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Synapse School educates change makers through social-emotional learning, innovation and leading-edge academics. 

 

100%

Chance that Synapse students use more wood, string, blocks, cardboard and wire than worksheets

5,000+

Kapla building blocks used on a regular basis to create anything and everything

 

60 

Number of points our Ultimate Frisbee team received to win the spirit award at the Spaghetti Western Tournament

100%

Families who pledged to the 2019 Annual Fund

 

 

266

Students enrolled for the 2019-20 school year

 

150

Plants planted by students, teachers, and parents in the first Synapse Garden

 

46

Members of our faculty-parent cover band, The Constructivists

 

6,500 

Books in the Synapse library

 

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Latest Head's Blog

Jim Eagen

 

An email penned to our faculty and staff: 

 

In the op-ed piece today by Thomas Friedman, "Finding the 'Common Good' in a Pandemic," the author engages Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel in a conversation about what it means to be a society and individual thrust into the very real and troubling ethical dilemma we face today. Sandel believes what we are all doing is assessing the "unarticulated ethical position about how we as individuals, communities and a nation define what is best for the most people." In other words - the common good.

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Jim Eagen

 

Resilience is defined one way as "able to endure strain without being permanently injured." Another is "tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change." With these definitions as a guide, I want to dive into the idea of resilience. I feel this is one of the most essential skills we can teach our students - and ourselves.

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Jim Eagen

 

What do we mean by an athlete's mind?

 

I was once told by a recruiter that I didn't get the job because the hiring committee said I came across as "a real athlete". When I asked her what that meant, she seemed as puzzled as I was. She said, "they felt you really thought like an athlete. That's why you didn't get the job." I laughed, and said to her, yes, I do think like one, that's likely not to change. She agreed and we laughed a bit, but I left our conversation still curious. What does that mean, to think and behave like an athlete? Is that a bad thing? Or can that be a good thing?

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