Visit to World of Inquiry School

From Commons Educator, Jocie Kopfman: World of Inquiry trip: In early October, a group of students from three different clubs, Beyond Soup, the 10th grade Global Youth Leadership Institute (GYLI) team, and the middle school Diversity & Advocacy Round Table flextime club, went to the World of Inquiry school to...

Community Composting

The Harley School has been composting for several years now, started by Chris Hartman and the student Green Team in order to create rich compost for the Harley Micro-farm. This has been widely successful–even to the point of generating more compost than we can use! In an effort to broaden...

Gender Experts in the Classroom

During the week of October 17-21, we were honored to have two visiting experts on campus to discuss the broad topic of gender. This coincided well with the Oct. 19 Commons Speaker Series presentation featuring a panel on transgender identities, but allowed the faculty to engage Milena Novy-Marx and Pamela...

Professional development through food

For the lower school faculty, the second half of the October 7 faculty in-service day was spent in the Dining Hall, working together to create edible experiments with locally-sourced food. Part team-building exercise and part laboratory experiment to test how using food and cooking might be further woven into our...

RYCL at EcoFair

The Rochester Youth Climate Leaders had a strong presence at the Brighton EcoFair on June 6th. Their latest efforts revolve around pursuing a fee or ban on single-use plastic bags, and part of the their work at the EcoFair was to educate people about why reducing plastic bags is good...

Seventh Grade “Hands-on” Science

In Mrs. Rivers’ seventh grade science class, the students took their study of human anatomy to the macro level! To apply their learning about how the bones, muscles and tendons all work together in human hands, the three different classes worked to create three larger-than-life, fully operational left hands. The...

Lower School mine built by D + I students

As part of the Lower School Focus Week on “Everything Underground”, the Upper School Design and Innovation Lab students were engaged to help build a two-story “mine” in the Project Space. Using old wooden pallets, some wood screws and plywood, the productive students constructed the mine in less than three...

Shawn Dunwoody and R&R — Josana murals

Written by Seth O’Bryan, Rights and Responsibilities teacher: Super creative community artist Shawn Dunwoody is working with the Rights and Responsibilities class to build a mural to be placed at a community garden in the city of Rochester. ¬†¬†Rights and Responsibilities is a mandatory 9th grade trimester course that focuses...