Blog Archive

Aug
22
2016

August 22, 2016 – Privilege and Protection: Monitoring Your Child’s Phone>>>
by John Heaton

It’s become increasingly common for parents of students as young as fourth and fifth grades to provide phones for their children. While I have opinions about this matter for my family, I’m not advising you on when it’s appropriate for yours. When­ever you decide that a phone is right for ...

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Aug
22
2016

A Sample Phone Contract>>>
by John Heaton

Do you need more control with your child when it comes to phones?  Consider using a "Phone Contract" with your student.  Here is an example that might help you have a conversation with that child who really wants a phone: Phone Contract

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Feb
08
2016

Feb 8, 2016 – Rigor, not Mortis: Supporting Students in the Hard Months >>>
by John Heaton

It’s predictable and it happens every year.  Our friends at Independent School Management (ISM) have studied and documented it.  February and March tend to be hard months for students, teachers, and parents alike. The trend goes this way:  In late August and September, spirits are high as ...

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Nov
16
2015

Nov 16 – Taking the Next Step
by John Heaton

It’s the time of year in which our seniors are applying to colleges. At New Covenant we’ve always taken the approach that a college is a fit to be made, not a trophy to be won. Parents and students alike suffer from a bit of anxiety as they investigate their options for that next step. ...

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Nov
09
2015

Nov 9 – Benign Technology: Thoughts on Social Media
by John Heaton

On Monday, October 26, Dr. Jennifer Cline presented research on social media during professional development with our faculty. Later that day she summarized her presentation for parents in our school community. What follows is a brief overview of her remarks as summarized by Headmaster, John ...

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Nov
09
2015

Nov 9 – Speak Up | Grow Up
by John Heaton

"...speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way…” St. Paul Speaking up is part of growing up. This came through loud and clear at a recent parent meeting with Dr. Jennifer Cline, a clinical psychologist who has done research on social media and its effects on young people. She ...

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Sep
14
2015

Sep 14 – Next Level Placement in Athletics: Do’s and Don’ts for Playing at the College Level, pt 2 >>>
by Kyle Alexander

Part II of a series by Kyle Alexander, Athletic Director So you want to play in college? Previously, Athletic Director Kyle Alexander published the first in a two-part article, listing do’s and don’ts for parents of athletes who want to play at the college level. Here's a summary: * Do ...

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Sep
14
2015

Sep 14 – The Butting Order: How Middle School Students Rank Themselves in School >>>
by John Heaton

Last week’s middle school retreat was a great success, with beautiful weather (after Thursday’s rain cleared to sunshine on Friday) and very happy students. We were joined by former parent and long-time friend of the school, Brian Donohue, who spoke to our students in four sessions, teaching ...

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Aug
24
2015

Aug 24 – So You Want to Play in College? Do’s and Don’ts for Playing at the College Level, pt 1 >>>
by Kyle Alexander

This is the first in a series of articles from our Athletic Director, Kyle Alexander. Do's and Don'ts for Middle and High School Athletes Many young athletes dream of someday playing college athletics. There is something very natural in a young person’s desire to excel at the sport he or she ...

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May
04
2011

Modern Texting
by John Heaton

The following is the headmaster's response to William Quillian's "The Christ Experience" published in the News & Advance, Sunday, May 1, 2011 The question of Jesus' resurrection ultimately turns on one's view of the text of Scripture. Mr. Quillian's view of the text offered in his recent ...

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