Education is redefining what success means for students as they step out of the classroom and into the workforce. There have been an abundance of articles, ideas, and conversations about arming students with 21st-century skills, personalized learning experiences, and social-emotional intelligence. It may come as a surprise that these ideas have long been in practice in the field of early childhood education through play-based learning.
On May 5th, students, faculty, and friends of Rectory supported our ninth graders during the 3rd Annual Capstone Fair. Every ninth grader was beaming with pride, and so happy to share the culminating moment of all their hard work with each and every guest.
As a community, we couldn't be more proud of their success!
First implemented during the 2014-2015 academic year, the Capstone provides an opportunity for our ninth graders to explore, and consider solutions to, issues that are present in today's society. In order to complete this project, ninth graders are paired with a faculty Capstone Leader who provides guidance throughout the process of researching, writing an essay, and crafting a poster. This project culminates with a ninth grade Capstone Fair, during which faculty, students, and outside visitors are invited to view and discuss these projects with the ninth graders.
Rectory alumni, parents, faculty, and friends are invited to join us at Harpoon Brewery for a social event on Wednesday, May 17 at Harpoon Brewery and Beer Hall!
As I sat in Christ Church last Tuesday, along with the 100 or so students who make up our 8th and 9th grade, I could not help but wonder if Rectory parents knew what takes place, twice a month, in this wonderful space. Rectory schedules a monthly chapel service for our younger students (Grades 4-7), and our older students (Grades 8-9) as well. We went to this split-chapel system because we wanted our younger students to have the opportunity to perform in front of their peers, an experience less frequent when the entire school attended all at once. While sitting in a pew alongside a row of students, I was struck by their focused attention, hanging it appeared, on Mr. Bryant's every word. "I enjoy listening to his message," noted one student, and he can sing!" So without further ado, meet Rectory's chaplain:
The winter issue of The Rectory News is now available online! Click this link to read the current issue of Rectory School's magazine.
Our Rectory School campus gives us wonderful environments just outside our beautiful new windows for children to explore. As spring has arrived in Northeast Connecticut, our elementary teachers have researched appropriate outdoor experiences to enhance the classroom curriculum.
The new Smith Learning Center is a space where everyone involved in Rectory's signature Individualized Instruction Program can communicate and collaborate, reinforcing Rectory's High-Value Learning.
Is your child getting enough sleep? Children acquire vast amounts of new information each day through their senses, in their environment, and in the classroom. It is during sleep that a child's brain cements new information to memory and makes connections to seemingly distantly related ideas.
The Rectory School in Pomfret has a lot to be proud of, and the list just got longer. Rectory student Jeffrey Wang just won first place in the Envision Kindness statewide student film contest. Equally as exciting, as a result of the experience of participating in the contest, Ryan T. Finnegan of Rectory's English Department noted that "...students were going out of their way to produce simple acts of kindness."