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The Gay Men’s Chorus: A Conversation with the 6th and 7th Grades

After the chorus closed their performance with the most beautiful and inspiring mash-up of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” and Sara Bareilles’ “Brave,” most of the students were dismissed. The sixth … Continue reading

December 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

So What’s Your Story?

Learning to be the Best Teacher I was nervous as I went up the stairs to my job interview at Synergy School on Grove Street in June 1983. Here I … Continue reading

November 27, 2018 · 1 Comment

Synergy Volunteers

Early one recent October morning a group of Synergy middle schoolers and parents made their way through the Tenderloin’s darkened streets to serve breakfast to the homeless at Glide Memorial … Continue reading

November 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

4/5 Farm School: Exploring nature, enjoying friends at River’s Bend

Synergy’s 4th and 5th graders reveled in the cold, clear waters of the Navarro River and slept beneath the bright, starry skies for an entire school week. The occasion was … Continue reading

May 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

TAB in the Synergy Art Studio

Over the years I found myself wanting to give my students a more authentic and meaningful art experience, one that would not only build student creativity and confidence, but also … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

All School Ice Skating

It was summer in January in San Francisco and Synergy’s all school skating trip (one of my personal favorites) was on the schedule. Some kids came well prepared—other’s sporting shorts and t-shirts. The kindergarteners left early—because it takes them a little longer to get places—and the rest of the school paraded down to BART. Part of the fun of a class trip is getting there and back, and kids enjoyed the journey despite the heat.

February 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mindfulness in Education

For the past two years and continuing this year, the students in the Skylights and Eastenders have had a very special area of study. We have been practicing “mindfulness” a … Continue reading

January 10, 2018 · Leave a comment