SKS family welcomes Mr. Kevin Benz

Oct 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Faculty News

By Yuhao “Howard” Li, Staff Reporter

Mr. Kevin Benz works with one of his fifth form students, Yuhao “Howard” Li. Photo by Sun Yi.

Although this year is Mr. Kevin Benz’s first year teaching at South Kent, he has already won the favor of many students.

“I feel that Mr. Benz is going to be my favorite teacher this year,” said Hunter Kochiss, a fifth former students from connecticut. “He is a young teacher. I feel that I can relate to him a lot.”

Being a student in Mr. Benz’s US History class, Hunter is amazed by Mr. Benz’s teaching style.

His teaching technique is unique. Instead of following the books, Mr. Benz brings up some interesting topics to get students’ attention and encourage students to share their opinions,” said Hunter. “By doing so, Mr. Benz is able to know each student’s understanding of the materials and make the class time well-spent for most of the people.”

“I used to think that history is boring and hard. However, Mr. Benz changed my perspective of this subject. He jokes a lot in the class, which makes the contents interesting and comprehensible for the students,” Hunter said with a huge smile on his face.

Besides, Mr. Benz not only has a special approach to teaching, but also has a great interest and passion on the subject he teaches, US history.

“US history is one of the most interesting subjects to me. The reason is the concepts or the information that I can learn from this subject are closely related to my country,” said Mr. Benz. “I hope that everyone has an interest in knowing the historical background of their native country. Learning this background can help a person achieve a better understanding of his or her country’s current governing systems.”

This year is Mr. Benz’s fourth year teaching US History. In the past three years, Mr. Benz taught US History and World History at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School and Ross School; both of which are boarding schools. One of the most memorable experience that he had in these three years was seeing people from different cultural backgrounds adding their own personal insight during discussions.

“Students who come from different countries and lived under different circumstances can share completely different perspectives. When I was teaching the history of Confucius, I thought that he was still considered a relevant philosopher in China.  My students corrected me that even though the general ideas behind Confucius are applicable, most people in China consider Confucius to be part of the past not present.  For me, this was very humbling.  I learn everyday from my students,” said Mr. Benz.

Mr. Benz mentioned that he has taught students from the Middle East and parts of Africa, who offer new perspectives on the United States’ foreign policy in the region.  “Seeing different perspective of different countries enriches the class atmosphere and always makes me forget who is the teacher in the class,” said Mr. Benz

However, Mr. Benz changed his tone when he referred to his own high school US History teacher.

“He thought he was good, but he was rude and intimidating. He always mocked students and left them feeling inferior rather than empowered,” said Mr. Benz. “I used to love history, but this experience unfortunately turned me off of the subject.”

Luckily, Mr. Benz recovered his interest in history at college. He did a double major in History and Art History at Hobart and William Smith College. After graduating from college, Mr. Benz started in education. The experience in high school history class left a painful memory to Mr. Benz and convinced him not to teach students in a certain way.

The reason Mr. Benz chose to study Art History as his second major may surprise students. To many people, Art History seems like a whole different genre of history. Mr. Benz learned a lot from this second major. “My advisor in college recommended that I take Art History along with my courses in History. I took the course and was surprised how much of what I was learning history could be portrayed in Art History and vice versa.”

“Students may forget the details of our history but I hope to prepare my students for life in college, as well as when my students enter the workforce,” he said.

Music and CdNN staff visit Yale on field trip

Oct 20th, 2017 | By | Category: CdNN, South Kent Community, Student News

Music and writing students at Yale University.

By CdNN staff

Students in the Cardinal News writing activity and the Music program were able to experience a unique field trip earlier this month. The students took a took a trip Oct. 4 to Yale University in New Haven, CT.

The first activity the group experienced was attending a chamber music concert. The high-level music performance of Yale students impressed every South Kent student and broadened their horizons. The Yale students came from many different areas of the world.

Seho Chun, a sixth former, enjoyed the trip, calling it a “good experience.”

“It was my first concert in the United States and I was impressed that students have that much talent,” Seho said.

Fifth former Kyoung Hoon Kim said the visit allowed him to see the quality of a university music program.

“The Yale University trip gave me an idea how good the (music) students need to be on an instrument to go to Yale. It was an impressive sound they made through the instruments,” he said.

After the concert, the students had a private campus tour with one of the Yale undergraduate students.

