The Significance of the Apple Core

Penned by John Baker, Parent of Dylan (alumn), Donovan (alumn), & Quentin(OG) Some of you may be newer to, or perhaps unfamiliar with, our community and may be wondering about the significance of the Apple Core.  You might ask, “Why is our school song about a piece of play equipment?” It’s a fairly long story, but the…

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Remember the 6 Things

When the 2014-2015 school year began at The School in Rose Valley (SRV), I was told that I had to start us off by saying a few words to the students and staff during our first morning assembly.  It was my first opportunity, as Interim Head of School, to address everyone.  I needed something that…

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Park Day Tom

Two weeks ago, I was surprised with the gift of this new book:  Loving Learning: How progressive education can save America’s schools.  The publisher sent it because its primary author, Tom Little, visited SRV a few years ago. While I never got to meet Tom in person, I had been aware of his work for…

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The Lasting Value of Shop Projects

Shop, like many of SRV’s educational experiences, allows children from the youngest ages to engage in real work that springs from their individual interests and explorations.  In reflecting on the aims of the first Shop teacher, Mr. Rawson, it has become clear to me that a child’s commitment to a long-term project reaches far beyond…

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Connecting with Children over 7,000 Miles Away

In the spring of 2014, The School in Rose Valley (SRV) was embarking on the study of Kenya as a school-wide theme.  Having an interest in African music and dance, teacher Sunday Small decided to post a request on the Transition Town Media Swap Page on Facebook asking for the services of anyone with expertise…

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