On November 7, Peck students, faculty, and parents attended The Far Brook School’s fifth annual Widening the Lens diversity conference for New Jersey independent schools. The theme of this year’s online conference was Lift Every Voice: Centering the Student Experience in Building Anti-Racist Communities.
When students end their fourth-grade year at Peck—the culmination of their Lower School experience—what awaits them in the next school year is entrance to the Upper School, where they will begin their journey as inquisitive fifth graders. They look forward to exploring new passions and routines, diving deeper into new subjects, and taking on new leadership opportunities. It’s a significant milestone, and one that is traditionally celebrated at Peck with the Robin Ross Ceremony.
Upper School Science Teacher Lisa Foster is not one to be told, “Don’t try this at home.”
During this period of distance learning, Foster has asked her students to go beyond worksheets, textbooks, and computer screens and assigned an active science lab for her home-bound pupils. Her “Marble Run Challenge” not only engaged students in the forces of gravity, friction, momentum, and simple machines, but also got whole families involved in a competitive physics lesson.
“What makes a civilization?” This is the essential question that guides the fifth grade all year long. This spring, Peck students have discovered that getting to the answer—whether they're on campus or not—requires hefty doses of creativity, physical computing, and hard work.
Upper School History teacher Sue Longenecker released the regional results for the National History Day (NHD) competition this weekend. “We are so happy to announce that four projects have been selected to move forward to the NHD State Round,” she declared.
As our nation endures daily changes to lifestyle and routines brought about by the rapid spread of COVID-19, there are essential services that continue to operate for the benefit of our society and community. Our first responders, healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, and others in essential businesses place themselves on the front lines of the virus war, while many charities continue to provide services for the vulnerable and needy. Several members of the Peck community had this top-of-mind recently and found avenues to support first responders from their stores at Peck.
Grade one has been learning to collect clean compost and the many ways in which composting can benefit our environment. Every week they collect food scraps to transport to New Jersey’s largest public school garden – the Urban Farm – managed by Grow It Green of Morristown. Their enthusiasm has spread to our own Flik Dining Services who are also collecting compost for the effort. (Contains video)
The Peck School, Northern New Jersey’s premier independent school for kindergarten through eighth grade, is delighted to announce its next Head of the Upper School, Sadie Albertyn, currently serving as Grade 6 Dean and Math Department Chair at The Meadowbrook School in Weston, Massachusetts.
The Capstone Lab at Peck is in its fourth year. View our first "docu-mini" and check out our first project highlight - "Sports Rewind" - a unique NFL podcast created entirely by three eighth-grade students at Peck...