EDS Headmaster, Dr. Ned Murray, is calling for a revolution in early education.
In January of this year, TEDx Telfair Street invited Dr. Murray to present his case that early education should shift its focus to non-cognitive skills to prepare today’s children for a 21st century world. EDS is proud of Dr. Murray and eager to share the full video of his “Ted Talk” below. Please enjoy and share your comments at the bottom of this post!
An overview of TED from Ted.com:
TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.
An overview of TEDx Telfair Street from the event website:
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.
Over the past nine years, Karen Prince (current EDS parent) has taught our PK students sign language.
It began with the children learning how to sign the numbers 1-20 and all the colors, but it has progressed to them learning so much more!
Now each PK class learns how to sign the alphabet, their names, the days of the week, the months of the year, names of animals, and short phrases. They’ve also been working very hard throughout the year learning to sign songs.
This year for Grandparents/Friends Day, they will perform “What A Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong, and “I Can Only Imagine,” by Mercy Me – entirely in sign language! The PK classes have had a great time learning these songs, and it promises to be an unforgettable performance. Stay tuned for the video…
The third graders trickled into the rooms bursting with excitement as they were sporting their Famous Faces costumes. They greeted each other with laughter and praises about each other’s outfits.
After a stimulating homeroom time, the children settled down when the bell rang at 8:10. They all participated in the pledge, devotion, and prayers. Then as our custom, we had our personal third grade devotion. The connecting door between the classes was opened, and they listened to Friday’s devotion from the children’s devotion book, Jesus Calling…
Don’t Be Afraid
The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. –Isaiah 12:2
Don’t be afraid. I am your Strength and your Song. I am your Power and your Joy.
What does it mean to have Me as your Strength? I simply spoke and the universe was created! Mountains soared up out of the earth! The sun and stars lit up the sky! My Power is absolutely unlimited. And I am able to take that same Power and make you strong.
Think of it: I am on your side. I will guide you, protect your, and even fight for you if necessary. So don’t let yourself become filled up with fear. Fear only blocks My Strength. Instead of being afraid, trust Me – remember that I am your Strength!
I am also your Song. I want you to grab hold of My Joy. Celebrate! Shout for joy because I am right beside you! Sing with Me as we journey together toward heaven!
Once the children heard the title of the devotion, they ALL listened attentively. Truly you could have heard a pin drop in the room. A special prayer was offered. First and foremost giving thanks for this glorious day for celebrating the opportunity to learn and to share gained knowledge and asking God to calm the nerves and flip flopping stomachs.
Then all of the students lined up. As a few of them exited the room, they said, “Let’s DO this!” Standing in an array of costumes, were thirty-two children. Calmed, not afraid, with huge smiles on their faces. They were empowered and eager to get the show on the road. Consider the message they had just heard.
The processional music began and they paraded into the gym. And you know the rest of the story…
– By third grade teachers, Nora Norville and Lynn Williams
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Grandparents and Grandfriends Day is Friday, May 2nd, at 9:30 a.m. Please use the form below to submit the names and addresses of the grandparents you would like us to invite.
IMPORTANT: Only the persons whose names and addresses are submitted (using the form below) to EDS will be invited. Invitations will not automatically be sent to all grandparents on our mailing list.
Your child’s grandparents, great-grandparents, or grand “friends” are all welcome. Eighth graders are excused from school this day, as their Grandparents Day was in the fall. Seventh grade students will be assigned various leadership duties for the day, but can be released from these duties if a grandparent is attending.
Please ensure that proper names, titles (i.e. Dr. Ms., etc…) and zip codes are correct. Invitations cannot be mailed if we receive incorrect or missing information, so please double-check for accuracy. Please tell your invited guests to save the date for this special day.
It’s time to nominate a teacher for the 2014 Christie Owen Excellence in Teaching Award!
