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Gray Stone History Teacher Featured In Newspaper Article

 

Wesley Dry, a history teacher here at Gray Stone, was recently featured in an article in the Salisbury Post on how he is helping students in his honors elections class navigate through the 2016 election. Follow the below link to read more on his class's experience.

‘Wading into the unknown’: How teachers are approaching the 2016 election

 

 

Recently, Gray Stone Day School Health & Physical Education teacher, Amy Prior, presented and attended the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America national convention in Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Prior facilitated a session on teaching best practices in which she shared with teachers from across the United States and 13 countries how to teach students health literacy through a skills-based application using the National Health Education Standards. A skills-based classroom engages students through active learning and focuses on providing students opportunities to practice health enhancing skills rather than simply focusing on content knowledge. The theory is that students will make health decisions based on health promoting skills rather than on content alone. For example, we all can think of something we do that we know is not healthy for us, yet we do it any way. Thus proving simply knowing that something is not healthy for us does not change behavior. By teaching students how to apply skills for healthy behaviors, they are more likely to make better health choices rather than rely on information alone. This approach has been shown to be more success in behavior change and lead to a higher rate of application outside of the health classroom through the ability of students to apply their skills throughout their lifetime.

Ms. Prior, who is a former SHAPE America Teacher of the Year, America Achieves Teaching Fellow, and #TeachStrong Ambassador, also worked with educators attending the convention to help them leverage their voice and advocate for their profession by working with local, state, and national level policy makers. Specifically, in regards to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how it impacts states, school districts, and schools. Carly Braxton, Senior Manager Advocacy, Development and Outreach, SHAPE America, says  the act replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as the federal education legislation that funds and provides the framework for elementary and secondary education in the United States. Braxton goes on to state that school health and physical education have been included in ESSA and as a result, states and school districts will have access to significant funding for health education and physical education programs. ESSA has the potential to have an even greater impact on education if it is fully funded for the full $1.65 billion dollars. Ms. Prior worked with her peers to reach out to their Congressional leaders to not only share the importance of fully funding ESSA but to also make sure that their state representatives understood how important health and physical education are to every students ability to be successful. Their message: if our students are not healthy, they are not able to learn.

Gray Stone Holds First High School Convocation

 

Tuesday, August 30, Gray Stone Day School held its first Fall Convocation.  Everyone at the school gathered in the gym.  Typically, a fall convocation conducted at universities and colleges is a large gathering of people called together in a formal assembly to kick off the year with a sense of purpose and direction for the coming academic year. The keynote speaker was Mr. Brien Lewis, President of Catawba College.  The Gray Stone convocation focused on character and integrity with the purpose of charging the students and staff with upholding the standards set forth by the school’s mission.

 

Senior, Valery Cruz, performed “Thinking of Summer” by Catherine Rollins on the piano as the senior class proceeded into the gym. Senior, Maria Kanawati provided the welcome. She reminded the students that, “Honor and integrity are the two pillars that carry the upstanding Gray Stone student.  Without both of these noble characteristics we cannot hope to become all that we aspire to be in the future.”

 

Robert Stack, Dean of Students talked about responsibility as “doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and how it needs to be done.  Integrity is doing it that way all the time, even when no one is looking.”

 

Sarah Richardson, an English teacher at the school, shared that doing the right thing is not easy to do.  She talked about the “Knight Thing”.  “When you are sitting at home, it’s late, you’re exhausted and you still have so much to do.  You could get someone else’s homework to copy or ask a friend to summarize a reading but you don’t. That is what separates you!”

 

At Gray Stone Day School, all students are required to write and sign the Honor Code on all work they turn in whether it is a homework assignment or a final exam. It reads, “On my honor, I have not sought, given, received purposeful or inadvertent aid not permitted by the spirit of this assignment.”

 

Senior, Jenny Kribbs, introduced Mr. Lewis who spoke about honor. “Honor is the integrity to do the right thing. An exciting future faces you as you begin a new year at Gray Stone and what you can bring to this community of learners.” Describing a scene from a Star Wars movie, Mr. Lewis shared that Master Yoda told Luke Skywalker who asked what is in a dark cave, that the only thing in there will be what you take with you. “So what you take with you is your Honor – your willingness to commit to the spirit and letter of the Code and Pledge.  It is a pledge not just to one another – it is a pledge to ourselves.”

 

Andrew Hodges, an English teacher at the school, asked the students to think about, “Why are you here at this moment and this place in time.”  He encouraged students to stay present in the moment and take advantage of the educational opportunities here.  “Do your best work because by giving us your best, we can prepare you for life beyond these walls.”

 

Students also viewed videos on making a difference for others and the positive impact of hard work.

 

Dmitry Tereshenko, a senior, closed by reiterating what each part of the Honor Code means. He reminded students that, “As Gray Stone Knights, we stand by our honor.  In doing so, we stand by our Code and everything it embodies.”

As students entered the gym, they were given a pledge card that read, “As a member of the Gray Stone community, as a person of integrity and character, as an active participant in society as a whole, I pledge to respect others in my community, respect the educational process, uphold the principle of integrity in all things, and lead a life of character based on the principals established by the Gray Stone community.”  At the close of the ceremony, the students were given an opportunity to sign the pledge card and place it at the front.  

 

“I’d like to thank Jeff Morris, Head of School, and Robert Stack, Dean of Students for organizing the event.  It was a very powerful reminder of how important it is that we fulfill our responsibilities and live with integrity and honor,” said Helen Nance, Chief Administrative Officer.

The following links are for live documents used internally by the school for waiting lists.  Please refer to this site as often as you choose to get an update on your standing.

 

9th Grade Waiting List

10th Grade Waiting List

11th Grade Waiting List

12th Grade Waiting List