Stanbridge Academy is hosting a group tour this Wednesday, January 9, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. This free event is open to the public, and will feature an opportunity to talk with current Stanbridge families; meet with our Admissions Director, Head of School, and Principal; and tour our campus to see teachers and students in action. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Stanbridge program whether you are thinking of enrolling your student this year or next, or if you simply want to know more about our school. Click here for more details and to RSVP—we look forward to seeing you!
(Can't make it this Wednesday? Join us next Wednesday, January 16, for a special High School Open House. Click here for details!)
Attention high school students and parents: Did the College & Career Fair in November get you thinking about next steps after graduation? Are you wondering how to make the transition from Stanbridge to college or into the workforce? Curious about university life, what college classes are like, or how it feels to live away from home and on your own? Then join us on Thursday, January 10 for the annual Stanbridge Alumni Panel, where you'll hear stories from Stanbridge graduates who have successfully made their postsecondary transitions. The panel features Stanbridge alumni who are currently in college, recent college graduates, and those who are working in various career fields. Come listen to their experiences, get advice, and have your questions answered by former Stanbridge students who have been in your shoes. The event is free and will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on campus in the Marilyn Center. RSVP by contacting the main office, or click here to email Colleen McQuade, our Director of College Counseling & Transitions.
Attention all High School families: The Community for Special Education and the SFUSD Office of Counseling & Post-Secondary Success present the 2019 College and Career Fair for Students with Learning Supports. The event will be held on Saturday, February 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at City College of San Francisco's Multi-Use Building (MUB). In addition to the keynote speaker—Dr. Lauren Lindstrom, Dean of the UC Davis School of Education—Stanbridge Academy's own Director of College Counseling & Transitions, Colleen McQuade, will be presenting, along with numerous other college and career representatives. More details highlighted on the flyer below. Admission is free; click here to register in advance.
Attention Stanbridge families: You are invited to a special free screening of the film Intelligent Lives by filmmaker Dan Habib in celebration of Inclusive Schools Week.
Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities—Michah, Naieer, and Naomie—who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. A post-film discussion with director Dan Habib and a panel of young adults with disabilities will follow the screening.
Where: Mission High School (3750 18th Street, San Francisco)
When: Wednesday, December 12
Reception: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Film Screening: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE! (Registration required–click for tickets)
This event is sponsored by:
Stanbridge Academy is hosting a group tour this Wednesday, December 5 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. This free event is open to the public, and will feature an opportunity to talk with current Stanbridge families; meet with our Admissions Director, Head of School, and Principal; and tour our campus to see teachers and students in action. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Stanbridge program whether you are thinking of enrolling your student this year or next, or if you simply want to know more about our school. Click here for more details and to RSVP—we look forward to seeing you!
These Stanbridge high school juniors and seniors are participating in a monthly internship program at Facebook, exploring possible career paths and gaining real world job experience. Approximately 75% of Stanbridge high school graduates continue their academic careers, while others enroll in residential education and transitions programs, or go directly into the workforce. Whether considering a two-year or four-year college, a vocational trade school, or exploring the job market, there are a wealth of postsecondary opportunities for students who learn differently, but with so many paths to consider, the future can be difficult to navigate. Discover what options are out there, and find the bridge that’s right for you. The 2018 Stanbridge Academy College and Career Fair will be held on campus next Thursday afternoon, November 15, from 1:00 to 3:00. The event will feature more than a dozen representatives from colleges, universities, vocational schools, employment programs, and career support programs from the Bay Area and beyond. High school students and their families are invited to attend this free event which is designed to help students connect their personal interests and passions with long term, postsecondary goals. The fair is open to current Stanbridge students and families, as well as the general public—click here for more information and to RSVP.
This week's Throwback Thursday post looks back to Halloween at Stanbridge, and the creative D-I-Y costumes of resident science teacher/sketch comedian Jay Huston. This year, Jay combined his love of science and appreciation of puns by dressing as The Periodic Table...a costume that also doubled as an actual table, periodically. Similarly punderful costumes included a literal take on Transformers in 2016, a Super Burrito in 2017, and a butter fly in 2014. He hit the high road in 2015 sporting a sleek Ferrari getup, though as a longtime Prince fan we're surprised he didn't opt for a Little Red Corvette. Nevertheless, Jay's creativity is on full display every day in his high school science lab—where he's prone to wear a costume or two even when it's not Halloween if it helps motivate his students. Be sure to check out our Facebook page this weekend for more highlights from this year's Stanbridge Halloween Carnival, and if you're in the market for goods to make your own creative costume, remember that AmazonSmile is donating ten-times their normal amount on qualifying purchases through this Friday.