“The introduction was fascinating that made all the students feel Yale’s vibrant residential life on campus,” said Yuhao “Howard” Li. “One thing that interested me the most is the architecture design of the Yale buildings.”

He explained that Yale’s library had an appearance of the church because the architect designed the location of the church at the corner of the campus instead of at the center of the campus, which is the location that Yale wanted the church to be. Yale did not take the architect’s plan for the church building and changed the idea into building a library. The construction was finished in the 20th century. Interestingly, the school decided to make the library look older by setting its surface on fire. That’s an interesting way that Yale uses to reshape its architecture, Howard said.

The group also visited the university’s museum of musical instruments and Dr. Sarah Sung Lee was able to demonstrate the sound of a harpsichord.

Sixth former Mohammed Al-Shatti said that the visit gave him insight into how the college was formed.

“They were talking about the community that Yale built. It was almost like a little town,” Mohammed said. “We finally ended the day off by going to Seoul, a Korean restaurant, where we had a very delicious and cultural meal. Overall it was a great trip, I really did learn a lot.”

Kyoung Hoon said the best part for him was the dessert at Arethusa Ice Cream.

“At $3.50, it was such a great deal. The ice cream shop said the ice cream is one scoop, however the fact was it was 3 scoops. Most people who got their ice cream in a cone were not able to finish it.”

Overall, Seho said he now has a better understanding of why Yale is such a desired college by so many.

“Now I understand why people are dreaming to go college as soon as possible after they graduate high school,” Seho said.

Disciplinary changes bring back hours

Oct 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Faculty News, South Kent Community, Student News

By Mohammed Al-Shatti, Staff Reporter

Students were surveyed to see if they were making it to first period classes on Tuesday and Thursday. CdNN graphic

Students returned to campus this year to face a new disciplinary system that incorporates working off hours for missing certain commitments.

Any student who missed a chapel or assembly will have to end up working one hour for each commitment they’ve missed, whether it’s doing dishwash or working with Mr. Chavka at 6:30 in the morning. Some students say that it’s too much work. However, the faculty thinks that it’s the right disciplinary requirement.

Students were surveyed to see what commitments were being missed or if students were tardy to class.

A committee of 12 faculty members met over the summer to discuss the disciplinary system at South Kent. They examined the students’ efforts to make their commitments. They needed to figure out a way in which they could make the students attend what they were supposed to be attending. The faculty concluded that the school should return to an earlier disciplinary system. Previously, SKS had a system in which students would have to work off hours. Now, if a student doesn’t make it to chapel or assembly, he will be assigned an hour.  If a student fails to work off the hours in a week, it will turn into points that could not be worked off.

“A while back we did have hours and points and at some point in the last couple of years it morphed into just points, which wasn’t really working. That’s why we went back to this system,” said Mr. Chavka

Students have expressed confusion and don’t all agree with the new system. They don’t understand why one point is now worth a whole hour’s worth of work. One of the prefects, Faisal Al Muttawa said the faculty decided this on their own.

“The prefects were not involved in this change,” said Faisal. “I had no idea. We found out when all the students found out.”

He thinks that there might not be as many jobs needed for students to work off that hour.

“I personally do think an hour for a point is a little too much,” said Faisal. “So I think it would’ve made more sense to have a half hour for one point. I kinda do think it’s too much, but at the same time it kinda makes sense.”

The school’s Community Handbook lists the difference between points and hours.

“Students who violate accountability rules can expect to receive disciplinary hours. Hours are intended to be worked off during the week or weekends at designated times, supervised by a faculty member or senior prefect. Hours that are not worked off in a timely manner will be converted into points and be added to a student’s point total.”

The following is list of possible Accountability Offenses:

Unexcused Absence: (Assembly, Chapel, Form Meeting, Formal Dinner and/or mandatory meals)

Digital Citizenship Violation

Dorm Violation

Dress Code Violation

Late to Dorm Check-In

Late to Class, Meals or Sports

Study Hall Violation

Up After Lights-Out

Failure to Abide by Travel Plans

Violation of language policy

“Students who violate procedural rules will receive points and possible hours.  Points for the violation of procedural rules may not be worked off and will be added to a student’s point total,” according to the handbook.

