• Tips to Help Your Child Prepare for Music Festival Auditions

    Jane Knox Mills
    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.
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  • The Value of Responsive Classroom

    Rob Schoen
    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.
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  • All School Open House - November 11th

    Join us on Monday, November 11th from 9-11 AM for Open House. Parents and children age 3 through grade 8 are invited to tour our campus, visit in classrooms, meet IDS parents, and meet our administrative team.

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  • Proactive Parenting Series

    IDS is partnering once again with Regional School District 13 and Durham Middlefield Youth & Family Services to offer three parent education evening talks on mental health, digital safety, and wellness. These sessions, featuring regional and national experts, are appropriate for parents with children of all ages.
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