Spring Mini-Courses 2018

Spring Mini-Courses, or as we informally call them, Spring Trips took place last week, and they were a huge success! This is just another prime example of Crefeld’s commitment to experiential learning. We suspend classes for the week and students, alongside their teachers, immerse themselves in a week long adventure. For some students, this is a deep dive into a much-loved topic, for others, it’s more of an exploration and an opportunity to try something new. We are committed to these trips, not only to expose students to new activities or to do a deep dive, but to build stronger peer relationships and grow stronger as a community. We value not only the skills the students are learning, but the importance of collaborating as a group, leaning on one another when experiences become difficult, and supporting one another when we take risks. Spring Mini-Course experiences are an integral component of our curriculum, because they help us grow into the best versions of ourselves.

Here’s a recap of the trips: 1) We had a music trip that spent time in a recording studio (owned and operated by a Crefeld alum) that produced five tracks. 2) Students worked in the HandWork Studio in Narberth honing their sewing skills. 3)On the trip to the redwoods in California, our students were cabin leaders for Bay Area 5th graders. 4)The Glass trip stayed on campus and learned new techniques. 5)The course at the Teton Science School in Wyoming conducted field research. 6)The Local Adventurers went whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and ziplining! 7)The hikers on the Appalachian Trail pushed themselves physically and saw a porcupine (and had pizza delivered to the trail??)! 8)The CReF Lab worked on campus building handheld video games and took field trips that included the Drexel ExCITE Center. 9)And students enjoyed a trip to Washington, DC to explore our nation’s capital and see a play at Ford’s Theater!

Welcome back, Crefelders. Now let’s get to work. There’s a lot to do between now and graduation day on June 8.

The Fourth Quarter

Here we are, beginning the fourth quarter. It is amazing to me how quickly the school year goes by. We are getting ready for Spring Mini-Courses, the Spring Performance, Prom, Senior Dinner, and, of course, Graduation. There’s a lot to do in the next two months, especially for our seniors who are completing the Graduation by Exhibition process.

However, as I think about the seniors and their transition into the next stage of their lives, I often reflect on how much each one of them has matured and developed . They are turning into adults and I couldn’t be more proud of them. Stacey Cunitz, Director of College Counseling, will soon share the growing list of colleges and universities that have accepted our seniors. It’s an impressive list.

As an educator, it makes me reflect on a some advice that I was recently given and something I believe we do exceptionally well at Crefeld - to see young people as who they really are and not judge them on the behaviors that they sometimes display. That’s what we do, every single day.