The Community School

Category: How We Work


Parent Support Group

The Family Support Team at TCS is thrilled to have organized and implemented a support group for the parents of our students and participants. With three support groups in the books already we hope that, with enough interest, this can…

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The Power of Community

We recently invited our families to join us for a picnic lunch at one of our hiking locations, and the turnout was great. As I  stood over the large sheet cake, guarding it from predators (we were in the wilderness,…

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Health Benefits of Thursday Hikes

The Community School’s Thursday hikes that all students and young adults (and many staff!) attend have always been an important part of our programs. We’ve known about the health benefits of hiking for years, but now we have scientific proof:…

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An “Aha” Moment in Community Forum

All semester long, our Community Forum class has worked on trying to plan three outings for the YA group. The only real stipulations that I placed on these outings was that one had to be cultural, another had to be…

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Acceptance

I hiked with the young adults today.  What a beautiful thing.  Nine guys, many of whom have travelled a very bumpy road in their lives, walked through the woods of Sope Creek.  They talked, they laughed, they teased, they argued. …

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Swatting Balls

I always tell people that this time of year is a hectic period at school—working on admissions, planning for the summer and fall, preparing end-of-year reports, budgeting for the next year—the list is endless. I am reminded by these same people…

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We’re all Human

I met a teenager recently who came to me with some problems she is having at her school.  The mother sat in on our conversation. Afterwards, the mother emailed me and commented on how I spoke to her daughter as…

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What Does It Mean to Fit In?

What does it mean to “fit in”?  What does it mean to be a part of a community?  How can we tell when there’s enough common ground between an individual and the rest of a group for an experience to…

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The Importance of Relationships

I just finished reading a book called Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City, suggested by our own Ryan Hackett.  The book describes the challenges of growing up in impoverished inner city neighborhoods,…

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Thinking About Anxiety

This is my first blog.  I’ve read blogs.  I’ve even made comments about blog entries.  This “interactivity,” according to Wikipedia, is a distinguishing feature of a blog.  I suppose a blog writer could assess the success of his own writing…

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