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Thu., July 31, 2014  - MS (French Camp) School News
French Camp Academy
$500,000 Gift to Restore Residence Home -

The foundation for Taylor Home was poured in 1969.  Sixteen young men found a warm, welcoming and loving home, thanks to W.A. Taylor and Taylor Industries of Louisville, MS.

For 43 years, Taylor Home functioned well with minor reparis and upgrades.  In 2013 a major remodel took place.  This newly refurbished and expanded facility welcomed the Martins and the "Taylor Guys" back home back in December, 2014.

Discussions initiated by the Taylor Foundation with FCA led to the $500,000 renovation.  The young men that live there know they are blessed.  Sam Howard, who has lived in Taylor since 2008, said, "I am thankful for the Taylor's continued interest in FCA's students.  It's a real privilege to spend my senior year in such an awesome home.

Sam, like many who have lived in Taylor, call it home.  Hundreds of young men have laughed and cried in the rooms of Taylor since 1970.  Many more will come through those doors to build a firm foundation for the future.

W.A. (Alec) Taylor, born in 1901 in French Camp, later moved to Louisville and established Taylor Machine Works.  He served French Camp Academy as Chairman of the Board in the 1950's and 60s.  Taylor Home was named in his honor.

His son, W.A. "Big Red", spoke fondly of his families' French Camp roots.  Abuot FCA he said, "To this day our family believes strongly in French Camp Academy and we help them in any way we can with contributions and prayers."


Thu., July 31, 2014  - MS (French Camp) School News
French Camp Academy
New 28,000 Riding Arena and Stables -

French Camp Academy is grateful for the newly completed Riding Arena and Stables that officially opened on April 5, 2014.  The 28,000 square foot facility will board 28 horses and provide indoor riding space for students interested in learning more about western style riding.  This impressive facility is coupled with over 200 acres of wooded trails adjacent to French Camp's 30 acre lake.  Added to preexisting trail rides with chuck wagon style adventures, this massive new facility will provide plenty of recreational activities for boarding students.


Thu., July 31, 2014  - NY (Thornwood) School News
EF Academy of New York
GRAND OPENING: EF Academy NEW New York Campus - EF Academy is proud to announce the opening of its beautiful new campus in Thornwood, NY, just 15 minutes from its current campus in Tarrytown.  The former 100-acre IBM complex in central Westchester County--under an hour from Manhattan--has been newly-renovated into a sleek and modern 7-day boarding school for our students to move in this September 2, 2014.  Our school has purchased custom-designed beds, brand new furniture, brand new exercise equipment and science equipment.  The multi-million dollar investment was achieved without any fundraising or special donation appeals to students and alumni, and without a huge tuition increase.  It's good to be part of the EF Institute for Cultural Exchange, a genuine and progressive international education group devoted to its mission of breaking down barriers of language, culture, and georgraphy as we celebrate our 50th anniversary of opening the world through education. 

And with additional room and modern amenities in our new campus, EF Academy is delighted to continue accepting applications through mid-August for entry this September 2014.  Early application deadline for fall 2015 is August 30, 2014.


Wed., July 09, 2014  - IA (West Branch) School News
Scattergood Friends School
It's not to late to apply for Fall 2014 admission! -

We continue to accept applications for fall 2014 and generous financial aid is still available for both US and international students!
Questions? Contact:
Alicia Streeter, Director of Admissions email: admissions@scattergood.org or
call/text: (319) 530-3735 mobile

Tue., July 08, 2014  - MO (Mexico) School News
Missouri Military Academy
Kevin Farley hired as new Director of College Placement and Counseling, Head Soccer Coach - Missouri Military Academy is pleased to announce that MAJ Kevin Farley has been named the Director of College Placement and Counseling.

MAJ Farley, who has nearly fifteen years’ experience as a college soccer coach, will also take the helm of the Fighting Colonels soccer team in the fall.MAJ Farley comes to Missouri Military Academy from Wentworth Military Academy and College in Lexington, Mo., where he previously served as the Director of Public Relations and Head Soccer Coach. He began work on July 1.

“MAJ Farley brings many years of experience working in the field of higher education, building relationships with other schools and working with students to help them reach their goals,” says Dr. Frank Giuseffi, MMA Dean of Academics. “I feel confident that he will bring a great deal of professionalism and energy to this very important position.”

As head soccer coach at Wentworth, MAJ Farley successfully developed the first-ever college soccer team at the school, guiding several players to soccer scholarships and NCAA athletic programs.

He developed relationships with colleges and universities across the country. He also led the 2012 team to earn the highest GPA (3.31) in the nation for a 2-year soccer team.

From 1992 to 1997, MAJ Farley served in the United States Navy as a sonar technician, earning the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Si Tanka University and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Dakota Wesleyan University.

Mon., June 23, 2014  - VA (Chatham) School News
Hargrave Military Academy
Dr. Steve Griffin joins Hargrave - Hargrave Military Academy welcomes the Dr. Steve Griffin, a 2013/2014 Albert Einstein Fellow and the Academy’s Science Department Chairman for the 2014/2015 Academic year.

Dr. Griffin has spent the last year working with the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC after having been selected as an Albert Einstein Fellow - Distinguished Educator Fellowship program. The program is supported by the Triangle Coalition for STEM Education. He was one of only 27 individuals selected nationwide for this honor.

Dr. Griffin’s teaching philosophy centers on rigor and relevance.

To read more, please go to Dr. Steve Griffin joins Hargrave.

Fri., June 13, 2014  - CA (Campbell) School News
Valley International Academy
One of students is accepted by University of California, Davis - We are pleased to announce that one of our students has been accepted by University of California, Davis for Fall 2014. This student has been with us for more than 2 years. It is demonstrated again that VIA is very good at cultivating international students and help them reach their educational summit. We are confident that every international student at VIA will step into an university/college most suitable to them.

Thu., June 12, 2014  - MO (Mexico) School News
Missouri Military Academy
MMA Awards First Duke of Edinburgh's Award Bronze Medals - More than 60 students received their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze Medals in a ceremony in the Centennial Gymtorium on April 12.

Following the presentation of the colors by the MMA Color Guard, first-year Director of Cadet Life WO2 Richard “Rik” Thornton, RMC (Ret) took the stage to present awards to cadet medalists.

The ceremony also included addresses by Academy President Charles McGeorge and Dr. Simon McKeown.

The program ended with the presentation of the Bravo Zulu award to Transportation Director GySGT Mark “Gunny” Tompkins. Tompkins was recognized for his assistance during the DoEA Adventurous Journeys.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded in 1956 in the United Kingdom by Her Magesty the Queen’s husband HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The DoEA boasts operations in 144 countries around the world and is now entering its fourth year of operation in the United States.

MMA is the first school in Missouri to offer the award, and the first in the country to offer it as a full-time element of its school program.

The Award is a unique self-development program available to young people worldwide aged 14-25, equipping them with life skills to make a difference within themselves, their communities and the world.

Thu., June 12, 2014  - MO (Mexico) School News
Missouri Military Academy
MMA Senior is Accepted to Four Service Academies - MMA senior Jacob Priester of Little Rock, Arkansas has earned appointments to four U.S. service academies. Priester has his choice of four top-ranked universities - the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, with a combined college scholarship value of nearly $1.8 million.

 “This is a very rare accomplishment,” says LTC Tim Scherrer, USAR, MMA’s Director of College Placement. “Jacob's combination of academics, extra-curricular activities, athletics, leadership and character qualities are what propelled him to this.  When I spoke to him before he decided to attend the academy, I told him if he did his part we would get him there.  He did his part and we did ours." 

