Karen Carney

Stepping up to More Responsibility

Adolescence is a wonderful time of development.  Kids have new skills and abilities, and also are itching for more freedom and responsibility.  They want to do it all, but they still need guidance and support.   As our middle school students grow, we look for opportunities for our middle school students to take leadership in the…

The Arts Converge at Chicago Friends School

Ten minutes before dismissal today, I was down in my office in the basement when suddenly I heard footsteps clattering into my office. Renata poked her head in: “You are cordially invited to a musical mask march, upstairs, right now!” Who could resist such an invitation, especially at the end of a long day?   Upstairs our…

One Solar System, Many kinds of Learning

This year, our whole school instructional theme is circles, and this month all class levels have been studying the circles of Solar System in science.   Each class is doing some research, making a model of some form, and learning facts about the solar system’s objects and their movement, each in a developmentally appropriate way. In…