At Rossman, we strive to give our students a well-balanced education and positive skills they will need for the future. Teaching our students to be kind, responsible lifelong learners, thinkers, creators, leaders and so much more, doesn’t just involve standing in front of a classroom instructing or demonstrating to them. It involves giving students opportunities every day to be leaders themselves, giving them choices and immersing them in hands-on experiences that help them grow in all aspects of education.
In Lower School science, I give students the opportunity to develop...Read more
Did you know that all independent schools have an Annual Fund – elementary schools, secondary schools and even colleges? While public schools rely on support from the government and taxes, private schools rely solely on tuition, income from their endowment and Annual Fund gifts.
Parent support of Rossman’s Annual Fund is vital to the success of the school. You might ask, “How does my Annual Fund gift affect my child, his classmates, the faculty and staff, or the school?” A few of our faculty and staff reflected on some of the ways the Annual Fund enhances learning in and out of the...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.
Kindness, one of our four key Rossman rules … What does it mean to you? Webster’s Dictionary defines it as the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate. Kindness, along with the other three Rossman rules, are encouraged in second grade beginning the first day of school. Being kind is a rewarding feeling and a simple act that is easy for people of all ages to perform.
We celebrate kindness in second grade by allowing the children to “catch others being kind.” We call these Kindness Catchers. We have a basket in our classroom for children to write acts of kindness they have...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 the art room, children are getting creative, solving problems, and even exercising. This may be a surprise. Although we don’t often break a sweat, each day little hands are building up their fine motor muscles. In addition to all of the great educational benefits of the visual arts, the physical development that takes place in the classroom is also...Read more
As the winter months approach and the seasons change, we tend to see more colds, coughs and flus going around the school. However, our second graders are prepared to fight the battle. In the Lower School science classroom we are learning defenses against germs and strategies to help prevent the spread. Before we could help prevent the...Read more
Beginnings are crucial — especially for children. The way a child begins the day sets the tone for learning and speaks volumes about how they interact with others. At Rossman, students’ learning begins the second they walk through the doors of the building. Children are greeted warmly by a friendly face at either the front or back door. Although this gesture may seem small, for many, this interaction is exactly what is needed to get the day started on a positive note.
We have found that our second grade students are more focused, organized and relaxed as they start their day when...Read more
The 2014 Hour of Code was held worldwide last week, and Rossman School once again participated in this extraordinary event. Our students from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 6 spent at least one hour last week doing activities in their classrooms sponsored by Code.org. We were a small part of the 75 million people that had fun while learning the basics of coding.
Our goal is to get our students excited about the possibilities that lay before them and help them understand that learning to code will help them in whatever direction their lives take...Read more
In conjunction with our study of North America and the reading of our first two literature books this year, we took a journey that eventually had us focusing on one word, “pilgrim.” We asked, “What is a pilgrim? What was it really like for the early pilgrims who came to this country, and what about modern day pilgrims to our country?”
First, we found ourselves talking about how different the continents looked millions of years ago and how people traveled across land bridges that once connected continents. This proved to be a perfect lead into the study of the ancient Mississippian...Read more