Campus Sign-In / Sign-Out Violation

Disrupting Learning Environment

Guest / Visitor Violation


Living Outside Spirit of Community

Out After Hours

Tobacco Violation

Unexcused Absence – Class or Mandatory Appointment

Unexcused Absence Athletics – Practice and Games

Unexcused Absence – Community Event

Violation of Language Policy

Chapel time switched to late morning

Oct 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Faculty News, South Kent Community, Student News

By Kyoung Hoon Kim, Staff Reporter

Because too many students skipped Tuesday and Thursday morning chapel in past years, South Kent changed the time to just before lunch. Members of the South Kent Community have had various reactions to this change during the Fall Term.

The faculty who responded to the October survey and which departments they are in.

Mr. Scott Farley, who is  the Math Department head and adjunct instructor with Syracuse University, said that it is still early to see what the effect of the new chapel time will be.

“(It) remains to be seen if tardiness to class will be a problem,” he said, underlining the adverse effects. Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays now begin at 7:45 a.m., so students must get out of bed and go directly to class.

However, he implied that the positive consequences of the change would indeed outnumber the negative impacts. He said that the modification of chapel time “will make a stronger community as a result.” Moreover, he mentioned that he “served on two committees this summer, discipline and scheduling, and this was recommended by both sets of teachers.”

“Like any change, it will take time to see if it has the intended results and if it is a positive change for the community,” Mr. Farley said.

This represents what forms the students are in from those who responded to the October survey.

Tatsunori Yuzuki, who is a fifth former and a U-18 Selects Hockey player, said that he likes the new time of chapel.

“I prefer this new time (rather) than early in the morning because when the chapel was in the early morning, I could not focus on what the faculty were saying because of sleepiness during chapel. Also I take first block off during Tuesday, so I can take some extra sleep before class, so I think it is nice for the change.”

However he mentions that “the new chapel time is sometimes confusing, but it is not that bad.”

In addition, many students believe that chapel attendance has increased significantly. The students said the main reason why they don’t skip chapel is because the chapel is right before the lunch, therefore they have no reason to miss it.

Even though the new chapel time brought some confusion to the community, however as Mr. Farley mentioned, “it will take time to see if it has the intended results.” With more than a month since the chapel time change, how the new chapel time affects the community has to be watched.

A survey of students revealed that 61 percent like the new time. The faculty survey revealed 88.2 percent like the new time.

MakerSpace inspires creative thinking

Jun 2nd, 2017 | By | Category: CFI, South Kent Community, Student News


Video and Text Article by Roman Sanchez

Graphic by Roman Sanchez.

MakerSpace at South Kent School is a class about thinking outside of the box. Mr. Mittag provides general guidelines for the students to stick by, but leaves the rest up to their imaginations.

Students have the options to explore things like 3D Printing, programming,working with Raspberry Pi’s, and building whatever comes to their imagination.

Makerspace is offered as a CFI course and is available during both the Fall and Spring Term. Once students give the class a chance, most find themselves embedded in the course for the rest of the year.

Students learn communication through Soft Skills

May 25th, 2017 | By | Category: CFI, South Kent Community, Student News

Video and Text article by Kai Cormier, CFI Embedded Journalism

CFI Soft Skills participants Nick Washington and Paul Coulibaly work together in a communication game that builds teamwork. Photo by Kai Cormier

Soft Skills is a class that is meant to teach the students how to think outside the box. The students learn this by doing abstract exercises that force them to use their brains. In many of these exercises the teacher, Mr. Pavel Novak, would give the students a challenge and the students would try to achieve this challenge. They had many challenges given to them by Mr. Novak, each one harder than the previous one.

For example, the students were given a rope and told to make a square of it. Of course there was a catch to challenge the students. They were blindfolded. This forced them to communicate. If the students wanted to make the square they would have to talk to each other and work together.

Throughout the course, the students learned how to both work together and communicate at the same time. All of the students interviewed said they enjoyed the class. All of them also said that they were learning new ways to solve problems. This creativeness is what soft skills is all about.

Gospel Choir performs at Westover

Apr 15th, 2017 | By | Category: South Kent Community, Student News

By Yuhao “Howard” Li
Contributor, Fourth Former

Members of the South Kent School Gospel Choir gathered with choirs from Westover and Taft to perform April 9.

The South Kent School Gospel Choir has been busy rehearsing and preparing for performances this spring. The group was invited to an April 9 concert at Westover School, performing with the Westover girls and the students from Taft School.The director of the concert was Mr. Michael Brown, a gospel singer who also leads the South Kent Gospel Choir.

The concert started in a non-competitive environment and joyful music was played by Mr. Brown, which encouraged students to present their unique performances to the crowd.

