Chandler School Teacher is Finalist for Teacher of the Year
The Chandler School’s very own Dee Butler has been selected as a finalist for upstate Elementary Teacher of the Year for the South Carolina Independent School Association.
Dee is one of 3 finalists chosen from the entire state, including schools such as Porter-‐ Gaud and Ashley Hall in Charleston, Hammond and Heathwood in Columbia, and St. Joseph’s and Camperdown in Greenville. The winner will be announced on April 26th.
We are so proud of Dee’s accomplishments.
8/12 The boardwalk has been transformed into a beautiful brick path.
8/9 View of inside of the new school bus.
8/9 Brand new pirate bus.
8/9 More schoolhouse progress.
8/9/ Progress on Schoolhouse.
7/25 – One Room Schoolhouse progress- One wall up. Then two walls up…. Each wall@is built and then raised- like an old fashioned barn raising.
7/23 – Last week four Chandler pirates were at Camp Old Indian boy Scout camp…. Bailey, Noah S., Noah C. ,and Topher!
7/16 – Ally Evans, a competitive rider, enjoys summer by practicing jumping with her pony Bumblebee. Go Ally!
Mr. Dana challenged the kids to sell raffle tickets. They met the challenge and exceeded it. The prize: Dana had to wear U of Michigan attire and get tortured with pies in the face.
Graduates of 2017-2018
Congratulations to Garrett Moody for winning the Grit award. He never stops trying and working. He is an inspiration to us all.
6/05 – The Swashbucklers have proven themselves to be the best hockey team for 2017-2018! the Chandler Cup is in their hands till next year.
Tritt Galloway looks on as Governor McMaster signs a bill to provide permanent funding for Exceptional SC program.
These lucky students went to the Governor’s Mansion where they met the Governor of South Carolina and were given a private tour of the house and pool house.
5/11 – The students earned a water slide by selling raffle tickets for the Backyard Bash. Their hard work paid off!
5/9 – Private scavenger hunt at the National WWII Museum.
5/8 – The kids have finally tired Mr. Dana out! The day was spent at the WWII museum, eating in a New Orleans cafe, playing a giant jenga, and looking around this cool city.
5/3 -Biking, swimming, dolphin sighting and ice-cream eating…. the girls’ trip to Bluffton has been quite the field trip!
4/29- Miss Evin and the E group made an original 3-Act-Math task for all the pirates to figure out.
4/26 – Students visited Baltimore and Washington, seeing all the sights and eating all the delicious food.
4/20 – The ACE class competed in a 14 hour endurance race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The girls’ car “Beauty,” once again beat the boys’ car, “Beast.” The girls gave a speech in front of 300 people, and their car came in 3rd in class!
4/7 – CJ McAnulty made the final 4 in his first PDRA competition. (Galot Motorsports Park)
4/19 – The Chandler School invited Graham Fletcher, a Math Specialist, to give a math workshop to teachers on conceptual understanding through problem-based lessons. Several schools in SC took part.
3/16 – Our Wilderness program allows our students to explore and learn from the beautiful nature all around us.
3/30 – Anna Bolton was sworn in as Co-Commissioner of the CHL- Chandler Hockey League- after a student-led revolution to provide checks and balances to Commissioner Dana Blackhurst.
3/21 – Grandparents and Special Friends Day for Groups A and B
3/14 – The school celebrated Pi-Day with activities involving the sequence of PI, a pie-eating contest, and a pi recitation contest among students.
3/24/2018 – Henry Horne is a National Champion in the NASTAR Bronze Level! He competed in Lake Tahoe, California at the Squaw Valley Ski Resort.
3/21 – Ally Evans won Headmaster of the Day in the 2017 Backyard Bash. She took all the students roller skating, then had an ice-cream truck come to school.
3/20 – Our Debate team represented us well in the SCISA state-wide Debate Tournament. Noah Smith tied for first place in the state!
March 24, 2018 Backyard Bash- Silent auction, live auction, hockey exhibition games, kids’ activities, great food and fun!
