Permanent Collection pieces selected

May 17, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

Three works of art -- one from each division -- were chosen for Keystone's Permanent Collection. The winners are:

  • Lower School: Schueler, 2nd Grade
  • Middle School: Aria, 8th Grade
  • Upper School: Hashim, 10th Grade

To have works considered for the Permanent Collection, students first submit their work to their art teachers, who select 10 works each from lower, middle and upper school. Then the judges, including all of the heads of school and Mr. Ciaravino, select one winner from lower, middle, and upper school. 

Battered Women's Shelter recognizes Foreign Language Club

May 16, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

One of the four pillars of the Keystone culture is Community Involvement, and here's a vivid example of it.

Since 2012, the Foreign Language Club has been helping once a month at the donation center of the Battered Women and Children's Shelter donation.

It's an ongoing commitment, and the shelter presented the club with a Certificate of Appreciation. 

Congratulations and keep up the great work!

 

Lower School and PTO bring paletas

May 16, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

Here's a cool and tasty way to ease to the end of the school year.

The Lower School, funded by the PTO, gave paletas to Middle School and Upper School students as encouragement for upcoming exams as congratulations for a great school year. Of course, there were plenty of paletas for Lower School students, too.

And the popsicles included a sign:

Best wishes as you prepare for exams, graduation, and summer!
Thank you for always watching out for us and showing us the way!
Good luck, finish strong, and STAY COOL!  
----with admiration, your buddies in the Lower School and Keystone PTO

 

Seniors prank favorite teachers

May 16, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

Senior Prank Day is an epic Keystone tradition where students "decorate" classrooms of favorite teachers.

Among the themes, Mrs. Elizondo's room turned into a spider's web, Dr. Caraway's doorway turned into a Berlin Wall checkpoint, Mr. Spedding was photoshopped into Thanos, Mr. Boryczka's office was festooned with paraphernalia demanding a strike for better grades and Mr. Handmaker's office was covered in aluminum foil.

Enjoy a few scenes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third graders present Civil Rights Movement research

May 16, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

One of the most memorable parts of third grade is a research project on the Civil Rights Movement. The students focus on a specific incident, person or group of people who played a significant chapter in the struggle against discrimination.

This year, they structured their research in the form of a Science Fair project, with information mounted on three-fold cardboard displays.

This week, the third-graders set up displays and presented their results to second- and fourth-graders.

 

 

Middle School ends year with ceremonies

May 16, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team
8th grade recognition ceremony

Middle Schoolers bid farewell to their grades this week with performances, reflections and a lot of sincere feeling.

Eighth-graders shared reflections of this year, while a few offered musical performances. Seventh graders presented "Live Out Loud," a series of poetry readings, monologues and music.

Sixth-graders delivered "Fantasy Island," a presentation in which they created fictional islands and civilizations, and described them, along with a performance to represent stories and ideas from their island’s culture.

And fifth graders delivered "Hero’s Museum," where student dressed as historial figures and delivered monologues about their subjects' lives and contributions to history.

7th grade Live Out Loud performance
7th grade Live Out Loud performance
5th grade Hero's Museum
5th grade Hero's Museum

 

6th grade Fantasy Island

 

6th grade Fantasy Island

 

More about the Class of 2019

May 15, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

More details about where this year's seniors are going in the fall.

Our 37 seniors submitted 363 total applications and were admitted to 111 unique institutions. They're enrolling at 26 diff institutions in 11 states and Washington, D.C. About half of our seniors are going to school out of state.

And most impressively: our students received more than $10 million in merit scholarships received as a total class over 4 years.

For a full list of schools that extended admissions offers, click here. Here's the list of where the members of the Class of 2019 are going:

  • American University
  • Barnard College
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Emerson College
  • The George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Hamilton College
  • University of Houston
  • Knox College
  • Macalester College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2)
  • Northeastern University
  • Rice University (2)
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Smith College
  • Southern Methodist University (3)
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas A&M University, Galveston
  • The University of Texas, Austin (4)
  • The University of Texas, Dallas (3)
  • The University of Texas, San Antonio
  • Trinity University (3)
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • University of Virginia
  • Yale University

A welcome to kindergarten families

May 15, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

It was fitting that on the last day of classes for graduating seniors, the families of incoming kindergarten students came for a welcome reception that begins their Keystone journey on the main campus.

Families gathered by the playground and Cobra Court for ice cream and meeting each other, before moving over to the gym and a welcome from Mr. Handmaker.

Welcome to the Big Keystone, kinder families!

Mr. Ciaravino starring in Classic Theatre production

May 07, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team
Photo by Siggi Ragnar, Courtesy The Classic Theatre of San Antonio

One notable aspect about Keystone is how many of its teachers are still actively working as practitioners in various fields. One excellent example is Mr. Ciaravino, the Fine Arts Department chair and working actor.

He's currently performing in The Little Foxes at The Classic Theatre of San Antonio

The 1939 play, written by Lillian Hellman, takes place in Alabama in 1900. Here's the teaser:

"In pursuit of the American Dream, this riveting story captures the life of a Southern family who has decided to partner together to pursue the biggest business deal that will make-or-break their lives. But as the financial dream gets bigger and tensions rise, where do the pieces for this family’s future fall?"

The show runs weekends until May 26.

Photo by Siggi Ragnar, Courtesy The Classic Theatre of San Antonioar
Photo by Siggi Ragnar, Courtesy The Classic Theatre of San Antonio

Seniors, freshmen celebrate during appreciation dinner

May 07, 2019
By Keystone Communications Team

Welcoming the incoming class of freshmen -- the Class of 2023 -- and saying farewell to the graduating class of 2019, the Senior Appreciation Dinner offered a chance for students to look back at their experiences at Keystone, and visit with teachers they have known along the way. 

Before a dinner of Indian cuisine in the gym, the evening began in the Theatre with an assembly and speech from Jacob, a senior.

"So, Class of 2023, as you look forward to your transition to high school, and Class of 2019, as you look forward to college, know that no matter how unprepared you may feel, no matter how nervous or excited you may be, you’re going to be fine," Jacob said. "I think though, at least for the seniors in the room, the scariest part of the transition we’re about to make is not the challenge we expect to find in the fall, but what we have to leave behind this spring: the friends we ate lunch with every day since third grade, the friends who make us forget the all-nighter we just pulled and smile at 8 in the morning, and the friends who’ve suffered the same losses and loved the same moments over the most memorable years of our lives so far."

A few more tests and celebrations await the seniors before graduation on May 29.

 

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