All of the South Kent singers found it to be a wonderful experience. Mr. Brown worked his magic to bring people closer and turning the people in the room from strangers into a big family.

The SKS singers included fourth formers Yuhao “Howard” Li and Yunhai “Oliver” Zhao; fifth former  Shuyang “Russell” Liu; sixth formers Zhaoyuan “Eric” Shu, Trevor Moore, and Peter Curry, as well as faculty members Ms. Lynn Mellis Worthington and Mrs. Cruz Zoeller.

The three songs South Kent performed were “Holy Ground,” “Trouble In My Way” and “You Raise Me Up.” The choir started with “Holy Ground” and everyone took charge of their own part and cooperated with each other, producing an outstanding combination that amazed the audience. The second song, “You Raise Me Up,” was a solo performance featuring Peter Curry, and the third song, “Trouble In My Way,” featured soloist Trevor Moore. The rest of the choir members were responsible for the chorus, background music, and creating echoes, which is an audio effect to make the song sounds more powerful.

“You guys were amazing. The performance was flawless,” said Mrs. Zoeller afterwards. She was delightedly spreading the good news to the choir.

Eric was highly satisfied with the result the singers produced.

“This is a great concert with no pressure from the competition and a perfect place for those who enjoys singing with Mr. Brown.”

Russell was also thrilled with the whole event.

“The performance was excellent. Although we made some mistakes, they were all understandable from our limited practicing time,” Russell said. “(I) hope next year there will be more people participate in this amazing event, so we can have more fun.”

The students also learned some valuable lessons from this invitational concert.

As one of the singers, I personally enjoyed the concert and felt that this was one of the best moments I’ve ever had. The concert was spectacular. I felt totally speechless when I heard the high pitches from the Westover girls. Their performance shocked me. The beautiful harmony and the instruments they played created a big picture in front of me.

I am a big fan of singing. I play a music app during my spare time, which provides an open stage for me to sing the song I prefer and share to the public.The concert, different from the app, was a real stage with eye contact between audiences and performers, which is a valuable experience to me.

The choir is looking forward to and preparing for its next performance in May at Hotchkiss School for the annual Gospel Fest. The choir members are now practicing new songs for one of the most prestigious independent school music events in the area next month.

Russell has some expectations for the upcoming event.

“The new songs that we are now practicing have some solo parts, which will be an exciting experience for me, Russell said. “Also, we now have a new member in our group, (and we are) looking forward to creating some chemical reactions at the next concert.”

“We are going to be a dark horse and surprise everyone,” Oliver predicted.


CFI students certified as wildlife teachers

Dec 15th, 2016 | By | Category: CFI, South Kent Community, Student News

Video and Text Article by Kun Hyeon Park

Fifth Formers Yipei Tang and Hunter Clarke teach third graders at Kent Center School with Sixth Former Qi Li. Photo by Kun Hyeon Park

A new CFI (Center for Innovation) class was offered during the Fall Term that taught students how to become teachers themselves.

The eight students in the Project Wild CFI became certified in the national Project Wild program. Instructed by Ms. Emily Carreiro, they can now officially teach classes through Project Wild.

Throughout this fall, Ms. Carreiro taught them general information that they should know as teachers. It was not just contextually teaching, but it also involved going outside, so they can see, feel and understand in diverse aspects. After they learned basic teaching skills from Ms. Carreiro, they divided into two groups and came up with unique and creative ideas to teach younger children at Kent Center School. They used methods with visualization and physical exercises, which brought great interest to the third graders and also taught them knowledge of Project Wild as they presented their lessons.


Showing survival skills through cooking

Dec 13th, 2016 | By | Category: CdNN, Student News

Video and Text Article by Tyejae Burchall

Mr.Darrin holds up a hunk of deer before his class cooks it! photo by: Tyejae Burchall

Mr.Darrin holds up a hunk of deer before his class cooks it.
Photo by Tyejae Burchall

Sustainable Cooking is a class where students get to express their feelings through cooking and learning various ways to prepare food safely. They learn about the big food companies and the good and bad tactics they use to produce their food. The students in the class made baked goods for a charity called Kent Affordable Housing, which helps provide money for poor families to rent homes. They also completed a series of food projects which included: a campfire dish, baked goods, and cleaning and cooking deer meat; also known as venison. After the class, the boys got together and discussed the progress they made and how much they have learned from taking this course. They have learned everything from baking and cleaning deer meat to the serious impact of the scarcity of food. They now know how important this class is to survival and would never forget the skills they have learned in Sustainable Cooking.

