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Ascension Episcopal School Tour

Carolyn Means - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I’m so excited to finally get this post published now that my website change is nearly completed. Ascension Episcopal School in the Energy Corridor is one of those “gems” which a lot of families overlook because it ends at grade 5. Just like The Fay School and Yorkshire Academy, Ascension offers such an outstanding education that its graduates are well-prepared and highly desired when they apply to middle schools. Parents may not like having to go through admissions again, but an Ascension education can make up for that. There is much richness within the international community at Ascension with its small class size, academic support for children at both ends of the learning curve, integrated technology and hands-on learning for all ages. The campus has extensive playing fields to support a year-round athletic program and a variety of engaging after-school programs. Add to this the welcoming arms of the Episcopal church to nurture children in love and grace, a talented faculty, and an experienced Head of School in Nancy Clausey. Be sure you add Ascension Episcopal School to your list of open houses in the upcoming admission season.

The Awty International School

Carolyn Means - Thursday, April 30, 2015

In the two years since I visited The Awty International School, the campus has undergone changes. The school has built a high wall to block off the south view and noise along !-10 and made updates to its play grounds. Awty has purchased property across N. Post Oak and will move the Primary School to that location when the lease runs out for the current tenants. A highlight of my tour was the art classroom where I saw work from very talented students.

Two-hour tour of The Regis School with Admission Director

Carolyn Means - Monday, April 27, 2015

I had a fabulous two-hour tour of The Regis School with Admission Director Beth Schneider. The recently-added multipurpose building with a double gym, cafeteria, and more classrooms has given the school much needed space, in particular for a large library. Regis is an all boys school from PS3-Grade 8. Maximum class size is 16 in the upper grades. New Headmaster Dennis Phillips is the third head of school at Regis. Well-known for their character, Regis boys stand up when visitors enter the room and welcome them with a ready smile in the hallways.

The Kinkaid School

Carolyn Means - Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Kinkaid School hosted a luncheon for “Richmond Guard” classes between 1955 and 1965, those of us who attended Kinkaid on the former campus on Richmond in the Montrose neighborhood. Headmaster Andy Martire, who is only the fifth head of school in Kinkaid’s history, made brief comments about the addition of the middle school classrooms, new cafeteria, and parking garage.

Independent School Management Consultant Walker Buckalew

Carolyn Means - Thursday, April 23, 2015

Independent School Management Consultant Walker Buckalew addressed a capacity crowd at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church and School on the topic of growth and management of Christian schools.

My second tour of The Monarch School

Carolyn Means - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My second tour of The Monarch School this spring was with a family whose child was a candidate for the Chrysalis Program. The stiking O’Quinn Center houses the welcome center with an auditorium where weekly tours begin with a video and introduction by Director of Admissions, Jacquice Jones, and Head of School, Debrah Hall. Christopher Perri, Chrysalis Program Director, gave an informative tour of each classroom, of which there are many, determined by the need of the child.

HIECA

Carolyn Means - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Judy Muir, Katrin (Muir) Lau, and I presented the program for our HIECA (Houston Independent Educational Consultants Association) whose members must also be members of IECA or HECA. All current members of our local group are college counselors except for me. Our program was on the development of the brain and executive functioning skills. I talked about how EF skills show up in entrance tests and group visits for children and working memory at all ages. Judy Muir talked about the science of neurons and all she has learned from her Harvard graduate studies on the brain and learning. She gave all guests a copy of her award-winning book, Live Wires.

Off-site athletic fields

Carolyn Means - Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Off-site athletic fields are a necessary choice for many Houston private schools which grew out of early childhood education programs at churches. In the past 20 years, the demand for field sports for girls rivals that for boys. St. Francis Episcopal Day School has added fields at their S. Piney Point campus which will also house their Primary School. First Baptist Academy opened its satelite Athletic Complex a few years ago two miles north of the school’s campus. Presbyterian School’s Outdoor Education Center is an easy 15-minute school bus ride south on Hwy. 288 from the School campus. The 14-acre OEC has extensive playing fields, environmental science study areas, an outdoor chapel and playgrounds.

The Annual Sounds of Scotland

Carolyn Means - Thursday, April 02, 2015

The Annual Sounds of Scotland production showcasing the bagpipe and drum bands and highland dancers in grades 5-12 at St. Thomas’ Episcopal School was held a few nights ago. This is a spectacular show at Jones Hall and open to the public each year. The Highland Arts curriculum is the hallmark of STE and students who participate through high school learn much about music, character, and confidence by performing and competing on local and world-wide stages. Good luck to the STE band in World Competition this summer.

Professional Growth

Carolyn Means - Monday, March 23, 2015

Professional Growth ranks high is an on-going passion and absolute need for a consultant.There are so many topics with which I need to be current. Just this week, my journal from the International Dyslexia Association arrived. All the articles are dedicated to the relationship of ADD/ADHD and dyslexia. I can’t wait to read up on this current research.

In February, I attended the annual conference of the Houston Branch of IDA. The topic of the conference was Executive Functioning – and Working Memory in particular. EF Skills are all related to success with learning and, reading, in particular. Fascinating!

I also attended an excellent half-day workshop on handwriting presented by Lynn Armstrong and provided by The Neuhaus Education Center. Yes, some schools still teach handwriting and children still need to be able to read it even if they always print or use a keyboard. One of the first ways I detect learning problems may be in handwriting – or printing. Pencil grip, planning space on a page, letter formation, etc. A lot shows up on a page of letters.

My Houston IEC group hosted a program on the benefits of a Gap Year, ably presented by Chris Webb, Director of Admission at Bridgton Academy.

One more event I attended was the annual luncheon in support of The Joy School. The speaker was noted author and child psychologist Michael Thompson, Ph. D. If you liked Raising Cain, you will like Thompson’s new book, The Pressured Child.


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