Priester came to MMA via the summer leadership camp in 2012 and enrolled as a boarding student in the fall of 2012. He played varsity soccer and football and was a 2013 state qualifier in wrestling. He is the Vice President of the MMA chapter of the National Honor Society and a member of Delta Phi, the MMA academic honor society.

As a cadet leader, he is a member of the battalion staff, serving as the cadet Command Sergeant Major. Priester joins several recent MMA graduates among those who have earned appointments to service academies. 

Thu., June 12, 2014  - MO (Mexico) School News
Missouri Military Academy
Jack Solls of Dallas is 2014 Valedictorian -  Missouri Military Academy is proud to publicize the accomplishments of valedictorian and Senior Class President Jack Solls of Dallas. 

During the 2014 Commencement Weekend celebration May 22 to 24, Solls received the MAJ William Bryan Essay Medal, given for excellence in writing; and, as valedictorian, was given the Dr. James C. Olson Award for the highest scholarship in the senior class. 

As president of his class, Solls presented Academy President Charles McGeorge with a check from the Class of 2014. “The gift of $2,500 earned through service projects and gifts is given by the Class of 2014 to purchase benches and decorative trash containers for several areas of the front campus,” he said. 

Solls then took the podium again to present his valedictorian address.  “I want to focus on brotherhood and adaptability, which I believe to be the two most viable components of being a senior at MMA,” Solls said. “We do everything together. The MMA brotherhood is an unparalleled support system.” 

Solls graduated as a First Lieutenant within the Academy’s JROTC program and was the Executive Officer for Echo Company. 

The Class of 2014 earned more than $5 million in scholarships. Solls had 16 college acceptances and more than $1.2 million in scholarship offers. He was accepted to the Business Honors Program at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and to the Business Honors Program at the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. He plans to attend Northeastern University in Boston.

Solls was also the president of the MMA chapter of the National Honor Society, the MMA academic honor society Delta Phi and the MMA chapter of Future Business Leaders of America.  He is the son of Cynthia Solls, a solo practitioner attorney in Dallas.

Fri., June 06, 2014  - CA (Carlsbad) School News
Army and Navy Academy
Army-Navy Cadets Bond Like Brothers - Army and Navy Academy Cadets are like brothers - whether in the classroom, on the field, or during downtime. This Union-Tribune feature discusses the unique bond that boarding school students have with each other.

Fri., June 06, 2014  - CA (Carlsbad) School News
Army and Navy Academy
Carlsbad Cadets Travel To Normandy For 70th Anniversary - Army and Navy Cadets have been selected to represent the state of California during the 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration parade in Normandy, France. Read more about the experience in this KPBS feature.

Tue., June 03, 2014  - Thailand (Chiang Mai) School News
Prem Tinsulanonda International School
Grade 4 student shows football savvy - It is nearly every young boy's dream to come running out of the tunnel to the cheers of the crowd and to play for a well-known football team at Wembley, or to touch the turf on another hallowed ground. For Grade 4 Prem student Kang Min, that dream got one small step closer.Kang Min is an aspiring young football player with a lot of potential. His spare time is filled with dribbling and passing but for Kang Min football is more than just a way to pass break time. Jamie Clarke, the Traidhos Three-Generation Football Academy coach, spotted Kang’s early aptitude for the game and put him and his family in contact with the Nottingham Forest and Sunderland football teams in England. As anyone who follows English soccer knows, these are established teams and have the potential to grow the dream for serious young footballers.Kang Min flew to the UK over the April Songkran holidays to spend three weeks learning new drills and playing matches. He was the only guest player invited to train and play with the team. Kang Min commented, "I was very nervous, but very excited to go to England." His lasting memory was "The other guys were very nice. I'll never forget getting a chance to play with them.”He enjoyed his time in England and looks forward to being able to visit again in the future - the dream of lifting the cup with a professional team still burning in his head.

Tue., June 03, 2014  - Thailand (Chiang Mai) School News
Prem Tinsulanonda International School
Grade 6 & 7 Boarding Students in Paradise! - Last weekend, our Grade 6 and Grade 7 boarding students went to Art in Paradise in Chiang Mai.Art in Paradise is an illusion art museum that presents paintings with a 3D feeling.We found ourselves in a whole new illusionist world! Three floors of paintings with the most amazing 3D-effects gave us an afternoon of fun: numerous pictures were taken in the most awkward and funny situations and positions.

Pictures can be seen on the Prem website

Thu., May 29, 2014  - CT (Pomfret) School News
The Rectory School
Louisa Park Wins The 9 Hole Division At The Girls’ NEPSAC High School Championship! - Louisa Park, a 9th grade student from South Korea, who currently resides in Pomfret, Connecticut, won the 9 Hole Division at the Girls’ New England Prepatory School Athletic Council High School Championship (NEPSAC), held at the Watertown Golf Club in Watertown, Connecticut, on Monday, May 12, 2014. One of only three girls representing middle schools in the championship, Louisa prepared well, stayed focused throughout the match, and was able to triumph over girls who were older and more experienced. Louisa said about the match, “It was a great experience to learn more and a stepping stone to bigger tournaments and my high school career. I am excited about what I have accomplished at The Rectory School and look forward to playing next year at Pomfret School.” Louisa has had an outstanding final athletic season at The Rectory School. She earned many victories and the respect and admiration of coaches, opponents, and teammates.  Louisa even shot a hole-in-one this season! Head Golf Coach and Athletic Director, Mike Healy, said “Louisa challenged herself to take her game to the next level and certainly succeeded. What a pleasure she was to coach. Her work ethic and commitment should enable her to excel at the next level.” The Rectory School community congratulates Louisa and looks forward to following her career in high school.

Thu., May 29, 2014  - CT (Pomfret) School News
The Rectory School
Jake Schneider Wins The Rectory School’s National Geographic Bee! - Jake Schneider, an 8th grade student from New York, NY, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee held at The Rectory School on January 10. Jacob Murphy, an 8th grade student from Woodstock, CT, was the second place winner and Kevin Li, a 6th grade student from Putnam, CT placed third. The school-level Bee, at which ten students in grades 5-8 answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 26th Annual National Geographic Bee, sponsored this year by Google. 

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories, as well as in Department of Defense Dependents Schools were expected to participate in the National Geographic Bee. As Rectory’s winner, Jake was required to take a written test to qualify for Connecticut’s semifinal round. Jake received notification from the National Geographic Society that he scored in the top 100 and was invited to the semifinal round held at Central Connecticut State University on April 4, 2014. While he did not make it to the finals, the Rectory community commends and congratulates Jake on his scholastic accomplishment.

Mon., May 26, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy Adds Honor Society Chapters - During Spring Family Day on April 25, 2014, Randolph-Macon Academy welcomed chapters of two new nationally recognized honor societies: the National Social Studies Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society.
http://www.rma.edu/News-2014-May-26-Honor-Society-Chapters-Added

