Kirby Hall News and Blogs

Oct

What are the benefits of a school MakerSpace program?

MakerSpaces are making waves at schools from coast-to-coast these days.  A MakerSpace is a dedicated spot in a classroom or library where students can create, tinker, build, and solve problems in a hands-on way. And as the saying goes…tinkers are thinkers.  Whether they are building something entirely from their own imaginations or creating something with…

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Sep

New Research Touts the Pluses of Preschool

New Research Touts the Pluses of Preschool The options are endless these days for parents wishing to get a jump start on their child’s learning and education all before actually starting kindergarten. There are formal playgroups, playdates, child development centers, Montessori-styled classrooms, and plain old preschool. How is a new parent to know what is…

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Jan

2nd Grade Learns About the Digestive System

2nd grade has been learning about the Digestive System in Science and they had a special presentation by two of our parents who are Physicians at the University of Texas. During their presentation they compared human anatomy with those of other animals, showed how long the small intestine is, and had an interactive activity that demonstrated how our digestive system works! The students even got to ask them a lot of great questions.

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Oct

2nd Grade Learns about India!

One of the great things about our school is the family environment that is always present in our halls. We love it when our older students are involved with our younger ones! One example is when they help run our school events and guide the younger students around. Another example is when we have Reading Buddies every Friday in the Library.

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Sep

Reading Buddies

One of the great things about our school is the family environment that is always present in our halls. We love it when our older students are involved with our younger ones! One example is when they help run our school events and guide the younger students around. Another example is when we have Reading Buddies every Friday in the Library.

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Sep

What Are Kirby Hall Students Reading?

Our latest bulletin boards showcase what we are reading! The bulletin board just outside the library has books being read by our Primer, Kinder, first grade, and second grade students, while the one on the wall in the stairwell shows what our older kids are reading.

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Jul Switching from public to private school

Advice For Switching From Public To Private School

Deciding that your child should make the switch to a private school is a big decision. The academic and social adjustments can affect not just your child, but your whole family. However, if you’ve weighed the options and decided that switching from public to private school is the best course of action, take comfort in knowing that private schools make it a point to help families ease into the transition.

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Mar

Black History Month Art Exhibit

One of our amazing teachers, Christine Griffin, helped to bring a wonderful exhibit to Kirby Hall for Black History Month! The exhibit was called Black Art – Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art.

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Jan Kirby hall school pre k-4 classroom

Importance of Preschool

Preschool is an important part of early development for a child because it helps set a child up with the proper skills and structure to succeed throughout their education. Kirby Hall’s primer program provides an extra scaffold between the crucial Pre-K years and the kindergarten years.

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Dec

The Importance of Positive Teacher-Student Relationships

The relationship between teachers and students can have a lasting impact on the development of a child. Teachers who have strong bonds with their students have been shown to be more effective in their teaching roles. In addition to lower levels of behavioral problems, teachers with strong classroom bonds are also able to achieve higher levels of academic success among students.

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Nov

Small Class Size Advantages

Average class size is an important metric used to compare how intimate of an education experience a school offers. The smaller the class size, the more opportunities a student will have to receive one-on-one teaching, chances to participate, and the resources for success.

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Jun

Remembering Karinya Chen

Karinya Chen impacted the lives of all she touched. She was a beloved member of the Kirby Hall community. Her intelligence, charm, kindness, dogged determination, positive outlook, talent, and faith continue to inspire us to reach for our better selves.

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May

Kirby Hall Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Project

Hammers, nails, shingles, and lots and lots of paint transformed Kirby Hall’s front porch into a playhouse production site. Our fifth through ninth grade students joined forces with Austin Habitat for Humanity to create four life-size playhouses for local charities.

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May

Vaughan McInerney Qualifies for the AIME

Kirby Hall ninth grader Vaughan McInerney was invited to flex his mathematical strength after having scored in the top 2.5% on an international math test. This earned him the privilege of taking a three-hour, 15-problem exam on a Saturday – not your ordinary weekend fun.

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Mar

Kirby Math Students Place 13th in World

Congratulations to the Kirby Hall middle school math club for placing 13th in the world, 6th in Texas and 3rd in Texas at the 2015 Purple Comet Math Meet. The team consisting of Benjamin Burton, Joseph Carruth, Nir Elb, Alexander Burton, Vaughan McInerney, and Sam Shvets competed in the small middle school division (which includes all middle schools with at most 400 students) of the contest.

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Mar

Former Kirby Hall Student Goes for Gold!

Former Kirby Hall student Sonali Mitra is working for the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. This prestigious award challenges high school girls “to change the world – or at least your corner of it,” according to the Girl Scouts organization.

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