An Unparalleled Environment for Learning

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.

Osprey Outlook Spring 2019

Recent News

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  • 50th Anniversary Campaign

    On Saturday, April 6, Kent School celebrated its 50th Anniversary with an incredible Gala at Brittland Estates in Chestertown. The event served to honor the legacy of Kent School, reflect on the present and imagine the future.
     
    At the Gala, we announced the launch of Together We Soar: The 50th Anniversary Campaign for Kent School. This $2.3M effort will support the Endowment and a Middle School Renovation creating new spaces for Academics, Science and the Visual and Performing Arts. Kent School’s mission is to guide its students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. The campaign will enrich the educational experience offered at Kent School by providing an even stronger foundation for all of its students.
     
    Together We Soar will add an additional $1M to our Endowment, which will allow us to continue to be the best that we can be for generations to come. Our Endowment supports student financial assistance, employee compensation, professional development, and the Kudner Leyon Visiting Writers’ Program. Our Endowment efforts have been strengthened by a generous donor’s challenge which commits to matching funds of $200,000. The School is pleased to report that it is halfway to its Endowment goal.
     
    In addition, Together We Soar seeks to raise $1M to fund a re-imagining of the Deborah C. Williams Middle School and existing visual and performing arts spaces. A two story addition is planned to meet our program needs. We are working with Albert Rubeling of JMT Architecture on the design. Our goal is to complete a STEAM Innovation Center with a new Middle School Academic Wing, as well as a new Performing Arts Wing on the second floor of the M.V. “Mike” Williams Gymnasium.
     
    Nancy Mugele, Head of Kent School said, “I am so grateful for the visionary men and women on Kent School’s Founding Board, especially Founding Board President Ben P. Gale and Founding Headmistress Joan C. Merriken for their tenacity, resilience and perseverance in leading this institution. It is only fitting that the first gift to this campaign was made by the estate of Joan C. Merriken.
     
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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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