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  • Service Learning Cluster
    By Bob Dowling, Middle School Teacher Three times a year, Middle School students experience Clusters learning, where they take time away from their regular class schedule in order to delve deep into three specific content areas:  1. Service Learning 2. STEM 3. Drama and Performing Arts For two weeks at a time, students spend each morning working on a specific project tied to these C...
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  • Spanish Language Learning
    By Susanna Lara, Spanish Teacher and Atrium School Parent Learning a language is much more than simply learning how to say one thing or another in a different way. Learning a language is about learning different cultures and about how people live in different places of the world. It is about expanding our horizons and opening our minds to differences and similarities, and about allowing ourse...
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  • Rockin' Royals!
    By Carol, Atrium School Parent "Hey, anyone want to start a rock band with me?" Talya asked her 5th grade peers. "Sure!" five of them answered with enthusiasm and big dreams in their voices.   It wasn't long before their vision became reality. Their first song was chosen and the students began to enlist the support of the adults in their world. Nicholas' dad loaned his own instruments and eq...
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  • Atrium School Summer 2016 Reading List
    By Susan Jacoby, Librarian Every spring, I approach the compiling of Atrium's "Summer Reading Suggestions" with the same mixture of joyous excitement and anxious trepidation. Joyous excitement: Yay, books!!! What's not to love about diving deeply into the waters of children's/YA literature and surfacing with some pearls of literary treasure -- as well as (to extend the metaphor) assorted co...
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  • Heroism Study Projects
    By Jill Ferraresso, Grade 2 Teacher As morning sun slants through the windows, Helen Keller holds onto Annie Sullivan’s arm, and feels along the wall as she walks into the classroom, finding the big wooden chair with her hand and gently lowering herself into it. She places her right hand on the chair’s arm, palm up. Annie, seated beside her now, responds by resting her fist gently in Helen’s ...
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  • Climate Research Expo!
    By Nia Lutch, Grade 4 Teacher Something that we love to do as teachers is to design curriculum that integrate a study across subject areas. One of these such units that my Grade 4/5 teachers and I have designed is the climate study research project. We launch the unit by learning about the difference between climate and weather, which ultimately leads to the culminating project of a model of...
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  • MASS Helpings
    By Evan, Atrium School Parent I figured it was a whim, this whole "MASS Helpings" charity idea. A kind and lovely whim, to be sure, but no more than that. How could it be otherwise, when a group of third-grade friends hatch plans to change the world by selling handmade bracelets and used stuffed animals. But the girls were persistent, and they found some mentors at Atrium School who believed...
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  • Fantasy City
    By Talin Megherian, Studio Art Director Earlier this spring semester, following an introduction of photos of tape murals done in other schools and by various artists, Atrium students in our Grade 4/5 Innovators class were told that they would be making a large scale mural using black tape referencing their classroom theme of "city."  The students and I discussed different options of how we co...
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  • Constellations
    By Liz Caffrey, Middle School Math Teacher In our first year as the Atrium Middle School in 2014-2015, we had a lot to celebrate. We had built a strong program that the teachers and the students were all proud of. Additionally, we had successfully transformed the newly remodeled lower level of Atrium School into a truly wonderful learning space for our middle school students. But one of the t...
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  • The Thoreauvian Effect
    By Carol, Atrium School Parent People have been calling my 5th grader names. Strangers, friends and family members alike. He is a lover of school and a maker of friends. He reads and smiles and runs and does what 10 year old boys are created to do. Throughout these elementary years, however, there has been some name calling that is changing who he is. Luckily, for us, his experiences have no...
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  • The Running Giraffes
    By Michael Miller, Associate Director of Communications & Admissions Late last spring, a few Atrium School families serendipitously approached Linda Echt, Atrium's Head of School, with an idea - could Atrium have a cross country team?  When parents first brought the idea to Linda, they learned that this was already part of the plan to expand Atrium's middle school athletic program.  Atrium's ...
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  • Music + Service Learning
    By Beatrice Affron, Music Director Music for Food: I first heard about Music for Food, a Boston-based organization that presents world-class classical music concerts and donates 100% of the proceeds to food pantries all over the country, from Carol Johnson, owner of Johnson Strings and Carriage House. Carol has been a friend of Atrium ever since we piloted our violin program here in 2009.
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  • Diversity at Atrium
    By Jaleesa Anselm, Kindergarten Teacher / Diversity Committee Chair Did you know that Atrium has a Diversity Committee? From its inception, Atrium has valued diversity and multiculturalism in its students, faculty, staff, and curriculum. That has not changed! This year, the Diversity Committee, which is a Board of Trustees sub committee, has been hard at work assessing the ways in which Atriu...