Trump clear winner with students

Nov 7th, 2016 | By | Category: CdNN, Faculty News, South Kent Community, Student News

facultyvsstudentsCompiled from Staff Reports

The Cardinal News Network conducted an anonymous mock election to show the South Kent School community which candidates are being supported by students and faculty.

studentchoiceFor the students, the clear favorite is Donald Trump. Of the 77 votes, Mr. Trump captured 54.5 percent of the votes cast or a total of 42 votes. The next highest vote was “none of the above” at 24.7 percent, or 18 votes. Hillary Clinton received 20.8 percent, or 16 votes. The two third party candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson received no votes.

The total number of voters represents 47 percent of the total students at the school.

Many students took advantage of the question to share why they were making that choice.

studentformA Trump voter shared, “Because even though he is unprofessional and has made some bad decisions in his life which we all have…he is a businessman who knows how to make money and with our failing economy we need a businessman to turn this country and our economy around.”

“Hillary is a liar, a murderer, and a criminal. What person wants that to be in charge of our country?” asked one student.

“He is focused on America and America only. He isn’t a lying politician and he calls it like it is,” another wrote.

studentcitizenship“ANYONE BUT TRUMP! He’s racist and has no idea what he’s talking about, he’s a complete idiot and has no respect for other cultures and women and he is very close-minded. He is top three in my list of people in the world I hate the most,” one student wrote.

Another Clinton voter wrote, “Why? Because Donald Trump is an idiot.”

“I chose Clinton because she’s experienced, I do not want someone with inexperience like Trump governing the country,” was another response.

From the students who didn’t support any of the candidates were several responses.

“They do not seem like people I would like leading my country.”

“Because I don’t think any of the candidates are prepared or fit to become the President.”

facultychoiceOn the faculty side, the voting was much different.  Hillary Clinton was the top vote-getter with 72.7 percent or 16 votes. There were a total of 22 faculty members who participated.

The other faculty votes were Donald Trump, 1 vote; Jill Stein, 1 vote; Gary Johnson, 2 votes or 9.2 percent. None of the above also got 2 votes.

Some of the faculty comments:

“I love Bernie.  Hillary is next best in my mind.”

“Experience vs Ridiculously inexperienced. Nonsleezeball vs sleeze ball. “

“Trump is qualified neither as a leader nor a human being. Hillary has the experience to lead and a strong, proven, and lengthy record of public service.”

“Trump is bigoted, sexist, egomaniacal, insane and evil and will run this country into the ground and truly make the US the laughingstock of the world, if he doesn’t directly contribute to the complete demise of living creatures on this planet. “

Discovering stories through Oral History

Oct 11th, 2016 | By | Category: CFI, South Kent Community, Student News

Video by Chanyoung Joung

Kent resident Jack Osborne was interviewed in October 2016 by Christian Avila and Austin Suzuki.

Kent resident Jack Osborne was interviewed in October 2016 by Christian Avila and Austin Suzuki.

Through a cooperative effort between South Kent School and the Kent Historical Society, oral histories are being collected through a new CFI class offered by Mr. Max Pfeffer.

He started the class in the 2015-16 year as a way for SKS students to gain an appreciation for the larger community that they are living in.
“The town of Kent has such a rich past, and as students with such busy schedules, it can be easy for them to solely focus their attention on the smaller, South Kent community where they live,” Mr. Pfeffer said. “Having the students help preserve that history by interviewing longtime residents of Kent is a way for them to not only learn the importance of the town itself, but to also give them the opportunity to build relationships with off-campus residents.”
“Aside from learning the excellent skill of communication through interviews and transcription, my hope is that my students were able to garner new perspectives on life, having spoken to members of the community who’ve lived such full lives of their own. I also hope that as my students continue on their own journeys, that they’ll take time to think about how their own pasts have impacted their present,” Mr. Pfeffer said.
I was certainly surprised at how much the interviewees were willing to share. It can’t be easy to sit down and share your life experiences with complete strangers, yet our three participants (Marie Camp, Noble Richards, and Andy Ocif) spoke openly and freely and were happy to engage in conversation with the boys,” Mr. Pfeffer said.

Alumni Soccer Game draws former players back

May 13th, 2016 | By | Category: Student News

Story by Detre Bell, Contributing Writer

Anthony Camardi was one of the alumni soccer players who returned in 2015 and will play again this year.

