News & Events

School News

2020

  • Spooky Coincidence?

    Kristin Taveira
     
    What were the odds that two FlexSchool students, on two different Halloween hikes, in two different states, would each gently catch and release a praying mantis at about the same time? Also spotted on FlexFriday: A frog, a snake, horses, ducks and turtles -- not to mention a PacMan, a Pokeball, a JoJo Siwa impersonator, the grim reaper and more! Berkeley Heights students visited the Loantaka Brook Reservation, while Bronxville students visited Rockefeller State Park Preserve, and a festive fall day was had by all!
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  • Hiking Through History

    On this beautiful autumn day, FlexSchool students explored both nature and history as they hiked through the Deserted Village -- a wooded trail dotted with historic structures dating back centuries!
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  • Student Authors

    FlexSchool is proud to announce that two of our Bronxville students were recently published in The Ellipsis, one of Writopia Lab’s online literary magazines!
     
    From the Ellipsis:
    Every season, many talented writers submit stories that inspire us, make us laugh, lead us to think, and, most importantly, leave us in awe of what these young writers can produce in workshop. We are very proud of our writers, and nothing gives us more joy than to see their journey reach this point. It is our pleasure to present to you the Spring 2020 issue of The Ellipsis.
     
    Here is an excerpt of “We”: (Gali)
    We are, and always will be, humanity.
     
    You can find the whole story at http://www.theellipsis.org/?p=4707
     
    Here is an excerpt of “Pandemics and Poker”:  (Teddy)
    "Separation becomes isolation
    The few feet of space now a void of unknown"
     
    You can find the whole story at http://www.theellipsis.org/?p=4644

    Congratulations Gali and Teddy!
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  • New Minecraft Club!

    FlexSchool is starting a Minecraft club! The club will be on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm starting this Thursday, September 10, 2020. All FlexSchool students are invited to play on the school’s official server and get to hang with fellow classmates all while creating and exploring the world. The club will be run by Thomas Spencer, our Cloud/Bronxville school game teacher who has played Minecraft since its beginning 10 years ago. This club will be a place for all students to get to know one another and create amazing works of art. There will also be contests and challenges that students will work together to complete along with daily updates to the server. If your kid is interested, please email Thomas at Thomas@flexschool.net so he can hand out the server and Discord information.
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  • FlexSchool Reopening Plan

    As public schools began to announce their reopening plans, we noticed a pattern emerging: Safety, student mental health and a high-quality learning experience were frequently being presented as conflicting interests -- as though prioritizing one necessarily meant compromising others.

    We disagreed! That’s why, when planning for the 2020-2021 school year, we determined that three things were non-negotiable at FlexSchool:
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  • FlexSummer 2D Game Design

    Thomas Spencer
    FlexSchool's FlexSummer (ESY) students built their skills -- both artistic and technological -- while learning to build their own 2D video games from scratch. Using Actionscript coding, students created interactive environments and original game characters, setting the stage for multi-level fun and games.
     
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  • Media Production Class Publishes Website

    Crystal Marcus-Kanesaka
    The Bronxville School's Media Production Class took on a big challenge this past Quarter. They produced a Media Production Website all by themselves. The students were asked to partner as a team for group work. They self-assigned jobs and expected each other to be positive contributors in their assigned roles. The assigned roles ranged from Project Manager, to Site Map Designer, Art Manager, Asset Manager, Producer/Writer, Design Editor, Copy Editor, or also Tech Support. They underwent several Peer Review processes and graded each other using a Group Work Peer Review Grading Rubric. In this way they supported each other in contributions that worked and continually assessed how to better contribute as they moved along and brought the project toward completion.

    We can all probably agree the website they built is pretty cool, but what’s even cooler is the skills they’ve learned along the journey of the build. In building this website, they all built skills toward independent and interdependent executive functioning. They’ll utilize these skills for years to come and on into the future moving forward.
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  • FlexFriday with David Rogers

    David Rogers, producer, director, and editor of many popular shows including Seinfeld, Parks and Rec, The Office, and Upload, had dozens of rapt students in his FlexFriday session today! He talked about how his passion was ignited (Superman movie), what it’s like behind the scenes on a set, how he manages his own anxiety, how car scenes are shot, and what Steve Carrel is really like!  He answered questions from some of our diehard Office fans, and gave advice to aspiring writers, actors, and editors.  He told us that his most recent project begins streaming on Netflix today, Space Force!  
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  • Instructor Evan Hochstein

    Language Puzzles

    Kristin Taveira
    Can you use this hint…


    ...to solve this language puzzle?


