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Solvent Solutions
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chemically, water is a simple substance, but scientifically, it is a highly complex subject. The lack of water, the excess of water, the pollution of water—all of these issues can cause serious problems locally and around the globe.

 
Brick Wall
Thursday, April 17, 2014

In the lobby outside of the Johnston Theatre is a very special kind of brick wall—a Lego brick wall, which measures almost 14-feet long. Students, teachers, parents, and visitors are all welcome to stick their choice of bricks to the baseplate-covered wall to create an array of colorful shapes, figures, and even words.

 
Springtime in the Science Classroom
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring is the season for renewed life, and the Lower School science program reflects that!  Recently, a litter of Border collie puppies visited, and children were able to spend some time playing with the little fur balls while learning a thing or two about animal care.

 
The View from the Top of the Steps
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Like all of you, I am very excited that Andy Deyell has been named the next Head of Elmwood Franklin School. Andy will officially take charge on July 1, 2014. My role here will shift from the interim leader of the school to one of support for Andy as he transitions into his new position as Head of School. I will support Andy throughout the summer months on into the fall and will conclude my stay at Elmwood Franklin in December 2014.

 
EFS Community Cookbook
Monday, April 7, 2014

In today's busy, nonstop world, what better way to slow things down and spend quality time together than to prepare and enjoy a meal or dish with your family. With that as our focus we are looking to compile an Elmwood Franklin School cookbook full of fun, delicious, and nutritious recipes that the whole family can make and enjoy together.

 
Elmwood Franklin Announces New Head of School
Thursday, April 3, 2014

I am happy to announce that at the last board meeting Andrew Deyell was unanimously selected by the Board of Trustees to be the next Head of Elmwood Franklin School. Prior to the Board voting, the Search Committee unanimously recommended Andy be appointed. The Board also received input from our current interim Head of School Fred Acquavita. Fred stated that based on his 45 years of experience working with a range of successful heads, if we extended the search and "if there were 100 applicants for this job, Andy would be in the top five no matter who applied." Additionally, several Board members who have taken part in our recent searches strongly believe that Andy meets or exceeds our top candidates in the past.

 
The View from the Top of the Steps
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

It’s not spring yet, but Reggio Emilia is blossoming at Elmwood Franklin. I invite all parents to join Sarah Duddy and me for a conversation on the future of the Reggio Emilia program in Prep at EFS. Choose from two sessions: Tuesday, April 29 at 8:30 a.m. or Wednesday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. Both will take place in the library. In preparation for our discussion, please read “The Hundred Languages of Children,” a short piece of writing by Loris Malaguzzi, a founder of the infant toddler nursery school program of Reggio Emilia, Italy. A copy is included as part of this letter.

 
Grit Over Grades
Friday, February 28, 2014

“Here’s the truth: academic rigor—which is important—is not a sufficient condition for success in life.”

Those are perhaps surprising words coming from a renowned educator. Dr. Keith Frome appeared as part of the EFS Parent Council Speaker Series on February 13, speaking about the hits and misses of the school reform movement and what the kindergarten to eighth grade educational model has to show the world. Excellence in academics, while a worthwhile objective, is not the sole determinant in students’ achievement in life, he contended. There is something else—something less intellectual and decidedly more human—that is the main driver of success.

 
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