Big Give supports Danny Stevens endowed fund

March 21, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

For this year’s Big Give campaign, we are benefitting the Daniel Wesley Stevens Memorial Endowed Fund for Teacher Support. This fund directly benefits the people who propel our school’s mission – our teachers. This fund helps our faculty in their pursuits to continue to learn and grow in the subject they teach and are passionate about. Already, the fund has helped provide professional development opportunities, continuing education, and more.

Danny Stevens was a beloved member of the Keystone Class of 2000 who passed away in 2003 following a hiking accident. Starting at Keystone in second grade, Danny truly loved school and learning, and greatly adored his teachers. He was fond of the diverse community that comprises Keystone and the morale the Keystone community provides to each and every student. He enjoyed Keystone’s unique annual traditions. Halloween was his favorite day of the year – he loved to see the entire Keystone community coming together, where we all can enjoy the creative and innovative costumes our students, faculty, and staff create. His favorite part of Keystone was our devotion to yearly outdoor education trips and was proud to attend a school where outdoor education was made a priority.

Danny’s sister Hillary and brother Sammy are both Keystone graduates, and his sister Zoe attended for several years. Half-sisters Isa and Luci are current Keystone students.

Your support honors Danny’s memory and helps Keystone provide the best education possible.

Click here to donate.

French students learn about Haiti

March 20, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

There's no substitute for learning about a place from a native, so French AP students had a chance to practice their language skills and learn about the country of Haiti.

This week, Dr. Georgia McRoy delivered a presentation about her homeland to the students.

En francés, bien sûr.

3 Lower School teachers headed to Columbia University this summer

March 20, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team
From left: Mrs. Westwood, Mrs. Steward and Mrs. Holden

Congratulations to Mrs. Holden, Mrs. Steward and Mrs. Westwood! They were selected to attend highly competitive summer institute at Columbia University's Teachers College on the teaching of writing.

At Columbia, the three Lower School teachers will learn how to improve their skills in the classroom, connect with other excellent teachers from around the country and gain valuable professional development. They're attending a five-day session in June.

For more 30 years, educators have come together at Teachers College for summer institutes on the teaching of reading and writing. 


From farmworker to physician

March 08, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

This week, the Spanish 3 classes worked on a lesson about the Civil Rights Movement of the Mexican Americans. One of the themes is "Struggles in the fields" and the work Cesar Chavez did to improve the wages and life of the farm workers.

To illustrate that theme, the class had a guest speaker, Rito Sauceda, Internist at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB.

Dr. Sauceda shared with our students his experience working in the fields when he was a child and how through hard work and dedication, he achieved his dream of becoming a doctor.

Try your luck in Mr. Lindsay's class

March 07, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

Here's a way to apply math in intriguing ways: Mr. Lindsay tasked his 9th grade Geometry students with making a carnival game that was enticing to play, but ultimately unfair. The students used geometric probability to analyze their games’ likely outcome. Then, they calculated expected value to set prices and prizes to ensure their games were profitable for the carnival.

Although some students only sketched out the games, others built models. So his classroom included ping-pong balls, darts, balloons and rubber duckies.


Ceramic butterflies offer important lessons

February 28, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

At first, the colorful, hand-painted ceramic butterflies look like a sweet art project. But look again. The butterflies offer an important lesson in remembrance and standing up to hate.

These ceramics are part of The Butterfly Project, a global education and arts project that aims to paint and display 1.5 million ceramic butterflies throughout the world -- one for each child killed in the Holocaust. A companion film, "Not the Last Butterfly," tells the story of the art project and interweaves stories from Holocaust survivors.

At Keystone, students in grades 9-11 came together to learn about the children who died in the Holocaust and paint butterflies in their honor.

"Our small part today is to contribute to a meaningful art project, part of an international effort to honor those children lost in Holocaust," Mr. Spedding told Upper School students who gathered for this project. "These butterflies will physically join with the hundreds we made 2 years ago into a mural installation slated for later this year. Keystone’s 300+ butterflies will symbolically join with the nearly 200,000 butterflies the international project has created in schools like ours around the world since 2006."

To learn more about The Butterfly Project, click here.

Lower School teachers work on sharpening their own skills

February 28, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

Throughout the Keystone community, we are constantly learning and improving our own skills. As part of that ongoing effort, teachers in the Lower School are working with a literacy consultant to improve the way thay teach writing.

The consultant, Northside ISD literacy specialist Janie Rodriguez, came in to model how to confer with students about their writing, observe our teachers as they worked with students and conduct a workshop.

Head of Lower School Mrs. Vilagi says the teachers will repeat this model of professional development in April.

Fourth-graders host baked potato fundraiser

February 21, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

The aroma of hundreds of baked potatoes and sweet potatoes filled the cafeteria and just about all of Founders Hall for the fourth-graders' Baked Potato Sale.

Each student was responsible for bringing a batch of potatoes baked at home. Diners could choose between baked or sweet potatoes and could also take condiment cups of diced bacon, shredded cheese, sour cream and imitation butter. The students will vote on a nonprofit to receive the money they raise.

Dr. Caraway serves as reviewer for new textbook

February 13, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

Congratulations to Dr. Caraway for serving as a reviewer of the latest edition of "A History of Modern Europe: From the Renaissance to the Present," by Yale professor John Merriman.

The book's publisher, W.W. Norton & Co., describes the work as "authoritative coverage from the Renaissance to the present day," that shines with "signature narrative style." The book is one of the top texts used in the AP European History course.

On the first page of acknowledgements is a list of reviewers and first among the names is Dr. Caraway.

Homecoming court announced

January 31, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

Between games of a triple-header, Student Council announced the 2019 Homecoming Court (from left to right):

Ninth-graders Lord Matthew and Lady Alyssa

Sophomores Duke Andy and Duchess Ella

Juniors Prince Mario and Princess Ingrid

Seniors Queen Sofia and King Jacob

The court members won their titles from voting that was based on their school spirit and support of Keystone athletics.

Here are some photos of the games:

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