The Adolescent Brain: A Radical Rewiring

As anyone who spends time with children in the “tween” years can attest, adolescence is a magical place. At Turning Point, we not only understand the challenges of middle school, but we embrace and truly enjoy the incredible opportunity we have to work with adolescents during these years of incredible growth.

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Talking to Kids about Gender Dynamics

The start of school is always a time of new beginnings – a new grade level, new teachers, new classmates, and for some, an entirely new school. At Turning Point, we have another “new beginning” to add to our list: the launch of our re-branding project.

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Turning Point Traditions

In the next couple weeks, we will kick off two programs that are long-standing Turning Point traditions: PDF Nights (formerly known as "Family Nights"), and Family Groups. Both programs take place once per month during the school year, and each serve to provide our students with opportunities to deepen their connections with people who can make a profound impact in their livesÑfrom their own family members to fellow students and adults at school.

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State of Flow

The type of happiness our students display comes from more than just an easy morning routine; it emanates from a deep sense of satisfaction they feel while at school.

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Graduation Remarks

Former Congressman John Lewis once said: "I tell people all the time if you see something that is not fair, not right, and not just, then you have a moral obligation to do something about itÑto get in the way, to get in trouble." You, our graduating Class of 2018, are that future, and I know your time at Turning Point has helped you to conceive of the ways you can "get in the way" to disrupt the status quo, "getting in trouble" both by learning history and creating your own.

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Celebrating Milestones: Living in the Moment

As I reflect on a year of wonderful milestones, both as a parent and as an educator, I try to be present with all my complex feelings and thoughts. We tend to make decisions based on what we hope the future will bring, but the truth is that humans are most satisfied when we remain in the present and experience the myriad thoughts and emotions in each moment.

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New Beginnnings

Childhood is a dynamic time of change, and it is this process that yields delightful unveiling of children's talents, traits, and interests that calls our wonderful teachers to this work.

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