Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!
If the first half of 2020 has taught us anything, it is the importance of resilience, community, and most keenly: to expect the unexpected. These values and lessons of the first part of 2020 will undoubtedly stick with each of us for our lifetime. In the same way, at Williamsburg Northside School, we have been instilling these same lessons and values In our students since the very beginning. In fact, it is who we are to our core.
When I think about our school’s core values and what we stand for as a community, I can’t help to think about how responsibility, resiliency, and compassion are intentionally at the heart of what we do each day both in and outside the classroom. As educators and students alike, we view the beginning of each school year as a fresh start and a new beginning filled with boundless opportunities for self improvement, and self reflection. No doubt, we will embark on the journey of the 2020-2021 school year as new and more caring and resilient citizens of the world than ever before.
One of the things I value most about Williamsburg Northside is its mission to nurture each child’s natural curiosity, our strive to create a caring community and to bring a sense of joy to learning. Being a caring community member stretches far beyond the confines of the classroom, school, or your home, but to instill the important value of caring for the world and people around them in the global community.
None of these opportunities ahead would be possible without the dedication of our talented faculty who are masters of their craft and caring global citizens themselves. Northside has been so blessed throughout the years with a talented, caring and committed faculty and it is without a doubt I can say that although we may not know what the 2020-21 school year will look like, it promises to be one filled with learning, joy, growth, community and discovery. Please know that I am always here to support our parents and families however possible so please say hello or reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
Head of PK-8th Grade
A Middle School for Brooklyn and Beyond
The differentiating design question for the faculty and administration at Northside is “How involved are our students in their learning?” This key value runs throughout the entire school. Middle School students must feel empowered, challenged and intellectually respected. We believe that when students are engaged in the subject matter or skills they are mastering, their learning accelerates.
With our new Middle School open, we are moving full steam ahead with the development of challenging classes, engaging student activities, and a new athletics program. Students at Northside will graduate as confident learners and enthusiastic participants in the world around them. They will be prepared for their futures at well-regarded high schools and beyond.
At the core of our program is a commitment to three underlying principles.
A Strong and Positive Sense of Community
Northside is built on a foundation of supportive students, parents, faculty, and administration. Therefore, we are designing a division based on the enrollment of two sections per grade. Close, meaningful relationships with teachers and peers are critical in the Middle School years which involve tremendous cognitive and physical growth. We know that our students will thrive in a community small enough that everyone knows their names and yet large enough to offer rich and exciting growth opportunities.
Engaging and Challenging Academics
Research is clear that student engagement equals student success. Tackling relevant psychological, philosophical, and political questions captivates Middle School students as it mirrors their desire to engage with the adult world. Building on the child-centered, interdisciplinary learning in our lower divisions, our Middle School students are now ready for more rigorous demands. Our carefully designed curricula will provide our students with multiple opportunities to practice and refine the important skills of writing, reading, speaking, problem solving, and critical thinking thus building academic skills crucial to this stage of development. The key is that we embed these skills in an engaging curriculum.
These are the years where students discover new talents and passions. Athletics, drama, daily foreign language, community presentations, robotics, computer science, literary magazines, and other co-curricular offerings become focal points for their journey of self-discovery. The outcome is engaged, excited, and well-prepared learners.
A Committed Faculty with Demonstrated Expertise in the Middle School Years
The highest design aspirations cannot be met without a committed, knowledgeable faculty who enjoy the energy of Middle School students. Our teachers take responsibility for all of their students’ learning by assessing and addressing individual needs within curriculum that allows for challenging each student to be comfortable being uncomfortable.