Sun., May 18, 2014  - Thailand (Chiang Mai) School News
Prem Tinsulanonda International School
Summer Camp at Traidhos 2013 - In Week One of the Traidhos Summer Camp we hosted twenty-nine students, aged 7-14, from Thailand, Myanmar, Japan, Russia and America. Everyone learned how to work together in the first week of summer camp by participating in a variety of fun team-building activities. Campers got to experience the Chiang Mai Walking Street Market on the first evening of their arrival. A trip to Tha Ton encouraged many students to step out of their comfort zone by participating in the high ropes and confidence courses. Campers also had the chance to visit the Opium Museum, the Insect Museum and Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple). On the last day, everyone had the opportunity to visit the beautiful Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens and see plants from all over the world on display. There were thirty campers in Week Two and we were joined by students from France and Australia. The highlight of this week was the Bubble Maker activity where campers participated in a PADI Dive junior course. They learned how to use diving equipment and tested their new skills breathing underwater in the swimming pool. A variety of enjoyable activities took place on our organic farm and in this week we did jungle cooking and had fun getting dirty when we helped make mud houses for the guinea pigs. The week came to a close with exploration of Doi Inthanon—the tallest mountain in Thailand and the source of the Ping River - and a guided tour of the Karen village. In the third week, twenty-three campers from Thailand, Russia and Australia spent their mornings with instructors from the Three-Generation Golf and Tennis Academies. While bicycling through the old city of Chiang Mai, students stopped at a local orphanage and candy factory. A homestay in the Mae Kampong village allowed students to experience first-hand the real life of community member. Excitement filled the air when campers went zip-wiring through the trees at Flight of the Gibbon. On their last night, campers participated in a traditional Khantoke dinner and lantern lighting ceremony. Before departure, everyone went to the Chiang Mai Zoo and saw many fascinating animals, including the panda. Traidhos hosted thirty-seven campers, including a group of fourteen from Taiwan in Week Four. Campers overcame cultural differences and learned to work together in team-building activities. Working with the charity organization Hand to Paw, they helped advocate for a healthy dog population at the temples in the surrounding community. Students learned more about the city of Chiang Mai as they explored the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek Gardens, Doi Suthep Temple and the Chiang Mai Cultural Centre. There was no lack of adventure for our campers who climbed the outdoor Crazy Horse Buttress, fed zebras and giraffes by hand at the Night Safari, and were carried by large elephants on an unforgettable journey. In Week Five thirty-four campers got to experience the fun and adventure of Maekok River Village Resort in Tha Ton. Students encouraged one another to step out of their comfort zone by participating in the high ropes and confidence courses. A trip to the Opium Museum educated everyone of the historical influence of drugs in the Golden Triangle. Before returning to Traidhos, campers explored the stunning and unconventional Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple). On the last day, everyone had the opportunity to learn about critters and plants from all over the world when they visited the Insect Museum and Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens. Summer camp concluded with a traditional Khantoke dinner. After Summer Camp four students, including two boys from Laos joined the English Camp.

Fri., May 16, 2014  - Thailand (Chiang Mai) School News
Prem Tinsulanonda International School
Earth Day at Prem - The first worldwide Earth Day was held in 1970 as a way to capitalise on the growing environmental movement, and give people all over the planet a chance to come together to drive change in the way we interact with the Earth. Earth Day is traditionally celebrated on 22 April, but this year because of the term break, Friday 25 April was chosen instead. Donal O'Connell, Sustainability Coordinator at Prem, was responsible for the day and with help from Dr Emma Shaw, Environmental System Science teacher, and Sarah Handley, Director of Library Services, he arranged a splendid day that explored the theme for the day: Water, Our Most Precious Resource. Close to 500 students from the Junior School and the Senior School participated in fifteen workshops centred around the theme. The Shark Guardian group from Koh Samui was also invited to present to the students on the unsustainable treatment of these top predators. Among the many activities, students were asked to make pledges to change their behaviour towards water in the "Promise Pond". Grade 11 students researched the ethical implications of water distribution for their Theory of Knowledge class, and the whole day was finished off with some boat races and other water-centred recreation.

Wed., May 14, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy German Language Students Earn Honors - Students from Randolph-Macon Academy attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2014 National German Examinations. Randolph-Macon students earned seven Gold medals, three Silver medals, three Bronze medals, and thirteen Honorable Mentions. According to the American Association of Teachers of German, which sponsors the exam, over 20,000 students participated in the German National Exams this year. http://www.rma.edu/News-2014-May-14-German-Nation-Exam-Honors

Tue., May 13, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Middle School Students Attend DoD STARBASE - The sixth grade students from Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School will spend this week (May 12-16) at The Winchester STARBASE Academy. DoD STARBASE is a Department of Defense Youth Program designed to stimulate young students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). http://www.rma.edu/News-2014-May-12-Middle-School-Students-Attend-DoD-STARBASE

Tue., May 13, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Dr. Robert DeGise '44 Honors Fallen Comrades During Honor Flight Visit to Iwo Jima - http://www.rma.edu/News-2014-April-30-Alumni-DeGise-Honor-Flight

Tue., May 13, 2014  - Thailand (Chiang Mai) School News
Prem Tinsulanonda International School
Solar Panels - At a recent lunch meeting with Board of Management Chairman, Mr Harold Vickery Jnr, Grade 12 students Julian Kossmann and Viritpol Sunprugksin (Sun) suggested that the Board should consider researching and hopefully implementing solar panels on the roof of the auditorium to help reduce electricity consumption and model Traidhos using alternative renewable energy. Subsequently, both students submitted research for consideration by the Board.

Mon., May 12, 2014  - Thailand (Chiang Mai) School News
Prem Tinsulanonda International School
Belgian students reach out to Lahu children - It was perfect summer weather, around eighteen degrees… back in Brussels, Belgium. The students from International School of Belgium (ISB) were still in their hoodies and jackets when they arrived at the Chiang Mai International Airport on one of the hottest days of year, with a temperature of 40°C. They were not prepared for this kind of ‘warm’ welcome. ISB returned for the second year to our Visiting Schools Program. For many of them, this was their first time in an Asian country, so all forty-one students and their five teachers needed to rest and adapt to their new environment on their first day. They all were excited to learn and very curious about this ‘New City’. One of their major activities was community service. Their project was located at a remote school in the Lahu hill tribe village near the border of Thailand and Myanmar. The school is called “Ban Nong Wua Daeng Learning Centre” and is a small kindergarten with twenty-five students ranging from two to five years of age, with only one teacher. The centre was in need of a canteen and toilet area. This was the perfect ideal place for six days of community service. The Brussels students were divided into two groups, switching after three days and taking turns working on the new canteen building. They raised the ground floor, built all four walls, and did lots cement mixing by hand. In the beginning, the students did not know how to mix or build anything, and had no experience with the tools. The gods above didn’t show them any mercy either: rewarding them with extreme tropical heat the first day and the second day giving them monsoon thunder, lighting and heavy rain storms. However, these conditions only challenged the students to work even harder. They all welcomed the hard manual labour and endured the unforgiving weather. Even the local children joined in, helping as much as their little bodies could. Language wasn’t a barrier for the students from Belgium or for the local kids. They quickly understood what the tasks were, and cooperated and communicated with each other well regardless of size, age, or their origin. “What I liked best was the community service. Although this was hard work, it was a completely new experience from which I learnt a lot” – Charlotte M “I enjoyed the community service the most because it was challenging and required concentration but it definitely was worth seeing the kids happy with their new building” – Simaima P The Brussels students were introduced to other great activities during their stay in Chiang Mai. They learned about Thai language and culture - which they found useful during their shopping night at the Night Bazaar. They visited the Wat Doi Suthep and later chatted with monks about life and religion. The students found talking with the monks very intriguing and they all left the temple visit with a better understanding of Thai Buddhism. Other highlights of their trip included their adventure days, with mountain bike riding through the local village and rice paddy at the Sri Lanna National Park and kayaking to and from the floating boat house there and back.

