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Veterans Day: Celebrating Service in Our Community

Mo Moscovitz teaches American Sign Language at Kirby School and has been teaching ASL for almost 20 years–at Cabrillo College and CSU Monterey Bay, where he helped found the ASL program. He is a “native signer,” having been born to… Read More »


2017-2018 Intersession Program

Intersession is an important part of Kirby’s annual curriculum, providing all students with an opportunity to immerse themselves in an experience of broad educational value not possible in a traditional classroom. This year, students in all grades (including 6th-9th) will choose a… Read More »

Using mixtapes to tell our stories

Using mixtapes to express individuality

By Alex Doble, Humanities Faculty Every college-bound high school student ultimately faces the challenge of writing a personal narrative. However, in a rapidly-evolving world of carefully curated social media personas, technology is constantly redefining the ways we share who we… Read More »


Full STEAM ahead: Learning by creating

“Education has very little to do with explanation, it has to do with engagement, with falling in love with the material.”                                      … Read More »


Student voices rise to the challenge

“Lift every voice and sing,” wrote James Weldon Johnson nearly 120 years ago as a celebration song honoring Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Today, Kirby School Chamber Singers’ voices waft jubilantly through the halls of 425 Encinal Street as they rehearse their… Read More »


Community Involvement Day

“Do your homework!” State Assemblymember Mark Stone quipped without jurisdiction, drawing laughter from the student body. Assemblyman Stone, a policy-maker and one of Kirby’s two esteemed guests, the other being Santa Cruz County District Supervisor Ryan Coonerty, was responding to… Read More »


Grandparents and Special Friends Day

On October 20th, Kirby School will host one of its most endearing events, Grandparents and Special Friends Day. Click here to view a schedule of the day. Grandparents or other close family members join their grandchild for a portion of… Read More »

Parent-Teacher Conference Week and Drug Prevention Education Program

Parent-Teacher Conferences for parents with students in 6th-9th grade and Kirby’s Drug Prevention Education Program will occur the week of October 9-13. To accommodate for these events, Kirby will have a significantly modified schedule and different release times for different grades including… Read More »


Disputandum: Kirby students debate The Aeneid

Was Aeneas’ arrival in Italy a homecoming or an invasion? Was the conflict between the Trojans and the Latins a result of civil war or Imperialism? These questions were the topics of debate last week concerning Virgil’s epic poem, The Aeneid.… Read More »


Club Fair: Exploring New Interests and Getting Involved

At Kirby’s club fair last week, about two dozen clubs and activities were on display, stimulating students’ imaginations and sparking new interests. From Accelerated Math to Yearbook and everything in between, students explored their options, finding venues to pursue existing interests or outlets for… Read More »

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“Awesome” first day!

Nervous energy and excitement filled Kirby as students gathered in the lobby for the first day of school. The early minutes erupted with spontaneous hugs, impromptu reunions, and introductions as students collected their schedules, school maps, and locker assignments. Eager… Read More »

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Preparing for College

Lis Bensley, Kirby’s College Counselor, helps every student attend the college or university that is right for them. Many factors go into the college decision, and Lis works with every high school student, side-by-side and step-by-step, to help them find the right… Read More »