Putting Math Into Words
Learning mathematics at Glen Urquhart has always been about words. If that sounds illogical or counter-intuitive, Math Coordinator Maureen Twombly is quick to explain. “Language is essential for understanding mathematics and doing real world math,” she says. “Once you’ve learned the language, you don’t ever lose the skill.”
Since founding faculty member Merelyn Smith first created the unique... Read More
The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science during the week of December 5-9 in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Hour of Code activities for GUS students are designed to demystify computer programming and show that anyone can learn the basics of coding. GUS students in grades K-5 and upper school will learn to code this week along with... Read More
While students had the Monday after Thanksgiving off, the entire GUS faculty was in class. Erin Akers of the Gesell Institute of Child Development gave a morning-long presentation about ages and stages of child development, ages 4-14. Her visit was supported by the GUS Annual Fund and the Raymond Nance Fund, an endowed fund that is dedicated to strengthening the faculty. Ms. Akers spoke about the twentieth-century research of Dr. Arnold Gesell, Yale University pediatrician, research, and father... Read More
Where Do I Live?
The theme in second grade is “Where Do I Live?” Second graders begin the year investigating the natural environment, learning, for example, how local plants and animals attain their basic needs. Focusing on the temperate forest, students learn about the New England climate and how human and animal life adapts to survive in this environment. They move on to explore their own neighborhoods and houses and consider how... Read More
Seasons of Darkness, Seasons of Light
For twenty-five years I taught some combination of literature and environmental science courses. Whenever I taught a poetry unit, I began by having students memorize Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch... Read More
For hundreds of little children over nearly 30 years, kindergarten teacher Sandy Thoms has been the port of entry to GUS, guiding them into the community of learning, thinking, caring, and growing that defines our school. Over the years, Sandy has worked with a number of co-teachers, mentoring many new educators. Since 2008, she and co-teacher Amy Billings have forged a partnership that brings to life their mutual goals for GUS kindergarteners.
“If the rest of my child’s... Read More
Open House Schedule
Thursday, November 17, at 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, November 20, at 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 19, at 9:00 a.m.
“When deciding on the best place to send our son, I was baffled and overwhelmed by the options and the social, economic, and curricular repercussions. However, one visit to Glen Urquhart School changed everything. I could see immediately that in this environment he would not just 'attend' or 'learn.' I knew... Read More
Glen Urquhart Latin teacher Cori Russo is co-presenting at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo. This is an international event bringing together more than 6,000 language educators from all languages, levels, and assignments. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,500 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and... Read More
Jack Gould ’11, a current Middlebury College All-American lacrosse player, says that he developed his love of athletics and learning during his time at Glen Urquhart. “I had only played lacrosse for maybe one or two years before coming to GUS, but being able to play at Glen Urquhart definitely helped me grow as a player and as a person. Athletics overall at GUS had a huge impact on my life, as well my overall school experience. It prepared me for prep school life and instilled... Read More