Mon., May 12, 2014  - Thailand (Chiang Mai) School News
Prem Tinsulanonda International School
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Wed., May 07, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
General Willard Warren Scott Award - Cadet Vice Corps Commander Caroline Grace Alexander, a member of the Randolph-Macon Academy class of 2014, was awarded the General Willard Warren Scott Award for excellence in her 2013-2014 school year. AMCSUS (Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the U.S.) created this award in memory of General Willard Scott, Jr., to recognize young men or women personifying the ideals of love of God, love of country, and service to others as Scott did. Continue reading here http://www.rma.edu/News-2014-May-7-2014-Military-School-Award

Thu., May 01, 2014  - CT (Litchfield) School News
Forman School
Executive Functions Expert McCloskey Presents Findings - Educational evaluators attended a seminar hosted by Forman School that featured Executive Functions expert George McCloskey, Ph.D. McCloskey shared the latest research on assessments for students with issues in the area of Executive Functions (EF) at an invitation-only seminar held last week at the Cornell Club in Manhattan. Often referred to as the CEO of the brain, the term Executive Functions still awaits a formal definition. It generally applies to brain processing skills used to cue, direct and control perceptions, working memory, thoughts, actions, and to some degree, emotions. "EF issues are not directly related to Dyslexia or Attention Deficit Disorders (ADHD), but they often occur together." McCloskey explained, "All kids with ADHD have EF issues, but not all kids with EF issues have ADHD." Forman School offers Executive Function coaching for students through its Institute for Cognition and Learning. Associate Head of School and Center Director Helen Waldron was on hand to discuss how Forman addresses EF issues through its programs. She was joined by Kelli Miller, Ph.D. who is on staff in the Institute for Cognition and Learning to do psycho-educational testing of Forman students in preparation for the transition to college. The current model posits 33 executive functions organized into seven basic groups: Attention, Engagement, Optimization, Efficiency, Memory, Inquiry, and Solution. Students with ADHD mainly struggle in areas related to focus, sustaining attention, and controlling impulses. "Of course this varies from one person to the next," said McCloskey. "This raises a challenge to traditional diagnostic tools that are based on quantitative measurement." McCloskey presented a multidimensional EF assessment matrix with behavior rating scales that includes a greater emphasis on observation over task completion. He noted that these assessments are designed for the purpose of enabling students to qualify for support services in school. Some activities that McCloskey has observed that improve actually improve Executive Function include meditation, playing music, aerobic exercise, and face-to-face dialogue, particularly one involving different opinions. "Believe it or not, another activity is simply yawning," he said. "Anything that refreshes the blood circulation in the brain will help with EF skills." For more information, visit: www.georgemccloskeyphd.com

Thu., May 01, 2014  - CT (Litchfield) School News
Forman School
Thirteen Inducted into National Honor Society - Thirteen students were inducted into the National Honor Society at Forman School this morning. The selections were based on scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The NHS was formed in 1921 to recognize scholastically outstanding high school students. It was modeled after Phi Beta Kappa, the undergraduate collegiate honor society. Forman has a long history of participating in the Society. The Forman students who were selected come from seven different states and represent the highest level of scholarship and accomplishment in academics, student leadership, community service, leadership, athletics and the arts: Sara Auch '15 (Old Greenwich, CT), Amanda Berger '14 (Briarcliff, NY), Kyle Budlow '15 (Boca Raton, FL), Emily Cross '15 (Millburn, NJ), Dan D'Amato '15 (Westerly, RI),Allison Gluck '15 (Weston, CT), Geena Kapur '16 (Short Hills, NJ), Samantha Macrae '14 (New York, NY), Samuel Man '15 (Litchfield, CT), Todd Midler '14 (Calabasas, CA), Peter Newmark '15 (Greenwich, CT), Mirielle Pioppo '14 (Bedford Corners, NY), David Shaw '15 (Conway, MA). The ceremony was led by Ryan Lowe ('14), president of the local NHS chapter. He was joined at the podium by current members, Coleman Walter IV ('14) and Melissa Lipset ('14), who spoke about the different qualities that a member of the National Honor Society must possess and lit a candle to honor each. Head of School Adam Man closed the ceremony with congratulatory remarks for the inductees. "You exemplify what Forman is all about. I encourage you to challenge others to follow in your path. Always be curious, work hard, have a strong moral compass, and recognize that it is more important to help others than to help yourself," he said. "We are all so proud of you!"

Wed., April 23, 2014  - Canada (St Catharines) School News
Ridley College
New Virtual Tour Map! - Ridley College has a new virtual tour map! Check out the dining hall, common rooms in boys and girls houses, the art studio and so much more! It's the next best thing to coming to campus for a visit! http://www.ridleycollege.com/map/index.html

Thu., April 17, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy Adds Filmmaking to Summer Class Offerings - Randolph-Macon Academy’s Summer Programs will include Filmmaking as a new elective class for the summer of 2014. The new Filmmaking class teaches students the extensive details for cinematography, and by the end of the course the student will have a fully completed mini “epic” film!

Tue., April 15, 2014  - CA (Ojai) School News
Besant Hill School
Rolling Admissions Open - Besant Hill School is currently accepting applications for Fall 2014 on a rolling basis. Space is limited, so please contact us if you are interested in applying. We invite you to visit campus, and experience a day in the life at Besant Hill School!

Fri., March 28, 2014  - ME (Kents Hill) School News
Kents Hill School
Not Your Average High School Electives at Kents Hill - Each subject area taught at Kents Hill, be it History, English, Science or Math, has its own elective classes focusing on a specific discipline. Elective classes provide students with hands on experience in a subject area that they may want to pursue in college. One such class centered on fascinating facts is Criminology, taught by Kim Nanof. “Even though the class is taught differently each semester,” said Ms. Nanof. “The dynamic of the class is centered on the mind and motive of crimes and the psychology of the criminal.” Ms. Nanof has also covered topics in criminology ranging from crime stats in the United States to the penitentiary system to case studies on serial killers. Caitlin Hussey ’06, always finds new ways to make her science classes interesting and innovative. Whether it is holding races up Bearce Hall’s stairs to calculate power output or catapult wars to measure distance, Ms. Hussey is able to tap into a student’s interest in the world of science. Her class, Stellar Astronomy, gives students the opportunity to better understand our universe through the lens of the 10-inch celestron telescope attached to the Dunn Science Center. “We’ve been able to view different phases of the moon, Venus and Jupiter,” said Ms. Hussey. “It’s important to have an advanced science class [as part of the curriculum] that focuses on a topic that students are interested in especially since it is not abstract as general science,” said Hussey. Director of Studies, Chris Gibson, teaches Digital Literacy and Politics. The class looks at the impact of how we interact with the digital world, current online trends and implications of those trends. Some of the topics discussed included the Arab Spring Revolution and use of social media in Tunisia, Egypt, Iran and Libya as well as internet censorship, hacking, and social media privacy policies. “[Digital literacy] is part of everyone’s lives. Few people take the time to consider repercussions in the digital world,” said Mr. Gibson. With the popularity of television programs such as Law & Order and CSI, forensics has been a rising elective taught in schools all over the US but Janet Crane began offering her Forensics course through the science department seven years ago. Mrs. Crane, who is also one of the longest serving faculty members, hopes to give her students a better understanding of forensic techniques by analyzing fingerprints, blood splatter, DNA and anthropology. “Forensics gives students a chance to use what they have learned in core science courses, such as chemistry and biology, and apply these concepts together,” says Crane. A new class to be offered beginning in the spring is Statistical Reasoning in Sports, aka Sport Stats which will be taught by Tom Marshall. Offered through the math department, Sports Stats utilizes professional sports to look at statistical principles. The class will analyze topics ranging from batting averages to the idea of home field advantage and will answer questions such as “Can polyurethane suits make you swim faster?” and “Does a designated hitter increase offense in Major League Baseball?” Looking forward to teaching this new stats class, Mr. Marshall said, “A class such as Sports Stats connects with students’ interests. As a teacher, I can teach something about a subject they enjoy which opens up a wide window for learning.”