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  • 3 Words Per Picture: Fall 2015
    3 Words Per Picture that help capture the progressive education environment and life at Atrium School during the fall. Please enjoy!
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  • Take a Look, It's in a Book
    By Susan Jacoby, Librarian “Do your kids read books?” Taking a coffee break between workshops at a national conference about a year ago, I had struck up a conversation with a woman sitting near me who, it turned out, was also a school librarian.  We’d spent a pleasant few minutes happily talking all kinds of esoteric “library stuff” that almost no one else is interested in when, out of the b...
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  • Playground Protocol
    By Linda Echt, Head of School, & Merry Murray Meade, Kindergarten Teacher As the snow melts and temperatures rise, the playground again is open for business! And with playground, comes play. And with play, and children, there will be conflict: there are turns to be taken, rules about games, questions about who gets to do what when. Parents often ask how best to address these squabbles. What s...
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  • Amphoras!
    By Nicole Moran, Grade 5 TeacherThe Visionators (Grade 4 Innovators + Grade 5 Visionaries) have enjoyed studying Ancient Greece. The students have closely examined daily life, culture, and religion and before moving into studying Ancient Greek art, specifically the amphora.Amphorae are Greek vases that usually depict a scene f...
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  • “But you’re not going to get rid of the cards, are you?”
    By Susan Jacoby, Atrium Librarian “A picture is worth a thousand words,” the old saying goes. And this photo embodies that truth. As we began the process of thinking about automating our libraries nearly two years ago, more than one person plaintively said to me, “But you’re not going to get rid of the cards, are you?”  As the automation committee met, researched, and evaluated the various o...
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  • Atrium
    By Kathy Hanson, Assistant Head of School What is an atrium?  Well, to start, it is an invitation.  The atrium is the centerpiece that invites light, air, and life into the heart of a place. It is, very literally, a greeting of welcome. It beckons without words. “ Please, come inside.”
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  • Empathy
    By Kathy Hanson, Assistant Head of School Nearly two years ago, I came across a thought-provoking article in the New York Times. The author of the article challenged readers to think differently about new year’s resolutions. Instead of the usual promises or list of hopes and goals, the author argued that resolutions should be boiled down to a “one-word resolution.” This goal of the simplified...
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  • Amphoras!
    By Nicole Moran, Grade 5 TeacherThe Visionators (Grade 4 Innovators + Grade 5 Visionaries) have enjoyed studying Ancient Greece. The students have closely examined daily life, culture, and religion and before moving into studying Ancient Greek art, specifically the amphora.Amphorae are Greek vases that usually depict a scene f...
Atrium School
Atrium School
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New blog articles detected.

  • “But you’re not going to get rid of the cards, are you?”
    By Susan Jacoby, Atrium Librarian “A picture is worth a thousand words,” the old saying goes. And this photo embodies that truth. As we began the process of thinking about automating our libraries nearly two years ago, more than one person plaintively said to me, “But you’re not going to get rid of the cards, are you?”  As the automation committee met, researched, and evaluated the various o...
Atrium School
Atrium School
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New blog articles detected.

  • Atrium
    By Kathy Hanson, Assistant Head of School What is an atrium?  Well, to start, it is an invitation.  The atrium is the centerpiece that invites light, air, and life into the heart of a place. It is, very literally, a greeting of welcome. It beckons without words. “ Please, come inside.”
  • Empathy
    By Kathy Hanson, Assistant Head of School Nearly two years ago, I came across a thought-provoking article in the New York Times. The author of the article challenged readers to think differently about new year’s resolutions. Instead of the usual promises or list of hopes and goals, the author argued that resolutions should be boiled down to a “one-word resolution.” This goal of the simplified...
  • Service Learning Cluster
    By Bob Dowling, Middle School Teacher Three times a year, Middle School students experience Clusters learning, where they take time away from their regular class schedule in order to delve deep into three specific content areas:  1. Service Learning 2. STEM 3. Drama and Performing Arts For two weeks at a time, students spend each morning working on a specific project tied to these C...
  • Spanish Language Learning
    By Susanna Lara, Spanish Teacher and Atrium School Parent Learning a language is much more than simply learning how to say one thing or another in a different way. Learning a language is about learning different cultures and about how people live in different places of the world. It is about expanding our horizons and opening our minds to differences and similarities, and about allowing ourse...
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