What it Means to Have a Growth Mindset

Posted by Jennifer Peterson on Oct 17, 2019 2:33:06 PM

If you’re an educator or have been near an educational institution over the last few years, you’ve most likely heard the phrase ‘Growth Mindset.’ It seems to be the new buzz word as of late. But what exactly does it mean? And why is it so important? And if you don’t have one, how do you get one?

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Topics: elementary, high school, learners, middle school, success skills, growth mindset

How to Talk to Your Child about Mental Health

Posted by Dr. Jennifer Butler-Sweeney, Ph.D. on Apr 22, 2019 11:00:00 AM

As parents and educators, we seek to put our teen’s behaviors, emotions and difficulties into mutually exclusive categories that we can readily understand and, by extension, start the processing of fixing. This assuages our own anxieties about being ineffective in our children’s lives and, replaces that inner parental angst with controllable variables in the form of actionable items and measurable gains. If your teen comes home expressing that nothing in math class is making sense, parents may act in the straightforward response of contacting the teacher or enlisting the help of a tutor, should one not already exist. This is an “easy one” as parenting goes, in that the direction is clear and there is a reasonable expectation that this intervention will fix or at least mitigate the problem.

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Topics: high school, elementary school, parenting, middle school, wellness, building confidence, mental health

Building Confidence in Middle School Girls

Posted by Nicole Johnston on Apr 8, 2019 11:00:00 AM

While sitting on the beach last summer, I watched my 5-year-old goddaughter walk over to a little girl she did not know, introduce herself, and ask her to play. Two girls, who never met, becoming fast friends. They would spend the day building sandcastles, sharing snacks, and running in and out of the ocean – not thinking twice about the waves that towered over them. Most likely this is a common story experienced by many beach-goers. Insert a middle school girl into this picture, and the story line completely changes. The middle school girl will never make that initial introduction and will not run in and out of the ocean carefree. Why? Because all those initiatives we easily took when we were young, involve taking a risk. Girls’ capacity to take risks diminishes as they grow older starting around their middle school years.

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Topics: all-girls, middle school, building confidence

Why We're Hyped about #MysterySkype

Posted by Talia Nochumson on Feb 6, 2019 4:23:49 PM

Do you like challenges? More specifically, do you like geographic challenges?

Then I think you would be interested in learning about #MysterySkype. Why the hashtag? #MysterySkype is a Twitter hashtag that teachers have been using to set up connections between their classes. The challenge is for students to guess the location of the other class by asking yes or no geographic questions. There are also spin-offs to #MysterySkype such as #MysteryAnimal and #MysteryNumber. Anything can become a mystery — how about a #MysteryElement from the periodic table?
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Topics: technology, high school, elementary school, middle school

Athlete's Guide to Staying Healthy in the Winter

Posted by Melissa Maskery on Jan 30, 2019 4:29:16 PM

Whether in-season or out-of-season, it’s important athletes take care of themselves during the winter months. The cold weather impacts your body by tightening muscles, causing dehydration and, for some, triggering asthma. As the extreme temperatures settle in, use our guide to athletic health care to help athletes prepare their bodies for the cold winter months.

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Topics: high school, athletics, middle school, health

Must Read Books for Winter 2018-19

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Dec 21, 2018 12:57:25 PM

Winter break is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book for fun or continue reinforcing classroom concepts. The librarians at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child developed a list of top winter reads that are appropriate for students in grades K-12. Whether it’s snowing outside or you’re just trying to decompress, the list of our top winter reads are both fun and educational.

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Topics: education, high school, elementary school, reading, middle school

Top 10 things Teachers Wish Parents Knew

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Sep 12, 2018 3:52:04 PM

Teachers spend quite a bit of time with students throughout the week. Many are with them before school, during and after school, depending on the activities and needs of each child. The job of a teacher is never easy, and it’s never truly done – even after high school. As we head into the first full week of school this year, we asked teachers of children in grades K-12 to weigh in on what they wished parents knew about the work they do and insight they bring. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Topics: high school, elementary school, parenting, middle school

What I Learned Being a Scholar Athlete at Oak Knoll

Posted by Nina Maurizi on Jun 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Balancing school and sports is not always easy, but being a scholar athlete at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child has been one of the most formative and rewarding experiences of my life. A normal night in-season usually consists of me, scrambling to finish what feels like endless homework and studying for my tests and quizzes the next day, after a 2 ½-hour practice at our field complex in Chatham, New Jersey. By the time it reaches midnight, I’m setting an alarm for 6:30 a.m. to do it all again the next day.

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Topics: high school, athletics, middle school, student advice

Why I Chose Oak Knoll School

Posted by Grace Lynch on Jun 4, 2018 3:34:28 PM

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child always seemed like a magical place to me. When I was younger, I had two cousins and an older sister who attended the school and I anticipated the days when one of them would forget a book and I would accompany my mom to drop it off. The campus was beautiful and I loved the look of the uniform.

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Topics: high school, admissions, middle school

4 Reasons to Join Campus Ministry

Posted by Kate Riggin on Jun 1, 2018 4:30:05 PM

Campus Ministry is the faith in action arm of a student’s spiritual journey at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child. It’s where students in grades 7-12 come together with faculty members to pray, serve the greater community, attend special retreats and develop a more meaningful relationship with God. While every member of Oak Knoll School will participate in various Campus Ministry activities throughout the year, it’s important to get involved in some of those extra activities that provide meaningful experiences throughout the year.

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Topics: high school, community service, religion, middle school, student advice