Fri., March 21, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy Students Claim Awards at Regional Science Fair - Ten Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) Middle School students took the stage for the Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair competition at James Madison University on March 11, 2014. The R-MA regional winners include Justin Abrahim (8th grade), who took home the Gold Medal in the Medicine and Health section; Aman Atwal (6th grade), who won the Gold Medal in the Plant Science division along with a Naval Science Award; Pacey Gillum (7th grade), who took home the Bronze Medal for the Earth and Planetary Science division; Dylan Glascock (8th grade), who claimed the Silver Medal for the Plant Science section; and Bernard Kasozi (6th grade), who was awarded the Bronze Medal for the Energy and Transportation division, along with a Naval Science Award. In addition, Atwal received a nomination to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS Science Fair. His project studied bitter rot in apples, and was accomplished with the assistance of Dr. Mizuho Nita, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center. The MASTERS is the national science, technology, engineering, and math competition for U.S. sixth to eighth graders. Read more at http://www.rma.edu/News-2014-March-21-Junior-Boarding-School-Science-Fair. ###

Thu., March 13, 2014  - CA (Los Olivos) School News
Midland School
Midland Mirror - Winter issue of the Midland Mirror! This issue features contributions by many talented student writers and an updated look. http://www.midland-school.org/upl/File/MIRROR%20Feb%202014.pdf

Mon., March 10, 2014  - CA (Los Olivos) School News
Midland School
Grass Mountain Day 3/5/14 - A few days after the biggest rainstorm of an unusually dry winter, first period classes were stopped by the emergency bell for a higher calling to the top of Grass Mountain http://www.midland-school.org/news/detail/?id=137

Mon., March 10, 2014  - CA (Los Olivos) School News
Midland School
Midland School March Newsletter - Enjoy school news and photo albums in our latest e-news! http://conta.cc/1dJy23o

Mon., February 24, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy Air Force Junior ROTC Receives "Exceeds Standards" in Inspection - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Randolph-Macon Academy Air Force Junior ROTC Receives "Exceeds Standards" in Inspection The Air Force Junior ROTC instructors and cadets of Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, VA, earned an overall unit assessment score of “Exceeds Standards”….the highest rating attainable during their rated unit evaluation on October 29, 2013. Air Force Junior ROTC instructors Lt Col Ronald G. McManus, Lt Col Barry Sebring, Master Sergeant Stephen Pederson, and Master Sergeant Doug French created a dynamic and supportive learning environment coupled with an excellent community outreach. The instructors were providing outstanding leadership in administering the cadet centered citizenship program. The Randolph-Macon Academy cadets performed exceptionally well and took great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals. The Randolph-Macon Academy Air Force Junior ROTC citizenship program is making a positive impact on the cadets, the school and community. Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12. Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC). R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA. ###

Mon., February 24, 2014  - NY (Cornwall on Hudson) School News
The Storm King School
The Storm King School Wrestling Team Wins 2014 HVAL Championship! - The Storm King School Varsity Wrestling Team clinched the Hudson Valley Athletic League Championship this season! After dropping 2 very close matches in the opening week of the season, the boys have won 17-straight matches to finish the season with another school record of 17 wins while qualifying 6 wrestlers for the New England Prep School Wrestling Championships this weekend. With all of the victories this season, both as a team and individually, the best complement of the year came after a coach from another team went out of his way to complement our boys on their wrestling classifying them as a “great” team but more importantly his statement that they loved to wrestle us because of our impeccable sportsmanship on and off of the mat. As a coach and Director of Athletics, this makes me prouder of my boys that anything they have achieved in the way of records or wins.

Thu., February 20, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy Hosts 38th Military School Band Festival - A record-setting 17 schools and colleges have signed up to participate in this year's Military School Band Festival, to be hosted at Randolph-Macon Academy this weekend, February 21-23, 2014. For more information visit: http://www.rma.edu/Events-2014-February-22-Military-School-Band-Festival

Wed., February 19, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
R-MA Cadet Flies Solo in Airplane - Randolph-Macon Academy cadet Victor Marshall, class of 2014, flew his first solo flight in the Academy's flight program on February 11, 2014. For full story, see http://www.rma.edu/News-2014-February-18-Victor-Marshall-Flight-Solo

Fri., February 14, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
R-MA Team Wins Event at STEM Summit - Number Ninjas, Radiant Radicals, and Atom Attackers – these were the names of just a few of the all-girl teams that converged at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia on February 8, 2014, for the fourth annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Summit sponsored by K2M, Inc. K2M is the largest privately held spinal device company in the world focused on the research, development, and commercialization of innovative solutions for the treatment of complex spinal problems. It was here that eight qualified young ladies from R-MA joined a group of over 80 girls in the high school portion of the competition. “Knights of Pi” were represented by Paige Hollis ’15, Ixel Ochoa ’15, Madeleine Oram ’15, and Shelby Sebring ’15. “Stoichiometry Stars” included Alice Gong ’16, Lizzie Ma ’15, Meghan Melberg ’16, Amy Wang ’16. Participants included 44 teams from 22 public and independent schools in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, and all teams engaged in this STEM-focused competition. It was a fun and challenging event which highlighted brilliant females, who traditionally are underrepresented in this field. R-MA’s Stoichiometry Stars were awarded the medal for achieving the highest score in “Playing Doctor: Building a Spinal Construct”. For the full story, visit http://www.rma.edu/News-2014-February-14-STEM-Females.

Mon., February 10, 2014  - CT (Litchfield) School News
Forman School
Psychologist joins Institute for Cognition to Offer Testing - Kelli Caldwell Miller, Ph.D., joined Forman School to offer psycho-educational evaluations to Forman students as they progress through the college admission process. Students with learning disabilities who apply for accommodations for college entrance exams need testing within three-five years of the application, depending on the exam. These evaluations include measures of cognitive functioning, academic achievement, and social/emotional functioning. Additional measures may be administered, depending on the evaluation needs of the student. Such measures may evaluate memory, learning and/or executive functioning skills or specific behavioral/emotional concerns. Miller recently published an article in Gifted Child Quarterly about her work screening twice-exceptional students, those identified as having a learning disability and whose cognitive functioning falls within the gifted range. Approximately 20% of Forman students are gifted. As part of the faculty at the Forman Institute for Cognition and Learning, Miller also consults with teachers on customizing programs for students' unique learning styles. "I am impressed with the outstanding level of support that Forman students receive. Teachers are always examining what is effective and what is not. They go to incredible lengths so the kids can be successful," said Miller. Miller received her Ph.D. in school psychology at the University of Tennessee. Her pre-doctoral internship was completed in association with Cherokee Health Systems and the University of Tennessee’s Korn Learning, Assessment, and Social Skills (KLASS) Center, both in Knoxville.

Tue., February 04, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Middle School Boys' Basketball Team Advances - On Monday, February 3, the R-MA Boys' Basketball Team defeated the Wakefield Country Day School Owls by the score of 27-13 in the opening round of the Valley Middle School Tournament. The young Jackets were sluggish in the beginning of the game and really never gained the momentum displayed during the past weekend tournament at the Powhatan School in Boyce, Virginia. At the end of the first stanza the score was 7-4. The second quarter was also dominated by turn overs and poor offensive possessions. At halftime the score was R-MA 13 and WCDS 6. During the third quarter the Jackets came alive and quickly scored eleven points and led at the end of the third quarter 24-10. The fourth quarter was uneventful with both teams scoring just three points each. The final score was 27-13. As a result of this quarter final victory the young Jackets are 9-4 overall and 3-3 in the VMSC. They move onto the semifinal round against the Rappahannock Panthers next.

Mon., February 03, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy to Welcome The U. S. Army Chorus - Front Royal, VA--As part of the national Military School Band Festival, Randolph-Macon Academy will host The U.S. Army Chorus on Friday, February 21, at 7:30 pm, in John Campbell Boggs Chapel. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.rma.edu/Event-2014-February-21-US-Army-Chorus.