Anthony Camardi was one of the alumni soccer players who returned in 2015 and will play again this year.

For the past four years, the South Kent Prep Soccer team has hosted the alumni match every year in May, so that college players are out of school and can attend the game and South Kent’s current players are still in school. The Alumni Game is for former students who played Prep Soccer and the current team members.

It is a special event that gets all the faculty and students out to watch because every year it is a good game and it is a special time and it gives current students time to catch up with all the alumni players to ask them about their experiences playing under Coach Finberg and being a student at South Kent.

This year’s match between Cardinal and Black will be hosted Sunday, May 15 at 1 p.m. Several current players are welcoming back the alumni.

”It’s a big game and we always want to prove that we are the best team that’s ever been to South Kent,” said Liam Duffy, a post-grad and University of Radford commit.

The alumni game is a very competitive game, and one might think it’s the final of the World Cup. Each year it seems that the faculty and alumni are always saying that the alumni are going to win, and every year they end up losing. Last year’s game ended on penalties and the Cardinals (students) took it home.  After last year’s game, some faculty members, for instance, Mr. Gonzalo Garcia-Pedroso, kept saying that the alumni should’ve won and the Cardinals cheated.

AMG director Anthony Camardi is looking forward to returning to the pitch.

“I think the alumni game is a great annual tradition to bring back former players to challenge the current players. Games in past years have been very tightly contested and have been fun to be a part of,” Mr. Camardi said.“The friendly relaxed atmosphere makes for a fun competitive day.  It is also nice to connect with old friends and play with players that you played against in past alumni games.”

Mr. Camardi said it is fun to play against the current students and then the following year have them on the alumni team.

Many on campus are looking forward to this exciting match and the opportunity to catch up with some of the alumni.

Expected Alumni Players:

Marc Almeida
Danillo Andrade
Kieran Bracken
Anthony Camardi
Patrick DeAngelo
Juan Galarza
Gonzalo Garcia-Pedroso
Cody Guerry
Ben Highton
Dan Kupper
Aaron Laranetto
Cameron McFarlane
Will Noiset
Zach Pereira
Andre Riello
Giovanni Riello
Assane Sene
Drew Sullivan
Alexi Taliadouros
Newton Tsang
Sean Weir



South Kent Ecology Takes On Trevor Zoo

May 11th, 2016 | By | Category: Student News

Story by Elijah Hughes, Contributing Writer

Creatures both in the water and out were observed by Ecology students who visited the Trevor Zoo. Photo by Wen Hao "Allen" Xie

Creatures both in the water and out were observed by Ecology students who visited the Trevor Zoo. Photo by Wen Hao “Allen” Xie

South Kent School’s Ecology class, taught by Ms. Carreiro, recently went on a trip to the Trevor Zoo in Millbrook, NY.

After catching up with student Richard Glemawu and Ms. Carreiro, much was learned about their experience at the zoo during the May 5 trip.

As some may know, Richard is from Ghana, Africa – a beautiful country with even more beautiful animals. Richard mentioned that he saw many of the same animals he encountered back home.

“I saw lots of snakes, ostriches, a red panda, turkeys, parrots, and amphibians as well,” he said. The animal that Richard was most intrigued by was the red panda. “I am only familiar with a black and white panda, but the panda we saw was more of a brownish red. So it was cool seeing it for the first time.” Overall, Richard enjoyed his visit to the Trevor Zoo. His initial expectations weren’t too high, but when he actually got to experience it, he said he had an amazing time.

Ms. Carreiro is the school’s Ecology teacher and she likes to provide her students with field trips to broaden their experiences.

“Our Ecology class studies a lot about animals and their adaptations,” she said. “At the Trevor Zoo, there were a lot of different types of animals and adaptations that we have discussed in class. The zoo also has a lot of endangered animals.”

The purpose of this field trip was to further educate students on a particular animal.

“Each student was given a specific animal to study about how they live, their endangerment (if it applies), and their adaptations,” Ms. Carreiro said The Trevor Zoo was where all of these animals could be found.

Ms. Carreiro said she was most excited at the idea that it was cool how the students studied and researched an animal, and then were able to physically see it. Just like Richard, the red panda also fascinated Ms. Carreiro.

“I loved the red panda! We call them ‘charismatic megafauna.’ They are fuzzy, cute, and fun to watch!” she said.