April 21st, 2018 – Here are some pictures of yesterday’s events. The orange car is Beast, which was a rare sight to see it on the track. The red and white car was Beauty, which finished 3rd in their class and 15th overall, they moved up 41 spots from the start, making it the most gains in the entire race.
We had a beautiful day in terms of the weather.
February 3rd – The ACE (Automotive Culture and Engineering) teams went to Road Atlanta to compete.The girls brought their car “Beauty,” and the boys brought theirs, “Beast.” This was the very first girls group to ever compete in a car race. They were phenomenal. Both teams gave it their all, exhibiting class and mechanical prowess in the pits.
February 2nd – SWISH Tournament 2018- Our basketball teams competed in the annual SWISH tournament. As always, the games were exciting, and the players showed tenacity, grit, and athleticism. We are so proud of every athlete and the fans on the sidelines.
February 1st – We had the first LOCK OFF. Two representatives were chosen from each homeroom to compete for the title of fastest combination lock opener.
February 1st – The girls channeled Rosie the Riveter as the prepared to send the first GIRLS ACE TEAM to Road Atlanta for their very first race.
January 5 – Good times with static electricity in Science class.
January 5th was a day of ice and fun. Temperatures dipped and an ice rink was created. Hockey, sledding, and skating brought huge smiles and lots of laughs.
January 25th & 26th, Beth Moore, a Fellow in the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators gave advanced training to our tutors, and hold a fireside chat with our primary parents.
On January 4, Tristan Jain became Head of School for the day. He took everyone bowling and out for ice cream.
The E group created amazing representations of the water cycle. They were given a few words that must be used, then were set free to create as they chose.
The ACE team went to race at Barber Motorsports Park on December 9-10. The visited the museum, and participated in the race. The ACE students did a phenomenal job as the pit crew.
Students collected all the errors they could find that staff made on worksheets. They proofread every sheet they got since the first day, in hopes of getting guilty verdicts. Each guilty verdict gave them a minute recess. Proofreading CAN be fun!
October 19, 2017
Dr. Laura came to visit us from her usual post as a chemistry professor at NC State.…
Ethan Lee competed in the Hincapie Gran Fondo . He was the first out of 23 juniors to cross the finish line. Out of 507 total bikers, he was 16th overall.
October 26, 2017
The F and G groups invited Grandparents and special friends to come see what they do…
October 25, 2017
After a science unit on rocks, minerals, and fossils, the E group went to Hendersonville, NC to see some for themselves. They went gem mining and came home with bags of treasure. They also visited with goats, chickens .
October 28, 29, 2017
Atlanta Motor Sports Park- The ACE team finished 14th overall (out of 65,) and third in their class. There were 21 champion drivers in the race today!
October 31, 2017
Halloween brought out many various characters at The Chandler School- kids, staff, and dogs all got in on the fun.
September 26: Town Hall Meeting.
September 26: Larry Watt, Director of the SC Independent Schools Association, dropped by for a surprise visit with the Message in a Bottle News Team. He had some golden words of wisdom.
Table Rock Trip: August 29-Sept.1
Camp Pirate 2017 was a huge success.
Mornings were spent honing academic skills, and afternoons were spent playing outside. The campers went on trips to the water park, lake, and mountains.
Graduation, June 6, 2017
Graduation ceremonies were held for James Daughtry, Brooke Moore, and Will Cobb. Each student chose a faculty member to speak for them. Ethan Lee was named Ambassador for the 2017-2018 school year. It was a celebration with laughter, tears, and much pride for these students.
All Stars, June 6, 2017
The All Star student team won a hard fought battle against The Chandler School staff. This was followed by a family picnic, and student camp-out.
Awards Ceremony, June 5, 2017
The Awards Ceremony celebrated the many accomplishments of The Chandler School students this year. Trophies, medals, and certificates were given for Chess, Debate, Hockey, and Basketball. The Student All Star Team was awarded the Hockey Trophy.
Folly Beach, May 1-4, 2017
Pirate Princesses are regal and noble and royal at The Chandler School. They share a homeroom and a beautiful friendship. This year the girls went to Folly Beach. They visited the Charleston Market, the Charleston Aquarium, and the pristine SC coast.
