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Math can be a lot of fun!

In many households there is an imbalance between fostering reading and fostering math. The most important or successful way of fostering quantitative thinking at home is to permeate it in students’ daily lives.  More...

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For the second year in a row, the 4th grade chorus was off to give a special Lunar New Year performance for Chinese seniors at the Hudson Guild – a unique form of community engagement spearheaded by Lower Division music teacher Mimi Hsu.  More...

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Toca Nature is an imaginative app that allows kids to create rivers or lakes, build mountains, plant a wide variety of trees and quickly see what type of wildlife appears from their effort. More...

Lilly's father talks to the class about his work as a lab analyst.

The 5th grade Palms class embraced the idea of interconnectedness when they put their anecdotal writing unit into action. Students weaved their best anecdotal pieces into pen pal letters that were sent around the world. More...

Building together.

Blocks are a staple in the early childhood classroom, so as teachers we have to figure out how to best “teach” the art of blocks. More...

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Space by Tinybop is the eighth app in Tinybop’s Explorer’s Library, a series of STEM sandbox apps for kids that are designed to inspire curiosity and foster lifelong learning. The app lets kids explore the solar system through interactive games. More...

New Year’s paper cutting.

Our middle grades Chinese-speaking students celebrated Lunar New Year and the Lantern Festival in February. In Chinese class, students not only learned about the do’s and dont’s for the Lunar New Year, but also about how those who celebrate start to prepare for this holiday seven days before the Chinese New Year’s Eve, and continue to celebrate the holiday until the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first lunar month. More...

Upper grades history teacher Jenna Ray facilitates discussion with students during “The Intersection of Economic Privilege and Gender.”

For the third annual Awareness Day at Avenues, students were given the opportunity to deeply examine issues of class and privilege with honesty and respect.  More...

Playing with Cubelets.

On Sunday, February 26, Avenues held its first Ruckus Constructus, a school-wide family STEAM event created by Avenues faculty, parents and students. The turnout was overwhelming, with more than 1,200 people from the community in attendance and the building came to life with almost 50 hands-on sessions. More...

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At Avenues we believe technology can be a great aid in education, from our iLab, where we teach design, programming and engineering, to the 1+1 laptop and tablet program we use with our students. The devices our children use are powerful on their own; but what enhances their inherent value is the enormous range of […] More...