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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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Keys to Kindness at School

Jason Larocque can recall many a teaching moment when he stopped class to dig a little deeper into a topic or issue on a child’s mind.

“I throw out the lesson plan and try to thoughtfully and constructively process those moments with the class,” explains Larocque. Everyone on this campus has permission and feels empowered to push the pause button to address a situation that demands kindness or further insight into people’s feelings.”

Creating a campus …

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky in Character and Leadership on Wednesday August 29
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The three “C's” that build kids’ resilience

It’s worth noting that the first synonym thesaurus.com lists for resilience is elasticity. Among educators, resilience means the ability to rebound, turn the page and forge ahead. St. John’s Prep Wellness Director Steve Brown says the characteristics a child displays once they’ve honed their sense of resilience are truly distinct.

The Three Cs of Resilience

“To me, traits we label as ‘grit,’ ‘pluck,’ or ‘stick-to-itiveness’ are really about perseverance, while…

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky in Wellness@SJP on Wednesday August 15
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FOUR KEY INGREDIENTS TO YOUR FAMILY’S CHOICE OF A SCHOOL

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Middle School Student Exiting Bus on First Day

When it comes to choosing a school—whether it's middle school or high start by looking for the right fit for you as a family. Our best advice: Information is power. Do your research. Network with other parents. Keep an open mind. Use your head and your heart and, above all, trust your gut.

While seeing is definitely believing, some early steps can take place from the comfort of your armchair. Request a viewbook to take a closer look at what a …

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky in Finding the Right School on Thursday May 24
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WHEN LITERATURE TEACHES LIFE

Eric Kimble fosters a partnership with students in his freshman English classes that extends beyond their years at St. John’s, and he does this in an innovative and meaningful way.

Teacher Eric Kimble

The sublimely simple exercise carries a big benefit: Prep students are confident in the knowledge that he truly cares about both their present and future success.

“In literature, we talk a lot about life, and I get excited about teaching life lessons through literature,” says Kimble ’85. &…

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky in Partners in Learning on Wednesday April 4
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A PROMINENT PLACE AT THE TABLE

Campus life at the Prep orbits around student voice and student choice

The aquarium at SJP

Max George ’17 has moved on from St. John’s, but his intellectual property is a permanent part of campus. The Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, which opened in September 2015, was under construction during George’s sophomore year. That’s when he envisioned something beneath the exposed beams and steel girders of the construction site. On the blueprints, Keefe was to feature all-glass, multi-…

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky in Student Life on Friday March 23
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It’s all about what happens along the way

Two groups of St. John’s students have achieved at a high level in important and distinct ways this month, but the linchpin lessons are the same.

The Prep entered the arena of competitive robotics only eight years ago, but in that span, the program quickly has quickly become a force to be reckoned with, and recently qualified for April’s VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. A competition that began with more than 20,000 teams and a million competitors …

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky in Student Life on Monday March 19
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The Prep’s Treehouse offers a virtuous vantage point

As a social studies teacher for grades seven and eight at St. John’s, Jared Rodriguez ’09 is constantly reminded of his own middle school experience. In particular, he recalls that lunch period was sacred. Just as quickly, he notes that he never had access to anything like the Middle School’s weekly Treehouse gathering.

Middle School TreehouseThe concept is simple: To recreate the easygoing interlude that comes with boys climbing up into a treehouse to share their thoughts and swap stories. …

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky in Character and Leadership on Wednesday February 28
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