During a recent conversation about independent reading, a mother of a current fifth grader who attends a nearby public elementary school said that she, "Surrounds [her] daughter with novels as though they are breadcrumbs." Her husband added, “And I recently heard [her] laughing hysterically in her bed as she read last Saturday morning.” These parents are lucky; their child is passionate about reading independently.
The Southern Region Music Festival is a two-day festival that takes place every March. Middle school students are selected from over forty towns and cities in the Southern Region of Connecticut to participate in the Southern Region Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Chorus. Students are selected by audition and auditions are typically held on the first Saturday in December. Students prepare a piece of music and scales to play or sing in front of a judge. Some auditions also require sight-reading, playing or singing a piece of music that the student has never seen before. Audition material and information for this year’s festival can be found HERE.
Morning Meeting is one component of Responsive Classroom, a social-emotional and academic approach to teaching and learning used at IDS. During the first minutes of school, as students anticipate this leadoff activity, enthusiastic grins and chuckles replace sleepy-eyed countenances. Children in each Lower School and Early Childhood classroom assemble on carpets, usually in a circle, and pause to welcome one another.
By knowing students deeply both as individuals and learners, IDS inspires a community of independent thinkers who are resilient and confident to take risks as they connect with others in the joyful pursuit of learning.