the 21 students aboard the 135 foot schooner have learned how to sail, stood watch in shifts around the clock, continued to take math, literature and marine science courses, and have navigated the ship into and out of multiple harbors, including Fishers Island and Manhattan (below), where they visited last week. 

Proctor en Segovia: Give and Take

Oct 4, 2014 10:00:00 AM
Proctor en Segovia students have been busy traveling, learning, and living abroad over the past two weeks. Check out this week's update below!

Mike's Notes: October 3, 2014

Oct 3, 2014 8:30:00 AM

This is the sign: lumpy black bags (huge bags) slung across shoulders, sometimes a stick with new tape, always a smile. Alone, or in groups of two and three, they migrate to the low-slung building at the west end of campus. The Ted is open, the ice is down, and players find their way to free skates in the early evening hours.

A Letter to Those Who Delivered on Their Beliefs

Oct 1, 2014 12:21:15 PM

There is a known predictability with the fall season. The nights are crisp, the days warm, the leaves shed their green hues for reds, yellows and oranges, and we watch in the morning as mist rises above the pond indicating that the air around us is cooler than the temperature of the water. All predictable changes. 



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