Part of the GUS mission is to “encourage children to… act responsibly in our community and in the world.” We don’t do that by promoting particular political positions, but we do push children to tackle authentic challenges. Lower school’s FleX Week and upper school X-blocks are examples of how we provide students with opportunities to do that. In their recently presented White Shirt Projects, several eighth graders chose to voice concerns about the world they are... Read More
Posted by Fourth Grade Teachers Laura Doyle and Kelly Zaval with contributions by Dr. Bram Lutton P '22 on Friday, February 23, 2018
How many chambers are there in a fish heart? What are the differences between a dog’s heart and a salamander’s? On Valentine’s Day last week, GUS fourth graders, teachers, and chaperones traveled to Endicott College (just around the corner in Beverly Farms!) to learn more about hearts—just not the candy kind!–and adaptations in nature.
As part of an ongoing collaboration with GUS dad Dr. Bram Lutton P ‘22, and Endicott College, fourth graders have added... Read More
Posted by Gretchen Forsyth, Director of Upper School on Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Children are under construction. I previously worked with a head of school who said that all the time. He was referring to the growing pains that young people experience, especially during adolescence. Driving down some roads this time of year after weeks of construction, frost heaves and now new potholes, I have often been reminded of how similar these experiences—road work and adolescent development—actually are.
Many of us have been baffled by detours sending us around and... Read More
Posted by Sarah Kotwicki, Director of Lower School on Friday, February 16, 2018
For the last week in January, Glen Urquhart School lower school students and teachers participated in a new program called FleX Week, modeled after the schoolwide enrichment program designed by Joseph Renzulli, a professor at the University of Connecticut. The school schedule was suspended for a week so that students could participate in two week-long mini-courses. This enrichment project focuses on generating high levels of engagement by creating... Read More
Posted by Joanna Murphy Scott on Friday, February 9, 2018
Arts Night heralds the opening of the annual Glen Urquhart School eighth grade arts exhibit, a stirring culmination of the students’ arts program experience. The students’ White Shirt Projects and, this year, circus-inspired modern dances captivated an audience of family, friends, and faculty.
Director of upper school Gretchen Forsyth explains: “Arts Night is an important rite of passage for our eighth graders. It’s a wonderful... Read More
Posted by Grade K-5 Spanish Teacher Señorita Emilia Hobkirk on Friday, January 19, 2018
Hola amigos y familias de GUS,
Hello GUS friends and families,
Students in the lower school are making substantial progress this year in la clase de español! From kindergarten through fifth grade, students are learning words and phrases to express themselves in Spanish. Each grade learns their curriculum at a different pace and with a distinct approach, based on each group’s developmental stage and academic goals.
Kindergarteners recently embarked on a study of weather. We... Read More
GUS is pleased to welcome Emily Rabinowitz-Buchanan as the Director of Preschool. Her considerable expertise in early education and thoughtful work with families and students over the past year in GUS admission efforts will combine as we extend our K-8 curriculum to our new pre-K program. Emily loves working with children and adults to think critically and creatively, to discover passions and share them with a community, and to grow by nurturing strengths and embracing challenges... Read More
Posted by Third Grade Teacher Christopher Doyle on Friday, January 12, 2018
"Can I go compost? I finished my lunch,” a third grader asks. Other students hear and eagerly jump up. “Oh yeah! Can I go, too?” In a matter of seconds, they’re out the door, running to their assigned classrooms for afternoon pickup. When they return, we hear comments like, “Just apples today. Why do we always get apples?”
Third graders at GUS have an important job—composting. Early in September, students learn all about composting—how to... Read More
Posted by Joanna Murphy Scott, Director of Marketing + Communications on Monday, January 8, 2018
Glen Urquhart School, the independent, progressive K-8 school in Beverly Farms, is pleased to announce its expansion with a full-day pre-K program for children age 3 to 5. Says Head of School David Liebmann, “By extending our progressive and time-tested GUS curriculum to pre-K, we create an opportunity to expand our place and theme-based program to younger students and their families who are looking for a full-day option.” With the resources and amenities of the 23-acre GUS campus,... Read More
With a long break comes rest and renewal, and as the students and faculty returned to GUS on Tuesday, I was inspired by the energy of this community. One of the reasons I’ve spent twenty-six years in education is how fantastic it feels to be around the unbridled enthusiasm of children every day. Kids are naturally eager, curious, and resilient, even if we have to rouse them from deep slumbers after a long winter’s rest. Once they’re up and running, they stay in motion. “... Read More