Mr. Heller’s Column

Finish the Year Strong

Posted on: March 25th, 2013

By Mark Heller As the calendar continues its march through spring, end-of-year exams and final grades for transcripts are coming ever-closer. Keeping the student(s) in your house ahead of the game and well-positioned for success can bring some very important lessons and results. Before you get too frustrated with your teen, please know that keeping […]

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Healthy Choices, Healthy Children

Posted on: March 5th, 2013

School should be a place that cultivates social and emotional connection, the ability to interact and communicate with others.

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Why School Still Matters

Posted on: January 29th, 2013

Mr. Heller’s Monthly Column. “The true goal of school is… the nurturing of a well-rounded human being, a citizen who is prepared to meet all of the challenges life will throw at her/him…”

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Early Investment Brings the Best Returns

Posted on: November 30th, 2012

Our deep goals for our children can be served best if we make intentional, purposeful choices even when our children are young. Choosing a great pre-school will do much to put your child on a path for long-term school success.

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Mr. Heller’s Column: For a Great Education, Balance

Posted on: February 28th, 2012

As parents, we seek schools for our children that will best position them for a successful life’s journey.  I believe that the best schools are those that present excellent academic programs (as a given), but go beyond to provide each student a broad range of opportunities: to create to serve to lead; and to experience […]

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Judy Kent’s Column: The Greatest Gift – Read to Your Children

Posted on: February 13th, 2012

By Judy Kent As parents we all hope to give our children the best: provide them with a happy and secure childhood and prepare them for all that this world may bring. What is one way to provide a significant leg up for children? Give them the gift of literacy. Literacy is the door to […]

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What to Do Over the Holidays? Build Traditions!

Posted on: December 7th, 2011

Mr. Heller’s Column: Holidays are all about traditions. They have power in helping our children to learn, grow, and become who we want them to be…

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Focus on Producing Learners (Not Just Those Who Know A Lot!)

Posted on: August 25th, 2011

Rather than preparing our children to succeed on tests, we need to focus on preparing them to be learners. The world they face both today and tomorrow will require them to be able to seek, access, analyze, and re-combine information in ways that will be relevant to their circumstances.

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Build Confidence! (The Value Added by a Great School)

Posted on: August 1st, 2011

What is the true purpose of school? What attributes help the greatest number of students become the most successful adults? What prepares students to best meet their future? Confidence.

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Mr. Heller's Column: The Power of Civility

Posted on: April 5th, 2011

I write this month about one of the important, essential truths about life that I believe students of all ages need to understand. The message is actually rather simple: at school and in life, civility matters. Manners make a difference.

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