2016 was a big year for Avenues. We said goodbye to our first graduating class and hello to new students and faculty members in every division. Below, please enjoy some of our favorite blog posts from this momentous year.
Early Learning Center
What is this strange device?
Our Early Learning Center teachers are prolific writers, and we recommend you check out all of their blog posts—complete with adorable photos. Some of our favorites from 2016 include a glimpse into the ELC playground, pre-K students’ exploration of bygone technology and the world’s cutest post office.
On the playground.
Collaborating can be really fun!
This past year, second graders learned how to collaborate, fourth graders visited papermaking studio Dieu Donné and fifth graders practiced STEAM skills while designing and building their own kites. And that’s just a sampling of all of our Lower Division posts from 2016—find more here.
Reaching for the sky.
Students created political parties and held elections.
Students in the middle grades inched toward creating the perfect ruler, improvised with jazz legend Larry Coryell and held their own elections. See highlights from Minimester, and read all of our middle grades blog posts here.
Building a tiny house.
Upper grades students examined ancient Chinese philosophy through a modern lens, responded to a work by Sol LeWitt through multiple disciplines and built a tiny house! But that’s not all—see the rest of the upper grades blog posts here.
Enjoy moments from the Avenues community engagement program, particularly this spring’s salsa party with our friends from Hudson Guild.
We sat down and interviewed many more of our teachers this year, from upper grades World Course teacher Stephanie Shore to nursery teacher Line Kristensen to first grade teacher Dan Wallace. See them all here.
Avenues Speakers Series
This year’s speakers discussed a variety of issues, from the effects of tech on child development to the importance of inclusion. There’s much more here.
Research-Based Answers in Gray Matters
In 2016 we also starting sharing articles by the research and development group at Avenues. The team provides research-based answers to common faculty questions, such as, does project-based learning adequately prepare students for AP-type tests? See all of our Gray Matters posts here.
We wish you all the best in 2017!