Posted On Nov 29, 2017
Katie Ohrn, class of 2016, is a sophomore at San Marcos High School and a new member of their track team. She has discovered a way to get in shape for the spring running season and provide service to others. She is training to run the 2018 LA Half-Marathon in March and raising money for clean drinking water in the Congo. Katie is part of a local World Vision team with over 100 runners from Santa Barbara raising awareness and money for this cause. "My personal goal is to raise $1,500 before the race, but I hope I can raise even more," explains Katie. "My time at Crane helped me have a better understanding of people in need and inspired me to help others. Through service learning and other Crane activities I helped raise money for different causes like Walk for Water and the Food Bank."   Now, Katie is literally taking a bigger step. She said,...
Posted On Oct 27, 2017
With the morning air now a bit more chilly and the nights coming a bit earlier, it can mean only one thing: Crane Country Day School’s annual Country Fair must be right around the corner. Indeed, the fair will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, on Crane’s campus, 1795 San Leandro Lane. Each year, Crane families, faculty, staff and students look forward to the fair’s arrival. Not only does it offer guests a day of entertainment, amusement and food, it allows the Crane community to teach the Santa Barbara community more about the school’s approach to learning and education. Of course, most children come for the games and grins, and there will be plenty of those with a field full of bounce houses, a dunk tank, dart throw, bungee run, sponge toss and human foosball. Or, visitors can try their luck at the Cake Walk, have their faces painted...
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...

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