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Dana Ortegón

Blog post | Monday, June 8, 2015
There aren’t any grades at Sudbury Valley School. No standardized tests. No portfolio reviews. No regular assessments. But that doesn’t mean that the kids haven’t devised their own ways to “measure their progress.” One of these ways is by mastering… Read more ›
Blog post | Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Twenty-thirteen was a big year for Sudbury Valley School. Last Spring, we decided to dip a toe into the social media water and soon took the plunge for real, launching an “official” Facebook page and a blog, as well as a presence on Twitter. The… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, November 25, 2013
I’m a sucker for live theater. It’s all magical to me, whether it’s a Broadway show or a local production. So when I went to see “An SVS Musical” last June, I had no doubt that I would be entertained. I knew the actors. I’d heard snippets of the… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, September 16, 2013
My favorite yoga studio displays promotional materials from neighboring businesses in its front entrance, and my eye was recently drawn to two Kumon Learning Center brochures. The first one’s cover proclaimed, “At Kumon, ‘Yes, I can’ becomes a… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, July 22, 2013
I never thought that skiing would test my commitment to the Sudbury Model. But, it did. Every winter, the school offers two ski programs. Students who are eight or older can sign up to go to Wachusett Mountain once a week for six weeks. Every… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, July 8, 2013
Being a Sudbury Valley School parent presents unique challenges. For one, when there’s no honor roll, varsity team, or Gifted & Talented Program, it takes awhile for you to figure out how to brag about your child. “Sally got down from Big Rock… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, July 1, 2013
When I was a kid, getting to school meant walking (a few miles, uphill both ways) or riding the bus (noisy, crowded, and filled with torment). And the worst part was that I had to endure these hardships to get to a place that I hated. Sudbury Valley… Read more ›
Blog post | Monday, June 10, 2013
One of the things I enjoy most about being an SVS parent is talking to prospective families at Open Houses. Not so long ago, our family was taking a tour, and I still remember the combination of hope and anxiety that filled me that afternoon. We… Read more ›
Blog post | Tuesday, April 16, 2013
If you’ve never heard of Minecraft, I’m guessing you live under a rock. Or maybe just off the grid. Or more likely, you don’t spend much time around kids of any age. According to its maker, Mojang, Minecraft is “a game about breaking and placing… Read more ›
Blog post | Tuesday, April 2, 2013
When the film “Race to Nowhere” was released in 2009, it was received with both a collective gasp of shock and a world-weary nod of recognition from thousands of parents, teachers, and school administrators. The film examined the pressure-cooker… Read more ›
Blog post | Thursday, March 7, 2013
Welcome, readers, to the first post of the official Sudbury Valley School blog. Until now, we’ve relied on the usual channels to spread the word about everything from the Sudbury model of education to school news and events. But earlier this year,… Read more ›