Elvis has left the building...and so have the rest of our students after today's annual Stanbridge Halloween Carnival. Our thanks to all of the parent volunteers who assisted with the food, games, face painting, activities, setup, cleanup, and emergency costume maintenance—your assistance helped make this a frightfully fun afternoon for everyone. In addition to any candy that may be collected while trick-or-treating tonight, a reminder that students have even more treats coming their way this week—no school for them until Monday! Both tomorrow and Friday are parent-teacher conference days here at Stanbridge; if you have any questions regarding your appointments, contact Linda or Danny in the main office. Also, don't forget that Friday will feature a special Book Fair "Sneak Peek" for parents, and the Book Fair proper opens shop for everyone on Monday morning. Click here for more details, and have a safe and happy Halloween night! (P.S.—Tons of pictures were taken during today's festivities; be sure to check our social media pages and this weekend's Weekly Bridge email for highlights!)
A final reminder that today is your last chance to see two subject matter experts presenting on their topics of expertise. This afternoon, attorney David Tollner presents his "Top Ten Strategies for Getting the Most from Your IEP." The presentation will focus on the keys to a successful IEP, how to approach it, what to say and not say, and what to do before and after to maximize the supports and services for your child. It is a helpful discussion for any parent with a child on an IEP, and particularly those parents who are not happy with what the district is giving their child. This is the first of Stanbridge Academy's Expert Share Speaker Series presentations this year, and will be held here on the Stanbridge campus beginning at 1:00 p.m., running until approximately 3:00. This is a free event and open to the public; click here for more details and to RSVP.
Later this evening, Carl Honoré will present "Don't Hurry, Be Happy: Parenting in a Fast-Paced World" as part of this year's Common Ground Speaker Series. Tonight is the final opportunity to see this presentation; the event will be held at Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough starting at 7:00 p.m. See post below for more information on tonight's speaker, and click here for details on all of this year's Common Ground presenters.
This year's Common Ground Speaker Series continues this week, with Carl Honoré presenting "Don't Hurry, Be Happy: Parenting in a Fast-Paced World" on Tuesday and Wednesday at three different venues in the South Bay/San José area. Honoré is an award-winning author, broadcaster, and TED speaker who travels the world teaching individuals and organizations that the best way to power forward in today’s hypercompetitive, hurry-hurry world is often the radical act of willful deceleration.
Click here for more details on times and locations of this week's presentation, and for the full roster of this year's Common Ground speakers.
Stanbridge Academy is proud to be associated with the Common Ground Speaker Series. Each school year, the series presents distinguished speakers in education, parenting, and health at venues across the San Francisco Peninsula. Parents, faculty and staff of member schools attend Common Ground events free of charge. Guests not affiliated with a member school may attend for a $20 fee at the door.
Looking to learn more about High School at Stanbridge Academy? Click here to view a overview of our program, and visit our campus this Saturday morning for our Fall Open House. Whether you are considering a placement for the current school year or just thinking ahead for your child, Stanbridge offers a truly unique high school experience for students who learn differently. We offer a strengths-based academic program that aligns with state standards, designed to culminate in a diploma; and our college and career counselor works with all high school students and their families to identify longterm goals and help plan for postsecondary steps. We're proud to provide a whole-school experience for our students that includes arts, athletics, enrichment clubs and electives, and traditional high school events such as dances, prom, field trips, and afterschool activities. Additionally, our campus includes students in grades K–8, which provides numerous opportunities for high school students to develop and practice leadership skills within our community. If you're interested in learning more, click here to RSVP for our High School Open House in January, or complete our online form to schedule a personalized tour.
Just a reminder that next Wednesday, October 24, Stanbridge Academy will be hosting our first Expert Share Speaker Series event of the school year. Attorney David Tollner will be on campus to present his "Top Ten Strategies for Getting the Most from Your IEP." The presentation will focus on the keys to a successful IEP, how to approach it, what to say and not say, and what to do before and after to maximize the supports and services for your child. It is a helpful discussion for any parent with a child on an IEP, and particularly those parents who are not happy with what the district is giving their child. The event is free and open to the public--click here for complete details and to RSVP.
The Stanbridge Academy Fall Open House will be held this Saturday, October 20 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. This event will feature presentations from key staff and faculty members; Q&A with teachers from each grade division as well as our Head of School, parent and student representatives; and guided tours of the campus and classrooms. This is a fantastic way to learn about the Stanbridge program and have your specific questions answered by our staff. The event is free and we encourage interested guests to RSVP in advance (click here). If you are unable to attend this Open House, please note that additional events will be scheduled throughout the year (check our website and social media feeds for announcements), and you can always schedule a personalized tour of our campus by completing our online form.
