Have you ever spoken to a large audience? Shared something personal about your life or someone close to you? Public speaking can be challenging even for those who do it frequently. It involves a complex set of skills, hours of preparation and the courage to make yourself vulnerable to the onlooking crowd. As challenging as it can be, public speaking is an essential tool to create positive change in our community and the larger world. With English teacher Mr. Joe Christie as their guide, our middle schoolers face that challenge head-on with the 8th Grade Public Address.
The famous Rodgers and Hammerstein tune, "My Favorite Things," is a classic holiday song that reminds us of the little things that bring joy to our lives each day. And with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, exams, end of semester projects and more, it’s those little things that keep us going. At a time when everyone seems to be busier than they’d like, it’s important to slow down, gather as a community and celebrate what makes Severn School such a special place. Enjoy some of our favorite seasonal moments as we wave goodbye to 2018 and welcome the new year ahead!
Evergreen decorations, candles in windows, public festivals, gift giving, acts of kindness and charity...sound familiar? For the people of Ancient Rome, Saturnalia was a seven-day festival to celebrate the Winter Solstice as one year ends and another begins. During this time, all Romans — many with different religions, customs, class designations and languages — would gather during this weeklong celebration to feast and make merry. In the Roman tradition, Mr. Yost’s 6th, 7th and 8th-grade Latin students wear togas, prepare old-world recipes, and share a meal to bring their study of Ancient Rome to life for Severn Saturnalia.
Have you ever asked your child to clean their room or prepare for a test only to find that they seem to have completely ignored your request? As they mature, children and teens develop different executive functioning skills at different rates and may not be ready to take on a particular task without explicit support from an adult. What adults may perceive as laziness is more likely a deficit in one or more of these important life skills. During last week's parent forum hosted by our counseling office, Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. John Persampiere shared practical strategies to help families move their children toward independence in a variety of academic and social situations.