Pine Crest Middle School Students Use Biomechanics To Develop Earthquake Resistant Homes

Posted by Pine Crest School on February 15, 2019 at 1:53 PM

Project based learning (PBL) initiatives are some of the ways faculty are approaching hands-on learning with students. A PBL assignment engages students in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. Students then demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing a public product or presentation for a real audience.

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Topics: 2018, Athletics, Faculty, Middle School, Design Thinking, Innovation Institute

Honoring Brenda Gooden ’17H

Posted by Pine Crest School on January 11, 2019 at 2:29 PM

Long-time Pine Crest School Dance Director, Brenda Gooden, retired in June 2017 after teaching at Pine Crest for 36 years.

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Topics: 2018, Alumni, Fine Arts, Dance

Transitioning to Pine Crest Upper School

Posted by Pine Crest School on December 17, 2018 at 12:22 PM

By Sophia Lieuw-Kie-Song ’22

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Topics: 2018, Upper School, Student Life, Freshmen, Admission, Pine Crest Summer

Mindfulness and More: Pine Crest School Tips for Success on Exams

Posted by Pine Crest School on December 6, 2018 at 9:28 AM

Researchers have found that students who prepare for exams in advance, study efficiently, and make healthy choices perform better on exams. Here are some important tips to consider:

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Topics: 2018, Upper School, Student Life, Freshmen, Social and Emotional Learning

Innovation Curriculum in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten at Pine Crest School

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 28, 2018 at 10:13 AM

At Pine Crest School innovation is part of the curriculum from day one. Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten students visit the Zimmerman Family iLab, or the Mintz Family iLab each month, and have computer science class twice a week.

Students are exposed to basic algorithmic thinking and logical reasoning through elementary coding classes. Students use applications on iPads, like Dash and Dot, Ozobot, Bee-Bot, and Codeable to learn to sequence and debug code. Students see their code come to life in the small robots that complement the applications they use.  

Digital portfolios are also part of their computer science and technology curriculum. Students upload samples of their assignments, or “artifacts,” to reflect on what they have learned. These portfolios will follow them throughout their academic careers at Pine Crest.

During their time in the iLabs, students are exposed to organic gardening and engineering challenges. They are exposed to the design thinking process showing students how to research, ideate, experiment, and reflect as to problem-solve and think creatively.  

Students are given design challenges exposing them to the engineering process and teaching them to manipulate materials and construction techniques appropriate for their age level. Additionally, students use Squishy Circuits to learn the basics of electricity and circuitry.

This innovative curriculum is designed for students to take risks and fail forward.

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Topics: 2018, Innovation, Admission, Pre-kindergarten, Design Thinking

Supporting Faculty Professionalism at Pine Crest School

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 27, 2018 at 10:22 AM

All year long, faculty, administrators, and staff are able to take advantage of stimulating professional development activities — sometimes right on campus.

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Topics: 2018, Faculty

Developing a Design Thinking Mindset in Middle School

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 7, 2018 at 4:31 PM

Design thinking is a methodology for creative, complex problem solving. A design thinker questions and explores possibilities with a clear goal in mind: creating a solution, service, or product that benefits the end user. This technique is often described as human-centered because it is rooted in empathy and aimed at understanding a person or group of people.

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Topics: 2018, Innovation, Panther Pulse, Middle School, Design Thinking

Why You Should Invest in Pre-Kindergarten

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 5, 2018 at 3:27 PM
By Alice Rau  ’20
With an increasing emphasis on the importance of attending a great high school, it may be tempting to hold off on sending your child to preschool to save a little money. However, according to studies of brain development and early childhood education, pre-kindergarten may be the most vital time for children to develop skills they will use for the rest of their lives.
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Topics: 2018, Lower School, Admission, Pre-kindergarten

Investing in High Quality Faculty Professional Development

Posted by Pine Crest School on September 21, 2018 at 4:32 PM

Before setting up classrooms and welcoming students for the first day of school in August, Pine Crest School faculty participated in the Teachers Teaching Teachers professional development day. Now in its ninth year, teachers participate in a variety of peer-led learning sessions where they connected with colleagues, exchanged expertise, and engaged in dialogue about best practices.

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Topics: News, 2018, Innovation, Panther Pulse, Faculty

Pine Crest School Brandon Knight Sports Performance Center Unveiled

Posted by Pine Crest School on September 19, 2018 at 10:36 AM

Pine Crest alumnus and Houston Rockets point guard Brandon Knight ’10 recently gifted Pine Crest School with the modernization of the performance training facility in Lane Hall on the Fort Lauderdale campus.

Brandon Knight 10 with Dr. Dana Markham ’18H, Pine Crest School President

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Topics: News, 2018, Athletics, Alumni, Panther Pulse