The sun was shining on a beautiful Thursday morning as The Peck School prepared for its pinnacle spring event: Downy-Redhead Day, which brings together Peck families and grandparents for a day of school spirit, celebration, and joy.
The Peck School's after-school enrichment program, "PEP" gives Lower School students the opportunity to explore new interests, and have fun doing it! This past Wednesday, joyous laughter was heard near the EH Courtyard during “Art Out” with Christina Dietz.
If you were asked to stand in a line, and change places with each person only moving once, would you be able to do it? Our fifth-grade advisories were set on the task of using their teamwork skills to change places!
Before the break, results were announced for our NJ National History Day regional event at the Monmouth University competition. We want to thank all of our participants for their time, hard work, and effort, and we are incredibly proud of our community. It was wonderful seeing sixth- through eighth-graders' nuanced, thoughtful, and comprehensive presentations for their chosen topics through the lens of "Debate and Diplomacy." The project submissions from seventh and eighth graders are available to be viewed here.
In creative computing, Peck’s eighth-graders set forth to create the experience of a lifetime for their fellow classmates. Earlier this year, students in this elective class visited Trap Door Escape Room in Morristown. They utilized Agency by Design to look closely and explore the complexity of how the Escape Room functions. “By creating this escape room, it teaches students design, collaboration, and risk-taking," said Bruce Schwartz, director of the Osborn Idea & Design Lab. “But in the process, they’re also learning about Arduino and the associated programming language.” Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform that enables users to create interactive electronic objects. Using this tool, students came up with several creative, and fun challenges for their Peck community.
Teachers at The Peck School are well-known for their dedication to their students, to their craft, and to the school community. For many, that dedication also means a literal dedication of years of service to educating tomorrow’s leaders, thinkers, and change-makers.
During Peck’s winter Kairos Assembly (which highlights the school’s core values and community connections), special recognition was given to three longtime members of the Peck faculty and staff for their dedication and commitment to the school and its students.
This year, in addition to our existing curriculum, we have added a separate, focused class for developing our students' writing skills. The writing lab provides exercises and writing prompts to our fifth- and sixth-grade students, and provides them with the opportunity and tools necessary to experiment with different writing styles—allowing them to find their voice.