Upper School students practice gratitude

November 16, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

From Mr. Spedding: As part of the advisory program, Upper School students took two Wednesday advisory periods to consider what they were grateful for. 

During week 1, students wrote thank you notes to friends, faculty and staff. 

During week 2, students created individual response “hand turkeys” that were then displayed as a group piece around campus during the week. 

We are grateful for our students and the families that support them at Keystone!

Happy Grand Friends Day!

November 16, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

On the last day of school before the Thanksgiving break, our campus bubbled with excitement from visitors for the Lower School's Grand Friends Day.

After coffee and pastries in the cafeteria, our guests visited the classrooms of their grandchildren and got a chance to see the students' projects and have them explain their own work.

From there, the visitors went to the gym for a presentation by Mr. Handmaker and some musical and dance selections from the students.

At the Little School, Grandparents Day took place on Thursday.

Here's a slideshow of the day:

Little School donates to Food Bank

November 15, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

This year, the Little School's Helping Hands program donated 472 pounds of food to the San Antonio Food Bank. That's enough for 369 meals.

Helping Hands Around The World takes place every Wednesday at the Little School. The preschool students all gather together to discuss ways we can make the world a better place, and wear their globe school shirts. Children usually discuss recycling, turning off lights, taking care of our pets and plants. This week, it was giving food to those that do not have food.

5th graders present roller coasters

November 15, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

After weeks of work, the fifth graders presented their roller coasters. It was a project that invovled math, science, engineering, technology and writing to create a ride and pitch it to a Disney executive.

To get to this point, students wrote a back story for their ride, learning math and engineering concepts that go into creating a roller coaster and the queue to get into it, and create art that goes with the roller coaster. Their project involved scale and acceleration, and the storytelling part of the assignment involved writing and making presentations.

They built and tested their models, and got them ready.

On Thursday, they presented to other students, faculty and staff, and invited their families to check out their work.

Hiking Club goes on first trek of the season

November 14, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

With some crisp days ahead, it's perfect time for some hiking. And just in time for the arrival of fall weather, the Middle School Hiking Club recently enjoyed their first hike of the season.

On a Saturday morning, Coach Unruh led several 7th and 8th graders and their families traversed 4.5 miles at Guadalupe River State Park and enjoyed a meal together afterwards.

Foreign language students visit Doctors Without Borders exhibit

November 14, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

Students from upper level Spanish and French classes visited "Forced from Home," an interactive exhibit from Doctors Without Borders.

The tour aims to give participants greater insights about the global refugee crisis. Students made their way through the 10,000 square-foot exhibit at Main Plaza guided by Doctors Without Borders aid workers and learned more about the challenges facing a person forced to flee their homes.

The exhibit also included virtual reality and 360-degree video, and brought materials gathered from refugee camps, sea rescue missions, and emergency medical projects around the world.

Atomic Runway shows off elements

November 13, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

Here's a way to learn about the elements: Create a fashion show and have students create their own costumes, research and write their scripts, and team them up so they read each other's work.

The 4th grade project is called Atomic Runway and finishes with a fashion show in the cafeteria, where the students walk the stage in costume and show off their elements.

6th graders experience lake, streams, stars and more

November 13, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

Over a couple of days, the sixth graders got to walk in the mud of a warm creek, gaze at stars on a beautifully clear night and then bundle up for a chilly and foggy morning.

It was all part of their class trip to New Ulm, about halfway between San Antonio and Houston. The program, part of Nature’s Classroom Institute, gave the students a chance to experience nature, take some classes and come together more closely as a group.

Seventh graders interview veterans

November 05, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

Important school projects are all around us, if we're ready to see them. In this spirit, Dr. Pederson assigned her seventh graders to conduct and write up an interview with a veteran about their military experience and write a piece that conveys their personality and experience.

In this project, the students learn to get comfortable with asking people questions, recording information, synthesizing it and producing a compelling piece of work.

Most students were able to find family members, friends or neighbors to interview. A few didn't and were able to turn to veterans who are part of the Keystone community. One of those students, Akash, interviewed Mr. Goodwin about his service in the Air Force during Desert Storm, the First Gulf War.

Veterans Day is Nov. 11 and celebrated Nov. 12. We apperciate our veterans and their service to our country.

To learn a lesson, sometimes you have to break a few eggs

November 03, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team

How high can you drop an egg without it breaking? The eighth-graders of Mr. Howk's science class had a chance to test their design skills by creating baskets that would absorb the impact of a falling egg so that it stayed intact. It was part of a unit studying momentum.

One popular place for dropping the eggs was at the top of stairs on the rear of Founders Hall. Alas, the landing spot had grass, so it provided a naturally softer landing than hard concrete. Next year, Mr. Howk is looking to make some changes so students have to place their egg catchers on a hard surface.

 

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