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Wellness in Middle School

7:55 A.M – to walk through the hallways of ISTP at this time, on any morning of the work week, you will find yourself in a (mostly) quiet hallway in which a middle school teacher is leading their students in a ten minute wellness session. What is...

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Navigating the Playground – 7 Things Parents Need to Know About Schoolyard Conflict

When it comes to social-emotional development, the schoolyard can be just as educational as the classroom. Recess helps kids learn how to make friends, take turns, resolve conflicts, and much more. However, parents sometimes have concerns about...

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Developmental Milestones in the Early Years

One of the most common concerns of parents of preschool-aged children is whether their child is on track developmentally. Parents naturally want to know how their child is doing at school, and wonder how their child compares to their peers in...

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Middle School Advisory Program Supports Students Through the Challenging Years of Early Adolescence

The middle school years can be some of the most challenging and the most rewarding years of a young person’s life, as he/she makes the difficult but exciting evolution from child to teenager. 

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10 Tips for a Less Stressful Morning

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Making Student Wellness a Priority

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Why Play is Your Preschooler's Most Important Job

Play is essential for young children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development; exploration and discovery in play develops the ability to take healthy risks, build and test theories, and construct meaning. Physical play develops...

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How to Help Your Preschool-Aged Child Manage Their Emotions

In the Early Years, children develop crucial social-emotional skills. By learning to handle themselves independently, respond to their feelings appropriately, and interact positively with others, students prepare themselves for the challenges of ...

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Service Learning Reflection–Care Packages for the Palo Alto Homeless–by Claire Y.

Last month, our International Middle School 6th graders created their own service learning projects as part of their unit on The Giver by Lois Lowry. They thought about their personal interests and abilities and then located needs within their...

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5 Ways to Build Resiliency

Risk-taking and resiliency are essential skills to develop during a child's formative years.  When children build resiliency, they are better able to bounce back from difficult experiences and disappointments. Encourage your children to be...

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