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A Father's Day Note from a Headmaster Dad While Serving at a Boys School

On Father's Day, every year a deep well of gratitude rises in my heart. The gratitude surfaces when I recall who my father was and how he lived his life. As the tenth of eleven children, I had to do some crazy things to get his attention. Thank God, I didn't get into too much trouble but just enough that he had to sit me down and look me in the eye as we talked. Fortunately, every encounter wasn't about reviewing my mistakes but rather mostly about sharing little life lessons. I shared my father with ten siblings, so you can imagine intimate talks were in short supply. In the long run, I didn't notice a lack of time with my father because time with him was always well spent.

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Remembering St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

Each year on May 25th, the Catholic Church and Sacred Heart Schools around the world celebrate the life and legacy of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat. May 25th is observed as Sophie's official feast day by the Roman Catholic Church. As the founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart, she gave us a model of faith that is grounded in a loving, warm and tender God, as expressed in devotion to the Sacred Heart.

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Guest Blog Post – Readying Students for High School: 7th & 8th Grade Math

The question I get most from my 8th grade Algebra 1 students is, "Why do we need to learn this?" The answer I give them: "Algebra teaches you how to think and problem solve!" In algebra class, there is no doubt that the subject matter is rigorous and challenging, but algebra is about more than just learning how to solve a problem. Learning algebra helps to develop critical thinking skills, the ability to problem solve, think logically, and utilize deductive and inductive reasoning. These critical skills can be applied across all different subjects.

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Guest Blog Post – 3rd and 4th Grade Math: From a Student's Perspective

To showcase what goes on in their classrooms, 3rd and 4th grade math teachers, Jonna McGhee and Kelly Hughes, held a Q & A session with their students about what they have learned this school year and the math program at Regis.

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Guest Blog Post – Kindergartener Today, Leader Tomorrow

Kindergarten is one of the most challenging yet rewarding grade levels. In my opinion, it's also the most fun, but I may be biased. This year is the culmination of students' foundational knowledge learned from home, in Pre-K 3 and in Pre-K 4. If you think of Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 as bricks, Kindergarten would be the mortar in building a strong mathematical foundation. Part of what builds this strong foundation is what practices you use and how you engage the students.

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Guest Blog Post – An Inside Look at Math at Regis

At Regis, we are continually working on creating an environment that best supports our diverse group of learners—focusing on student-centered learning and best practices that extend and enrich our current offerings. You can compare the construction of Regis' math program to the building of a new house—we start by creating a sound foundation, then add rooms that are interconnected and function well together. The math team has been busy blending curriculum that is rooted in mathematical language formation and the evolving study of patterns, quantity and real-world problem-solving. Centering on the unique cognitive development at each stage of learning, we aim to balance research based best practices to develop the competency and confidence in our young scholars.

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The Power of Mentors

About a month ago I was rummaging through my thoughts as it was becoming clear to me the holidays were over and we were moving into 2019. As is typical for most of us, the January swoon of dark days and sluggishness of moving beyond Christmas and New Years has the tendency to keep us locked in place feeling immovable. If you're a Midwestern or a Northerner by birth, you know what I mean—it's the annual pattern of thought linked to winter, reminding you spring will not arrive for a few more months.

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Guest Blog Post – Raising a Lifelong Reader

As parents and teachers, we all strive for our boys to love to read and to be "lifelong readers." How does this happen? Kids can become lifelong readers for a variety of reasons. Sometimes he discovers a book that captures his imagination and opens up a whole new world to him. In some cases, it's a teacher who assigns a book that is the "hook" that sparks his love for reading. And perhaps, most importantly, parents influence their children's reading by modeling good reader behavior and sharing their love of literature with their children—by always having a book nearby that they are reading, making trips to the library or bookstore, taking a book along in the car or plane with them.

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Guest Blog Post – Demystifying the Admissions Process

People often ask how we decide who should be a Regis Knight. Is admission based on IQ scores, family connections, student personality or teacher recommendations? The approach to admission to The Regis School is multi-tiered, meaning that we are looking at prospective students to try to best determine if the student is a fit academically and if he would be a good addition to the grade. In other words, would adding this boy benefit him as well as the rest of the students in that grade?

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A New Year's Blessing

Years ago I was introduced to John O'Donohue by a friend who had just purchased a book of his prayers. As I read his biography I learned that he was a priest for many years and was a native of Ireland. His poetry and prayers immediately brought me back to the Irish landscape and the beauty of the rolling hills and the starkness of the rugged coast.

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Guest Blog Post – Our New Scholars & Gentlemen Class

One of the most exciting initiatives we have taken on this year is the creation of our Scholars and Gentlemen advisory program. Upon entering the Regis middle school, students are placed into advisory groups, which are like little families, and assigned a faculty member as an advisor. This family-like unit stays together throughout their time in our middle school, only disbanding when graduation whisks students off to the next leg of their journey.

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Guest Blog Post – A Reflection on Reflecting

As we fall back into the routine of everyday life after Thanksgiving break, it seemed like an appropriate time to reflect on the act of reflecting. Nowadays, 'mindfulness' is a buzzword we associate with reflection. A google search of the word returns 140,000,000 results ranging from definitions and studies on mindfulness, to books and apps on mindfulness, to how to practice mindfulness. The sheer amount of information available on the subject leads one to question, "Is it that hard?" The simple answer is, "yes."

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Guest Blog Post – A Solution to Building Stronger Male Writers

Have you ever seen Finding Forrester? The film stars Sean Connery, and it is about a young high school student learning to hone his extraordinary talent for writing after he meets a famous author. There is one scene in the film that teachers and parents alike can all relate to.

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Guest Blog Post – A Day in the Life of a Regis Knight

During my first five minutes in 3rd Grade last week, Grant F. asked me why I was spending the day with them. I explained to him what I was doing, and he replied, "That sounds exhausting!" He is absolutely right. After each shadow day, I AM utterly exhausted. This feeling of exhaustion led me to one of the major realizations that I had during these three visits—just how much our boys move all day long!

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Turning a Slump Into a Hitting Streak

When the interviewer asked him how he overcame the struggle he said, "although I struggled with failure, I also had confidence that I could do what I needed to do. I strung a few successes together and my slump turned into a hitting streak. Let me repeat what he said: "I strung a few successes together, and my slump turned into a hitting streak.

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