More than 50 years ago, the Founders of Episcopal School of Jacksonville had a vision. Their vision was NOT of a school that produced doctors and nurses, engineers and business executives, entrepreneurs and inventors, lawyers and politicians, athletes and artists. Their vision was not about what the students would become; their vision was about who…

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By Andy Kidd \’99, Episcopal School of Jacksonville Director of Athletics With athletics at the high school level becoming increasingly competitive, it can be tempting for a student to spend his or her time and energy training for one sport all of the time. While specialization in one sport is a choice best made by the…

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Kelby Siddons \’06, Faculty, Episcopal School of Jacksonville, with Naiya Cheanvechai ’20 When you think about a theatre class, what do you envision? Most outside observers accustomed to the seated organization of a traditional classroom are initially rattled by the chatter of multiple small groups working in different areas of the space, the barbaric yawps…

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Episcopal and Baptist Health presented Influence & Effects of Social Media and Screen Time, on March 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the Munnerlyn Center. Baptist’s Raj Loungani, MD, MPH, and De’Von Patterson, PhD, addressed screen time recommendations, the impact of social media and screen time on sleep, stress, behavior, and physical health, as well as…

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By Julie Carter, Episcopal Associate Director of College Counseling As college admissions decisions are released in the coming weeks, thousands of high schools seniors will have to face the reality that sometimes, no matter how hard you try and how badly you want something, the answer is still “no.” It’s how you work through and handle…

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By Andrea Rizzi, Episcopal Associate Director of College Counseling My kitchen table is strewn with beautiful and picturesque brochures that are laden with iconic steeples amid the quintessential New England fall backdrop of brilliant foliage. Eager and engaged students are sitting in a circle in the middle of the school\’s quad on a particularly sunny…

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Christy Hodges, Dean of Student Life, Episcopal School of Jacksonville by Christy Hodges, Dean of Student Life These days, most of the information teenagers discover about the world they live in comes from Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. They get constant updates about the lives of celebrities, friends, friends of friends, and strangers who \”follow\” the…

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By Paige McGee, Head of Middle School, Episcopal School of Jacksonville The middle school years provide an opportunity for self-discovery as children learn to navigate their world with more independence and less reliance on you. These years, when your student is in fifth/sixth through eighth grades, can be difficult, yet the lessons learned can positively…

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By Amy Burrows Perkins \’92, Director of Student Services A teen recently shared with me that he is \”socially awkward, but totally fine when texting.\” As parents, we need to coach kids into understanding that what feels awkward, difficult, and uncomfortable may actually be healthy — and in fact, part of normal development. As adults…

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  In addition to textbooks, software, and teaching styles, another tool which has the potential to affect learning outcomes is classroom furniture. Harkness tables, whose shape and seating require eye contact and eliminate status positions in a classroom, are one example of how furniture can influence what happens in the classroom. Another example is the…

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