Mon., February 03, 2014  - VA (Front Royal) School News
Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy Crowns School-Level National Geographic Bee Champion - After an intense contest in which the last two competitors went through almost every tiebreaker in the book, eighth grader Ryan Latham of Amissville, VA, finally emerged as Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School’s champion in the National Geographic Bee. His eighth grade classmate, Gabe Dubin of Front Royal, was the well-respected runner-up. According to the National Geographic web site, http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/, “Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.” The contest is open to students in grades four through eight. Soon after winning the school competition, Latham took a written test in an attempt to qualify for the state competition. He is now awaiting the results. Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12. Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and have the option to participate in the military school’s renowned flight program. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA. ###

Mon., December 23, 2013  - CT (Litchfield) School News
Forman School
ADHD Expert Rick Lavoie Addresses Forman Parents - Nationally-recognized author, educator, and consultant on attention deficit disorders, Dr. Rick Lavoie visited Forman recently to talk with parents about the impact of having an LD child on family life. He described the impact that a special needs child has on the family as being like a family of five lying together on a waterbed. “If one is having trouble, then everyone feels it,” Lavoie explained. “You don’t have a special-needs child, you have a special-needs family,” he said. Lavoie explained that parents of special-needs children have to use a different approach to parenting from those with kids who don’t struggle. “You need to view, accept and embrace the kid the way he is that day and remember that is no predictor of what he will be the next day,” he said. “Day to day, you need to accept who he is.” Lavoie talked about the idea of "fairness" in families and stressed that it is not the parent’s role to balance the scales between the children. “It is not your job to treat them all the same. You have to give them what they need.” “Kids with ADD, it’s not that they don’t pay attention, it’s that they pay attention to everything,” Lavoie said. “It’s like looking at things with a wide-angle lens. They are bombarded with stimuli.” “Forman understands adolescents with learning disabilities completely.” Lavoie said. He has sent many students to Forman over the past 25 years and believes that their lives have changed because of it. “The secret weapon here is the staff,” Lavoie revealed. Lavoie stressed the need for parents to accept their child’s diagnosis and work together with their school to help the student succeed. “One thing about children that we need to understand is that kids go to school for a living,” Lavoie said. “It’s their job, but in our culture, it’s also their whole identity. When the school is lousy, when the kid is failing, it’s his whole identity. Forman brings these kids together and helps them succeed.” Lavoie has served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs for more than 40 years and holds multiple degrees in special education. Lavoie has the distinction of having delivered the keynote addresses for all three of the major special needs advocacy organizations in the United States: the Learning Disabilities Association, Council for Exceptional Children and Children with Attention Deficit Disorder. He has also appeared on “The Today Show,” “CBS Morning Show,” “Good Morning America” and “ABC Evening News.” (www.ricklavoie.com).

Fri., December 13, 2013  - Canada (Victoria) School News
St. Michaels University School
Take a (Virtual) Tour Around Campus - Visit St Michaels University School without leaving home - our new virtual campus tour is *almost* as good as actually being here! Copy the link into your browser to see for yourself: http://goo.gl/Yw2eHd

Tue., November 05, 2013  - Canada (Victoria) School News
St. Michaels University School
SMUS Student Wins Google Science Fair - In Grade 10, Ann Makosinski designed a flashlight that is powered solely from the heat emitted from the human hand. Her invention took her to the finals of the international competition where she took home the top prize in her age category. http://youtu.be/fRdeFcIK8QM

Tue., October 29, 2013  - NY (Stony Brook) School News
The Stony Brook School
New Head of School for The Stony Brook School - The Stony Brook School and its board of trustees announce Joshua Crane as the sixth head of school since the School's founding in 1922. Crane received his bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University (TN) in 1995 and a master's of philosophy in European romanticism from the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 1996. More recently, he earned his master's degree in education leadership from Covenant College (GA). He previously served as head of school at Central Christian School (MO).

Tue., October 29, 2013  - NY (Stony Brook) School News
The Stony Brook School
Chamber Choir Invited to Perform at the Presidential Inauguration - While most of us have not been extended invitations to the upcoming Presidential Inauguration, 16 SBS students will be in the midst of weekend events. The SBS Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dustin Ramirez, performed on January 19, 2013, at the National City Christian Church as part of the 2013 Washington, D.C. Inauguration Festival sponsored by WorldStrides Heritage Performance Programs. The choir’s participation in this festival is the result of the Gold Rating they earned at the spring 2012 Heritage Festival.

Tue., October 29, 2013  - NY (Stony Brook) School News
The Stony Brook School
SBS Senior Accepted Into International Mathematics Program - An SBS senior will attend Modern Mathematics: International Summer School for Students hosted by Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, from July 2 to 12. Approximately 100 like-minded young mathematicians will convene for ten days of intensive study and interaction with leading mathematicians from around the world. This senior has previously been recognized and accepted into PRIMES-USA, an online research program in mathematics at MIT.

Tue., October 29, 2013  - NY (Stony Brook) School News
The Stony Brook School
Senior Accepted into National Ensemble - Senior Accepted Into National Ensemble After a successful audition, a Stony Brook senior vocalist has been accepted to perform in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Ensembles as a member of the chorus. The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. Eligible students have previously qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program. The festival is on October 27-30 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN. Congratulations!

Tue., October 29, 2013  - NY (Stony Brook) School News
The Stony Brook School
Kanas Commons and Hollis Student Center Dedication - This new 19,400 square foot building was dedicated on October 12, 2013. As a result of the generosity of the Kanas family and the Hollis family, this $4 million facility hosts our dining room and student center. It is the hub of campus life - a place where both day and boarding students spend time together.

Fri., September 27, 2013  - Canada (St Catharines) School News
Ridley College
Ridley College Campus Renovations - Over $2 million worth of renovations were completed on the Ridley College campus throughout the summer months. The renovations include updates to all house common rooms, new furniture, painting and lighting in Burgoyne House (our junior boarding house), renovations to the School House Building classrooms and the Lower School gardens/courtyard. Pictures of the renovations can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ridleycollege/sets/72157635262623674/

Wed., August 14, 2013  - China (Beijing) School News
Keystone Academy
Keystone Academy to Accept Applications Starting in September - Keystone Academy will begin formally accepting applications for its inaugural Fall 2014 class in September 2013. Ms. Rachael Beare, Dean of Admissions, explains what the school’s admission process will look like and what type of student the Academy would accept into its community. Ms. Beare also discusses why Keystone is unique, what draws her to the school and why she has an interest to work in China. To watch the video, please click here.

Mon., July 15, 2013  - NH (Dublin) School News
Dublin School
Dublin School Community Learning Assignment Announced - In the past we have assigned a community book for faculty and students to read during the summer. This year we have decided to try something a little different and expand our "reading" to include "texts" other than books. ...We have picked "codes" as this summer's community theme because we believe that we live in a world of codes. We solicited the community for texts relating to this theme and had a number of exciting conversations as we put together the following list. For full list of listings of required texts and options texts for this year's summer reading, please visit us at www.dublinschool.org and click the box on the left menu bar.

