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When you hear the word sustainable, what comes to mind? Recycling? Composting? “Going green”? Rossman’s Upper School students began the school year by learning that this word means a whole lot more than that! After several activities in science class, they’ve started to develop a much deeper understanding of the concept. Our staff has also been discussing the meaning of sustainability and how we can more fully incorporate the process of educating for sustainability at Rossman School.

The accepted definition of sustainability is “when the environmental, economic, and social needs of...Read more

When integrated in intentional and meaningful ways, technology goes hand in hand with the 6 C’s of education: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, communication, citizenship, and character education. These life skills are critical for success in our ever-changing world, and Rossman educators cultivate each of them on a daily basis by enhancing students’ learning through technology that is visible in many forms. By giving our students accessibility to technology when needed, we give them a choice in their voice to the world.

This summer, Rossman was able...Read more

An important component of the fifth grade reading curriculum is the book club experience. In the fall, students read one of a selection of stories from Sudan, Mexico, China, Chile and India to help them learn about different cultures around the world. In the spring, they read one of four time-tested novels for their age group that help them understand what it means for a work of literature to be considered a “classic.”

Students are expected to come to each scheduled meeting with not only their assigned chapters read but also their “job” packets completed. At every meeting, each...Read more

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” —Aristotle

What ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle believed in 350 B.C. is precisely what we aspire to impart every day at Rossman School — a balanced education of heart and mind. Academically, students discuss great literature and history, as well as participate in scientific investigation and collaborative group projects, all which offer rich opportunities to integrate lessons of a parallel priority: the development of strong character. As a complementary social component of character...Read more

In honor of Rossman's Centennial, this year's Rossman Players production, “The Rossman Players Retrospective,” featured excerpts from Rossman Players musicals over the past ten years. With each scene, the cast of fourteen fifth and sixth graders not only revived a chapter of Rossman Players history but also presented the story of a character whose journey leads them to stand up to adversity and discover an unknown strength within themselves. Presented March 14 and 15, the musical revue was a hit with audiences, especially those for whom the scenes brought back memories of...Read more

The quote by Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn,” can speak to many facets of our education system. Allowing students to have a real voice in their education and bringing it to life can help spark a student’s interest in ways that we as teachers might not have thought. In class, we work on making the lessons fun and engaging, but having the privilege to take students on field trips and allowing them to gain first hand experience on a topic can prove invaluable to the learning and retention process.

Fifth grade recently put this...Read more

Diving Into Google Classroom

A little over two years since its release, Google Classroom has revolutionized education in many ways. Because Google launched the program at a seemingly inopportune time—right at the start of the 2014 school year—I was initially reluctant to implement it without having time to explore it beforehand. However, Rossman’s technology coordinator, Becky Taylor, assured me that it was a very user-friendly program, and fortunately, I decided to jump in head-first, figuring that my tech-savvy students and I could learn how best...Read more

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You turn on the faucet and fresh, clean water comes gushing out. Have you ever stopped to think about how incredibly lucky we are to have that luxury? In fifth grade, we have been studying our watershed since the beginning of the year. We recently got the chance to see...Read more

Physical Education has had a fantastic beginning to the 2016-2017 school year. Students enjoyed the “spongy” new track surface in P. E. classes their first day. It not only looks really nice but it also feels softer when running or walking. The new track along with the improved long jump pit (the big sand box to the JK and SK students) and soccer field make for quite a picturesque scene from the top of the hill by the school.

Speaking of the soccer field, Rossman School hosted the annual Invitational Soccer tournament for our consortium of independent schools September 24. Seven...Read more

Students at Rossman School placed first among sixth graders and second among fifth graders in the National Geography Challenge this spring.

In the nationwide challenge, the scores of the top 10 students are combined to determine the team score. Rossman’s sixth grade class won its division, recording a team average of 88%. Also averaging 88%, the fifth grade team finished just 21 points behind the national champions. 

The National Geography Challenge is sponsored by the National Council for Geographic Education. The written exam tests general knowledge of geography, map skills...Read more

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