News and Media

2020

  • December

    Peck Students, Faculty Focus on Centering Student Voices at Local Anti-Racism Conference

    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.
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  • October

    Celebrating the Class of 2024

    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. 
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  • September

    2020-21 School Year Kicks Off In An Unprecedented Way

    In a year filled with countless new experiences and unexpected turns, it was only natural that The Peck School kicked off the 2020-21 academic year in a new and exciting way.
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  • August

    New Staff and Faculty Welcomed for 2020-21 School Year

    A host of new faces will greet students as they return to Peck in September, with five new faculty members, three associate teachers, and two new administrators joining the team.
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  • June

    Seventh Grader Recognized with Music Student of the Month Distinction

    In May, seventh-grader Will Pertsemlidis was named a Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) Music Student of the Month for Percussion.
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  • May

    Peck Seventh Graders Win Prestigious Maritime History Award

    A pair of Peck historians have earned a prestigious award in this year’s National History Day (NHD) competition.
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  • Students Discover How Things Work in Take-Apart Tuesday

    Students don’t have to be on campus to look closely, explore complexity, and find opportunities.
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  • Traditions Transformed: Bringing Signature Events Online

    What is a teacher to do when the event they’ve meticulously prepared for all year long simply won’t work in a distance-learning setting? They do what Peck teachers do well: they adapt.
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  • Life Imitates Art: Sixth-Grade Artists Create Andy Warhol-Style “Zoomies”

    For Scott Beil, the COVID-19 lockdown provided the perfect opportunity for his sixth-grade students to explore their theme for the year: art and identity.
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  • April

    Try This at Home: A Mechanical Engineering Challenge

    Christopher Starr
    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.
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  • Eighth-Graders, Kindergarteners Take Virtual Field Trips

    One of the silver linings of distance learning is how technology can connect us in unique ways.
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  • It’s a Jungle Out There: Adapting a Virtual Reality Project

    “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.
     
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  • Peck Faculty Share Know-How, Lessons Learned at Virtual Unconference

    Peck faculty and staff have traditionally participated in a professional development day in mid-April. But this year, on April 13, things looked a little bit different.
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  • Students Advance in National History Day Competition

    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.
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  • Support for Our First Responders

    Christopher Starr
    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.
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  • January

    Grade 1 Students “Grow It Green” with Clean Compost

    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)
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  • Day of Service 2020: Giving Back to Our Community

    Heather Braun, Current Parent and PA Community Service Committee Co-Chair
     
    On Monday, January 20, when many people were enjoying a day off for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Peck community showed up in unprecedented numbers for a day on!
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  • Sadie Albertyn has been named Peck's next head of Upper School.

    Peck Names Next Head of Upper School

    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.
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  • An Innovative Sports Podcast Incubated in the Capstone Lab

    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...
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