On Friday, September 25, Carlthorp launched a new program called Family Groups. All students in grades K-6 participated in the first meeting of a monthly activity aimed at connecting the students and faculty and staff across grade levels in a consistent and meaningful way throughout the school year. Each month Family Groups will meet virtually on Zoom and participate in themed meetings with activities and projects to be planned in advance and facilitated by 5th grade students.
The first Family Group meeting consisted largely of ice-breaker activities that helped the students get to know one another better. As the year progresses, Family Group activities will be action-oriented and focus on tenets of the Code of Conduct.
“It was so nice for the students, faculty, and staff to connect with each other through Family Groups. The bonds that are developing and the consistent interactions between members of each group will help increase a sense of community and belonging, which is particularly important while we continue our distance learning program,” explains Steve Springer, Interim Head of School.
We hope you enjoy The Clarion, Carlthorp School's Literary Magazine. The magazine is a compilation of student works published by the Writing Club. Ms. Ho (5th Grade Teacher) and Francesca M. (6th Grade student and Editor-In-Chief) along with 22 other students worked hard throughout the first trimester to bring the publication to life.
On Saturday, February 1, four 6th Grade students and eleven Carlthorp School alumni from Northwestern, Harvard-Westlake, Brentwood, Marlborough, Windward, Archer, Loyola, Phillips Academy (Andover) and Choate (Wallingford), in conjunction with KidUnity, traveled to Iowa to experience the caucuses as student journalists.
On Monday, January 20, 2020, 170 CS parents, students, faculty and staff from 60 Carlthorp families participated in the first ever Carlthorp School Day of Service in honor of the national initiative to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This day off school was an optional day “on” for the CS community.
Throughout the school year the Carlthorp School librarians invite children’s authors and illustrators to speak to students about their craft and answer questions about what inspires them to write. Recently, Stuart Gibbs, author of the "FunJungle" series, the "Spy School" series, the "Moon Base Alpha" series, the "Last Musketeer" series, and the "Charlie Thorne" series joined us to speak to our 3rd - 6th Grade students.
The week of January 6, Carlthorp students were introduced to the music of Africa, in particular Ghana, by Mr. Sowah Mensah who joined us for a week-long musical residency focused on drumming and singing. Students learned about Ghanaian geography, people, and language as well as the role and function of music in traditional Ghanaian culture.
The classroom experience at Carlthorp School is student-led, experiential, and inquiry-based with activities designed to build confidence, facilitate problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and provide a strong foundation of gratitude, passion, empathy and a commitment to service.
Many families in the Carlthorp School community were impacted by the recent Getty Fires. During these October fires when families were evacuated and our community came together to support each other, one theme resonated with students, teachers, and parents alike... appreciation for the sacrifice and dedication of the first responders and firefighters.