Posted On Sep 25, 2017
Reading, writing, listening and speaking are the four elements that make up language arts, a core subject in every school curriculum. But most English classes in middle school, high school and beyond primarily focus on two key elements — reading and writing.Crane Country Day School in Montecito has a program that develops students' skills in the least taught of the language arts: public speaking. Students begin their stage careers in kindergarten, performing in a play and reciting poems at their graduation. Throughout the elementary grades, students have frequent opportunities to speak in the daily assembly, whether participating in a program or making an informal announcement. In middle school, the program intensifies. For example, seventh-graders present persuasive speeches to their classmates in English. And eighth-graders reach the pinnacle of public...
Posted On Apr 24, 2017
From my first day on the Crane Country Day School campus, I have been impressed with all the school does to integrate sustainability into its physical space and community culture. The most noticeable effort involves water management, the greatest environmental challenge Southern Californians face today. Crane’s permeable parking lot and adjacent bioswales allow storm water runoff to infiltrate into the soil below. The newly constructed Design and Engineering Center’s Oak Tree Quad rain gardens capture and hold rain from the rooftops, feeding plants and recharging the groundwater supply. Waste management is important as well, and has become an exciting part of our school routine. Fifth graders, led by recycling guru and fifth-grade teacher Chris Caretto, are often seen around campus checking blue bins and helping reduce the trash we send away. Our...
Posted On Jan 18, 2017
On E-Day afternoons at Crane Country Day School, attendance is robust, but many middle school classrooms are vacant.  There is an exciting reason for this, and it is Crane’s new E-Block elective program in grades six through eight.  Crane middle-school students take over 12 different classes each semester. They learn and explore all manner of topics from math to art, English to service learning, physical fitness and health to public speaking. Offering this robust curriculum allows Crane students to learn about and explore diverse topics, which might not have caught their attention otherwise. Crane’s new E-Block elective program enhances an already broad program by honoring student choice as well. Each trimester Crane’s middle-school students choose from a slate of different program offerings, allowing them to take three different electives each year...
Posted On Jan 3, 2017
On Tuesday, January 3 at 8am, students, staffulty, and visitors celebrated the opening of the new Oak Tree Quad complex with a brief ribbon cutting ceremony led by student council. The Oak Tree Quad Complex adds 6,100-square-feet of classroom space including two new math and English classrooms, new adminstrative offices, an English garden, outdoor decks, new landscaping, and a small study adjoining the two English classrooms featuring floor to ceiling bookshelves with a fireplace. It also includes a 2,000-square-feet Design and Engineering Center for the school's new Design and Engineering curriculum program and an outdoor amphitheater.Following the ceremony, everyone was invited to explore the new spaces for a few minutes before joining together in the new outdoor amphitheater for the first assembly of the new year in the new complex. Joel J. Weiss, Head of School, acknowledged the...
Posted On Nov 2, 2016
Crane's new math, English and engineering buildings, and the outdoor amphitheater are nearing completion!  Check out the cover photo and article "The Quad Takes Shape" in the local Montecito Journal; October 20-17 edition, page 12. 

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