7 results for month: 03/2013


Parent-Teacher Night @ CP

Wow!  Parent-Teacher Night... this community never ceases to amaze me! If you were a fly on the wall: 1)  you would have witnessed a community of devoted and caring parents sitting side by side, packed like sardines, on the picnic tables in the rec room;  2) you would have heard the passion in our instructors' voices as they presented course objectives from the simple to the complex; 3) you would have heard WHY we are so passionate about providing our students with healthy and enriching food for their minds, bodies, and spirits and HOW we creatively implement the programs that accomplish it; 4) you would have heard the rooster crow at sundown ...

What Happens at CP?

Today... Two middle school students sit down in the Library in front of the white board and, by memory, hand draw a map of the world.  Four others are outside wrangling the horses and learning how to manage not only large animals that are bigger and stronger, but how their own energies affect them, conquering fear and feeling compassion.  A gap year student is teaching 6th grade math and designing projects to complete the year since they have completed the required curriculum 8 weeks ahead of schedule.  Latin class is at Starbucks.  A community member is requesting our upper level students to contemplate the meaning of money, responsibility, ...

Race to Nowhere

"Race to Nowhere" is an education documentary that challenges current thinking about how to best prepare our students for success.  It encourages us to rethink not only WHAT it is we are preparing our children for but HOW we go about doing it... and more importantly... WHY we do it. I first viewed Race to Nowhere in an auditorium filled with parents and public school teachers and administrators at Austin High School.   I'm not sure there was a dry eye in the house.  And there were several angry educators.  This film endeavors to raise awareness and change public opinion about the educational institution much like "Supersize Me" strived to ...

Bag Check

I have heard Coach Doug call a player's tennis bag a 'life line'.  It should contain everything you may need on the island of the competitive tennis court. My son, Josh, is meticulous about his tennis bag and its contents.   It is organized like a ship captain's data log.  Everything has a space and everything is in its place.  Now, mind you, while he has always been pretty good about this task, at times, it might have looked like this: 1) some brown thing that resembles the remnants of a banana peel, and a 7 month old protein bar crammed together in the side pocket with 5 dirty socks.  ( Do I need to describe this smell? )  2) the first aid ...

A Whirlwind in DC

I spent a few days with some of the greatest creative minds in education.  The 2013 Advanc-Ed Summit was held in Washington DC and the focus was Successful Learning in the Digital Age.  I was really looking forward to the inspirational architecture, history and messaging intertwined throughout the sites of our nation's capital, and I was pleasantly surprised to find just as much stimulating insight through the events and speakers at the Summit. I was honored to meet Sir Ken Robinson, author, inspirational TedTalk speaker, advocate for education revolution, and the keynote speaker for the event.  He spoke about the immense opportunities to lead ...

CP Students Celebrate Chinese New Year!

from Morgan, student contributor Chinese New Year is here! This year is the year of the snake. The first day of Chinese New Year is February 10th, so the New Year is well underway.  The Chinese New Year celebration lasts over a span of two weeks. In preparation for the New Year it is a custom that Chinese people thoroughly clean their house sweeping away all of the bad luck from the previous year. After the first few days of the New Year they don’t clean their house to prevent the good luck that the New Year will bring to go away. Eight is the lucky number of because the word eight in Chinese rhymes with the word fortune and wealth. Red is the ...

Ode To A Copious Vocabulary

Each week, CP students are challenged and tested with 10 new SAT worthy vocabulary words.  The ongoing contest is who can use them most eloquently in daily conversation... this week, Coach Newman wins. I was in San Antonio watching the Boys and Girls 16s National Open the past three days.  There was a clear difference between ATA players and the other players I watched.  The milieu of ATA College Prep is one of teamwork and focus.  I have been impressed with the progress the players I watched have made, and by the progress all of you have made this year.  While sometimes rambunctious at lunch, during workouts and class you jettison bad attitudes ...