Sudbury School News From Around the World

All the right moves: The SVS “ballet”

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:57
Welcome to the new school year. We are more excited than ever about starting school this year and about (okay, I admit it) the incredible quality of the student body. Yes, we have new and visiting students, and yes they … Continue reading →

The Distribution of Power

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 09:23
This week’s post was written by Alan White. My purpose in writing is to help parents who are thinking about Sudbury Valley School. Those parents who are attracted to this model for their children need to provide them with the … Continue reading →

Serious frolicking

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:29
By Mimsy Sadofsky This year we had a three-week summer session at Sudbury Valley, open to those who were regular students during the school year. It is hard to explain how lovely it was. I don’t think there were more … Continue reading →

Men at work

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 08:45
Mimsy took the following photograph at school recently: She gave the photo the title “Men at Work.” At first sight, the title seems whimsical, though the photo itself is a perfect gem. I couldn’t stop thinking: is there more than … Continue reading →

Points of View

News Article From: Fairhaven School News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 13:07

At Fairhaven School, one must always remain open to seeing things from new and different perspectives. It is with this spirit in mind that I share these bird’s eye views of our remarkable campus. I hope that you are enjoying your summer, and we all look forward to another school year spent discovering both new and familiar things from multiple points of view.


Richard Morris

Staff Member and alumnus


News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:06
This post was written by Hanna Greenberg and was originally published in The Sudbury Valley School Journal, volume 30., number 4, March 2001. “When God began to create heaven and earth, the universe was chaos and disorder, and darkness enveloped … Continue reading →

Staff have to check in, too?

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:25
By Scott David Gray From the point of view of a brand new student, the school is an astonishing (if sometimes overwhelming) place. The freedom to manage one’s own time is generally the first aspect of the school noticed, and … Continue reading →

That which is seen and that which is not seen

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 06:06
In 1850 the noted French economist Frederic Bastiat wrote a famous essay with the same title, and with a very insightful point: lots of times there are situations where we have no trouble seeing their good side, but don’t think … Continue reading →

In appreciation of liberty

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 09:05
With all the difficulties that beset us in our personal lives, work environments, and world affairs, it is easy to lose sight of the precious gift of liberty that we enjoy in this country. Recently, a sad event occurred that … Continue reading →

Uncommon Core

News Article From: Fairhaven School News - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:04

I’ve been going through all my photos from this year while helping out with the yearbook. I came across several that I neglected to post anywhere during the year that represent well the interesting and amazing things that go on at Fairhaven School. First, some from the Art Room. I love to watch these students work!



The Rainbow Loom was BIG this year. Many students got so immersed in this activity that they bought their own looms, bands, etc. and they could be found all over campus working diligently on their bracelets and then evolving into other items like small animals, flowers, etc. Their work soon filled large plastic baggies, and some were for sale or given away. The perseverance they took to continue to work on this endeavor for months was fascinating and typical of Fairhaven students. They became quite proficient and continually pushed themselves to get better at making them, challenging themselves to try more and more advanced and complicated creations.

From the Chesapeake Room, witness a similar ongoing pursuit in more physical areas. The amazing feats of strength and coordination in acrobatics, gymnastics, yoga, and parkour seem to be done just for the fun of it, and maybe out of a desire to achieve more than they could do the day before. It’s inspiring.





















One week, the Computer Room was closed. The regulars from there that particularly love Minecraft didn’t let that stop them. They went around the corner into the Kid Nook and did some Minecraft LARPing (live action role playing), complete with cubical animal pens, gardens, and buildings made out of sofa cushions. Typical Fairhaven School: engineering, creativity, and cooperation.

In the fall the gorgeous colorful leaves inspired some of us to create Andy Goldsworthy-type art. ... Read More

Grades of knowledge

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 05/26/2014 - 09:12
This week’s post was written by SVS staff member Jay Flood. I had an interesting discussion with a five year old SVS student who was irked by something a seven year old from a traditional school had said to him, … Continue reading →

Lessons in “No”

News Article From: Fairhaven School News - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 09:13

The Kitchen Corporation at Fairhaven School had organized its annual trip to serve sandwiches to the needy clients of the Lighthouse Shelter in Annapolis. With money they had raised by selling meals and cookies to fellow School Meeting members throughout the year, they had made thirty lunches, and their youngest, most enthusiastic member was chomping at the bit to go outside the office.  Then the staff member organizing the trip realized that the student had been recently referred to School Meeting and was, therefore,  not allowed to go on field trips. Tempted to stave off his disappointment, my colleague considered writing herself up for violating the “no field trips when referred” policy and taking the consequences in JC ( Judicial Committee) afterwards. The student, all of seven years old, took the setback in stride, tears welling in his eyes, only asking for mint chocolate chip ice cream from their traditional post-service celebration, and here was another lesson in “no” for a Fairhaven School student.

