Clairbourn football and volleyball teams competed this season against various private schools in the area including Chandler, High Point, and Poly. Our teams were excited to put all of their hard work into action!
It’s hard to believe quarter one of this new school year is complete. Our teachers were busy planning a rigorous curriculum, making sure the classrooms were ready and welcoming, while finding new ways to engage and motivate the students. Our Cougars can certainly feel the energetic vibes from our staff because, “I can’t wait for school, EVERYDAY!” quoted a second grader. Here are a few highlights from quarter one!
Middle School Student Council planned a special week for the community to honor Red Ribbon Week. Clairbourn students came together and filled the campus with lots of red to raise the awareness of drug abuse prevention. Along with Student Council adviser, Ms. Vinnedge, students wrote, recorded and produced daily skits to teach students the importance of making good choices!
The physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being of our Middle School students was the focus of our Wellness Focus Talk last week.
The Middle School years can be difficult for many children who are going through physical, emotional and developmental changes. The pressure, stress and expectations for their academic performance from home and school, and the unanticipated challenges of the pandemic can be additional anxieties our Middle Schoolers must process. So much has happened in the world since last year. This group of Middle Schoolers have a lot on their plate besides growing up! How can we as adults help our students navigate these times?
Last week in Mrs. Messler's Middle School algebra class, students used their linear regression skills to design something fun — the Barbie Bungee experiment! Students worked in small groups of 3-5 students. The groups then were given a worksheet and packet containing materials for the activity such as rubber bands, a yardstick, a Barbie doll and a ruler.
Manny and Casey’s two children, Alex and Zoe, attended Clairbourn from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th gradegraduation, in 2013 and 2017. Given their 14 years of experience and engagement with the Clairbourn community, the Graces are a true Clairbourn family. Manny brings to the Board his knowledge and experience of private school education, particularly as it relates to issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Manny is an enthusiastic supporter of Clairbourn. He credits the nurturing and rigorous education his children received at Clairbourn as providing the foundation for their subsequent successes in high school, college and beyond.
A new mission statement, “Creating Scholars and Leaders with Heart,” was established in 2018. Since then, updating the logo has been on our agenda. The Clairbourn team made it a summer goal to complete this branding project, and we are so excited to reveal the new look and the idea behind it!
Justin graduated from Clairbourn in 2017 and attended Flintridge Preparatory School. He will be going to Boston College to study Business Entrepreneurship after taking a gap year. He is very interested in a mission-driven approach to business, where business models are built around social responsibility, improving the lives of their constituents, and positively impacting human welfare.
Bennett was part of the Clairbourn class of 2017. He knew music was his passion and followed it at a young age. Over the years, Bennett has performed as an artist at the Whiskey A GoGo, the Troubadour, the Federal, and Universal Studios, as well as in Europe. He has also worked with many well known artists and producers.
The Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Clairbourn alumni parent, Martin Michel Espinoza to the Board. The Espinoza family’s history with Clairbourn School began in 2004. Martin and Gisselle’s daughter, Ivahnna attended Clairbourn from 2004 through 2012, and their son Thomas attended Clairbourn from 2012 through 2020. Martin was a Clairbourn parent for a total of 16 consecutive years.
Nicole Lam was a part of the Clairbourn Class of 2017. She recently graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) as valedictorian. This fall, she will be attending Yale University, majoring in applied mathematics while continuing her piano studies.
It has been a long Clairbourn tradition to invite the alumni class graduating from high school back to campus for a reunion breakfast the morning of our graduation. It’s not only a celebration before sending them off to college, but it also gives the alumni a chance to make Clairbourn connections with current students and share their insights. This year is no exception!
We reached out to our class of 2017 and asked for their reflections! Let’s see what they have to say!
At Clairbourn, we believe in the essential capacity of every student to master academic content and develop intellectual habits, leadership skills, and social awareness necessary for success. Our students develop a growth mindset along with essential 21st-century skills and intellectual habits that lead to success in school and in life. For over 75 years, we have been dedicated to excellence in education and creating scholars and leaders with heart.
How was Middle School C.A.S.T. (Clairbourn After School Thespians) drama group going to produce William Shakespeare's The Tempest during a pandemic? How were actors going to perform together when they were not allowed within six feet of each other and without the benefit of a stage?
The Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Clairbourn alumni parent Dr. Liva Gritton to the Board. Her three children, Jada, Jasmine and Raymond, all graduated from Clairbourn School. The Gritton family’s long history with Clairbourn began in 2008 and they were here for nine consecutive years. Liva will not only bring an extensive knowledge about private school education and DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) from both the parent and student side, she will also bring her passion for helping others. Liva believes Clairbourn was a wonderful foundation for her children and helped them each grow in different ways.
Students at Clairbourn are on an exciting journey of self-discovery and risk-taking made possible by a team of supportive teachers, a kind community, and an inspiring and safe environment. Children learn to discover their abilities in math, science, art, drama, music, and sports thanks to the cultivation of a growth mindset which keeps them motivated and moving forward in the face of setbacks encountered along their learning journey.
STEM activities like those found in Clairbourn’s annual Engineering Design Challenge are a big part of that journey. It is where students learn to believe in their abilities as designers and problem-solvers, and self-identify as engineers. To continue this school-wide activity during the Pandemic, with learning taking place at home, called for some serious re-imagining on the part of the school to make sure students didn’t miss out on this important learning milestone.
In prior years, students used identical batches of materials to build bridges, catapults, vehicles, parachutes, rockets, or other semi-sophisticated devices, and professional engineers were even brought on campus to explain the engineering process and help students improve their builds. To do something similar in the students’ own personal homes was not logistically possible.
But, as famous Chinese-American martial artist and philosopher Bruce Lee said, “Be like water making its way through cracks…adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it.” In the same wise way, Clairbourn’s Engineering Design Challenge was adapted to a new form for 2021. The main adjustment was to minimize the physical outcome and instead to maximize the mental journey of engineering design. Students were asked to design and build pillow forts and focus on the engineering thought process.
For elementary school students, early technology training, a growth mindset, and teamwork skills can help them make the most of opportunities that come later in life. Former Clairbourn School students Nina Luo and Caroline Kwan, from the Class of 2018, exemplify this perfectly. The following article describes their new app, “Dishcovery,” and how Clairbourn School provided early educational advantages that helped them to take on a technology challenge as high-schoolers.
Anytime an interactive tool or device is created, there is a lot to learn and accomplish. Having an ability to think conceptually as well analytically is key to generating the initial idea, the plan, and the steps for development and deployment. When busy high school students Nina Luo and Caroline Kwan set out to create an app for their summer computer class at Coding Minds Academy, they didn’t flinch when faced with the mountain of work involved. They chose to invest their precious free time, both in and outside of class, to make an app that had meaning and value for their everyday life.