Canterbury School is pleased to showcase our new Grandparents Council (GPC) with the purpose of better connecting grandparents to our school community. Grandparents have always been a welcome presence at Canterbury through activities like our annual Grandparents and Grandfriends Day. Through this new GPC, we hope to expand opportunities to engage this vital part of our Canterbury community.
In Mrs. Kim West’s classroom, students become part of the foundations of history. How? Her archaeological photo gallery. Each year, Mrs. West’s bulletin board in the back of her classroom gains more photos of current students. “I always tell my students that history is happening around you and that you are a part of it,” Mrs. West explained. “The photos are a great way to commemorate their role in the history of the school and the outside world. This year, more than ever, it feels essential to document what is going on.”
Library time looks a little different for our Lower School students this year. Instead of traveling down to the front of the Lower School building where the library waits for them, a bright green library cart travels to our students now.
While other students may have been at home on Friday, October 9, for Parent-Teacher Conferences, our Model United Nations team was on campus for the first in-house conference of the year! Our 18 delegates split into two committees and debated the reunification of Korea in 2025 and the World Health Organization. The club members would like to give special thanks to the club advisors, Dr. Young and Mr. Kean, for their hard work and dedication in making this event possible.
Who needs the “Monster Mash” when there was a “pumpkin smash” in Mr. Carstens’ AP Physics class? Our students had no idea what they were in for when Mr. Carstens started teaching them about the force rubber bands exert during their class.
The word “Cram” has a new meaning now, thanks to the efforts of eighth-grade student Dylan M. ’25. This fall, Dylan developed the peer mentoring program: Creating Role Models and Mentors (a.k.a CRAM). He asked his mother, Mrs. Lizy Dosoretz ’98, for help gathering underprivileged students in the Fort Myers area who need assistance with homework and can make it to her company, Elite DNA Therapy Services, on a weekly basis.
The past has come alive in Mrs. Hall’s fifth-grade Social Studies class! Rather than just reading about ancient Mesopotamia and the city of Ur, Mrs. Hall decided her class would get to immerse themselves in the rich culture and lives of the Sumerians. She broke out her trusty game board, dice, and playing chips so her students could play the Royal Game of Ur.
In a world where Broadway has shutdown and theaters across the globe are closed or having to perform virtually, our own theatre department has hit the ground running. Our newly elected Thespian Troupe 5782 board officers are working hard alongside their staff supervisor, Mr. Aaron Jackson, to ensure that this year is the best it can be.
Autumn’s arrival at Canterbury does not just entail pumpkin spiced lattes, flannels, and football; it also means it’s time for Mrs. Sizemore’s hallmark activity of orange dissection. The orange serves as a stand-in for the brain and provides the Applied Psychology class a hands-on way to learn about the more intricate parts of the mind.
As the pandemic continues and classes are mixed with in-person and remote learners, teachers alike are in a pickle. How do we make the flexible learners feel included while still teaching what we need to? Mrs. Amy Hoefling may have found the answer to her visual arts class: an app called Padlet allows her to display her students’ artwork digitally and enables the students to provide feedback about a specific picture.
One of our Canterbury seniors, Austin S. ‘21, has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently named 16,000 semifinalists for the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
After the amazing success of our Sensory Path, the School Counseling team has devised a new collaborative art project with our students. Throughout the first half of September, our Lower School students each had the opportunity to contribute to our Character Rock Garden. Located between the Sensory Path and the planter boxes outside of the Lower School, this beautiful new spot on campus is a great reminder of how unique our students are.
On September 1, 2020, our seventh-grade entrepreneurship students in Ms. Stephenson’s class participated in their first pilot program for the LIFT Off Entrepreneur Program. The goal of the program is to problem solve real-world challenges that will impact our community with unique and specific solutions.
Canterbury School’s new Sensory Path was created for Lower School students to use movement and poses to reset their bodies and minds when they are having a big feeling, they feel stuck or unfocused, or when they need to change their energy level.
Canterbury School is pleased to announce a generous gift from Robert Fawcett and Laurel Rosen to establish the Robert J. Fawcett Scouting Scholarship Fund. This award supports students entering Canterbury School in the seventh, eighth, or ninth grades who are currently participating in a local Scouts of America program and have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and student leadership.
Canterbury School welcomes several new faculty and staff members to our 2020-2021 school year. Each joins the Canterbury community with an outstanding background and a commitment to academic excellence. Please introduce yourself to the new faces you see on campus and welcome them.