The Passing of the Tartan occurs at the close of Evening with the Graduates. If you haven’t experienced that event, a meaningful GUS tradition awaits you. Eighth graders circle around seventh graders in Braemar, holding candles and bearing tartan scarves and ties, the mantles of leadership and insignias of history. The older students bestow the Urquhart tartans on the rising eighth graders, who step up to take their place at the apex of the student experience, adolescents on the edge of... Read More
Posted by By Elliott Buck, Second Grade Teacher on Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Cultivating self-awareness, confidence, and emotional intelligence are essential to a child’s success in school. We are teaching children how the brain and body work together as well as healthy habits and lifelong skills for coping with stress. GUS second graders benefit from practicing yoga and mindfulness as part of their daily routine, which directly supports and enhances the second grade social-emotional curriculum. Mindfulness techniques encourage our second graders to explore... Read More
And here we are! Spring has finally, finally arrived on the Glen Urquhart School campus. I know, after a successful Spring Work Day, when we planted beds, repainted the hopscotch and four square areas, started a wattle fence around the newly claimed 3rd grade medieval garden, and planted new screening plants in front of the Temple Building, the old maintenance garage of the Spaulding Brothers gardens, c.1910! Check those projects off the spring to-do list!
What else told me spring had come?... Read More
Posted by By Director of Upper School, Gretchen Forsyth on Friday, April 13, 2018
Monday is Patriots’ Day, and though our 8th graders will be off on their service week trips, the spirit of patriotism has been very much alive in their classrooms these last few weeks. Most of us, I suspect, forget the historical significance of celebrating those rebellious colonists on this day in April. Instead, it’s a great day to head into the city for a Sox game or to watch the Boston Marathon. Yet, the spirit of revolution this day commemorates is as important now as it ever... Read More
Posted by By Upper School Science Teachers Emilie Cushing and Jen Mallette on Friday, April 6, 2018
“Look! Look! Over there! Up in that tree!” stage-whispers a 7th grader, who has just discovered a red-tailed hawk.
“Words like these are music to a science teacher’s ears,” Emilie Cushing confides, “and we upper school science teachers at GUS get to be part of these types of conversations every day. Being at a school that encourages exploration and stepping outside of comfort zones motivates us to be just as curious as our students. It has been exciting to... Read More
Posted by David Liebmann, Head of School on Friday, March 30, 2018
The snow from Nor’easters #3 and #4 is finally melting away, and the crocuses and snow drops are pushing up through the newly revealed soil, especially in the south-facing border by the entrance to the lower school. Red-winged blackbirds are starting to appear and the dawn chorus of black-capped chickadees and tufted titmice is beginning to sing. The Nature Trail is being cleared of winter debris and the wetlands are free of ice. The signs of spring have come to the North Shore and to our... Read More
Glen Urquhart School s offering an engaging line-up of new Pre-K programming this spring and summer, specially designed for children age 3 to 5. GUS recently expanded their curricular offerings to include a full-day Pre-K class that will launch in the fall of 2018 under the leadership of experienced educator and Preschool Director Emily Rabinowitz-Buchanan. Applications are currently being accepted for enrollment.
Free Drop-in Program, The World Around Us: Beginning March 27 and... Read More
An Open Letter on Behalf of Independent Schools of New England,
We, the heads of independent schools, comprising 176 schools in the New England region, stand in solidarity with our students and with the families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The heart of our nation has been broken yet again by another mass shooting at an American school. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who died and are grieving for the loss of life that... Read More
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