Sudbury School News From Around the World

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 →

Blithe Spirit

News Article From: Fairhaven School News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 15:33

Come join us for the show!

On March 28th & 29th and April 4th & 5th, Fairhaven School’s Theatre Corp will be performing Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit”.

Tickets are $10. House opens at 7:00 PM for a 7:30 PM curtain.

Call the office at 301.249.8060 with questions.

Fairhaven School Theatre Corp

How Rules Are Made at Clearwater

News Article From: The Clearwater School - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 20:16
by Gabriel, age 16 Gabriel throws the (rule) book at Thad  If you talk to people who are unfamiliar with Sudbury schools about Clearwater, one of the things they often say is, “So the kids just get to do whatever they want?” While it is true that people are free to learn whatever they want, whenever they want, the presence of rules means it isn't very accurate to say that the kids get to

The evil of the “teaching moment”

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 09:02
This post, by Hanna Greenberg, first appeared in The Sudbury Valley School Journal, volume 29, no. 1, October 1999. This is a confession: It took me many many years to learn how not to pounce and use what are called … Continue reading →

Wintertime Gallery

News Article From: Fairhaven School News - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 15:57

Spring is right around the corner and energy is picking up at Fairhaven School.  Here a few wintertime vignettes showcasing busy Fairhaven students engaged cold weather activities like: snow play, reading, henna tattoos, making art, snow fort building, play practice, rainbow loom-ing, playing Magic, and conversing. As you can see in the photos, it was especially fun to have so much snow to play with this year! Snow days are an especially interesting topic for Fairhaven School. I can’t help it, I just love that our students are sad when school is closed due to snow!

Becka Miller

Staff, Fairhaven School


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The heart of the school, take two

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 12:00
by Mimsy Sadofsky I read Dan’s post, “The Heart of the School,” with great interest. It was true, all true. And yet for me there is another overwhelming reason why the Judicial Committee is the heart of Sudbury Valley. We … Continue reading →

Mat and TED's Excellent Conversations

News Article From: The Clearwater School - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 20:35
Mat -- such a vibrant guy! One question that arises repeatedly for Clearwater families is: How do we talk to others about this kind of education and why do we choose it? How do we talk about how our children are learning when the questions are put in terms of standards, testing, and curricula? Mat and TED's Excellent Conversations is a series of curated TED talks hosted at Clearwater

The heart of the school

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 09:12
If you happen to be sitting in the large front room called “the sewing room,” you might notice that every day at 11:00 a.m., eight people walk into the adjacent book-lined “seminar room.” What you are seeing is the gathering … Continue reading →

Creating School Culture

News Article From: The Clearwater School - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 23:27
This guest post by Tom Bohman, staff member at Clearview Sudbury School in Austin, Texas,  provides a fascinating case study of the judiciary process in action. This piece was originally published by Alt Ed Austin, a blog created and edited by Teri Sperry. All photos were part of the original post. Following the article is a comment by Mike South, a cogent articulation of the rationale behind

How to Get a Job at Google

News Article From: Fairhaven School News - Tue, 02/25/2014 - 09:23

Almost weekly, we receive links to stories and blog entries worldwide that align with what we do at Fairhaven School. Evermore, we get the sense that employers and universities are coming to understand, just as we do here,  that traits of individuals matter more than their grades. Take a look at this article from venerable New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — LAST June, in an interview with Adam Bryant of The Times, Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of people operations for Google — i.e., the guy in charge of hiring for one of the world’s most successful companies — noted that Google had determined that “G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless. … We found that they don’t predict anything.” Read more

Fairhaven School: the leading edge of twenty-first century education.

February, 2014



Great expectations

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 02/24/2014 - 09:21
By Hanna Greenberg What I love about children is their abiding optimism. Sure they don’t like to fail and they can become very frustrated at times, but unlike adults they rarely give up hope and become gloomy. To most children, … Continue reading →

Sudbury Schools: Unschooling with babysitting?

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 09:28
by Mimsy Sadofsky We often hear people talk about Sudbury schools as “unschooling schools.” Besides the fact that the actual phrase, to me, does not even make sense, I think the people who use it overlook a lot of dissimilarities … Continue reading →

Every One, The Best

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 02/10/2014 - 08:15
By Scott David Gray How can every person be above average? It sounds impossible, but it is a given in the community at Sudbury Valley. Living life with a measuring stick, watching to be certain that you are doing OK … Continue reading →

Winter Cafe 2014

News Article From: The Clearwater School - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 21:19
The Clearwater Winter Cafe is back on February 7 for its third year in a row. This year, the focus is on music. Music is a big part of life at Clearwater, due in part to our staff member, Matt "Rockstar" Garrity. Watching his patient, appreciative, enthusiastic joy with kids in the rehearsal room is inspiring. For a preview of what you'll see next week, check out this video. This is

New Windows!

News Article From: Fairhaven School News - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:04

Last spring, Fairhaven School conducted its first Indiegogo campaign, raising over three thousand dollars! Here is a short video clip showing our new windows and offering thanks. Look for news on other building upgrades in the near future!

Many thanks,

Fairhaven School Meeting

February, 2014

My special day

News Article From: Sudbury Valley Blog - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 08:05
Hanna Greenberg authored this week’s post. Hanging the photo exhibit on Friday, January 24th proved to be an exhilarating experience for me. It goes without saying that the photos are varied in their subjects, beautiful and interesting. What else would … Continue reading →