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Virtual Learning Tips for Families

Posted by Laura Perillo on Mar 18, 2020 6:16:00 PM

As we continue to weather the storm of the novel COVID-19 virus weaving its way throughout the world, millions of children everywhere are hunkered down at home, at their computers, attending their “virtual school day” – as they navigate this new reality.

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

How to Talk to Your Child about Coronavirus

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Mar 12, 2020 11:50:39 AM

With all of the news and social media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, children may be confused and frightened by what they see and hear. Imaginations run wild on the playground and parents may feel that the topic should remain off-limits to avoid sparking fear in their child more than necessary. But according to The Child Mind Institute, children are actually more fearful when they are kept in the dark.

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Topics: high school, elementary school, parenting, middle school, health, tips, mental health

What Parents Need to Know about TikTok

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Feb 25, 2020 1:23:49 PM

If your kids have an internet connection, they are likely using TikTok. It's a free, engaging, short-form video-sharing app geared toward teenagers that allows users to express themselves with filters, music and other features. Users can watch and record videos of themselves lip-syncing to music as well as create short, shareable videos so they can interact with friends through likes, comments, songs and livestream.

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Topics: technology, high school, middle school, internet safety

Are College Sports Right For You?

Posted by Laura Perillo on Feb 21, 2020 2:29:41 PM

Playing a sport in college is a very personal choice that can change the entire shape of your college experience. Only a very small percentage of high school student-athletes will earn the opportunity to move on to collegiate athletics. In fact, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), out of nearly 8 million students playing high school sports across the country each year, only about 6 percent compete at NCAA universities.

If you do find yourself aspiring to become a college athlete, there are several tips to help you decide if the race is right for you.

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Topics: high school, athletics, middle school, college counseling

8 Deliciously Healthy Student Recipes

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Jan 6, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Eating healthy doesn't need to be hard or, worse, taste bad. It also doesn't need to be part of some self-imposed stressful attempt to force New Year's Resolutions that we ultimately never achieve. It should be part of a positive, overall healthy lifestyle for #livingyourbestlife.

As part of health and wellness education at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, seventh- and eighth-grade students learned about healthy eating and the health of the planet. Throughout the fall, students were tasked with creating healthy recipes that they would then share with the school community. Below is just a sampling of some of the recipes created. Have your own healthy recipe to share? Leave it for us below in the comments!

Interested in more healthy recipes from Oak Knoll? Follow #healthyrecipesOKS on Twitter.

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Topics: middle school, health, wellness

Oak Knoll's Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Dec 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The year 2019 brought us so many blog topics — from the disturbing Momo Challenge that ended up being a hoax to the College Admissions Scandal and so much more. The blog team at Oak Knoll looked back at the top posts that resonated with our loyal readers to bring you this roundup of the top 10 blog posts of 2019.

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Topics: technology, admissions, parenting, middle school, health, college counseling, building confidence, fundraising

10 Questions with National Coalition of Girls' Schools' Megan Murphy

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Nov 11, 2019 11:00:00 AM

We recently caught up with Megan Murphy, the Executive Director of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools after she visited the Oak Knoll School campus earlier this fall. Here, she talks about issues facing girls’ schools, her hope for empowering girls’ voices and girls' school misconceptions.

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Topics: education, all-girls, high school, students, independent catholic school summit nj, private school, middle school, building confidence

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

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