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Darrow School
110 Darrow Road, New Lebanon
794.6000; www.darrowschool.org

Darrow School: Hands-on Education for more than 80 years

Darrow School, founded in 1932 on the site of the original Shaker community, is a boarding and day school for grades 9–12 offering a comprehensive, hands-on, college-preparatory curriculum in a supportive environment. Our 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio allows for a high level of individual attention, and an average class size of nine students affords all students the opportunity to actively participate in the learning process. Darrow students learn in an atmosphere that promotes the pursuit of intellectual curiosity, individual creativity and the joy of learning. The School has been recognized as a pioneer in the field of “hands-on learning” and Darrow teachers use real-world topics and a dynamic approach to make the subject matter come alive.

Located on the picturesque and historic Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village site, Darrow continues to embrace the Shaker legacy of sustainability and stewardship. The academic program focuses on environmental, social, and economic resources, allowing students to discover the value of finding balance within one’s self, as well as the regional and global community. Values such as achievement, authenticity, community, creativity, sustainability and teamwork are reflected in programs like Hands-to-Work, in which students engage in weekly on-campus and off-campus work assignments aimed at improving life for the School and outside community. Additionally, Darrow exemplifies its commitment to sustainability through the Samson Environmental Center, which uses photovoltaic solar cells and wind turbines to augment its energy usage, and houses The Living Machine™, a natural ecosystem waste-water treatment facility that serves the entire campus.

To learn more about Darrow School call 794.6000 or visit www.darrowschool.org

miSci
(museum of innovation and science)
15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady
382.7890, ext. 237; www.miSci.org

Discover hands-on fun at miSci (museum of innovation and science), a regional science center in downtown Schenectady. With interactive exhibits, including traveling exhibits from San Francisco’s Exploratorium, miSci is a must-see for families, tourists, residents and visitors. Other exhibit highlights include: Butterflies, an indoor butterfly house with hundreds of butterflies fluttering about, which runs until April 19;  Trains & Toys, a holiday exhibit with running model trains and science toys, Thanksgiving to mid-January; and blockbuster summer exhibits, such as Grossology May 17 through September 1, 2014. Explore astronomy and the night sky in miSci’s Suits-Bueche Planetarium with educator-led shows about the stars. Sitting in comfortable seats in a theater setting, discover stars, planets and other celestial objects projected onto a 30-foot dome above. miSci is a valuable resource for school, group, and summer camp field trips and outreach programs and also offers full-day, week-long hands-on science classes for kids during school break weeks and summer. miSci is open Monday through Saturday , 9am-5pm and Sunday, 12pm-5pm with planetarium shows offered daily.

miSci is a great resource for hands-on fun for kids of all ages. Explore robotics, forensics, astronomy and more with full-day, week-long Hands-on Science Classes during school break weeks and throughout the summer. Discover science with a Scout Workshop or Camp-In. Have a birthday party that is out of this world with a planetarium show, private party room, and more!

St. Matthew Lutheran School
75 Whitehall Road, Albany
463.6495; www.stmatthewlutheranschool.org

St. Matthew Lutheran School and Child Care Center
This year, St. Matthew Lutheran School will be celebrating the 44th anniversary of its founding, as well as its success in providing quality education and Christian witness to children and families in the Capital Region.

St. Matthew School and Child Care is a fully-licensed Child Care Facility and is certified by the NYS Education Department as a non-public school. Currently, St. Matthew is attended by children ages 18 months through kindergarten.  There is also a thriving After School and Summer Program for ages three years to 12 years.

St. Matthew skillfully weaves together a solid academic curriculum with Christian values of love, service to others and acceptance. It does this while providing a nurturing, safe environment for its children. Gail Gray MacIntosh, the school’s administrator, has been with the school since it first opened its doors. Beginning as an aide in the school’s kitchen, MacIntosh worked her way through the ranks while pursuing her degree work at Maria College and the College of St. Rose. She is also a life-long member of St. Matthew Church. Coincidently, her great, great-grandparents were among the original founders of the church over 150 years ago.

‘The school owes its success to the dedication of its teachers and staff, as well as to the principals on which it was founded,” said MacIntosh. “Our children know that they are unconditionally loved and that provides the optimum environment for children to learn and to grow and to thrive.” We are blessed to have retained our staff for many years.  The teachers all have credentials and experience working with our age groups.

Our school works in partnership with St. Matthew Lutheran Church and is open to the public.  The church will be hosting a “Family Pajama Movie Night” on Friday, May 2nd @ 5pm.  Pizza will be served for supper and snacks will be available during the movie.

The church is also hosting our “First Multi-Cultural Outdoor Event” on our grounds on Saturday, June 28th from 9am – 4pm.  The public is invited to all our events!

Please call Gail at 463.6495 for information pertaining to our school.

 

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