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At St. John's, good knows no bounds. It's greater than great academics. Here are snapshots of what it means at the Prep. Something amazing happens when you're open to good!

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Classroom Close-Up: Cormac McCarthy's The Road

One in an occasional series that shines a light on teaching, learning, and classroom life at St. John’s Prep.

Cormac McCarthy's The RoadSubject: English 2

Teacher: Ms. Rachel Salinger (in partnership with St. John’s Digital Learning Specialists Julie Cremin and Elizabeth Solomon)

Topic: Cormac McCarthy's “The Road”

The Approach: Students were asked to create an original podcast after the class finished reading McCarthy’s “The Road.” Working in collaborative groups of three, …

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky in Inspired Academics on Monday January 13 at 02:16PM
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10 Ways to Get the Most from an Open House

Open HouseRight from the jump, take a moment to pat yourself on the back for getting your child this far along the road. We know how much love, sweat and, yes, even tears it took to get here. You should be commended. OK, the moment’s over. Now, take a deep breath.

When it comes to choosing a school—whether it's middle school or high school—finding the right fit for your child can seem daunting. It’s natural for parents and prospective students, alike, to have butterflies. It&rsquo…

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky in Finding the Right School on Thursday September 19, 2019
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Top Tips You Need to Know For Back-to-School

As incoming and returning students prepare for reentry into the school mindset, a few simple steps can help ensure a smooth transition back to the books. Find out how ...

Get Back on a School Schedule

Wendy Olson, assistant principal for student life: “Start getting back on a school schedule. Get up earlier, create a more relaxing bedtime routine, and stick with it during the school week. Next, set up and restock your study space at home. Lastly, get in the habit of turning off your …

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky in Partners in Learning, Inspired Academics on Thursday August 22, 2019 at 03:23PM
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Summer's Coming. What to Read?

During the school year, students dive into books that are carefully selected by teachers to illuminate a topic, provide a mirror to examine their own experiences, or open a window into an unfamiliar world. When the warm summer months roll around, however, there are so many good options that it can be hard to decide. But for English teacher Jay Pawlyk, one of the best parts about summer reading is choice.

“Summer is an opportunity to wander around libraries and bookstores and choose …

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky on Wednesday May 22, 2019
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The Ties that Bind

It’s not every day that a student-athlete breaks a school record. In fact, it took 11 years for the St. John’s Prep 50-yard freestyle swim record to fall. But Mitchell Lockwood’s spectacular sprint did a lot more than prompt an update to the Eagles all-time record board hanging in the John A. Driscoll ’90 Aquatics Center. In a hearthwarming example of how fully St. John’s is, all at once, a school, a family and a worldwide network, Mark Scalise ’08, the …

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky in Character and Leadership, Student Life on Tuesday March 12, 2019 at 01:13PM
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Curating the Right Stuff

When it comes to proven recipes for personal and professional success, St. John’s Prep alumnus Pat Connaughton '11 is a great guy to emulate. After all, he remains the Prep's all-time leading scorer in basketball, was drafted by both Major League Baseball and the NBA out of Notre Dame and he's currently averaging career highs in points, rebounds and assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks. But what's particularly exciting about Connaughton’s advice to young people …

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky in Character and Leadership on Tuesday February 19, 2019 at 10:11AM
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Three Solutions for Screen Time Balance

When it comes to managing young adults’ screen time, Kerry Gallagher, the Prep’s Assistant Principal for teaching and learning, says schools and parents are best served by clear and open communication maintained on a regular basis. At home, agreeing on a set of expectations is a terrific foundation, but routine check-in conversations can be invaluable to maintaining healthy behavior when it comes to balancing screen time with general productivity, wellness and overall face-to-face …

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky in What the Tech? on Wednesday February 6, 2019 at 12:15PM
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