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So far SWS has created 39 blog entries.

“Where Teaching Begins”

It was hard to tell it was winter.  With stretches of 70 degree days throughout December and January, the shapes of the winter trees reminded me that even without the cold or snow, my world was [...]

“How can we stand up instead of standing by when we see injustice?”

"How can we stand up instead of standing by when we see injustice?" That was the topic of February's all-school community meeting, hosted by the 4th grade classes. In the weeks leading up to the meeting, all [...]

SWS 4th grade teachers’ reflect on how the Reggio approach instills curiosity and problem-solving

SWS 4th grade teachers, Jordan Loftis and Caitie Meehan Jordan Loftis and Caitie Meehan are the new duo in charge of teaching the school’s forty 4th graders -- and first ever 4th grade [...]

SWS Gala & Auction: Back on Capitol Hill

The 19th Annual School Within School Gala & Auction is coming back to Capitol Hill! On March 5th, join our adults-only gala community event at St. Marks Church (301 A St, SE) with live music and [...]

Ms. Ochmanek, SWS Librarian: Building a community of readers and a love of reading

Ms. Barbara Ochmanek, who came to SWS the fall we moved to the Goding building, has been steadily building our school's library collection and programming to foster a love of reading and support literacy skills [...]

SWS Principal’s Corner: Community Meetings — Creating a Culture of Kindness

Our classroom and schoolwide community meetings are intentional ways of creating a community of kindness at SWS. For our schoolwide community meeting this month, students and staff are coming together around questions of equality and inclusion to [...]

Student-led dialogue: Thinking better together

In this post, Ms. Scofield describes the process she and Mr. Leavitt used to guide second graders in developing the provocation for the November schoolwide community meeting: "How can we take care of our world?" Early [...]

2nd grade Monarch Museum: Nuturing a sense of wonder

Each student at SWS visited a museum in December to learn about monarch butterflies, but they didn't head to the Smithsonian. They went to the second grade hallway! Ms. Scofield's second grade class created its own [...]

SWS Winter Concert: A joyous community event

SWS held its first-ever all-school Winter Concert on December 16th, under the guidance of SWS Music Director James Castaneda. It was a huge success! All classes took part, from PreK3 through 4th grade. In addition to [...]

Music at SWS with Mr. James

Mr. James has always viewed music as something to be taught organically -- something for students to learn with guidance, rather than strict instruction. Even though he's new to new to the Reggio approach, he says [...]