As Megan McArdle wisely spoke about last month on campus, failure, in all its guises, is often the key to learning and success. One of the misconceptions about Fairhaven School is that students “always get to do whatever they want to do.” On the contrary, much like life, a student’s experience here encounters many nos. Every six weeks, we elect clerks for the JC, and we almost always have more candidates than positions. Candidates make speeches to School Meeting, and both staff and students ask honest questions about each person vying for the position. Many times, students who want to become clerks lose elections over and over before finally winning, most memorably one boy who literally took years before finally getting to serve. As is often the case, he became an excellent clerk after all of ... Read More

A matter of priorities

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:37
This post was written by Hanna Greenberg and originally appeared in The Sudbury Valley School Journal, volume 27, no. 5, May 1998. A young girl of nine or ten asked me to teach her math. I gave her some problems … Continue reading →

“The Up Side of Down” author spaeaks at Fairhaven School

News Article From: Fairhaven School News - Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:57

The PR Committee  at Fairhaven School has been noticing how may authors and thinkers in our society are writing about ideas that align with the practices and principles upon which we have founded the school. In that spirit. on Friday, April 25th, Megan McArdle, Bloomberg Review blogger and author of the recent book “The Up Side of Down,” spoke in the Chesapeake Room at Fairhaven School. Megan’s compelling thesis in the book is that people learn best from failure, and that both the current educational system and shifts in parenting appear to be undermining this critical process of growth and development.

Parents, staff and students enjoyed the talk and asked numerous questions. Thanks again to  Ms. McArdle for her time and her provocative, delightful presentation. We recommend her book, and we look forward to hosting similar events in the future!

For your review, here is a recent post from Megan’s blog:

“I’m on the road this week, giving talks on my new book about learning to fail better: that is, first, to give ourselves the permission to take on challenges where we might very well fail; second, to pick ourselves up as quickly as possible and move on when things don’t work out. This is, I argue, vital on a personal level, as well as vital for the economy, because that’s where innovation and growth come from. Read More

Author Megan McArdle speaks in the Chesapeake Room at Fairhaven School.

Fairhaven School Staff

April, 2014


Playing school at Sudbury Valley

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 08:59
This week’s post was written by SVS parent, Foss Tighe. I was very amused when I heard that my children were “Playing School” at Sudbury Valley. I learned about this one morning when my daughter urgently needed to print out … Continue reading →

Fairhaven Alumnus Book Release!

News Article From: Fairhaven School News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 09:16

Rare Bird Books has just released Echo of the Boom by Maxwell Neely-Cohen, Fairhaven School class of 2004. A fascinating novel that explores contemporary youth culture amidst a looming apocalypse, Max’s book is an intellectual tour-de-force and a page-turner.  Based in Washington, D.C., “Echo” explores what makes Millenials tick as they text away, and Max’s lifelong interest in military theory certainly informs his characters and the narrative arc of his novel.

Max’s first public reading took place in the Chesapeake Room here at Fairhaven School in celebration of our first fifteen years last November, and the four hurtling narratives hooked the audience members then! Support the arts, and support our wonderful alumnus Max; see what happens to Efram, Chloe, and the rest of his video-gaming, deejaying, philosophical characters by buying this unique, entertaining book. We will let you know when the “Echo of the Boom” book tour lands in DC.

Congratulations, Max. Now where in the world did you get the idea for the school-wide Capture the Flag game?

Mark McCaig

April, 2014

Chili Cook-off

News Article From: Fairhaven School News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 09:57

As a final goodbye to the winter of 2013-2014, here are some pictures and a note from staff member Beth Williams about our recent chili cook-off. Enjoy!

At the end of February we hosted a Talkabout and Chili Cook-off, where Assembly President John Green led a lively discussion. The nine savory chili entries, several types of corn bread, and various other potluck treats were delicious. The community had a great time gathering with old friends and meeting some of the many new families of recently enrolled students. All around, we enjoyed a wonderful evening.

On April 25th, The Public Relations Committee will host another dinner gathering (potluck, plus Subway sandwiches). On that evening, we will welcome a special guest speaker, Megan McArdle, who recently released her book, “The Upside of Down: Why Failing Well is the Key to Success”. This event is free and open to the public.

We look forward to seeing you there! It’s always so nice to spend time together empowering and growing our community.

Snow tubing: A tale of patience, persistence, and pizza

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 09:00
This week’s post was written by Hanna Greenberg. Sometimes what you wish for has consequences that you wished would not bother you. A case in point is the way SVS students who enrolled when they were very young tend to … Continue reading →

A new feel for our Open Houses

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:00
Private schools host Open Houses to attract new families. We started having them about 10 years ago – a little late to the game, because we had been using a host of other methods to spread the word and bring … Continue reading →

Welcome to Sudbury Valley!

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:32
This week’s post was written by Isabella O’Connell, a current SVS student. When new students arrive on our campus and I volunteer to show them around, there are some SVS basics I always hit on. I tell them no staff … Continue reading →