    FlexSchool kids did!
    There was instant rapport between FlexSchool students and visiting Yale University linguistics student Evan Hochstein, who joined us virtually from Austin, Texas on April 24, 2020. 
    Evan challenged the kids with several puzzles of the sort one might encounter at NACLO (North American Computational Linguistics Open competition) -- an Olympiad-style contest for high schoolers -- and our kids were up to the task!

    In fact, some students dove into the puzzles before they’d even received full instructions! 

    When Evan, who studies the ancient language of Egyptian, asked if anyone else had a favorite foreign language, he found a room full of kindred spirits:  Our virtual classroom just bubbled over with enthusiasm for an astonishing array of languages, including Japanese, Gaelic, Norwegian, ASL (American Sign Language), Spanish, Indonesian, Mandarin, French, German, Swedish and Latin!

    After several highly engaging language puzzles, one student loved the session so much that he spent the afternoon creating his own language! 

    Many thanks to Evan for this inspiring and memorable event.
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  • Gavin Watson

    FlexFriday Lives On ... Online!

    Kristin Taveira
    Experiential learning is a cornerstone of the FlexSchool model. So every Friday -- or as we call it, FlexFriday -- our students get out of the classroom and into the world, to make meaningful real-world connections through activities such as field trips, service days and visiting speakers. 

    We are happy to report that even in the age of social distancing, FlexSchool has continued to provide this wonderful program on our cloud campus, where our students engage in real time with live guides, instructors and industry professionals, and enjoy fully interactive learning experiences every single week.
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  • PE Online

    Kristin Taveira
    Maintaining a healthy mind-body connection is more important than ever right now. FlexSchool has continued to provide Health and Physical Education since Day 1 of remote learning. This FlexSchool student stepped up to lead a beautiful meditation during PE Online.
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  • Bronxville Does Phys Ed

    Kristin Taveira
    When FlexSchool is in session, the world is our gym!
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  • Bronxville - Maple Sugaring

    Kristin Taveira
    Hi FlexSchool families — Kristin from Bronxville here! I have taken our students on every Flex Friday outing since our campus opened this year, and this maple sugaring adventure at Westmoreland Sanctuary in Mt. Kisco, NY was one of my favorite outings yet! There was a time when I had little patience for this time of year, when everything seems cold and dormant, and it feels like it might stay that way forever. Little did I know that just beneath the surface — down in the earth and inside the trees —all sorts of dynamic processes are taking place! And with a little patience and a little effort — if we use the right tools, and tap into just the right spot, at just the right time — there’s so much sweet goodness bubbling up inside, just waiting to spill out! Remind you of anyone we know?
    Please check out our Flex Friday videos for a glimpse into the sweet goodness I’m privileged to see bubbling up in our 2E kids every single week. Thanks for reading!
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  • Bronxville - Visit by Author FS Hochman

    Writer/Motivator/Game Guy/Fun Guy (but not a mushroom), S. F. Hochman encourages FlexSchool Bronxville students to make the most of their talents and abilities by letting it RIP - Resist… Insist… Persist! How to RIP It Good!
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  • Bronxville FlexFriday at Columbia University

    Kristin Taveira
    On Flex Friday, 2/7/20, Bronxville students traveled to NYC for a science enrichment day with the scientists at Columbia University Department of Dermatology. Students examined 3D printed molds for artificial hair follicles, saw real hair follicles under a high-powered microscope, checked out microarrays — they contain the entire human genome!! — made their own lava lamps, and practiced some medical exams! Please enjoy these video highlights of a fantastic Flex Friday!
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  • Bronxville Flex at Hex

    Kristin Taveira
    On Friday, Dec. 19, Bronxville students headed into NYC for a day of gameplay at board game cafe Hex & Co. Students learned about strategy vs. luck, social deduction games, resource management games, cooperative games and more — then spent a fun afternoon playing a selection of the cafe’s 1000+ games together!
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  • Bronxville Snowball Fight

    Kristin Taveira
    Watch Bronxville middle schoolers plan, strategize and work together to transform play mats into forts for an indoor snowball fight! While they’re having a blast building forts and flinging fluffy fabric snowballs, they’re also building important skills such as leadership, problem solving, cooperation and teamwork, all while staying active and developing their motor skills!
     
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