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Lower School Finds Out The Beauty of "Ish" ness!

In the first Lower School Assembly of the school year, the Lower School Team brought to life the book ish by Peter H. Reynolds. The book follows a little boy Ramon as he rekindles and rediscovers his love of drawing…even though his pictures aren’t perfect. Exploring the book’s themes of believing in yourself and remembering the beauty of the non-perfect “–ish” ness of learning was the best way to wrap up our first full week of school!

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Eighth Graders' Final Culminating Event Answers the Question: "Can we practice empathy?"

They are about to graduate, but that didn’t deter them from one final culminating event. In a project that truly pulled together all they had learned in the nine years they were here at Speyer, our eighth graders studied Advocacy as their last Humanities unit. Humanities teacher and Deputy Head of School Mr. Deards challenged them to start an analysis of another person’s plight, first by asking, “Do I understand what it is to live his or her life?” He has more on this amazing final culminating event!

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A Concert of Original Songs! Future City Expos! Greek Tragedies! It's a Culminating-Event-a-palooza!

With mere days left in the school year, it’s been only what can be called a Culminating Event-a-palooza, with concerts, presentations, and more as many of our students welcomed their families, our faculty, and other guests as they shared months and months of work, learning, and creating! We’ve got the full round-up for you!

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Lower School and the National Dance Institute celebrate "Voices of Change"!

It’s one of our favorite annual end-of-year happenings! This week, the gym transformed into a performance space as our K-4 students celebrated the theme "Voices of Change" in their "Event of the Year" with National Dance Institute.  This event is a culmination of their year-long learning about activism, social justice, innovation, and togetherness.

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Speyer Third Graders Place Third in the Nation in the 2018-19 WordMasters Challenge™!

"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do." Thomas Jefferson. Knowing the power of words is one of the many skills Speyer students learn…you could even call them WordMasters. That nickname would be quite appropriate, as Speyer students placed FIRST in the nation in the latest WordMasters Challenge and THIRD nationally in the culmulative year-long competition!  

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Call them Ishmael: Sixth Graders Trek to Cape Cod on A Cross-Curricular Whaling Adventure

Just call them Ishmael! Our sixth graders had an amazing experience as they embarked on their three-day trek to Cape Cod! It was a fabulous adventure to explore whaling — the unit of study they have been exploring in Humanities and Science — in a hands-on, tangible way.  

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Spotted on the Boulevard: Lockers Covered with Post-it Notes! Curious Minds Want to Know Why!

Spotted on the Boulevard: lockers covered with Post-it notes. A curious sight, for sure...so what’s the story here? We think it had something to do with our sixth grade’s latest literary studies of the YA novel Posted and the classic To Kill a Mockingbird. To find out the scoop, we went to Middle School Learning Specialist Ms. Goldstein!

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Speyer Math-letes "Spring" Into Top Awards at State MATHCOUNTS and Girls Adventures in Math

Spring is here! Birds are chirping, flower buds are blooming…and Speyer Math-letes are emerging as champions once again! We have a full round-up of the latest math competitions where Speyer’s MATHCOUNTS team and our Girls Adventures in Math (GAiM) teams amazed us and other teams from around the city and state!

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Spotted in the Library: Bestselling Authors Gordon Korman and Stephanie Calmanson!

Spotted in the library: two – count’em – two wonderful authors talking about their craft to Speyer students! Yes, Speyer welcomed authors Gordon Korman and Stephanie Calmanson as part of a large overview to discuss the writing process and the life of a writer with multiple grades! Click to read how they in-Speyered our students!

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Speyer Debate Dominates at Urban Debate League State Championship!

Our Dragon Debaters dominated the NYC Debate tournaments and took their stellar skills to the two-day Urban Debate League State Championship this past weekend. Having the greatest number of Parliamentary debaters who qualified to attend, Speyer was, once again, a force for other schools’ teams to contend with. We have all of the details and results from our Debate Coach Mr. Glasser! 

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Noggin. Noodle. Grey Matter. No matter what you call it, Speyer celebrated Brain Awareness Week!

Speyer launched its first-ever celebration of Brain Awareness Week! Taking part in the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research, different subject teachers came together in a collaborative effort to engage students to explore ways the brain processes information, how we can improve self-regulation, and and how exercise and mindful breathing play an important role in brain development. 

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Second Graders "Time Travel" to Explore Immigration During the Turn of the Century!

What was it like for immigrants coming to America at the turn of the century? What happened at Ellis Island? How did new immigrants live in our city in the late 1800s? Our second graders have been exploring these questions and more during their Immigration at the Turn of the Century unit. To further their study, they traveled to the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side and “time-traveled” during a dramatic role-playing exercise at school! 

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