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by Lauren Mehrbach and Chris Beingessner

How can you guide your child through setbacks and mistakes without solving their troubles for them? In order to help your child start building that tolerance for discomfort and failure, here are 10 mistakes that you should allow your middle schooler to make.

by Hannah Connors

Whether it is watching kites soar in the wide blue sky, or building imaginary worlds with blocks, time and again parents talk about how the early learning center at Singapore American School is a home away from home for their little ones.

by Dr. Martha Began

Operation Wallacea is a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research expeditions. Dr. Martha Began shares her highlights from her most recent Operation Wallacea expedition with alumna Lauren Pong (Class of 2019).

SHARING LAUGHTER AND LOVE AT THE HOME PICNIC
by Adi V. and Rebecca F.

The annual Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) picnic, held in January, was a celebration of foreign domestic workers in Singapore. The middle school Roots & Shoots club teamed up with middle school Social Justice Council to organize the picnic. The response from Singapore American School community and club members was inspiring.

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ALCOHOL ASSUMPTIONS GONE WRONG
by Dr. Jeff Devens

Alcohol kills more teens each year than all other drugs combined! Even with opioid-related deaths making headlines of late, alcohol continues to be a factor in the top three causes of death among those aged 15 through 24. High school personal academic counselor and psychologist Dr. Jeff Devens provides parents with some data as well as some advice to help support their high schooler who may be consuming alcohol.

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STAFF SPOTLIGHT: INDRAANI NAGARETNAM
by Didi Hari Krishnan

Just as much as Singapore American School is known for its excellent faculty, we are also proud to have an outstanding group of dedicated staff who support the school. Every month, we will feature one SAS staff so you can learn more about who they are and what they do—both in and outside of school. For this month's Staff Spotlight series, we feature Indraani Nagaretnam, middle school learning support staff of more than 12 years.

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OPERATION WALLACEA: THE CASE OF LAUREN PONG'S EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY (PART I)
by Dr. Martha Began

Operation Wallacea is a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research expeditions. Dr. Martha Began shares her highlights from her most recent Operation Wallacea expedition with alumna Lauren Pong (Class of 2019).

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LESSONS LEARNED: CATALYST
by Charlotte Hewson

The Lessons Learned series takes us on the journey with SAS educators, showcasing the recent pathfinder projects—pilot programs and learning communities—that mirror the motivation, research, and challenges to transforming the education system, breaking frontiers and raising the bar. Read the second part of this series showcasing our Catalyst program in high school.

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SEPTEMBER READS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Didi Hari Krishnan

Now that we're all settled in school, it's time to grab a book and celebrate our love for reading! Every month, we will compile a list of the best books to read. Elementary school librarians Ms. Alison Cuthbert, Ms. Kate Brundage, and Ms. Lara Ingham share their list of books recommended for early learning center/elementary school students.

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STANDING UP FOR SUSTAINABILITY
by Didi Hari Krishnan

Interdisciplinary teaching is the interweaving of various curricular disciplines to explore common concepts and their interconnections. Teachers of different content areas are able to collaborate and help students make connections across subject areas in order to deepen their learning. In middle school, sixth grade students learned how to transform their critical thinking skills into informed actions through their sustainability unit.

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POWERED BY PURPOSE
by Charlotte Hewson

Singapore American School Eagles are unwavering in their pursuit of passion that inspires purpose worthy of commitment. Immersed in a school that advocates a culture of possibilities, students are encouraged to explore interests, ask questions, and think beyond themselves about how they might contribute to their community and the world at large.

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LESSONS LEARNED: CHINESE IMMERSION LEARNING COMMUNITY
by Charlotte Hewson

The Lessons Learned series takes us on the journey with SAS educators, showcasing the recent pathfinder projects—pilot programs and learning communities—that mirror the motivation, research, and challenges to transforming the education system, breaking frontiers and raising the bar. These spaces will inform the building of world leading programs, processes, and structures; those that future students would benefit from due to their sustainability and attention to quality. Read the first part of this series showcasing our Chinese immersion learning community.

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GRIT OR QUIT
by Kyle Aldous

What is grit? Can a person have too much grit? There are plenty of new studies being conducted about the development of grit, and no shortage of authors and researchers with answers to questions about grit. 

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I WON'T GO TO SCHOOL!
by Dr. Jeff Devens

Each year roughly three to five percent of students experience significant periods of anxiety and/or depression resulting in school refusal. High school personal academic counselor Dr. Jeff Devens shares how parents can help their child when experiencing school refusal.

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STAFF SPOTLIGHT: ISAAC BENJAMIN
Didi Hari Krishnan

Just as much as Singapore American School is known for its excellence, we are also proud to have an outstanding group of dedicated staff who support the school. Every month, we will feature one outstanding staff so you can learn more about who they are and what they do—both at school and outside. For our inaugural Staff Spotlight series, we feature Isaac Benjamin, SAS security and safety manager of more than 16 years.

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