Traditionally, at the end of the first week back to school, Peck faculty, staff, and parents gather for a celebratory kick-off dinner and the opportunity to acknowledge key accomplishments in the community, including the school's highest honor for faculty: the Disciplina Ad Vivendum award for teaching excellence. This year’s Welcome Back festivities were unusually exciting, however, and the tone at the event, one of historic significance.
On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, students of The Peck School – Morristown’s prestigious Kindergarten to Grade 8 co-ed independent school - returned to campus to witness a historic moment in the school’s 127-year history.
As students return for the 2019-20 school year in September, they will notice a few new faces around campus. New faculty will be joining our Upper School science and math teams, six individuals will be joining our Lower School Associate Teachers program, and two new members of the administrative staff join Peck.
Andrew Schneider put his ideas into action recently by holding a weeklong workshop during Peck’s Summer Program entitled, “Shark Tank.” Based on the popular TV series, where actual entrepreneurs enter a room full of potential investors and make a pitch for funding in exchange for ownership stakes, this scaled-down version shared basic business principles with students in grades 5 to 8, and then set them loose to incubate ideas for their own businesses.
On June 7, in their traditional formal attire, The Peck School’s Class of 2019 accepted their diplomas from Head of School Andy Delinsky and President of the Board of Trustees Edward James Foley IV ‘85. Forty-four eighth-grade students from towns across several northern New Jersey counties participated in the commencement as they formally graduated from Morristown’s historic K-8 independent school.
Lisa Wichman, Peck’s Lower School Music Teacher, received a New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education on May 14, 2019. She was nominated for the award by the executive board of the New Jersey Music Educators Association.
Eighth-grader Isabella DiPasquale took first place at the National History Day® (NHD) state competition in the Individual Website Junior Group category. Her website, entitled “The Radium Girls: Get a Job, Lose a Life,” explores the plight of American female factory workers who unknowingly contracted radiation poisoning in the 1920s from their work painting watch dials with self-luminous paint.
On March 9, several Peck students from Grades 6 to 8 traveled with members of their families and Peck faculty advisors to Kean University to showcase their National History Day (NHD) projects at the regional competition. These students were chosen to exhibit in the regional event from the whole of their respective classes that created a wide variety of projects for the annual Peck NHD competition earlier in the year.
English Department Chair Sarah Chan has been awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for a work of prose. The piece was written during the summer of 2018 while on a trip taken through Peck’s Ben Alexander Grant for Faculty Enrichment.
At The Peck School, perseverance goes hand in hand with design thinking and student-centered learning. Nowhere is this more evident than in the annual bridge design and bridge-breaking unit of instruction in Tim Loveday’s Grade 8 physics class.
Students are in the thick of Peck’s 4th annual Mini-mester this week. Mini-Mester—a weeklong design-intensive learning experience stimulating creativity, resilience, collaboration, and critical thinking—engages students in a variety of project-based activities. During Mini-Mester week, students take shortened classes in their regular subjects in order to accomodate a long period each day immersed in a world of inquiry, inspiration, trial and error, and fun.