the wisdom to follow. the courage to lead.

A Note from Cathy North, Lower School Head

Smiles and laughter are bountiful and contagious in the Lower School as this is where confidence, creativity, and character begins for our youngest scholars! When you step inside Severn's Lower School you will see how students are engaged in all aspects of our program as they play purposefully and creatively demonstrating great passion and purpose for their learning and social connections throughout and beyond our school community.

We develop the whole-child through robust academic and social programs founded in research, best practices, and educational standards. Our goal is to nurture students’ curiosity and talents, to engage students in risk taking in a positive and respectful manner, and to promote a passion for learning that shines within and among students.

Learning is an active process that serves as a compass, navigating each student towards his dreams. Differentiated learning opportunities through content and process are the essence of the planning, teaching, and learning cycle. Students are provided with multiple opportunities to engage in problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration to expand their ideas and build connections to concepts within and around the world they live.

Engaging students in academically rigorous initiatives, such as cross-curricula connections, robotics, engineering, global service learning projects, international math, and the arts permeate the educational experience. SMART Boards, iPads, and laptops are used as purposeful instructional technology tools to enhance the teaching and learning experience.

We take great pride in nurturing a culture that promotes a shared responsibility among faculty, parents, community members, and students. Teaching students to be contributing members of the classroom and school community are founding principles as they begin the early childhood experience. Embracing and internalizing their personal and social responsibility to the school, community and world around them are paramount to finding their voice, leading the way, and making a difference as they advance through the elementary grades.

As a student-focused leader, I believe in leading with integrity and by example. Connecting the daily operations of the schoolhouse to school and student learning goals should be fluid in forwarding our School Mission. I believe in making a difference and appreciate the extraordinary possibilities of who and what our students will become.

Cathy North
Lower School Head

List of 5 news stories.

  • Fox vs. Bear Election

    Classroom Report from Ms. Shannon Martinez:
    As we head into the presidential election, many tough decisions have to be made in the forest. Who will be the president of the forest? Fox or Bear?

    The first graders were divided into two campaign teams to begin campaigning for their candidate. The class has been discussing author's purpose and the children had to create a persuasive campaign speech in order to persuade the voters to vote for their candidate. They then analyzed a variety of different campaign posters to determine the elements we would like to include in their individual posters. The first graders then worked with their 4th grade Helping Hands to create a campaign poster for their candidate. This week, the first graders will go to each of the grade level classrooms, read 
    The Election, and give their campaign speech.

    Who will be the president of the forest? Election day is November 8th....the choice is in the hands of the voters!




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  • Coming Together for the Vote!

    Severn third graders made a very special visit to the Teel campus to talk with seniors about the importance of voting and civic duty. After gathering in Price Auditorium to introduce the day, each senior was grouped with two third graders to find a quiet spot to discuss this important (and relevant!) topic.
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  • Lower School Math Specialist, Ms. Stacy Shaener

    Meaningful Math for Severn Families

    One of the goals of our Lower School math curriculum is to extend what we do in class and involve families in the process of learning at home. Our innovative Math Specialist, Ms. Stacy Shaener, introduced the Game of the Month program for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders four years ago and it has grown to be an integral part of our Lower School math program. Through developmentally appropriate (and fun!) games, the whole family can engage in meaningful math while the kids review, practice and extend the skills they learn at school.
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  • Severn School prekindergarten teachers present on early school maker mindsest

    Severn Presents "Embracing the Maker Movement in the Early Childhood Classroom" at NAEYC Annual Conference

    We are proud to announce that Ms. Chrisie Saunders and Ms. Crystal Erskine will present “Embracing the Maker Movement in the Early Childhood Classroom” at the upcoming annual conference for The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 

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  • First graders ready to present their campaign speeches!

    Name the Terrapin, 2016

    For the first time, Severn’s Teel Campus is home to a tiny (and terribly cute!) terrapin through the National Aquarium's Terrapins in the Classroom program. After great success with this program at the Chesapeake Campus in previous years, our 1st grade teachers passed the terrapin torch to 8th grade science teacher, Ms. Joanna Josey. This grew into a great opportunity for inspired learning mixed with a lot of fun, a cross-campus Name the Terrapin Election!
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