All School Meetings 2016-17

All School Meeting 2/3/17 -led by Samantha and Jackson, who began with a bouncy way to jam using percussion. The Supernovas performed their Rainbow Bridge Dance, the Constellations shared paintings, Holly read the Asteroids Luisa story, and the community sang “If you Miss Me on he Back of the Bus”, Kee Ma Kye Mo, and the Milky Way played “Ash Grove”. πŸ™‚

All School Meeting 1/20/17 – the first ASM of 2017 led by Georgia and Jeremiah. This ASM honored the birthday of Martin Luther King.

All School Meeting 12/2/16– led by Frankie and Selkie, who began with a game show with puppets. This was a quite a full meeting as several exploration classes shared their work including the “Nutcrackette” and the woodworking exploration. The SuperNova’s shared their instrumental piece and the Shooting Stars sang “Three Jazzy Bears”. The 5th graders surprised the community with an unusual recorder presentation (you’ll have to watch).Lastly, the community sang “This Pretty Planet”. πŸ™‚


All School Meeting 11/18/16 – led by Mathilda and Xochitl. They surprised us all with a “special friend” that came to visit. The Aurora Borealis shared about their Hermit crab, the entire community sang “Damos Gracias”, “Over the River” and “Small World”, the Milk Ways did the CCS classic seasonal “Turkey Blues”. Parent Teri Steiner shared a health fair wrap up and a special thank you to George and parent Allison Ross discussed important carpool drop off safety concerns. Lastly, for the first time since anyone could remember there were no birthdays to celebrate! πŸ™‚

All School Meeting 11/4/16-led by Josh and William. SuperNova’s read a story about monsters and shared drawing of their own personal monsters. The community sang “Don’t Worry Be Happy” with some musical accompaniment from some of the Milky Ways. The Milky Ways also played “Mice and Crickets”. Group names were shared along with individual rhythmic riffing for each groups name. Plus – birthdays, a health fair announcement and an extended version of “Second Story Window” was sung by the entire community with many nursery rhymes thrown into the mix. πŸ™‚

All School Meeting 10/21/16 – led by Scarlett, Maria and Joshua. Neal welcomed our prospective parent guests. Then, the community sang “Somos El Barco”. The Shooting Stars shared about their class pet, the Supernovas shared information posters and the Asteroids did a skit about how they purchased their class pet at Pet Supreme. Many birthdays were celebrated and we all sang the “Banana Boat Song”. The Aurora Borealis shared three dances as well as the Constellations having a dance share and the 4th graders played Pierrot. The Milky Way had a special newspaper announcement and played “Oye Como Va” on multiple instruments. Also, a very special announcement was made to the entire community from the Asteroids teacher, Holly. This was quite a packed ASM. πŸ™‚

All School Meeting 9/23/16 – led by Alexa and Jackson and they began with an original puppet show. The kindergarten has named their group Shooting Stars! Aurora Borealis announced birthdays. The Milky Ways discussed composting at CCS. Heather had special announcement about the upcoming Parent Ed with Katherine Ellison on Thursday, September 29th. Plus the community sang Georgie, Make New Friends, Blue Skies and the Milky Ways played Singing In the Rain which included some improvisation. πŸ™‚

The first All School Meeting of 2016-17 – 9/9/16 school year! Selkie and Jeremiah led the meeting and began with original music they created with Aaron adding some harmony. The entire community sang Gene Wilder’s version of “Pure Imagination” and “This Land is Your Land”, The SuperNovas did a pet share, The Constellations shared self-portraits, The Asteroids performed a skit about their bearded dragon, Luisa and a found cricket, Plus, the 6th graders performed a recorder performance of “Inocencia”. Lastly, Aaron along with the Milky Way 5th/6th Graders performed “Funga Alafia Ashe Ashe” and the entire community got up and moving – including teachers, faculty and parents πŸ™‚

Alumni Writing

December 2016 found two CCS alums publishing work:

Nico Slate (CCS ’92) penned this lovely piece for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:Β  Pittsburgh has Embraced its Heritage has a City of Immigrants.Β  Nico is currently an Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds degrees from Stanford University and Oxford University as well has his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University.Β  Read more about Nico here:Β  NSlate

Jesse Young (CCS ’96) co-wrote this piece with Dr. Jonathan Pershing in the Huffington Post:Β  There’s No Going Back: The World is Acting on Climate Change. Jesse is currently a Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change in the U.S. State Department.Β  Prior to that position, Jesse was a Legislative Aid to Chris Murphy (D-CT) in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.Β Β Jesse holds his B.A. from Wesleyan University.

We’re so proud!

Grandfriends Day

Grandfriends Day takes place each year the day before Thanksgiving.
One of the days activities is the All School Meeting. Cy and Scarlett led this year’s meeting. Neal welcomed our Grandfriends, the community sang “Over the River” using drawing references to cue the lines,the Aurora Borealis shared about leadership, the Asteroids and Angela both shared poems. Plus, the community sang “Small World” and “Damas Gracias” and the Milky Ways presented the classic “Turkey Blues”

A CCS First! Literary DressUp Day

CCS has very excited readers as well as plenty of imagination and creativity. Check out the first ever Literary Dress Up Day complete with costume parade.

CCS Parent Ed Podcast – Uncommon Sense Ed

Uncommon Sense Ed is a podcast for parents and educators hosted by CCS parent, Morgan Walsh. In this three part episode Morgan talks with Neal Wrightson, founder of Children’s Community School on what progressive education means and why he was inspired to create a school like CCS.
The podcasts are produced by CCS parent Morgan Walsh and edited by friend of CCS Michael Costantini. Special thanks to both.

Graduation 2016 – Four Camera Edit :-)

Congratulations to the 6th Graders of Lapides Lazuli and Emeralds! We all love you very much and wish you the best as you begin your next chapter.
This video is the FIRST EVER four camera edit of an entire graduation.
Very special thanks to the Dad’s of Finn, Keely and Joey – John Cragen, Spider Chambers and Dan Wetherbee. Dan gets a super huge extra thanks for creating the 4 camera final edit – not an easy task.

The second video contains all the elements from the wonderful design by the 5th grade parents plus the window displays, the auditorium deck, goodbye poems, program, art show and more. It begins with a surprise audio track so be sure to check it out! Enjoy and have a great summer.