Tue., July 02, 2013  - GA (Carrollton) School News
Advanced Academy of Georgia
Academy Student, Jose Gonzalez wins Annual Public Speaking Contest - Four UWG students were awarded for their outstanding skills in persuasive speech in December at the ninth annual Gibson Public Speaking Contest, hosted by the speech communications faculty in the Department of Mass Communications. The top five contestants were selected among all current public speaking students based on their in class delivery of a persuasive speech assignment. Each contestant gave a speech of up to ten minutes in front of a large audience and three judges: Assistant Professor, Dr. Suvees Ricks; UWG alumnus and Solicitor of the State Court of Carroll County, Mr. Doug Vassy; and Professor and Department Chair for Mass Communications, Dr. Camilla Gant. “The thing that strikes me the most about the competition is the remarkable improvement that has occurred over the years,” said Dr. Wendell Stone, speech communication coordinator and lecturer. “The students and faculty have done an excellent job of incorporating what we learn from these events into our teaching and learning in the classroom.” “Faculty are limited in the assistance and coaching they provide the students because topic selection is a portion of their grade,” said Stone. “Students are given a wide scope in their topic selection, but required to argue for a change in policy.” The 2012 recipients and their topics were: • 1st Place: Christina DeMartino, “A Prescription for Death” (advocating for a national prescription drug database) • 2nd Place: Jose Ignacio Gonzalez, “The Profession of Prostitution” (advocating for the legalization of sex work) • 3rd Place: Elizabeth Gray, “Honey Boo Boo Goes Bye Bye” (advocating for banning children’s beauty contests) • 3rd Place: Tia Roberts, “The Tragedy of Female Circumcision in Certain Parts of Africa” (advocating for ending the practice of female circumcision and establishing a nonprofit that helps advocate against this practice while assisting women who are seeking refuge in order to avoid the practice) Judges ruled a tie for third place after Gray and Roberts delivered equally dynamic speeches. The Gibson Public Speaking Contest is named in honor of Dr. Chester Gibson, who served in the Department of Mass Communications for over 20 years. Gibson, who was also the director of debate for UWG, has coached politician and author Newt Gingrich in addition to other politicians, attorneys, and judges. “Dr. Gibson was a renowned figure at West Georgia,” said Dr. Michael Hester, dean of honors college and trans-disciplinary programs and director of debate. “He built WGC into a national debate power in the 1970s, and his leadership extended far beyond his two decades as chair of Mass Communications. From his work with then House Speaker Newt Gingrich to his extensive efforts in helping bring in Dr. Tim Hynes as vice-president of Academic Affairs and Dr. Beheruz Sethna as president in the 1990s, Dr. Gibson was an enormously important figure in the development of UWG.” All five contestants received a plaque for their participation. The top four contestants received a gift card from McGraw-Hill Publishers and cash prizes donated by Dr. Chester Gibson and Mrs. Faye Gibson. McGraw-Hill also uses video excerpts of the speeches, recorded by UTV13, in textbook publications.

Tue., July 02, 2013  - GA (Carrollton) School News
Advanced Academy of Georgia
UWG Advanced Academy Student Wins Computing Award - Advanced Academy student Sarah Saltiel has been selected to receive the Award for Aspirations in Computing by the National Center for Women in Information Technology. The NCWIT’s Award for Aspirations in Computing is awarded to young women at the high school level who display leadership ability, academic achievement, and computing and information technology aptitude. Saltiel, who intends to double major in mathematics and engineering psychology, is one of only 25 young women in the state of Georgia to receive this award. Saltiel is a two-time recipient of this award. “I’m quite honored to win this award for the second year in a row,” said Saltiel. “I think this award is a great opportunity for women and girls because it encourages participation in historically male-run subjects.” Saltiel was also named runner-up for the NCWIT’s national award in 2012 and 2013 and was the 2012 Georgia Affiliate winner from the Advanced Academy of Georgia at the University of West Georgia. She credits the Advanced Academy for providing her with so many opportunities to excel. “So far I have completed one research project for the marketing department,” she said. “It’s going to be presented at two research conferences, one in Las Vegas and one in Wisconsin, in the coming months.” Saltiel is keeping busy with her next research project and her academic responsibilities. Although she is younger than most UWG freshmen, she holds the position of Supplemental Instruction Leader for College Algebra. In addition to Las Vegas and Wisconsin, Saltiel will present a research document to the National Social Sciences Association on Feb. 24 at the Academy of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga.

Tue., July 02, 2013  - GA (Carrollton) School News
Advanced Academy of Georgia
Academy Student, Ajay Pillai - Youngest Graduate of UWG - The University of West Georgia made history when the youngest graduate in the University System of Georgia walked across the stage to receive his diploma. Ajay Pillai, 17, earned a degree in biochemistry and will study at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta in the fall. “Graduation was the most stunning day of my life,” said Ajay Pillai, who is a Warner Robins resident. “I grew up at West Georgia and I am so incredibly happy that I came to this university and that things occurred the way they did.” After graduating eighth grade, Ajay Pillai enrolled at the Advanced Academy of Georgia on the UWG campus at the age of 13, the youngest student to do so. The academy is one of 12 residential programs for teens in the country that allows students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Diane Darling, an Advanced Academy student who will graduate high school this month, met Ajay Pillai two years ago and became close friends. “Ajay is ridiculously hard working and humble at the same time,” said Darling, 18. “I’m always in awe of how he handles everything.” The quiet and unassuming student studied Honors College curriculum at UWG and holds the second highest number of honors courses, 19, in the history of the Honors College. But he still had time to play soccer, run five miles a day, practice piano and take up the guitar. Don Wagner, dean of the Honors College and director of Special Programs, said Ajay Pillai left his mark on UWG. “He is a remarkable human being, mature way beyond his years,” said Wagner. “He possesses excellent study habits and an extraordinary mind, and is a very nice person as well. “I have known him since he entered the academy, and I have always been impressed with his social skills. In addition to his academic abilities, Ajay has the bearing and manners of an adult. He is a rare individual.” Aruna Pillai, Ajay’s mother, said she should have brought Kleenex to the commencement ceremony. “It didn’t hit me until the president, Dr. Beheruz Sethna, began talking about Ajay and then I began bawling. I was not expecting that reaction. It was deep inside.” One of Ajay Pillai’s biggest fans at the university is the president, who established the Advanced Academy and gained the USG Board of Regents approval to open the Honors College, the only one of its kind in Georgia. “It has been my pleasure to get to know Ajay and assist him in what I know will be a spectacular career,” said Sethna. “I am glad that we have contributed to his growth, and that he will contribute to ours in the future, by virtue of his future accomplishments.” Ajay Pillai’s summer vacation will not be a typical one. A long time volunteer in hospitals and clinics, he will work with his parents, who are physicians and own a practice in Warner Robins. The couple needed help in their office and put their son to work taking electrocardiograms and checking in patients. “Normally, we have to train an employee for several weeks,” Aruna Pillai said. “Ajay picked it up in a day.” His interest in medicine stems from his years of volunteer work at a hospital and medical clinics, his undergraduate research in the laboratories at West Georgia and working as a student research assistant with Dr. Satyanarayana Swamy-Mruthinti, professor of biology. “I like having that contact with people and I am also interested in medicine,” said Pillai. “But, I haven’t decided what kind of medicine I am going into.” Swamy-Mruthinti mentored Ajay Pillai for three years and got to know the student well. “Rarely you come across a student who is intelligent, hardworking and has an intense desire to succeed, yet is modest and humble,” said Swamy-Mruthinit. “I am confident that he will make significant contributions to improve human health and well being." Under normal circumstances, the M.D. and Ph.D program at the medical college requires seven years of study. Students entering the program complete the standard two-year preclinical program with many of the preclinical medical school courses also earning graduate credit for the student. During the summer between the first and second years, Ajay Pillai will perform laboratory rotations at one of the four research campuses in Georgia. Choices for laboratory rotations are made by students in consultation with program advisers. Following the preclinical years, students enter graduate training at one of the four graduate campus sites. Students are required to complete all of the normal doctorate requirements, including preliminary exams, thesis and defense. For now, the youngest graduate in the university system will enjoy his summer saving up for an automobile, traveling and helping out in the family business. “I so appreciate all of the people at West Georgia and want to thank everyone that helped me with my research, at the Advanced Academy and in the Honors College,” said Ajay Pillai in a recent interview. “They really helped me to do this and now I have a group of close friends that I’ve grown up with.”

