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.
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.
Ninth-grade student Suning Wang reflects on a recent class trip to New Hampshire, where she and her classmates had the opportunity to learn more about the Northeast Passage program, a nonprofit organization that offers a wide range of services through adaptive sports and recreation for individuals with disabilities.
The Pike School will be hosting the Parent to Parent Speaker Dennis Rosen, MD on Tuesday, October 28. Dr. Rosen will be presenting: "Early to Bed and Early to Rise: Helping Your Child Get a Good Night's Sleep". 7:30pm – 9:00pm.
Getting kids up, out of bed, and off to school in the morning can be maddeningly difficult, matched only by the challenge of getting them into bed and off to sleep at night. How much sleep do children and adolescents really need? What underlying issues drive our sleep patterns and determine how easy (or not) it is for children to fall asleep and to wake up? Why do some children have trouble keeping their eyes open past 8:00 PM, while others seem to catch their second wind at that hour? How do sleep patterns interface with brain development and impact academic strengths and weaknesses?
In this talk, Dr. Dennis Rosen, pediatric pulmonologist and Associate Medical Director of Boston Children's Hospital Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders, will answer these questions and more, and provide strategies that you can use to improve your child's sleeping patterns and habits.
Dr. Rosen is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, JAMA, and posts regularly on his blog Sleeping Angels.
Come cheer on members of the Pike community as they take on Northeast Passage in the 3rd annual sled hockey game on October 17th at Phillips Academy's Harrison Rink. Tickets are $4.00 and can be purchased at Pike's front desk (in advance) or at the event. The event starts at 6:30 p.m.
We'll be showing "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" in the Pike School theater as part of this free, community event. Bring your family and friends to campus to enjoy a movie, popcorn and lemonade! Show starts at 4:00 p.m.
Members of Pike's affinity group C.A.R.E. (Celebrating, Appreciating and Respecting Everyone) took part in the 2014 Buddy Walk & Family Festival, sponsored by the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, on October 12th in Wakefield, Mass.
For the second straight year, Pike Lower School students teamed up with their 8th and 9th grade buddies during a community service trip to Smolak Farms in North Andover, Mass. On September 29th, the Pike students collected excess produce around the farm that was later prepared and donated to Esperanza School and Neighbors in Need.
Pike's Head of School Muddy Waters is featured in the October 2014 issue of The Head's Letter, published by Educational Directions Incorporated. Mr. Waters wrote an article entitled, "Staying in the Classroom," which reflects on his commitment to continue to teach eighth-grade history while serving as Pike's Head of School for the last 20-plus years.
We are pleased to unveil PikeHub, our new communication channel celebrating all things Pike! For our returning community members, this web page serves as a new look to Pike Preview, offering a snapshot of Pike news, announcements and events in addition to the latest content on our social media channels.
Come look at the display in the Pike library of books that have been recently challenged around the country. The display is in recognition of Banned Books Week, an annual promotion of the American Library Association, which is celebrated September 21st–27th.
Last week, Pike ninth graders ventured to Portland, Maine, for a five-day expedition featuring teamwork, exploration and kayaking as part of its first group trip. Led by Upper School Latin Teacher Paul Heinze and Physical Education Teacher Lori Goldenberg, students had the opportunity to enjoy an adventure, take on leadership roles and bond as a unit to begin their final year at Pike.