1. January, 2014 Issue 10
A Virtues-Based Community
Help Your Child Build Healthy Relationships
"Play nicely." "Please share with Johnny/Suzie." These
phrases or similar versions of them are familiar to many of
us. We heard them as children and probably repeat them to
our own children. It's in the early years when we begin to help
our children make friends and build relationships.
As individuals we may be unique, but some experiences and
needs are common to all of our lives. Having healthy
relationships with our peers is one common need.
Adolescent children especially need healthy friendships.
It's important to this age group to have someone who shares
the same likes and dislikes in music or clothing, or someone
own relationships, especially those that are longwho can offer mutual support in navigating this difficult growth
standing—from junior high or your college days. Talk
stage. Parental guidance at this time is key to helping form
about your friendships openly—the good times and the
not-so-good times, the ups and the downs. Your child
Here are some ways you can help your child build
should know that putting effort into relationships is what
contributes to their value and longevity.
Build respect for other people's feelings and children spend many unsupervised hours away from
home, and inevitably they leave the family. Learning how to
property. Compliment your child's knowledge and
choose good friends and how to nurture friendships is an
abilities, pay attention and listen to her, and ask
permission to use things that belong to her. Your child important part of growing up. These skills can make coping
will display the same behaviors to you and to others with life's hardships a lot easier when they occur.
outside the home. Respect is a two-way street that builds Put It Into Practice
trust, encouraging good relationships.
Talk to your child about her friendships. Ask her whether she
Provide a safe and loving home environment. Your and her friends treat each other with respect. Talk to her
child should feel comfortable bringing friends home, and about how she can approach a friend when things aren't
her friends should feel welcome in your home. This gives going well but she wants to keep the friendship.
you an ideal opportunity to observe your child's friends
and spot troublesome relationships.
Teach responsibility. Give appropriate amounts of
independence and freedom. Do not instantly demand
that your child end a relationship with which you are
uncomfortable. Instead, choose a time to calmly express
your concerns and gently remind your child about the
boundaries and standards you have set for your family.
Most children will respect these boundaries and
eventually make them part of their lives. A child is more
likely to give up an inappropriate friendship because it
could cause embarrassment than because he feels
Resolve conflict. Teach your child to respect other
points of view. No relationship is without discord, and
sometimes we have to lose the fight to win the
relationship. Compromise is a key ingredient in
maintaining good, healthy relationships. Where good
relations are concerned, winning isn't everything.
Be a good role model. You are the most powerful
example in your child's life. Let your child observe your
2. Page 2
Track and Field Teams Wins COPSAA Championship
Yet another COPSAA Championship for Radians School. The Track and Field
Team has won First Place. This year has been a successful year with our teams
winning championships in Futsal, Volleyball, Softball, and, now, Track & Field.
We congratulate our student athletes who demonstrate the virtues of dedication and
commitment in sports and in their academic work. Many of these athletes are “A”
students and manage their time to successfully fulfill their academic responsibili-
ties, as well as their athletic ones. Gooooooo SHARKS!
Visit our New Facebook Page!
“To catch the reader's attention,
Radians School is happy to
announce its new Official
Facebook Page. A long time
in the making, the new page
provides a new outreach for
information about our school
and the extensive activities
that it undertakes every the page and therefore get constant updates on their
year. While the newsletter is Facebook Page. It is THE best way to showcase
a wonderful forum for the the great things that are happening at our
dissemination of all school school.
news, Facebook allows for
So we recommend that each and every member
of our academic and virtues-based community
with our school community,
connect with our Facebook to be “in the loop”.
current students, and alumni.
