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Larchmont Chronicle September 2016

Three new schools open in the area

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By Billy Taylor

his 2016/17 school year brings several new educational options for parents and students in the neighborhood. Tree Academy TREE (Think cReate Engage Empower) Academy is a private middle school for sixth to ninth graders (grades 10, 11 and 12 to come) at 5555 W. Olympic Blvd. This nonprofit school takes an innovative and customizable approach with eight students per classroom and plenty of one-on-one instruction that leads to less homework and more in-class excitement. Tree Academy co-founder Darryl Sollerh believes large classrooms lead to an overemphasis on averages where some students will thrive

All things dinosaur at the Natural History Museum

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By Brooke Stewart

his September, children can learn about dinosaurs by night with sleepovers at the Natural History Museum. The Extreme Flyers sleepover is an opportunity to see the museum’s newest exhibition, “Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs.” Children will learn about these ancient (Please turn to page 28)

TIME TO EXPLORE dinosaurs up close. Photo by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

STUDENTS work on iPads in the classroom at Stratford.

and some students will fail. “Each student is like a snowflake, no two are alike,” he explains. “Our vision is to create the dynamics and individual work for every student (Please turn to page 14)

Bridging the political divide for teenagers around the world By Brooke Stewart

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n a time of political divisiveness, Windsor Square resident and Marlborough student Clara Nevins has created a platform to openly discuss politics and opposing points of view. Together, she and her friend Joseph Tourna launched the website, Bridge the Divide, in the beginning of August, and hundreds of people (Please turn to page 18)

CO-CREATORS Clara Nevins and Joseph Tourna at the Yale University Sterling Library.


LC Section One 09 2016