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October 13, 2015

Data Driven Instruction and Portfolio Assessment at CSS

Data Driven Instruction and Portfolio Assessment at CSS Educational theory and practices evolve rapidly and so is the dynamic world for which we are preparing our students. And while CSS has always been at the cutting edge of educational innovation, a great school cannot become complacent.  As a dedicated group of educators, we are committed to asking two important questions: How do we know our curriculum and practices are effective?  How are the curriculum and...
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August 27, 2015

State of the School and Member-Supported Annual Fund Launch

Member-Supported Annual Fund Launch In my recent state of the school presentation, I began with a very simple notion. The Colorado Springs School is an institution that exists solely because the members of its community have, in the past, present, and future, invested their time, talent, and treasure in the school. To borrow a phrase from National Public Radio, we are “member supported.” That community membership, conferred upon a student and their parents with entrance to the...
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August 04, 2015

Proud Preview of 2015-2016

The arrival of NFL training camps and corn and chiles in the local markets are sure signs that the start of the school year is fast approaching. Like anyone with a true passion for what they do, the faculty and staff at CSS have enjoyed summer but we are excited to get back to our work with students. This fall, there is much to be excited about. Throughout the course of the 2014-2015 school year, the faculty and administration engaged in a series of inter and intra divisional conversations that...
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July 02, 2015

New Hires & New Year

Dear CSS Community, Great schools are defined by the quality of their teachers and the intentionality of their programs. CSS has much to be proud of in both areas. It has been a pleasure for me to reflect on the recent accomplishments of our students, the work of our faculty, and our stellar programs. Kudos to the Upper School on preparing our students for their rigorous course work, their many Advance Placement tests, their final exams, and the special events and ceremonies that mark the...
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May 22, 2015

Head of School's Charge to the Class of 2015

I have thought a great deal about what to say to you all today. I was hoping that I could simply appropriate/steal the speech from my own commencement exercises on Tuesday in New York but…… it was too lame to take credit for. Plus, that would have been a bad example. I do feel a special connection with your class and am rather fond of you. Your sincere welcome this fall meant the world to me and even though some of you call me A-A-ron, this is not the worst thing that a head of school...
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April 14, 2015

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

As I mentioned in my state of the school letter and address this winter, beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, the CSS Upper School will implement a Bring Your Own Device Program. Like a 1:1 technology integration program, students will be expected to have access to an electronic device (tablet with a keyboard, chromebook, netbook, or full laptop computer) in each of their classes on a daily basis. Unlike a 1:1 program, students will have the choice to use the type(s) of devices they already...
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April 09, 2015

Digital Portfolios

What did you learn in school today? This question was frequently posed to me when I was a young student. In full disclosure, I never liked answering this question, but perhaps that’s because I floundered at answering it. Traditionally, most students, and even most educational institutions, have answered this question by referencing the traditional rituals and accouterments of school – classes, essays, tests, grades, and textbooks. Most schools looking at their own internal goals and...
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December 09, 2014

The Value of a CSS Education: Announcing Tuition and Programs for 2015-2016

As I mentioned in my recent State of the School presentation (Video - 25 minutes), The Colorado Springs School is supported by a committed and motivated group of parents who invest in a CSS education for their child because they know that educational opportunities that promote engagement awaken the skills and habits students need for success. As we announce new tuition levels for the 2015-2016 school year, I want to assure you that we are committed to increasing the value proposition of a...
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December 01, 2014

Thankful for Kodiak Pride: Announcing a New Spring Sport

Earlier this fall, I outlined some of the fine and performing arts programs and events that make CSS different from other schools and a truly special place for students. Brava to Ms. Sandy Bray and company for a fine Revue and Middle School Musical Theatre Showcase this fall. A most immediate applause should also be extended to the cast and crew of Don’t Drink the Water in Upper School on the winter play performed just before Thanksgiving Break. What a show! Next up, Middle...
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October 22, 2014

Faces and Phases of Giving

At this point in the school year, many thanks are in order. The fall colors are here and the many programs of CSS are in full swing. The students and their teachers and coaches have been doing their best in the classrooms, on the stage, the court and the field for many weeks now. The well-measured combination of support and high expectations makes CSS a place where students invent new ideas and invest in themselves and others. It is important to remember that the excellent environment of The...
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More recent posts

Portrait of a Graduate January 29, 2018

Every Picture Tells a Story

Dear CSS Families and Alumni,   At The Colorado Springs School, we never stop thinking about our role in the local and international educational landscape and our mission to prepare our students for a dynamic world. Education is a complicated topic and, with 15 grade levels at the...
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2017-2018 Tuition December 12, 2017

Tuition Announcement for 2018-2019; Tuition Lock Continues

  Dear CSS Families,   The end of the first semester and the Holiday season are natural times of celebration and reflection.  Sometimes, success is a well-earned grade on a test or an analytical essay. Other times, achievement means developing a growth mindset to persevere...
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Aeriel shot of The Colorado Springs School campus captured by drone November 14, 2017

Facilities Update and Enhancements

  Dear CSS community,     As a school community, we are incredibly fortunate to call 21 Broadmoor Avenue home. I cannot tell you how much pride it gives me to share photos and videos (especially this new drone fly-over footage by CSS Parent, Dave Richardi P’18, P’21...
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