A Publication of Springhurst - The Whole Child School
Volume II - - - - - - - - Issue 1 - - - - - - - - - Autumn 1997

welcome to the first issue of the second volume of SPRINGHURST QUARTERLY. To those of you who have been reading this since the beginning, thank you. If this is your first issue, welcome. Either way, I hope you find it useful and interesting. Let me know. -ed.

And So It Begins...

september 2nd was the first day of our school year and the first day of a grand adventure. After months of planning and work, Springhurst is out of the gate. We have a fine group of students and the year promises to be an exciting one. Everyone involved in Springhurst has made a commitment to excellence in education and now the real work begins.

This year our students range from 5 to 8 years in age. Next year we will be increasing the ceiling age to 9+ and plan to include a pre-kindergarten program.

From day one, our classroom has been an exciting place. Here the children have the opportunity to experience, explore, and learn about things that interest them and that are important to their lives -- both in their judgement and that of their parents and teachers. Through the use and refinement of their skills, our small group of students study and expand their understanding of their world.

We invite you to visit our school and see for yourself what we do. If you aren't able to come by in person, visit our virtual classroom on the web. Either way, you'll find us prodding and probing the natural world, art and artifacts, technology, and anything that touches our lives.

Springhurst Library Update

springhurst has been expanding its library collection, and the generosity of our friends has made this possible. Several members of our Board of Advisors and families of Springhurst students have contributed books to our school library and we are most grateful to them. We could still use many more, so please contact us if you would like to help. it.

Special Guests in Our Classroom

we have been fortunate to have had two special guests in the classroom already this year. On September 19th, Joseph Kearney, Ph.D. talked to our class about the Olympics. Dr. Kearney is a member of the United States Olympic Committee. Prior to his involvement with the Olympics, Dr. Kearney was Commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference. He has also served as Athletic Director for the University of Washington, Michigan State University, and Arizona State University. Dr. Kearney and his wife Dory will report back to us upon their return from the winter games in Nagano, Japan. We'll be thinking of them as we study the Olympics this winter.

Then, on September 30th, we welcomed Richard Leary, Ph.D., Curator of Geology at the Illinois State Museum. Dr. Leary, a paleobotanist, has been Curator at the museum since 1962. He is an internationally recognized expert in coal age plant fossils and has been an invited presenter at conferences on four continents. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1992 and conducted his research in Argentina and Brazil.

Dr. Leary in the field

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