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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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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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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 in Inspired Academics on Friday February 16
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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 in Wellness@SJP 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 in Wellness@SJP on Monday January 29
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