Savannah, May 1 – 4, 2017
A trip to Savannah brought opportunities for everything from kayaking to shooting cannons.
Savannah 2, May 8th – 12th, 2017
Many great things happened on this trip: fishing, kayaking, and bike riding. We toured Ft. Jackson where we learned about the Revolutionary War and Civil War and we witnessed the largest ship ever to pass through the Savannah Harbor—it was HUGE!
Memphis, May 15-19,2017
This trip was packed with entertainment: the Pink Palace Museum, planetarium and IMAX movie theater. Other stops included the Memphis zoo and aquarium and the Healthy Here medical van courtesy of our Chairman of the Board, Reece Hodges.
Backyard Bash, April 22, 2017
Parents, students, relatives, teachers, neighbors, and interested visitors gathered to celebrate Spring and The Chandler School. There were 2 music venues, endless choices of delicious food, and a silent auction. The kids’ favorite part was throwing water balloons at Dana Blackhurst, Head of School.
Cleanup, April 1, 2017,
Students, parents, sisters, brothers, and staff came together on a Saturday morning and gave hours of hard work to make The Chandler School even more spectacular. A great time was had by all, and by the end of the day, everything was bright and shiny.
Daytona, March 31 – April 2, 2017
ACE students were not only enthusiastic spectators, but actually worked as the pit crew for the Chandler School race cars. For safety reasons, our pit was located further away from the track than all the other racers. However, we still came in 10th in the class among 30+!
Gem Mining, March, 2017
After learning all about rocks and fossils, we went to NC to find some for ourselves.
WWII Museum, New Orleans, March 21- 23, 2017
A Group stepped back in time to join the army during a visit to the WW II Museum in New Orleans.
Road Atlanta, February 3-5, 2017
It was a very cold day. Luckily we had John Finger’s trailer to keep us warm. The race got cut short due to an engine blow out.
SWISH Basketball Tourney, February 9-10, 2017
The SWISH tournament was yet another opportunity for The Chandler School to celebrate the various talents of our Pirates. 8 teams of players competed for the title. In the end, The Chandler School held onto the championship for another year.
Barber, Birmingham, AL, 12/8-12/11 2016
Another Double 7’s, which means 7 hours of racing one day, and seven hours of racing the next. It was the Chumpianship (Chump Cars). We raced with the Blue Fox and the Miata. The race was extra special because the students had the privilege of meeting the owner, George W. Barber.
Atlanta Motor Sports Park, October 28-30, 2016
Ace students took the Miata to Atlanta Motor Sports Park. There were 2 days of 7 hour races.
Extended School Calendar for 2018-2019
Do schools kill creativity? – Sir Ken Robinson
Bring on the learning Revolution! – Sir Ken Robinson
How to escape education’s death valley. – Sir Ken Robinson
Dyslexia and the Law
The Creative Brilliance of Dyslexia | Kate Griggs | TEDxBrighton
Kate manages AAUW’s work on state and local policy. She analyzes legislation, tracks developments and trends in state policy, prepares testimony, and drafts model legislative language. As a part of her advocacy work, she establishes relationships with key state policy makers and coalition partners and develops strategies to advance AAUW’s legislative priorities.
The Fragile Generation
Our brains are wired to forget, but there are research-backed strategies you can use to make your teaching stick.
A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens:
5 Simple Ways To Develop A Mathematical Growth Mindset
Steve Wilkins TED TALK
“This animation reflects just one of the ways people with Dyslexia see things differently.” Video by Josh Penn.
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
What is dyslexia? – Kelli Sandman-Hurley
View Our Extended 2017-2018 Calendar, here:
The Chandler School’s Core Beliefs of Teaching
Dana’s Letter to Parents
Expectation Statements for All Students
Thoughts of a Passionate Teacher
The Chandler School is in the News!
Want to Raise Successful Kids? Science Says Praise Them Like This (but Most Parents Do the Opposite)
20 Things to Remember If You Love a Person with ADD
Former Stanford dean shares the 8 skills everyone should have by age 18
Science says parents of successful kids have these 13 things in common
Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.
It’s a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory. But, asks Malcolm Gladwell, is that really what the David and Goliath story is about?