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  • Purpose & Progress Through Service-Learning Projects

    Each year, Dawson engages in a school-wide service-learning initiative that helps unite us in one purpose as one community. During the winter season, the School partnered with Foster Kinship to fulfill the Winter Wishes of local children. Foster Kinship’s mission is to strengthen kinship caregivers’ capacity to provide safe, stable, permanent, and nurturing homes for children so they do not enter the state foster care system and instead remain with extended family members. 
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  • Dawson NJHS students organize donations for the Foster Kinship Winter Wishes Initiative

    Purpose & Progress Through Service-Learning Projects

    Rachael Lachhwani, Communications Manager
    Each year, Dawson engages in a school-wide service-learning initiative that helps unite us in one purpose as one community. During the winter season, the School partnered with Foster Kinship to fulfill the Winter Wishes of local children. Foster Kinship’s mission is to strengthen kinship caregivers’ capacity to provide safe, stable, permanent, and nurturing homes for children so they do not enter the state foster care system and instead remain with extended family members. 
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  • The Purposeful Synergy of PBL & Play

    Jill Moschella, Lower School Program Coordinator
    At Dawson, Project-Based Learning (PBL) brings education to life for our students. Creative, playful inspiration bounces around the classroom while students actively absorb academic concepts that include design, critical thinking, data interpretation, collaborative planning, and compromise. And rest assured, the three Rs are always reinforced through PBL: knowledge of math is built upon, and reading and writing skills are challenged. 

    This fall, Ms. Greenspan’s kindergarten class endeavored to build a haunted house. Not just any haunted house, however. This house had to be large enough for at least one student to play. Thought-provoking discovery questions arose, such as, where should the windows be placed so all students can see? What should the roof look like? How many doors should be cut into the house? And so many more curiosities yet to be answered.
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  • Challenge Success: The Benefits of Developing the Whole Child 

    Rachael Lachhwani, Communications Manager
    In alignment with the Challenge Success philosophy, Dawson provides students and families with information and strategies to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for kids. We partner with families to help children strengthen their sense of self, increase their motivation and critical-thinking skills, and learn how to effectively deal with life’s inevitable challenges. 
     
    This fall, we had the distinct privilege of welcoming Dr. Denise Pope, co-founder of Challenge Success and senior lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, to campus to meet with families, faculty, and students. During the Parent University presentation, Dr. Pope explained the guiding principles of the “developing the whole child” approach and how Dawson applies the Challenge Success SPACE Framework to create a student-centered learning environment. She also shared the results of a recent Dawson student data collection and how parents can partner with the school community in support of creating the foundation that is necessary for children to grow into well-rounded, healthy individuals.
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  • Cultivating a Lifelong Love of Reading and Writing

    Lindee Witt, Dean of Lower School Academics
    Dawson’s robust literacy program nurtures a love of reading and writing through an integrated, relevant curriculum aligned with The Science of Reading research and Being a Reader and Being a Writer programs. We know using a common scope and sequence for phonics and high-frequency word instruction is beneficial for our students as they advance in their Dawson journey. The continuity of the routines, instructional practices, and consistent and concise language across grade levels is a strength of our program. And we are proud that it reflects what the research says kids need in order to become capable readers and writers.
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The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain, an independent school located on 33-acres in the community of Summerlin, is Nevada’s first Stanford University Challenge Success partner school for students in early childhood through grade eight. Utilizing the unique Challenge Success framework, Dawson uses research-based strategies and programs that emphasize student academics, wellbeing, and a healthy school-life balance to create more engaged, motivated, and resilient learners and leaders. At Dawson, students achieve their individual potential while savoring life and meeting the challenges of the world.