Today, a number of Stanbridge high school students—along with other high school students all over the country—are taking the PSAT, one of many steps along the road to graduation. For many families, especially those who have students with learning differences, the thought of what lies ahead after graduating from high school can cause some anxiety. The next step after high school is a big one for students and their families—with so many paths to consider, the future can be difficult to navigate. Discover what options are out there, and find the bridge that’s right for you at Stanbridge Academy's College & Career Fair on Thursday, November 15.
This annual event will feature more than a dozen representatives from colleges, universities, vocational schools, employment programs, and career support programs from the Bay Area and beyond. High school students and their families are invited to attend this free event which is designed to help students connect their personal interests and passions with long term, postsecondary goals. The fair is open to students (eighth grade, high school, and recent HS grads), parents, faculty, administrators, community members, and professionals with an interest in college, employment, and postsecondary programs supporting neurodiverse students. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
This Friday, October 12th, is Stanbridge Academy’s first Bake Sale of the new school year! Student Government will be selling home-baked goodies during lunch time, and all students (and staff!) are welcome to purchase a snack or two. This is a great opportunity for students to learn how to handle money and practice buying and selling, with funds raised going toward this year's Student Government Project (TBD). Items should be delivered to the front office on Friday morning before 11:00 a.m., and all items should be individually wrapped. If you have any questions, or wish to provide items for the sale, contact Bake Sale organizer Michelle Mackenzie.
It is only fitting that we formally announce this year's first Bake Sale on the same day that counselor James Warren returns to campus from his medical leave. James is back and better than ever, and it's likely that he'll perform his famous original composition—"The Bake Sale Song"—this Friday. For those who have not yet heard this earworm, click the link above and sing along.
October is ADHD Awareness Month and next week, The Children's Health Council (CHC) will host two community education sessions located at CHC-Palo Alto. Attend these sessions to learn more about effective interventions, strategies to support your child, managing symptoms, as well as guidelines for when and how to seek additional support. Click the links below for event details and registration:
Tuesday, October 9
ADHD & Learning Differences: Are They Related?
What is the relationship between ADHD and learning differences? ADHD and learning differences can often occur together. How can you effectively support a child that experiences both learning and attention issues? How do you know what issues you should pay attention to? Attend this session to learn more about effective interventions and strategies to support your child with learning and attention issues.
Presented by Jacqueline Nguyen, Psy.D., Psychologist at CHC ,and Nick Ratcliff, Instructional Coach at Sand Hill School
Thursday, October 11
Practical Research-Based Parenting Strategies for Supporting Children and Teens with ADHD
Presented by David Anderson, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Sr. Director ADHD and Behavioral Disorders Center, Director of Programs at Child Mind Institute, NY; and Glen Elliott, PhD, MD, Chief Psychiatrist and Medical Director at CHC.
Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is one of the great dramas of the 20th century, and attention must be paid to the Coastal Repertory Theatre's current production of this classic play. Two Stanbridge Academy staff members play key roles on stage and behind the scenes in the Half Moon Bay repertory troupe's revival—Office Manager Danny Martin steps into the spotlight in the role of Biff, and Counselor Mary Stadler ensures the spotlight hits its mark as the production's lighting technician. Performances run weekends through October 28, save for October 12–14 when Willy Loman and Company take the weekend off for the HMB Pumpkin Festival. Tickets are available through the Coastal Rep website, and our off-off-off Broadway stars are happy to answer any questions you might have about the show (they'll even autograph your program).
Stanford University's Challenge Success program presents "SAY WHAT? The Power of Communication in Raising Healthy, Engaged Kids," a one-night-only lecture featuring keynote speakers Madeline Levine, Ph.D.; Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.; and Denise Pope, Ph.D. The event will be held on Friday, November 2 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Stanford's Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are only $10 and are on sale now via the link below. From the event's press materials:
Mark your calendars: You are invited to join Stanbridge Academy at the annual Private School Fair on Friday, October 12. Held this year at Los Altos Christian Schools, the event's goal is the help families learn more about different school options in your community and decide which could be the best fit for your student and family. Stanbridge's Head of School, Julie Smith, and our Director of Admissions, Susan Coyne, will be in attendance, along with representatives from more than a dozen other local private schools. This is a great opportunity to discover the many different private school options available in the Bay Area—join us to learn more or simply stop by to say hello; the event is free--click here for more details and registration information.
Attention South Bay families! Bay Area Parent's Education and Open House Fair is the area's largest exhibit of private schools and education services where you can meet representatives, administrators, directors, and enrichment teachers, and gather information about your child's education needs. The event will be held this Saturday, September 15, from 10:00 am. to 3:00 p.m. at the Westgate Center in San Jose, where your family will have the opportunity to visit and speak with many schools in one location about their open house dates. Dozens of schools and services attend our event every year.
If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello to Susan and Linda, who will be representing Stanbridge at our booth. And share this information with any of your friends and neighbors who live in the area who might be thinking about Stanbridge for their student.
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