• be yourself

    Being Earnest Being Earnest

    Using Two Hands:  A Case for Developing Political Awareness

    Posted by Matt Edmonds, History & Social Sciences teacher on 10/29/18 8:30 AM

    Stop by the baseball field some afternoon, and you’re likely to hear me say, “Use two hands!” Since time immemorial, baseball coaches have implored their players to use two hands when catching fly balls. If you played baseball (or softball) when you were younger, you probably heard it as well. You may have even said it to your children when first teaching them how to play catch. More recently, though, I’ve begun to recognize the relevance of this phrase to my work as a history teacher. Allow me to explain.

    Read More

    Topics: History & Social Sciences, Community Service, Academics

    Helping After Hurricane Michael

    Posted by Patrick Kelly, Class of 2010 on 10/24/18 1:32 PM

    On Wednesday, Oct. 11, Hurricane Michael slammed ashore as the strongest storm to ever strike the Florida panhandle.

    Read More

    Topics: Community Service

    Tips and Strategies for Building Good Study Habits

    Posted by Sarah Johnson, Academic Support Counselor on 10/15/18 8:10 AM

    As we near the mid-semester mark, you’ve probably had one of those nights already. Those nights where your student, maybe despite their effort, was not quite aware of the fact that the quiz or the test was--gulp--the next day! Students have different reactions to the stress that comes with, “I messed up.” Some shut down and give up entirely. Some take it in stride and do what they can to be prepared. Some study all night, or turn into what Mr. Plummer, our Head of School, has called “a pile of goo” in his talks with 9th grade parents.  This is what the teenage brain does. It misreads time. It procrastinates. It overestimates. It underestimates. It freaks out.

    Read More

    Topics: Study Habits

    Banned Book Week - We've Come a Long Way, but Still a Long Way to Go...

    Posted by Diana Rendina, Media Specialist on 10/1/18 8:10 AM

    Banned Books Week is an annual event that is usually held in the last week of September.  It was first started in 1982 in response to books being challenged for their content in schools, bookstores and libraries.  The American Library Association, the American Booksellers Associators and several other groups sponsor this event each year.

    What does it mean for a book to be banned?
    In general, book banning occurs when someone (parent, student, community member, etc) asks for a school, library, bookstore or class to remove a certain book, or not assign it as required or suggested reading.  Most public libraries and schools have challenged book procedures in place that requires a committee to examine the book, but not everyone follows these rules. The consequences vary from a book being removed from libraries, returned to them, or restricted in some way.  Conversely, a book getting challenged often leads more people to want to read it.

    Read More

    Topics: Library


    Being Earnest . . .

    Welcome to the inaugural year of our school blog, Being Earnest. Yes, Earnest is the name of our terrapin mascot, but this blog is written sincerely and "in earnest" by members of our community including faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and sometimes even students. The authors hope to shine light on trends and topics in education and/or life in general. 

    We encourage you to:

    • Browse around a bit for topics that interest you.
    • Subscribe below to receive this bi-weekly blog in your inbox.
    • Use the SHARE buttons at the top of each blog if you like what you read!

    Subscribe Here!

    Recent Posts