Mon., May 13, 2013  - Canada (Wellandport, Ontario) School News
Robert Land Academy
100% of Robert Land Academy's Graduates Accepted to University or College - Robert Land Academy is pleased to announce that 100% of its 2013 Grade 12 graduates who applied have received acceptance to university or college for the coming academic year. Graduates began the application process in January and all fourteen senior students have now received offers of admission. Some have received offers from multiple institutions and must now narrow their selection to just one. Numerous post-secondary institutions from across Canada provided offers to the Academy's graduates. These include: McMaster University, University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, Ryerson University, Brock University, Redeemer College, The University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Windsor, Carlton University, University of Western Ontario, Simon Fraser University, University of Waterloo, University of British Columbia, University of Guelph, University of Lethbridge, York University, and Sir Wilfrid Laurier University. Programs of studies in which students received acceptance include Business, Social Sciences, Engineering, Business Administration, Commerce, Health Sciences, Psychology, and Megatronics. We wish to congratulate all graduates. We look forward to learning which universities, colleges and programs each of the graduates selects. Their choices will be announced at the All Academy Closing Ceremonies to be held at Robert Land Academy on June 22, 2013.

Mon., May 13, 2013  - Canada (Wellandport, Ontario) School News
Robert Land Academy
A Top Six Finish at the Juvenile Wrestling Nationals for Robert Land Academy Student - Seventeen year old Alexandre McIntyre, a student at Robert Land Academy, ranked in the top six at the 2013 Cadet and Juvenile Wrestling Nationals held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan April 5 & 6. With a first place finish in his weight category at OFSAA, Alex - who is in his grade 12 senior year - was invited to be part of the Junior Brock Badgers Wrestling Club representing Team Ontario at the Nationals this year. He finished with 4 wins in 7 matches, ranking in the top 6 out of 24 wrestlers in the 76 kg weight category. This is Alex's second year wrestling at the Nationals, finishing in the top 8 in 2012 in New Brunswick. Alex says "he was impressed to see such amazingly talented wrestlers from all across Canada come together in one place". Alex plans to continue wrestling next year when he attends university. When asked where he plans to attend, he says that "he is still undecided and is keeping his options open."

Fri., April 19, 2013  - NC (Asheville) School News
Asheville School
Asheville School App Now Available on App Store - The new Asheville School App for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is now available for free on the App Store. Visit www.ashevilleschool.org/app to install the app today. "After a lot of hours developing this app, Charles Long and I are very excited to see the app available on the App Store," said Bob Williams, Director of Communications. "I'm not sure I know of any other private school or university that has designed an app without hiring outside help. We're proud of what we've been able to accomplish and we hope our parents, students, and prospective families will enjoy using the new app." The app was developed by Technology Coordinator Charles Long and Director of Communications Bob Williams. To read more about the app's development process, visit http://www.ashevilleschool.org/news/detail.aspx?pageaction=ViewSinglePublic&LinkID=1753&ModuleID=101&NEWSPID=1

Wed., August 01, 2012  - UT (Mt. Pleasant) School News
Wasatch Academy
Please visit and ''like'' the Official Wasatch Academy Facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wasatch-Academy/123618311056567

Fri., March 30, 2012  - CA (Chester/Lake Almanor) School News
St. Andrew's Academy
Character Counts: The Priorities of Parenting,

by David John Seel, Ph.D.
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“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” —Traditional Saying

Human babies are not like most animals when born. They are far more dependent on their parents for far longer than most animals. The academic term is “under-socialized.” Human babies are highly dependent on their parents for life, nurture, and direction.

This is why responsible parents invest heavily in their child’s future. Usually these investments fall into three areas: spiritual formation, character development, and academic preparation. Some parents see these three as highly interrelated. Others do not. Everyone is generally agreed, however, that education is highly important if a son or daughter is to achieve his or her full potential. A child without the ability to read and write is severely crippled in his or her prospects in the modern world. Reading failure is the single most significant factor in those forms of delinquency which can be described as anti-socially aggressive.

Compared to other parts of the world, American parents are generally lax. Leisure, entertainment, and sports are given a far higher priority in the United States than in other countries. Moreover, American individualism and child-centeredness parenting tend to undermine the influence parents have on pushing their children academically. The public controversy surrounding Yale law professor Amy Chua’s book on parenting, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom, largely proves this point. American readers saw the parenting practices advocated by Chua and largely taken-for-granted in India, Korea, Singapore, and China as draconian.

But a good education is not enough. A trained mind without character is a dangerous combination. Ernest Boyer writes, “To have people who are well informed but not constrained by conscience is, conceivably, the most dangerous outcome of education possible. Indeed, it could be argued that ignorance is better than unguided intelligence, for the most dangerous people are those who have knowledge without a moral framework. It is not the lack of technological information that threatens our society; it is the lack of wisdom, and we run the risk today of having our discoveries outdistance our moral compass.” Brilliance without morals is deadly.

So most parents acknowledge that it is far better to have educational rigor combined with concentrated character formation. Sadly, however, this is a task largely abandoned by many forms of education today where progressivism and relativism reign. The progressive emphasis is to allow the child to serve as his or her own authority. The relativism emphasis affirms that no one’s opinion is to be preferred over another with the exception of a taboo against making any forms of judgment. Tolerance of individual whim is the logical consequence, and with it the death of character.

Abandoning one’s child to an educational system that undermines objective academic standards and moral absolutes is a choice facing many American parents. Ivy covered buildings with decades of inferred prestige mask the dangers lurking within their classrooms.

But intellectual and moral education does not float in a vacuum. The “why” behind the “what” must be itself grounded in a philosophical or religious tradition. T.S. Eliot wisely noted that all education is rooted in a “philosophy of life.” Religious instruction has historically been tied to educational aspiration.

If the root of all reality is spiritual and our flourishing is dependent on being rightly oriented to this spiritual reality, then the outright abandonment of a spiritual perspective in education, or its casual disregard by parents and teachers, is surely a problem. Author John Piper warns, “If you leave the infinite all-defining, all-controlling, all-pervasive God out of account, all understanding and all interpretations and all analyses are superficial. When the main thing is missing, what’s left is distorted and superficial, whatever it is.”

Ideally, then, spiritual formation, character development, and intellectual preparation should be found together within a school. But it is not always the case. Consequently, conscientious parents have to seek carefully and make informed, individualized decisions about their children’s educational choices.

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The essay above is why I serve on the National Advisory Board of St. Andrew’s Academy. Despite its size and modest appointments, here the three goals of an excellent school—spiritual formation, character development, and intellectual preparation—are given serious attention. St. Andrew’s offers its students a worshipping, learning community based in a traditional vision of life and reality, one that best equips its students to achieve their latent potential. Set in the picturesque Lake Almanor region of Northern California, it offers a Christ-centered, traditional education that is the antidote to most of the weaknesses affecting education in American. There are certainly more glamorous schools, but few that are more effective in the things that should matter to parents.

Not only are our children “under-socialized” when small; they also become accustomed to whatever environment we place them in—for better or worse. One of parents’ most important decisions affecting their child’s long-term development is where they send their child to school. Child development psychologist Judith Harris writes, It is the one power that nearly all parents have—the one way that they can determine the course of their child’s life: the power to choose their child’s peers.

I now have four grandchildren. If I were to do it all over again, St. Andrew’s Academy would be my first choice for my children, even as boarders. I have confidence that this is a community with its philosophy and priorities straight. No father can wish more for his child.

(Dr. John Seel is a cultural critic and entrepreneur, an author of many articles and books, and is a sought after speaker. He also happens to sit on St. Andrew’s National Advisory Board and serves on the faculty as the college counselor for our seniors.)

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