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Rising Anxiety in Youth

Educators and clinicians across northern Virginia are seeing a significant increase in the number of youth who are experiencing some level of anxiety. We’re also seeing the onset of anxiety...
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5 Signs Your Kid’s School Isn’t A Good Fit  

Summer is a good time to reflect on your child’s school and think about whether it’s a good fit.  Did your child seem happy at school? Have friends? Enjoy learning?...
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Get Off Your Screens, There’s So Much Summer To Do!

My Wish for Students this Summer Over the summer, I'd like our students to explore, inquire and enjoy. Many parents are already struggling with managing their child’s screen time, and...
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In Defense of Failure

We don’t want perfectionists, we want risk-takers who will fail and learn from their mistakes. I want our students to make mistakes and [gasp, shudder,] even fail. Making mistakes is...
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You are not SOL at The Sycamore School, Reprise

Last year, when our school was being developed, we blogged about the SOLs. Now that we are are open and our students are thriving, and we have practical experience in...
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Creating a Culture of Kindness

Hearts are breaking in communities all over our nation in the aftermath of yet another devastating school shooting. How do we keep our children safe?  How do we change our...
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Problem-Based Learning Summer Camp

Problem-based learning is exemplified at our Rube Goldberg Machine Summer Camp. A Rube Goldberg machine is a simple machine comprised of common items that perform a simple task in a deliberately...
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You’re not SOL at The Sycamore School

It’s SOL testing season, a time where teachers are stressed out and kids are wishing school was done for the year. What are SOLs? SOLs are the Virginia Standards of...
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Even the open house is hands-on!

"I learned more in two hours than I do all day at school!"* *Incoming TSS student Students and their families are invited to participate in our hands-on open house on...
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Even the open house is hands-on!

"I learned more in two hours than I do all day at school!"* *Incoming TSS student Students and their families are invited to participate in our hands-on open house on...
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Stress and Teenage Suicide

We’ve lost another Northern Virginia teenager to suicide. We shouldn’t be surprised. Northern Virginia high schools have turned into the Bermuda Triangle of stress: high achieving students + high achieving...
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How to create an island of calm in a sea of chaos

The world of a parent can feel unrelentingly fast paced, chaotic and stressful, with no indication that it will ever slow down…at least not until all our kids are grown....
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The Flip-Side Of Academic Acceleration: Why I Started The Sycamore School

          Stressed out, overwhelmed, anxious. Sound familiar? I’m not talking about you, I’m talking about your kids! As families prepare to take a much needed spring break...
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For kids to thrive, school should be a good fit

Is your school a good fit? As a parent, one of our biggest concerns can be making sure our children are thriving in their current school setting. When our children...
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Becoming A Founding Family at The Sycamore School

What does it mean to be a Founding Family? The Sycamore School is currently recruiting Founding Families to join our school for the 2017/18 school year.  While we understand that...
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The Sycamore School Will Open in the Fall, 2017

Check back soon for updates!
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