Kingsbury Seniors Finalize Their Capstone Projects

By Lauren Thomson

12th Grade English Teacher

Kingsbury Day School

The Kingsbury Day School Senior Capstone Project began four years ago under the direction of Dr. Peri-Anne Chobot and former English teacher, Jamie Flores. “Capstone provides seniors with an opportunity to use the academic skills acquired during their time at Kingsbury to delve deeply into an area of personal interest. The process encourages our seniors to carry that personal passion with them as they venture into the world beyond Kingsbury Day School,” Dr. Chobot explained.

Capstone1bThere are four major components to the Capstone project:

  • a research paper
  • an electronic portfolio
  • a product/performance and
  • a presentation to the Kingsbury Day School community.

Each stage in the process requires seniors to sharpen skills that will prove to be of value when they pursue higher education or enter the workforce. These skills include researching, critical reading, analytical writing, editing and public speaking.

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I Witness First-Hand the Amazing Transformations!

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Blog by Kelly

Can I tell you how pleasantly surprised I was to be offered a position at the Kingsbury Center in February of 2012? After serving, for over a decade, at a law firm that represents students with learning disabilities, I am now able to see, first-hand, the amazing transformations going on at the Kingsbury Center!

I had heard great things about Kingsbury Day School. Now that I am happily employed here, I can attest to the truth of what I’d been told. I am supported by outstanding faculty and staff who serve children and adults with learning differences. I am proud to be associated with the growth and achievements of our dedicated and deserving students as I watch them transform from students below grade level in academics to mastering goals which they (and their families) had not thought possible. I see students coming here from all walks of life, struggling to cope socially and academically, and from schools where they felt like failures. It’s not long before they achieve great confidence in their abilities here at Kingsbury. I see young students advocate for themselves when they, initially, did not have the confidence to do so. Each student strives to please their teachers and to master their individualized goals.

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Staff celebrate College Day.

Students are observed, supported and provided related services, such as speech therapy, counseling, tutoring, occupational therapy and physical therapy in accordance with their individualized educational plan. Students thrive with Eagle PRIDE, our positive behavior program that rewards students for being Prepared, being Respectful, having Integrity, being Dedicated and demonstrating Excellence.

 

Upper School students can participate in clubs and activities, enjoy school dances and

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Our students earn high school diplomas.

prom, compete in our interscholastic athletic program, and choose to take Advanced Placement classes as they prepare for college-level work. With the strong support of the High School Guidance Counselor, seniors study for the SAT and ACT and apply to colleges they hope to attend. They further prepare for the transition to life beyond high school by learning financial planning basics, researching careers and honing their job application skills. They can request to be selected as Student Ambassadors, who attend school fairs and Admissions Open Houses and are proud to endorse their own educational experience at Kingsbury. They are professional young adults ready to explore higher education and/or to enter the world of work.

 

In a matter of weeks, a new student is able to make friends here at Kingsbury. Students build positive relationships with their peers and staff that stretch beyond their current attendance to visiting us long after they have graduated. They are eager to tell us of their success in life and to thank faculty and staff for the support that made a world of difference in their lives. Our Annual Alumni Event, held each January, provides graduates with the opportunity to return to campus for an evening of food, music and socializing with classmates, teachers, related services providers and other staff members.

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2016 Alumni Event

I believe in the power of education. I believe that people helping people is the only way to achieve greatness and peace. The Kingsbury Center provides a transformative educational and social experience to children and young adults with learning differences. Our focus is putting the student first; we are highly dedicated to providing quality education with 21st century technology! The Kingsbury Center is nestled within the beauty of a quiet residential neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C. where a wide variety of opportunity awaits our students. It’s an honor to serve them and their families.

Tips for Seasonal Allergy Sufferers

This blog was written by Michele Kuhn, RN, who has been serving the Kingsbury Day School community for five years.

Pollen Polen Polline Pyek PlenPollen has been falling from trees and plants in DC for weeks. That means that spring allergies are in full swing. Many students and staff are experiencing symptoms which can include: runny nose, nasal congestion, watery/itchy eyes, post-nasal drip, coughing, sneezing, headache, irritability and fatigue.

Seasonal allergy symptoms can be quite annoying and distracting and can create difficulties concentrating in school. What can an allergy sufferer do to minimize their discomfort? While allergies can’t be cured, there are steps you can take to relieve seasonal allergy symptoms or avoid getting the symptoms. Continue reading

Kindness Matters

This blog post was written by Dr. Polly A. Peterson, PhD, MSW, Head of School at
Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, CT. The Kingsbury Center is sharing Dr. Peterson’s thoughts as our Center has long believed that Kindness is Transformational!

Kindness matters in life. From time to time, parents will ask me, “Does your school teach the value of kindness?” It is a good question. Who is responsible for making sure that kindness is taught? Because kindness matters!

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Kingsbury community’s Kindness sculpture.

Research by Dr. Sara Konrath at the University of Michigan suggests that in the past 30 years, self-reported concern for others — a kindness barometer if you will — has been steadily declining. Konrath’s study shows that right now, compassion and empathy are at their lowest point in more than 30 years. Continue reading

Is Your Senior Financially Literate?

Angela Steele is the Upper School Guidance and College Counselor at Kingsbury Day School. She teaches Transition Classes on College Prep and Financial Planning to help Kingsbury seniors prepare for life beyond high school. In her blog, she shares advice for the parents of members of the Class of 2016.

Is it safe to say that many high school seniors graduate without having knowledge of financial literacy? Speaking for myself, if I knew then what I know now, I would be in great shape! My goal now, as a college and guidance counselor, is to ready my students for the real world (i.e., life after high school). That could involve college or it could involve working for a paycheck or it could involve both.

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As students prepare for graduation, they should also prepare for independent living and financial responsibility. Financial literacy is the ability to understand how money works in the world. Before heading off to college or the world of work, our young adults should know how to earn or make money; how to manage money; how to invest money; and how to donate money to help others. Continue reading

Kingsbury’s HOPE Program Serves the Disenfranchised

Tamika_smTamika McPherson, M.Ed., is the Director of HOPE at Kingsbury Day School. Her blog describes how the HOPE program is impacting the education and lives of disenfranchised youths in the DC metro area.

The Need for HOPE

The statistics are not encouraging. Students with Learning Disabilities (LD) continue to experience one of the highest drop-out rates among all students with disabilities (other than those with emotional disturbance). Their inability to complete traditional high school programs is due to any number of factors, including a history of school failure, learning differences that have gone undiagnosed and/or untreated, parenthood, economic hardship or other societal issues. Continue reading

Exam Tips for Students with Learning Differences

The Kingsbury CenterEvelyn Montgomery,  M.Ed., CAGS, is Upper and Middle School Director at Kingsbury Day School. She shares some tips to help students with learning differences to prepare for exams.

Many schools are nearing the end of the first semester, which means exam time is approaching. If you’re the parent of a student with learning differences and/or attention difficulties, you already know that studying for exams can be particularly stressful and challenging for your teen. IEP accommodations and modifications, differentiated instruction and a range of teaching strategies no doubt assisted your child to understand the content of a unit of study. Unless he or she has properly prepared for the exam, however, panic may prevail when they are asked to demonstrate their understanding of the material. Continue reading