Better in the middle blog


    • 6th Graders to Mo-Ranch: Day One

    • Middle School Reflections on 2015-2016

      Reflections on this final year The middle school hallway is empty, save for the remaining book bags and leftover textbooks that may (or may not) find their owners over the next week or so. The teacher check-out sheets are in my box…most of them, anyway. I am sitting in my office listening to the rain […]

    • God and Learning: The Science of Faith-Based Education

      Re-posting of the newsletter article found in News from the Middle School (vol. II): In the Fall 2015 issue of Independent School Magazine, Dr. Lisa Miller, director of the Clinical Psychology Program at Teachers College (Columbia University), wrote “Education for the Heart and Mind: The Science of Spirituality Informs a New Developmental Model.” The article extends […]

    • Making Failure a Priority

      This image appeared on my LinkedIn feed yesterday, sparking thoughts and reflection about why the middle school years are so crucial. Tweenagers, children between the ages of 10 and 15, go through a roller coaster of changes. They discover independence and passion for new ideas and interests, particularly during the school day. As they discover opportunities […]

    • What is the ERB?

      ERB Achievement Testing STE faculty administers achievement tests in the spring of each school year for grades 1-8 for the purpose of measuring student progress through the year and to assess the outcome of our teaching. Please use the information below to better understand the purpose and direction for the ERB CTP 4 Tests administered April […]

    • Middle School Redesign: Better Classroom Ratios, Improved Focus and Rigor

      Posted from Middle School Newsletter (Vol. I – August, 2015): Summer has settled in at 4900 Jackwood, but we are hard at work to increase the learning potential of every student. The key middle school improvement of which I am most proud is the growth of our student body along with the benefits this expansion […]

    • Closing the Book on the 2014-2015 School Year

      The hall is a bit quieter today; and, though that means summer has arrived, the work begins in building our program for 2015-2016. Thank you, parents and students alike, for investing your time, hard work, and focus during the 2014-2015 school year. I believe that the middle school community offers a bounty of God’s blessings […]

    • MS Quiz Bowl Heads to Nationals This Weekend!

      With its strong finish at the TQBA Strake Prep Bowl, the quiz bowl team from Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School in Houston proved themselves worthy to play on a national stage.  On May 9, 2015, the team will represent their school in a national competition testing their knowledge of history, science, literature, fine arts, geography, the […]

    • Don’t Let it Get Away: A Reflection on the Old and A Look Ahead

      Happy New Year! Though I haven’t had the opportunity to write to you in some time, I hope this post finds you all benefiting from plenty of time for family and friends over the holidays. Though it seems we have been back in school for ages since Christmas Break, we are now approaching the end […]

    • MS Quiz Bowl Kickoff

      This past weekend, STE Middle School students competed in their first Quiz Bowl competition of the year. Four teams of 4 players, including one pure 6th grade team, competed against some of the best quiz bowl programs in the city. Many thanks to Mrs. Maw, 6th grade science teacher, and Mrs. Athaide, parent volunteer, for […]