The Pike School’s outstanding faculty provides students with a rigorous, challenging, and comprehensive education in small classes supported by exceptional resources. Our students acquire the skills to pursue knowledge independently, a sense of responsibility to the larger community, delight in physical activity, and the desire and confidence to take intellectual and artistic risks. These qualities have perennially given our graduates the ability to distinguish themselves at the competitive secondary schools they attend.
Last week, on Wednesday, April 3rd, Pike hosted their 8th Annual Diversity Dessert gathering. This year's event brought together over 120 attendees including students, parents, faculty and staff to share sweet treats, get a chance to hear from students, and participate in a breakout activity.
The New England Math League contest results are in! The Pike School's 6th grade had the highest score in all of New England! Our 7th grade placed 2nd in New England and secured first place for all of Essex County. Our 8th grade team also took first place in Essex County.
Recently, 18 of The Pike School's 7th and 8th graders submitted 35 works of art to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This is a prestigious regional and national competition for young artists and writers in grades 7-12. We are very excited to announce that six of our students received recognition for their work.
The month of February is a time of transition. The snow seems to permanently cover our streets, but we know the sunshine of spring is coming. During this time of changing seasons, our minds enter a transitional phase - during which we invite you, the Pike community, to reflect with us on important celebrations this month.
Come one! Come all! The Pike School's 9th Grade Show: This show is a nightmare. Literally! A high school student arrives in class and realizes he is completely unprepared to take a test. He soon learns that this is no ordinary test but a test that will determine the direction of the rest of his life!
While the rest of us have seen enough snow this winter to last a lifetime, the third graders at The Pike School have been embracing it with pure joy, enthusiasm and creativity. In a recent Physical Education class, teacher Lori Goldenberg engaged them in an outdoor education unit that focused on environmental ethics and shelter building.
At The Pike School, we endeavor to embrace our values at every opportunity. We believe that for children to become responsible global citizens, we must teach sound environmental stewardship of our earth and its resources.
Furthermore, we seek to encourage the joy of physical activity. With those values in mind, this year our ninth graders embarked on a fabulous and unique outdoor adventure!
Every year at The Pike School, our kindergartners engage in a study of bears as part of their science curriculum. The goals for our students are to understand and demonstrate how different bears adapt in order to survive in their environment. Also, this unit is used to promote the concepts of comparing and contrasting.
Pike's 2015 Grade Three Mock Caldecott Award winner is The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, written and illustrated by Dan Santat. Students were ecstatic to hear this news, made extra-exciting because the book was also awarded the real Caldecott Medal!
The Pike School ninth grade was invited to an Arts and Crafts class at The Arc of the United States (The ARC) as a part of Pike's course, Foundations in Justice. This unique course teaches students about marginalized groups in our society and the injustices they experience. After gathering information and hearing different perspectives, Pike students venture off campus to interact with different members of the greater community.
What better way to culminate a study of Eric Carle's unique works than by eating pancakes in your pajamas? That's what Pike's First Grade students did recently after a month-long investigation of this author's colorful stories, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
On Saturday, January 31st, The Pike School will host the AISNE 2015 Student of Color Middle School Conference. It has been six years since we have hosted the conference at the Pike School. This year's theme is I AM Culture: Creating Space for Our Unique Selves.
As Martin Luther King Day approaches, it is time to pause, reflect, examine, and celebrate the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We each have the power to continue to live out and be representations of Dr. King's dream. For many of us, his words echo through time. Which of his words resonate with you? Where do you see elements of Dr. King in your life?
In Grade 2, Pike students study the experiences of many different immigrants, including the Pilgrims, 19th and 20th century immigrants, modern day immigrants, and the experiences of their own family members. After learning about the variety of reasons why people came to America at different points in history, students participate in the annual Ellis Island Simulation to experience the trials and triumphs immigrant families would have experienced arriving at Ellis Island in the year 1900.
On December 10, 2014, Mr. Smith's 6th grade science students met with Mark Claffee, a Principle Robotics Engineer and Manipulation Technology Lead from the iRobot Corporation. Mr. Claffee spoke with students about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) principles, his role as an engineer, and about the creative uses of robotics.
Ever think programming code was beyond you? Today, Pike's youngest students learned the basics behind computer programming as part of the worldwide Hour of Code. During the course of this week, all Pike students, from Pre-K to Grade 9, had the opportunity to participate with the millions of students around the globe exploring the logical steps that lay the foundation for computer science.
On Tuesday, December 9th, the Fine Arts Department welcomed ImprovBoston actors from Young Audiences of Massachusetts to entertain our Upper and Middle School students with two highly interactive performances. ImprovBoston is a leading New England theater and school "dedicated to the art of comedy in all its forms."
The Pike community has always generously donated to the Lazarus House at this time of year and we are hoping to have a similar response this year from our community. The Lazarus House provides both basic necessities and holiday gifts to those in need at the Lazarus House temporary shelters and transitional housing. They also distribute warm clothing (socks, hats, gloves) when needed at their local soup kitchens, soup trucks, and to help out other shelters when needed.
Running in this year's Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race in Andover? We'll be handing out free "Team Pike School" shirts at All School Visiting Day next Wednesday, so swing by and stand out in this year's race! First come, first serve!
The Pike School welcomed members of the greater Andover community to campus on the morning of November 19th to "Read Along at Pike," part of the annual "Read Along in Andover" event organized by the League of Women Voters in Andover.
Please donate to Pike's food drive for the Lazarus House. Click through to read more from student Ian Aulbach '16 about the drive and what items you can donate! Donate frozen turkeys on Monday, November 24th and Tuesday, November 25th!
Pike ninth graders Nell Fitts, Jack O'Connell and Suning Wang performed well at the Falmouth High School (Falmouth, Maine) Speech Tournament on November 8th. Despite being the smallest team present, the Pike team finished fifth overall amongst the field of 22 competing high schools.
Director of Community Life Michael Eatman reflects on the cultural heritage celebrations that occurred during the month of October and encourages the greater Pike community to learn more about these celebrations.
The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) recently named Upper School Science Teacher Rob Smith the 2014 recipient of the "Science Educator of the Year for Essex County" for his outstanding contributions to science education.