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Rossman School geographers made history this spring, placing first among fourth, fifth and sixth graders in the 2020 National Geography Challenge.

In the nationwide challenge, the scores of the top 10 students are combined to determine the team score. This is the first year all three of Rossman’s teams have won their divisions, and their achievements bring the number of national titles Rossman has earned to 12. Rossman’s Class of 2020 has claimed first in the nation for three consecutive years.

The National Geography Challenge is sponsored by the National Council for...Read more

When I speak with prospective parents on tours in the halls of Rossman, I always point out a unique feature of our curriculum: Our students have a class period each day dedicated to writing. This is not the case in many schools where writing is often lumped in with all of the other language arts — reading, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, speaking, and listening. In many “English” or “Language Arts” classes, writing is treated as an extension of reading; students are primarily asked to write about what they read.

This emphasis placed on writing at Rossman is important since writing is...Read more

Year after year, we witness fourth graders burst with excitement when participating in our service project, supporting the Humane Society. It’s easy to see how much children love animals. More recently, we’ve noticed this affection in our fourth grade Zoom meetings. During any given virtual gathering, you may see dogs, cats, hamsters and other beloved family pets pop on the screen while hearing a collective “awww” from the class. While many of us feel a deep connection with animals, children in particular form especially strong relationships with our furry friends. The best part is that...Read more

You’ve heard English teachers talk about passive and active voice, but people don’t often pay the same attention to passive and active listening. As humans, we each experience passive and active listening every day, and both play important roles in our lives. People often assume that passive listening is a bad thing, but it’s not, and it occurs often. Whether you’re humming along absentmindedly to music while driving, or zoning out while smiling and nodding at an acquaintance who’s telling a long-winded tale, there will always be moments of passive listening in your day. Everyone is a...Read more

Rossman faculty have been taking extra steps to learn about executive functioning throughout this school year. We began our year learning from an outside professional, who is a licensed professional counselor, about different areas of executive functioning. Recently, many teachers stayed after school to view a webinar from Dr. Peg Dawson, who is one of the authors of Smart but Scattered. As the learning consultant for Rossman, and in my other professional role as a trained school psychologist who conducts...Read more

Comprehension is an essential part of the learning process. This constructive process is one that requires students to make connections in order to understand what they are hearing and reading. Comprehension should be interactive between teachers and students. This is where students learn to become problem solvers, infer, compare and contrast, relate what they are learning to background knowledge, among many other meaning-making benefits.

Comprehension is a vital skill to one’s everyday life no matter what walk of life he or she is in. Students must be able to make connections in...Read more

Thinking about elementary school may bring up memories of multiplication facts, phonics, or memorizing state capitals. But what about research projects? For Rossman students, research projects are a core component of education. Surprisingly, the experience may not be all that different from your own experience in middle or high school, with a few modifications to ensure that it’s safe and developmentally appropriate for our students....Read more

What do you think about when you hear the word dance? Most likely, half of you smile ear to ear and the other half cringe at the thought. That is pretty close to the reaction our Upper School students have when we announce our dance unit each year.

The first week of the unit is spent listening to music, learning to find the beat and practicing setting each move or combination of moves to an eight-count. Each year, we also study a specific dance style, so students have at least four different types of dance in their repertoire upon graduating.

After this introduction, students...Read more

Great Stories. Great Graduates. Introducing our Alumni Spotlight Series...

Stories. They are one of the best parts of my job. I get to listen to stories about tooth fairy visits, recess boo-boos, soccer team successes, field trip discoveries, homework woes and much more. I love hearing all about the lives of our students. Recently, many stories I have found great delight in are those of our Rossman alumni, the students who skipped down the halls of our school years before I arrived. Their memories of Rossman and the passions they pursue beyond our walls both...Read more

Have you ever given any thought to how you learn? In social studies, students were asked to complete a questionnaire to see what learning style best describes them. The goal was to provide students the opportunity to reflect and see how they learn in hopes they would use that information to help them study for a test or complete their homework.

A learning style is an individual’s approach to learning based on strengths, weaknesses and preferences. And knowing yourself as a learner is important if you want to achieve to the best of your ability. When it comes to processing...Read more

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