The Christie Owen Excellence in Teaching Award was created May 2004 in honor of Mrs. Christie Owen to recognize each year a faculty member who particularly demonstrates those qualities that Mrs. Owen so valued and nurtured in her years at EDS.
Any member of the EDS community (faculty, staff, parents, students, alumni/ae, etc.) may nominate a teacher. In order to be eligible for the Christie Owen Excellence in Teaching Award, the faculty member must be in at least his/her third consecutive full year at EDS as a full-time teacher. Faculty members who have won the award within the past 5 years, as well as division heads and the headmaster, are not eligible. Eligible faculty members are listed in the dropdown menu on question #2 of the form.
Please submit nominations via the following web link by Friday, April 4, 2014.
Thanks to the campaign leadership of Gray Jackson and Jonathan Adams, combined with the Class Chairmen for PK (Gray and Elizabeth Jackson), this supportive group is the first class in EDS history to reach 100% participation in the EDS Annual Fund!
Several classes are dangerously close to joining PK in this unprecedented accomplishment before June 30th. Which class will be next?
To everyone who has supported the EDS Annual Fund this year, thank you, and if you would like your child’s class to be a part of our record-breaking year, we invite you to give to the EDS Annual Fund today. Your gifts are already making a daily difference.
EDS is proud to spread the news of Dr. William Barfield Jr. (current EDS grandparent and Trustee) and Dr. Michael McDonough (EDS alumnus ’78 and former EDS parent) receiving the first “Curly Award.
Dr. William E. Barfield Jr. and Dr. Michel M. McDonough were co-recipients of the inaugural award.
“Dr. Barfield and Dr. McDonough embody everything that Dr. Watson stood for,” Laurie Ott, the president of University Health Care Foundation, said. “They’re two fine physicians but even better men. I don’t think anyone deserves the inaugural Curly Awards more than they do.”
Watson – who died at age 102 on Oct. 24, 2012 – practiced obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospital for 64 years. He was estimated to have delivered 15,000 babies.
“Dr. Watson was a giant of a man, a giant of a physician, and words can’t describe the impact he made on our community,” Ott said. “He could have practiced anywhere in the country but chose to stay at University. He might not be with us anymore, but his presence is felt every day at University Hospital.”
As for the Curly Award recipients, Barfield, 69, has practiced gynecology at University Hospital since 1976, and names Dr. Watson as his medical mentor.
Barfield and Watson each graduated from The Citadel – Barfield in 1966 and Watson in 1931.
“This is the greatest honor I’ve ever received,” Barfield said. “I’m truly speechless. This is an award that I’ll treasure forever and couldn’t be more honored and humbled.”
McDonough, 49, who has practiced obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospital since 1995, was delivered by Dr. Watson. “To even be considered for such an award is incredible,” McDonough said. “Dr. Watson taught me so much about what it means to be a patient advocate.”
Watson, who was notorious for dodging award banquets, graduated from Medical College of Georgia and was honored by his alma mater with the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Watson was the chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University, where he began practicing in 1947.
“If Dr. Watson was here tonight he’d say, ‘You don’t need to do this,’ ” North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones said of the banquet. “But we do. He was a great man of service and a man of kind words.”
Mrs. Weston’s and my three-year-old students recently wrapped up their patriotic theme with a parade in the EDS Gym. Parents were invited to cheer on the students as the children marched to patriotic songs, waived their handmade flags, and wore the red, white, and blue hat they had designed and painted.
The students recited the Pledge of Allegiance and performed their “U.S.A. Monument Yoga Routine.” We were honored to have parents who serve our great country in attendance. The Threes concluded the event by informing the crowd about all of the fun historic facts they have learned during the week. We love the U.S.A.!
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The 2014 Lower School Olympic Day was a ton of fun! Fifth graders lead their lower school classmates in activities that incorporate leadership, cooperation, and team building. Cudos to Katie Frank Andrews and Jaye Cohen for organizing and teaching the students the competitions – and to the wonderful parent volunteers for their help with score-keeping!
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