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Kent School serves children from Preschool through Grade 8. Our unrivaled setting along the bank of the Chester River allows us to educate children in a safe, nurturing environment where childhood is preserved and students are prepared for success in secondary schools and beyond.

50th Anniversary Celebration

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  • Kent School to Celebrate Fiftieth Anniversary

    Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, is an independent school serving boys and girls in Preschool through Grade Eight. Kent School is celebrating fifty years of excellence in education in an unparalleled learning environment.
     
    “We have spent this academic year celebrating Kent School’s fiftieth anniversary. We chose this special weekend-long event to attract as many people from the school community and beyond to campus,” Nancy Mugele, Head of Kent School said. Mugele continued, “These events not only celebrate Kent School’s past accomplishments, but our fiftieth anniversary is a time to celebrate all the future possibilities for Kent School. We are looking back but we are also looking forward. The future is indeed bright at Kent School.”
     
    The 50th Anniversary weekend celebration begins with a golf tournament on Friday, April 5. The tournament will be held at Chester River Yacht and Country Club. The shotgun start begins at 9:00 a.m. The fee for individual golfers is $130 and the fee for a foursome is $500. Both include 18 holes of golf, cart and lunch. All are welcomed to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.
     
    The celebration weekend continues with a gala on Saturday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. which will be held at Brittland Estate. The black tie optional event will include a limited live auction, cocktails, dinner and dancing with live music from the band NightLife. Tickets for the Fiftieth Anniversary Gala are $150. Registration is open for both the golf tournament and the gala through the Kent School website at https://www.kentschool.org/giving/50th-anniversary-weekend. Auction items include trips, catered cruises and a very special South African Safari experience.
     
    Jen Matthews ‘01, Director of Development and Alumni Relations is planning both events. “We chose a Ginkgo leaf to be our symbol for the Fiftieth Anniversary. A gingko tree stands tall on the Kent School playground and was there long before the school began. That tree is one of the most recognizable icons on our campus. Generations of students can remember climbing, swinging and playing beneath the giant tree. Gingko also represents memory and we find it a fitting theme as we celebrate and remember the first fifty years of Kent School.” Matthews continued, “Thanks to strong volunteer and sponsor support, I am looking forward to both events. We are having fun diving into the archives to include past publications and photos. I know all of our guests will enjoy reminiscing with former classmates, parents and teachers at both of the celebrations.”
     
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Recent News

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  • Spelling Bee

    The Kent School Spelling Bee was held last Thursday. Congratulations to all students in grades four through eight who qualified. Special congratulations to Allie B. who emerged the winner after several rounds. Tait T. was runner-up. Allie and Tait are now eligible to participate in the Maryland State Bee which will be held on March 23 at Camden Yards Sports Arena. Lily M. is the alternate should Allie or Tait not be able to participate.
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Transformative Teaching and Learning Community

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  • Learning from the Experts Down the Hall: Kent School Teachers Lead Mind, Brain and Education Science Workshops

    Robert John Meehan, one of the our nation’s leading voices for the teaching profession, said: The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives.
     
    On Friday, February 15 Kent School teachers spent the day in professional learning taking a deeper dive into mind, brain and education science. Our teachers shared lessons and experiences on how they can incorporate some of the latest research into enhanced learning. The sessions were led by four current Kent School teachers who were trained at the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) Academy. First grade teacher, Cheryl Plummer and Learning Specialist, Jess Thompson led the first session. Plummer and Thompson along with Assistant Head of School for Academics, Michelle Duke were the first Kent School teachers to attend the Mind, Brain and Education Science (MBE) conference in 2017. Their enthusiasm for what they learned was contagious. The following summer, Seventh and Eighth Math teacher, Amanda Whitaker and Middle School History and Geography Teacher, Patrick Pearce attended the conference. Whitaker and Pearce led the second session on February 15.
     
    The first session of the day focused on “productive struggle.”  Teachers know that students are not learning if there is not some element of struggle in their work. A student may be able to relay a series of facts without error which may come in handy but they are not showing they are learning by reciting facts.  Plummer said, “Slow, deep thinking is what is important. Sometimes the wrong answer is as important as the right answer.”
     
    To illustrate her point Plummer and Thompson asked the assembled group to solve a problem to the best of each person’s ability using a grid. The faculty was challenged to outline as many boxes in the grid without touching the sides and without retracing any lines. We learned we found success through trying different strategies, learning from mistakes, learning from peers and moving forward. Thompson’s and Plummer’s exercise illustrated the importance of having a growth mindset. Students should not simply know something. Students need to be  metacognitive which is knowing how they think, how they know something and knowing how their thinking helped them find the solution.
     
     
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