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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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FOUR MODELS OF CUSTOMIZED LEARNING AT ST. JOHN’S

Chyanne SmithMiddle School science teacher Chyanne Smith is a big fan of her department’s curriculum, which takes its cues from the Smithsonian Institute’s Science and Technology Concepts program. The learning framework is designed to align with Next Generation Science Standards, whereby science and engineering practices, teachable core ideas, and crosscutting concepts are integrated in every lesson. Good stuff all around, to be sure.

As she wrapped up her first year of teaching at the Middle …

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky on Friday February 16 at 05:02PM
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HOW TO COME BACK FROM FEBRUARY BREAK WITH MOMENTUM

Tips for February BreakAs students depart for more than a week off from school, just a dash of clever planning over vacation can help insure a smooth transition back to the books. Find out how...

Conor Dowley, School Counselor: Students should spend time over February break resting and re-calibrating their minds with some time off from their often busy schedules. During this time, students should involve themselves in pursuits that are enjoyable and productive. Building a routine that incorporates some form of …

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky on Friday February 16
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Three Minutes to a More Positive School Day

Mark O'Connor and his family in Kyoto meditating with monks

When Mark O’Connor ’20 traveled to Kyoto less than a month ago to visit his brother, a U.S. Marine stationed at Camp Fuji, he found plenty to take in. Japan’s cultural epicenter for centuries, Kyoto boasts breathtaking ancient temples, vivid gardens, beloved shrines, and bustling streets. But when O’Connor and his family got the opportunity to meditate with a Zen Buddhist monk, the St. John’s Prep sophomore found a lot in common with the wellness practices he …

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky on Monday January 29 at 02:53PM
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Sport and fitness at the Prep: Where preparation meets opportunity

St. John's Prep Mountain BikingOf the 12 men who entered the St. John’s Prep Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017, half of the honorees had been cut from what they viewed as their best and primary sport in high school. Of course, not every new athletic venture ends with a Hall of Fame induction. But the anecdote illustrates a greater truth: When it comes to personal growth in the context of physical movement, the Prep give students every opportunity to stay on top of their game.

For starters, more than half of the varsity …

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky on Tuesday January 23
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Seeking a Winning Verdict

Prep Mock Trial team aims high as courtroom clashes begin. Read more about the updates happening on the Prep campus!

Mock TrialsFor the 33rd year in a row, legal Eagles from St. John’s will test their skills of advocacy, public speaking, and the ability to think on their feet as the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Mock Trial Program kicks off its 2018 competitive season on January 29, when the Prep’s assemblage of “attorneys” and “witnesses” are ready match wits …

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky on Friday January 19 at 11:33AM
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When the Best-Laid Plans Go Sideways

What happens when a school event seven months in the making gets cancelled?

Model UNIf you’re a well-oiled machine that empowers students to regroup with the support of teachers and administrators, then adaptation and resilience become the rule rather than the exception. A perfect example of this dynamic within the Prep community is the recent postponement and rescheduling of the 12th annual St. John’s Prep Model U.N. Conference.

On Saturday, December 9, more than 700 delegates from nearly…

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky on Tuesday January 16 at 12:37PM
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Advice for College-Bound Seniors

Let's face it. There's no substitute for talking to someone who's been there, done that. Especially when you're a high school senior wondering (and dreaming) about life in college.

College-Bound Seniors at SJPThat's why the School Counseling Department at St. John's invites recent grads to return to campus and talk with seniors about their experiences in college. When a group from the Class of 2016 shared time with the Class of 2018 recently, we asked them for their best advice for college-bound seniors.

Gathered around …

Posted by Mr. Chad Konecky on Thursday January 11 at 01:41PM
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