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The Rossman School Board of Trustees is very pleased to announce its unanimous selection of Elizabeth Zurlinden as the next head of school following Pat Shipley’s retirement at the conclusion of the current school year.

Embodying Rossman’s culture and core values, Elizabeth is extraordinarily well prepared to lead our school into its second century. Currently serving as Rossman’s Lower School director, Elizabeth is set to take on the challenge of balancing our strong traditions with the need for continuous innovation in our educational program. With a foundation of strong...Read more

Just before the school year began, our faculty had the opportunity to engage in Responsive Classroom training. Responsive Classroom is an approach designed to support social/emotional learning, promote joyful classroom communities, empower students, celebrate students as individuals, model and choose language that promotes student understanding and build strong routines that facilitate the learning process. Certainly, none of these ideas are new to our Rossman educators, and through this professional development, we enjoyed collaborating and sharing ideas to promote these practices in our...Read more

This year, I start most of my mornings in the 6B classroom. If you walked into the room, you would likely notice natural light pouring through the wall of windows. Your eye may then find the rainbow tower of construction paper and a shelf lined with bottles of paint. In a typical year, the 6B classroom is the art room.

Our art teacher, Erica Spangler, starts her day a few doors down in the Extended Day room. Because many specialist classrooms have been repurposed to enable adequate social distancing, the Extended Day room has become a temporary office for teachers. There, “Super...Read more

The spring vacation was a time of reflection as we passed through our pandemic anniversary, recalling where we were one year ago and what we have accomplished since that time. The transition to remote learning last spring was intense and unfamiliar, and the preparations for the 2020-2021 school year brought a whole host of new challenges as we “reimagined” just about everything under the sun. Our attention turned from connecting to children from afar and completing all of our end-of-year objectives to adapting our curriculum to fit within the boundaries of COVID protocols and helping our...Read more

The global pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of our lives for the past year, including how we teach and our school experiences. As we approach the one year anniversary of the introduction of COVID-19 protocols into our daily lives at Rossman School, I have taken some time to reflect on the impact I have felt teaching Upper School science during the pandemic.

In Upper School science, Rossman students explore topics in life, earth and physical sciences in hand-on, engaging ways. They question, predict, design experiments, analyze results and communicate their findings in...Read more

While conducting a literature review on teacher enthusiasm during my graduate studies, I discovered that there are numerous positive effects on students when educators are enthusiastic about teaching and passionate about their content areas. The literature review consistently revealed greater amounts of intrinsic motivation and self-efficacy among students when high levels of teacher enthusiasm were present. 

Joining the fifth grade teaching team at Rossman this year has only increased my awareness of the positive effects that teacher enthusiasm can have on student outcomes. For Mr...Read more

At Rossman School our mission is to provide a strong, well-balanced education in a nurturing school community committed to excellence. This mission supports our academic excellence as well as our commitment to the social-emotional wellbeing of our students. These two objectives are crystal-clear on campus. Our close relationship with students is evident from the minute they walk into the building. We high-five, fist bump, pat backs, smile and laugh with our students. Student work adorns our halls illustrating academic successes in all subject areas. Our goal is to educate the...Read more

blog_spangleruganda-14.jpgOver spring break last year, my husband (John), daughter (Ellie) and I went to Kawete, Uganda. There we worked at CCLS-U, an elementary school that is supported and funded by their sister school here in Kirkwood, MO, where my husband is a seventh grade teacher. That trip was life-changing for the three of us in many ways. It impacted my husband...Read more

For over a decade, a special person smiled in the second row at Rossman’s annual Grandparents’ Day concert. She was not the grandparent of a student but of a teacher! How many people get to bring Grandma to school for thirty-five years?

This Friday will mark the first time my grandmother doesn’t accompany me to Grandparents’ Day at Rossman. After losing her two weeks ago at the age of 97, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on our relationship and time together. What stands out to me are not the extravagant events like family trips, graduations or weddings but small, seemingly...Read more

Throughout my life and career, I have experienced a variety of independent schools in a number of capacities from student to parent, and teacher to administrator. Every independent school has its assets, and its quirks, but there are several distinct qualities that I believe set Rossman apart from other schools and make it a truly special place to be a student, family or faculty member.

Commitment to Each Student

When a child becomes a Rossman student, no matter at what point that journey begins, every effort is made to ensure their success across all...Read more

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