Head's Blog

Read about important topics for students and families.

Summer Reading List: Teacher-Recommended and Student-Approved!
When you ask your child what he or she would like to do over the summer, you may not hear, “Read books,” but you can make reading an enjoyable part of your child’s summer. To help with choosing books, we have put together a summer reading list of teacher-recommended (and student approved!) titles by age range. Happy reading!


5 Simple Ways to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten
When kindergarten is just around the corner, all parents wonder if their child will be ready. Most moms and dads are naturally concerned with academic readiness; however, a child’s success in school depends on many different factors. Consider these tips for helping your student thrive in the ever-important first year.


Helping Children Navigate Technology Safely
Keeping up with the ever-changing world of technology can seem overwhelming. To help parents become familiar (and stay current) with tech safety, we have assembled information from trusted resources around the subjects our Mason Prep parents frequently ask about. We hope it helps you guide your child to be a responsible online citizen.


The Advantages of a K-8 School
Just as we are a small school by design, we are also a K-8 school by design. These years are a critical time in a child’s intellectual, social, and emotional development. We believe that the K-8 educational model is the best for our students, helping them to be confident life-long learners who are ready for the challenges of high school and beyond.


How "Houses" Help Strengthen Students' Connections
Houses, or "castles" in our case, provide students a community within a community – another place, besides a grade or circle of friends, where students can feel a sense of belonging. We place great importance on making sure our students know that they are each an important part of our community, so we are excited to bring this program to Mason Prep.


7 Ways to Ease Your Child’s Transition to a New School
Starting at a new school, while exciting, can be challenging. Having helped families enter our school in all grades and during all times of year, we understand the transition. We hope the following tips will help your child (and family) feel more confident as you move to a new school.


Fun and Games: Tools for Building Academic and Social Skills in Kindergarten
What looks and sounds like happy commotion is actually kindergarten students hard at work learning math, reading, and social skills. Discover how kindergarteners learn with fun activities at Mason Prep.


Meet Dr. Kate Silver: Doctor, Teacher, and Proud Mason Prep Alumnus
Dr. Silver, a specialist in adult and pediatric rheumatology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), reflects on her memories of Mason Prep and how the school helped prepare her for a challenging and fulfilling career.


Confidence for Life: Mason Preparatory Graduates are Ready for Success
Head of School Erik Kreutner shares how Mason Prep alumni are prepared with a strong academic foundation for their future in high school and beyond.


How Mason Prep Inspired a Love of Literature, Confidence, and a Career in Teaching
We recently caught up with Mason Preparatory School 2009 graduate Sara Stamatiades to learn more about her preparation for Cornell’s PhD program in English Language and Literature, her love of teaching, and her job teaching English in Spain.


Finding the Right Fit for Your Student
Watch our teachers explain how the Mason Prep experience benefits each student and hear from a parent who moved her child to Mason Prep - and how it has made all the difference!


Why Teaching the Individual Student Matters
Watch our videos and read stories of how teachers, staff, and families work together to help each Mason Prep student reach his or her potential.


Servant Leadership in the Middle School Classroom
A guest blog by Mr. McNamee, 7th and 8th grade science teacher, explaining his new exploratory class on servant leadership.


Alumni Spotlight on Mills Jordan: Mason Prep Students Prepared to Thrive in High School
Watch our video to hear from recent graduate Mills Jordan and his mom, Jenny, about the transition to high school and how Mason Prep helped pave the way.


Testing and Observation Q&A
Testing and observations are an important part of the admissions process. Learn about why we test and observe prospective students, and find out what happens during both.


Celia Campbell (Class of 2015) Lends a Hand to Help Kids and Animals (Video!)
Celia Campbell has been volunteering at the Charleston Animal Society (CAS) for the past four years. She credits Mason Prep with supporting the lessons about service she learned at home and opening the doors to different service opportunities.


How to Make the Most of Your Open House Visit
An Open House visit is a time to find out more about a school and get a feel for what a day there would be like for your child. Don't miss the opportunity to find out as much as you can during your visit - see our list of questions to ask while you are there.


Why an Independent School?  A Q&A to Help You Choose the Best Learning Environment for Your Child
When it comes to choosing a school, parents today have a dizzying array of options. Learn more about an independent school education and why it might be the right choice for your child.


Moving to Charleston with Kids - Everything You Need to Know
Moving to Charleston with kids? Wonderful! We have put together some tips for where to live and what to do. You'll feel like a local in no time!   


The Importance of Field Trips
School trips provide countless opportunities for student growth. Read about how field trips at Mason Prep help students explore and build connections with our community, with other parts of our country, and with each other.


Appreciating Our Teachers
It is important to appreciate those who can tap students' gifts, understand their interests, foster their hopes and inspire their dreams - our teachers. Find out the simple and meaningful way you can thank these very special people.


The Importance of Social and Emotional Learning
It is increasingly important to remember that academics do not exist in a vacuum and that learning is a very complex process. In recent years, a great deal of research has shown the benefits of social and emotional learning on students' performance in school.


Jessica Lahey Follow-Up 
Jessica Lahey gave a presentation at the 2016 Bringing School Together Conference entitled, "Raising Resilient, Intellectually Brave Kids." Here we share some of the highlights of her talk.


Parenting Articles by Jessica Lahey
Jessica Lahey is also a regular contributor to publications including The New York Times. Here we share links to several of her articles which focus on giving children the autonomy necessary for development into responsible and successful adults. 


The Gift of Failure 
In her book, The Gift of Failure: Why Parents Need to Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, Jessica Lahey writes about how parents, in their desire to protect their children, have deprived them of the chance to learn from their mistakes. Read about how parents and teachers can work together to raise confident and capable learners.
 
 


Confidence Building: Speaking to Adults 
Speaking for oneself shows character and citizenship. Read on for tips on how to encourage your child to speak confidently to adults. 


 

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