Country School administrators shared their expertise with colleagues from around the country at the 2015 National Association of Independent School annual conference. Head of Middle School Kirsten Rosolen presented our groundbreaking work on Mission Skills Assessment on a panel entitled, “The MSA Program and the Value of Measuring Non-Cognitive Skills.” Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid Nancy Hayes presented with fellow SSATB Think Tank members, “Measuring What Matters in Admission and Beyond.” As a part of the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring Heads, Head of Upper School Tim Delehaunty was a presenter at “Using Empathic Design to Solve NAIS Sustainability Issues.”
Ron Lieber, “Your Money” columnist for The New York Times, frequent contributor to The New York Times “Motherlode” column, and author of the recently published book, “The Opposite of Spoiled,” instant New York Times bestseller, will speak at New Canaan Country School on Friday, March 6 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Books will be available for sale from Elm Street Books. The event is hosted by the school’s Parents’ Association as part of a monthly speaker series. This event is free and open to the public.
Ninth graders delicately folded and then feasted on dumplings to celebrate Lunar New Year. Mandarin students also visited fourth grade students and taught them how to write “Happy New Year” on large red posters that are traditionally hung outside Chinese homes.
Kindergarteners waddled on stage dressed as penguins roaming the South Pole. They had spent the last four weeks in a deep dive, learning everything they could about the Antarctic bird. The children then transformed that knowledge into their very own play which they performed in front of their families.
To cap off their study of immigration, Lower School transformed into Ellis Island. Dressed as European immigrants from the 1890s, students moved from “steerage”— students were crowded in one classroom—into the “Great Hall," the assembly space. Upon arriving in the Great Hall, students had to meet inspectors, find their families, and take health, mental and citizenship exams. With little direction, they had to figure out how to get through all the steps in the immigration process.