Why Life Skills are Important?

middle schoolers washing dishes

Recently there has been a lot of recognition of the unseen work of educators. Besides teaching math and science, they also fill the roles of counselors, nurses, and nutritionalists, just to name a few. School is increasingly becoming a place where students learn more than just academics. The reason why life skills are important lessons […]

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Teaching Middle Schoolers about MLK

Mandy Carter talking to students

Since Arthur Morgan School is a boarding school, our schedule works a little different.  While most students stay home on Martin Luther King Jr. day, our students already live on campus. We don’t feel it makes sense to celebrate King’s life and work by being apart in a our separate boarding houses. Instead, we come […]

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What is the Right Age for Boarding School?

middle school boy and girl smiling

When people first hear about Arthur Morgan School, they often ask, “Who goes to AMS?” For many, boarding school can bring up some pretty negative images.  They question why parents would choose to send their middle schoolers away. They speculate that some sort of behavior problem must exist. Their worries make sense. Military schools, wilderness […]

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Benefits of Healthy School Lunches

middle schoolers eating lunch

In 1946, President Truman stated, “The well-nourished school child is a better student. He is healthier and more alert. He is developing good food habits which will benefit him for the rest of his life.” Although Truman’s message was problematic in his solitary use of male pronouns, his message was right on. The benefits of healthy […]

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Teaching Kindness to Middle Schoolers

middle schooler showing off a walking stick he received as a gift

In mid October, middle schoolers at Arthur Morgan School rush to school each morning. They burst through the front door and make a bee line for the school cubbies. Some of them are in stealth mode, checking behind their backs to make sure no one is watching. Others cannot contain their expectant excitement.  It’s Menitos […]

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Reasons to Send Your Child to Boarding School

middle school students picking grapes

When parents decide to send their child to boarding school, many of them cite the following usual reasons: smaller class sizes, more extracurricular activities and trips, improved life skills, better teachers, and better preparation for college. These are all great reasons, but there are also so many more! Boarding school isn’t just about placing your […]

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Letter from the Clerk – Fall 2018

a summer garden

For both students and educators, summer is a time for adventure, relaxation, and rejuvenating the spirit. I like to spend mine seeing family and exploring these woods. While there, I remember that we operate much like the forest surrounding us; relying on an annual cycle to spur growth.  In going our separate ways for a […]

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How to Start a Mentoring Program at School

middle schoolers making emotional faces

Arthur Morgan School is in its final week of the year.  Students and staff are busy getting ready for graduation by cleaning, mowing, and weeding the campus. It is a time of celebration and excitement with lots of end of the year activities: a Tourists baseball game, tubing down the river, a mock prom.  Our […]

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Developing Decision Making Skills for Students

middle school students and staff talking

Getting students involved in governing their school is a pretty new concept.  In the early 20th century, teaching the concept of democracy suddenly became a global concern. Student councils were one mechanism that emerged, inspired by the writings of John Dewey.  Teaching students good decision making skills and involving them in the running of their […]

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Middle School Friendship Issues

middle school girls laughing

When I first heard about some middle schools’ potential ban on best friends, I have to admit I was a little dismissive. Why were administrators putting themselves in the middle of middle school friendship issues? I didn’t believe the idea would catch on and thought it would be impossible to enforce. However, when Barbara Greenberg […]

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