Our link is:
While establishing strong lines of communication
within the schoolhouse has always been essential h ps://www.facebook.com/pages/Radiansfor maintaining focus and for building momentum
toward shared objectives, communication beyond
the schoolhouse has become more important than
ever. Faced with shrinking budgets and constant
scrutiny in today’s accountability culture, public
relations has quickly become a new priority for
academic institutions. After all, the fact is that
informed communities tend to care more about their
place an interesting sentence or
quote from the story here.”
tend to care
Things have gone extremely well with our Facebook
Page – parents love it. We have grandparents and
other relatives, former students, and community
members (businesses, reporters, etc.) that “LIKE”
3. ISSUE 10
High School Students Video Chat with EV Nautilus
Prof. Burgos’ Science Class was able to have a
question and answer session live online with the crew
of the Nautilus. From June through November of
2013, Exploration Vessel Nautilus explored the Gulf
of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The rotating Corps
of Exploration aboard EV Nautilus mapped the
geological, biological, archaeological, and chemical
aspects of these regions to depths of approximately
2000 meters. During the expedition, they shared their
discoveries live on the web via tele-presence
technology, putting the unexplored ocean directly in
our hands via our new interactive initiative,
Ms. Burgos’ class asked questions which the crew of
the Nautilus answered, A great experience for our
students to directly communicate with professional
Above, High School Science class in communication with
researchers and to expand their view of the world of researchers onboard the EV Nautilus. Students asked questions
and received answers form the scientists on board.
Volunteer Parents Join in Reading Marathon
Every year Radians School Elementary promotes
student enjoyment of reading by inviting members of
our school community to visit the classrooms and
read a virtues-based story to the students. Afterwards,
they lead the class in guided discussion.
We had many parents involved in this activity and the
students always enjoy the wonderful experience of
having their parents come and participate in this
4. The Right School for Your Child’s Future Success!!
New School Webpage
On January 14th, Radians School unveiled an exciting project
months in the making: a refreshed, refurbished, and redesigned
website. The new look included substantial input from students,
faculty, and staff—all culminating in a unique, eye-catching and easyto-use design.
The new site is dynamic, colorful, and most importantly, self directed.
You can move, expand and shrink the homepage’s gridded boxes
highlighting news, photos, and facts. Interested in our newsletters?
There’s a box for that. What’s the latest news on activities? There’s
one for that, as well.
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This sleek and eye catching redesign for the homepage and
information areas, as well as mobile optimization and an impressive
Radians School timeline, are just the beginnings of a larger project
aimed at transitioning every page of the school website into a similar
look and feel. Be sure to share your impressions and suggestions
with the website team by using the link to the email form on the home
page—and stay tuned for more updates!
The Importance of a Well-Planned Curriculum
The curriculum of a school is, in essence, the academic Even with any change of teachers, the school’s curriculum
offering it will give to your child. It is the roadmap, the course serves as the guide. What a teacher brings to the course he/
that your child will follow to achieve his/her future goals. The she teaches is the creativity and personality they possess.
curriculum at Radians School was carefully and meticulously We are blessed to have a staff of educators who are truly
prepared not to fulfill, but rather to surpass the educational committed to the ultimate success of their students.
requirements and standards established by the Puerto
Rican Department of Education. As an example, Radians As a college-bound prep school, our students are being
School’s English Curriculum, is one of the most competitive prepared to be able to select where they wish to study,
in the entire United States. It is important to understand whether in Puerto Rico or abroad (United States, Europe, or
Latin America). The success of our curriculum has been
the difference between meeting the standard and
validated by the many awards we have obtained both locally,
SURPASSING the standard.
nationally, and internationally. Our school is recognized as
As our curriculum experts worked on the curriculum for one of the best in the nation, and we are proud of this.
Radians School, they were searching for several points in
particular. After a thorough and exhaustive process, we Our students have the capacity and skills to successfully
selected the most challenging and age appropriate academic compete with the best students the nation has to offer. We
have sent students to outstanding universities such as:
standards for our students. Among these were:
Cornell, Johns Hopkins,
A. A curriculum that surpassed the standards established Penn State, Georgia
in Puerto Rico
Tech, Purdue, Tulane,
and more. Many have
B. A curriculum that would provide our students the
won scholarships and
necessary skills set to compete successfully in an ever go on to become
competitive academic and real-life environment.
Dean’s List members,
C. A curriculum that aligned completely with the school’s Honor students and
educational philosophy of the development of an
institutions of higher
There are three important and key elements in the
success of any academic institution. These are:
You can be certain when you chose
The strength of its curriculum
The capacity of its personnel to transmit the content of
this curriculum in a way that is comprehensible and
You are giving your child the best
enjoyable to its students
educational experience available!
The capacity of the students to absorb, comprehend,
and apply this content.