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Posted by By David Liebmann, Head of School on Friday, December 1, 2017
We’re better in community. As much as the American myth of self-reliance informs our cultural imagination, rarely do we go it alone. We learn and live together, and the interconnections we share sustain us and make us better. In every class at GUS, the ideas and voice of each child are honored. We teach students what they can accomplish together. Whether sharing traditions at Bread Day, working with our community partners like The Food Project or Beverly Bootstraps, or sharing with... Read More
Posted by Director of Lower School, Sarah Kotwicki on Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Next Monday, November 27, we are excited to welcome Lynn Lyons to Glen Urquhart. Lyons is a social worker and psychotherapist from New Hampshire with 28 years of experience. She specializes in solution-based therapy for dealing with anxiety. On her website, Lyons calls herself a “How” therapist.  Most individuals, in her experience, truly want to change but often focus on the “why” rather than the “how.”  Lyons believes that the “what”... Read More
Posted by John Barbour, as reported by Bruce Emerson, Director of Athletics on Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Photo by George Rizer for the Boston Globe. UPDATE, 11/21 - "Prep senior Shelgren wins Foot Locker Northeast title, ​makes nationals" Tristan Shelgren ’14 won the boys’ All State cross country championship on Saturday in Wrentham by 22 seconds, running a 15:15 in the 5K. Andrew Mah of Newton was second in 15:37. Tristan’s first cross country coach was John Barbour, here at GUS. John, who coaches Ursuline Academy, was at the meet, and this is his firsthand... Read More
Posted by By Director of Upper School Gretchen Forsyth, Latin Teacher Cori Russo, and Mathematics Coordinator Maureen Twombly on Friday, November 10, 2017
Call to mind the trials and tribulations your parents shared about growing up and going to school. You remember, the oft’ told tales like: “When I was a kid, I walked three miles to school in the rain and snow, uphill, both ways.” Now, realize: That is what your kids hear when you describe how you learned math in middle school. Were you a superstar math student who “got it” naturally, or were you someone who just did not have a brain for math? The view that some... Read More
Posted by By Head of School, David Liebmann on Friday, November 3, 2017
[video: https://vimeo.com/241099454] When I was a kid growing up in Atlanta, I led a pretty suburban life, but I was also fortunate to be a Boy Scout. That membership took me out to the natural world every month to backpack in the north Georgia mountains, cave in Tennessee, rock climb in Alabama, explore the Okefenokee Swamp on the Florida-Georgia line, or sit around a campfire somewhere soaking up nature. I learned, starting around age ten, how a powerful connection to woods and water... Read More
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017
Glen Urquhart School is pleased to be hosting an exhibition of photographic works from the Magnum Foundation. The show, titled "Critical Explorations of Local Solutions: What Works" brings perspectives on what works locally, in communities around the world, and offer points of access for tackling issues of global relevance. The Magnum Foundation "What Works" project brought together nine photographers from Iran, Ukraine, Slovenia, Syria, India, Ecuador, China, and the... Read More
Posted by Admission Associate, Emily Rabinowitz-Buchanan on Friday, October 27, 2017
“How was school today? Who did you play with?” I asked my five year old daughter, as we left the Glen Urquhart lower school building and stepped outside into the bright, warm, mid-September air. The buildings, the trees, and the pollinator garden gleamed against a crisp blue sky, softened by the late afternoon light. I’m often struck by the natural beauty of the GUS campus at this time of day and, even as I’m happy to head home, I still feel the urge to pause, breathe... Read More
Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017
Glen Urquhart School in Beverly Farms will host the family-friendly North Shore Nature Fair on Sunday, November 5th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. K-8 hands-on activities and nature-based projects, coordinated by GUS educators and like-minded partners from across the North Shore, will be situated across our 23-acre campus in Beverly Farms. The GUS campus features a nature trail, woodlands and marsh, an athletic field, and outdoor and greenhouse classrooms. Participating partners include Backyard... Read More
Posted by Director of Lower School, Sarah Kotwicki on Friday, October 20, 2017
Last year, my GUS colleague Carol Stewart shared a blog post with me from Londolozi. Londolozi is an online blog whose purpose is to share daily stories from the wilderness of Africa. Carol had recently traveled to Africa with her family and connected with this organization when they stayed at a Londolozi camp site. This most recent posting was titled “Evidence that Nature Makes Us Kinder.” The idea stated in this post, and in the original article published in Greater Good,... Read More
Posted by Gretchen Forsyth, Director of Upper School on Friday, October 13, 2017
Mission matters. As educators, this is central to our work, but this year, that belief means more to me than ever before. This is an interesting time in our nation’s history. The days are unsettling. Many of us feel we don’t know what to say, what to do, or how to make a difference. But it strikes me that we—this amazing team of educators here at GUS—are among the lucky ones. We can nourish our hope for a better world every day by digging deeper and pushing farther to... Read More

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