This was not the first time the South Kent School Ecology class visited the Trevor Zoo in Millbrook, NY, but it probably won’t be the last time.


Cage the Elephant doesn’t disappoint

May 9th, 2016 | By | Category: Opinion, Student News

In My Opinion

By Mike Goulart, Contributing Writer

Cage the Elephant performed March 30 in Hartford. Photo by Mike Goulart

Cage the Elephant performed March 30 in Hartford. Photo by Mike Goulart

I went and saw Cage the Elephant live at the XL Center in Hartford, CT March 30. I am a big fan of Cage the Elephant and knew many of their popular songs including “Come a Little Closer,” “Take it or Leave it,” “Cigarette Daydreams,” “Spiderhead,” etc. I also listened to some of their new songs on their new album Tell me I’m Pretty, including “Mess Around” and “Trouble.” The concert opened with Beardhands, Foals, and Silversun Pickups. All were bands I wasn’t entirely familiar with.

The XL Center was filled with an estimated 5,000 people, if not more, with most of the crowd opting to stand in the open area rather than sit in their designated seats.

When Cage the Elephant came on around 10:30 p.m., the crowd roared. Matt Schultz, the lead vocalist, got everyone on their feet and opened with a song on their new album. When they began to play their more familiar songs, such as “Spiderhead” the crowd all sang along and Schultz was brilliant in getting the crowd involved and was constantly moving around stage addressing each section of the arena.

The cover of Cage the Elephant's new album, 'Tell Me I'm Pretty.' Photo courtesy of Cage the Elephant

The cover of Cage the Elephant’s new album, ‘Tell Me I’m Pretty.’

As they continued to play their music, I noticed that it was much louder, and more aggressive. Listening to their music normally I was under a different impression that they were more of a softer rock band, as their music was never as loud and always very soft on the guitar and drums. While performing live they were playing the same, usually softer songs, but turning it up a notch and making it louder and more of a standard rock song, which I was not expecting.

When they played their most famous song “Come a Little Closer,” the crowd erupted and everyone was on their feet singing along with the band. Overall, the performance went well, and the band kept everyone entertained as Schultz skipped across the stage singing his music. It was a great show, and as expected they didn’t disappoint.

Mr. Patrick Beer enjoys South Kent life

Jan 30th, 2016 | By | Category: Faculty News, South Kent Community

Story by Seho Chun

Mr. Patrick Beer teaching ALC4 this year. LMW photo

Mr. Patrick Beer teaching ALC4 this year. LMW photo

Mr. Patrick Beer started to work at the South Kent School last fall. He was a principal at his last school and he wanted to have experience in a boarding school.

He took over the position formerly held by Mrs. Jody Lampe, who worked at SKS almost 10 years.  She retired last June. She was the coordinator of the international students. Mr. Beer is the International Student Coordinator and the American Language and Culture (ALC) teacher. He also coaches JV Basketball and teaches a CFI course in  Mindfulness and Yoga.

Mr. Beer wants to have a different experience at South Kent. He likes living here because he likes the rural location. He chose to come here after interviewing and being offered the position.

“When I visited at this school, I was impressed with the faculty and students. I was also impressed with the affinity groups and how the faculty for the Center for Innovation delivered their program,” Mr. Beer said.

He enjoys experiencing nature.

“I love to be the part of the Call to Adventure program and working with Mr. Bonis. He does a great job providing students with the opportunity of self discovery and helping the students build awareness and appreciation of nature,” he said.

In his role as the ALC teacher, Mr. Beer instructs students in understanding English and this helps students succeed in other subjects. He is not limited as just an English teacher, as he also helps with other aspects of school life and assignments for other classes.

“I guess I see my role is finding ways for international students to interact with their community of the school and find ways to develop their language skills for university. And I also see I can help enhance  students’ health. I enjoying doing yoga with students.”

Mr. Beer earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s in education  from Vancouver Island University and he received a BA from Boston College.

“I find satisfaction in my work here and I feel lucky being part of South Kent School.”

Daike Fuijo, a Fifth Former  from Japan, is taking Mr. Beer’s ALC class. When Daike first came here, he struggled with school life because of his English. However, Mr. Beer become a big part of improving his English skills.

“This is one of my favorite classes. I love this class. He made us to get confident about English,” said Daike.

“At first (when) I came to South Kent, my English was poor. But now my English skills extremely increased. Mr Beer helped me a lot,” Daike said.