Head of School Halsey Bell announced today that Michelle Harrison will be the new head of Evergreen's Primary Division, which comprises preschool through 3rd grade. While new to this role, Michelle is a veteran educator of 25 years, and she's been at Evergreen for 15. She began her career here as a 5th grade teacher and has continued to take on new challenges, becoming an instructional coach and mentor to teachers, serving as self-study co-coordinator for Evergreen's reaccreditation process with NWAIS, and being a trip advisory teacher for the 8th grade global studies trip. This past summer, as chair of the Academic Task Force, Michelle was responsible for leading the development of academic plans in preparation for this unprecedented 2020-2021 school year. Since September, she has served as interim primary division head, and as the parent of a current Evergreen middle school student, she also brings the firsthand perspective of a parent as well as an educator to this role. We could not be happier to welcome Michelle as the permanent head of the Primary Division.
Earlier this week, Evergreen parents and guardians met online for an engaging, robust book club discussion. For this meeting, the third this school year, the selected book was Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck, Ph. D. A Stanford psychologist and professor, Dr. Dweck has been researching what is now widely known as a "growth mindset" and studying how people approach challenging situations for over 30 years.
Different versions of parent book clubs have been launched before, but this year, with so many usual social interactions on hold, ...
We are excited to have kicked off a year-long partnership with IFSEL, the Institute for Social and Emotional Learning. Social and emotional learning has long been a cornerstone of our practice—and an often-cited reason families choose Evergreen. This year, we are making an intentional choice to increase awareness and depth of understanding throughout our community.
Last week, all faculty and staff participated together in the first of several virtual professional development trainings led by IFSEL—and coming up, parents will have educational opportunities too!
Everyone from teachers who have worked at Evergreen for years to a new TA who had just started ...
The fall Harvest Party is one of Evergreen's favorite all-school traditions. On a Sunday in October, the whole school community gathers for pumpkin painting, crafts, field games and more. But this year, the PGA events committee had a tricky job: How to create a virtual version of this event?
Through creativity and hard work, they found a way! Last weekend, over 100 families connectedthrough a series of virtual "booths" and events: scavenger hunts, "Thriller" dance parties, a virtual zoo activity, magic shows, and special activities led by our 8th graders. Thank you to the organizers and all the families who turned out! Click READ MORE to see more photos.
Seventh-graders recently had their first Scientist of the Month visits. Teacher Kiki Contreras has organized this program for 7th grade science classes for several years, and it's easily made the transition to online learning. Even before the pandemic, Kiki arranged with scientists to join by Skype from all over the U.S. and farther afield, including McMurdo Station in Antarctica, Kibale National Park in Uganda and Australia.
Scientist of the Month aims to give students an opportunity to see themselves as future scientists, as well as to expose them to the wide range of what doing science can look like--what scientists study, how they study it, and who they are. Skills-wise, there is a focus on developing open-ended questions to ask that will foster interesting and ongoing conversation.
Each of the three classes received a visit from a different scientist ...