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Posted by Jessica Hendricks, 2N Teacher on Thursday, November 29, 2018
People’s thoughts often turn to giving during the holiday season. At Community, we focus on this with students throughout the year through service learning. What is service learning anyway? At Community School, service learning is an opportunity for children of all ages to be a catalyst of change for the greater good.  Students are empowered and encouraged to investigate a need (locally, nationally, or globally), create a plan to meet that need, act on that plan, reflect on the project, and...
Posted by Bob Cooke, Head of School on Monday, November 5, 2018
With the midterm elections tomorrow, I thought I would take a moment to share a few thoughts and suggestions for you. As you know, we as a school do not take positions on candidates or issues, other than to encourage all adults to vote. We do believe in the importance of helping students understand democracy and elections, and to cultivate a respect in them for differences and different opinions. Ultimately, we want our students to learn to think independently and express themselves in many...
Posted on Friday, November 2, 2018
“What?! No video games? Or TV?” For three days in October, our sixth graders go on a camping trip in rural Missouri. There are no screens of any kind allowed - no laptops, no tablets, no phones. This can be a little intimidating to the average 11 year old. Students may bring board or card games to play, and there are plenty of activities to keep them busy - hiking, fishing, nature walks, kickball, outdoor art projects, crafts, kayaking and scavenger hunts - to name a few. Research has shown...
Posted by Bob Cooke, Head of School on Friday, October 26, 2018
* This was originally written two years ago, but given that Halloween is next week, it seems worth re-posting! Has anyone been wondering about the teal-colored pumpkins that keep popping up everywhere? We've got the answer! When I began teaching in the mid-1980s, child food allergies were a relatively rare issue in schools. In fact, it wasn’t until the late 1990s that the school I was in began to alter policy to account for the fact that we had students with serious food allergies, and I can...
Posted by Bob Cooke, Head of School on Friday, October 12, 2018
The thing about skipping a rock is that it seems impossible. Rocks are heavy and they sink in water. And if you’re an 11 year old who’s never skipped a rock, it seems doubly impossible. That’s what confronted our 38 6th graders on their camping trip. For decades, we’ve been taking our sixth graders to a camping site near the Meramac River just outside of Steelville. At Community, we believe in children learning by doing. When it’s time to cook dinner, they build their own campfires (usually...

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