School Blog

October 24, 2019

Alive and Breathing: Reflections on Picture Study at SCCS

© Emily Hough, 2019 Imagine, just for a moment, that you are halfway into a stressful work week. You have a deadline fast-approaching, multiple people emailing you with a variety of needs, a presentation to prepare before a room full of people, a meeting with your boss in an hour, are exhausted. You find yourself thanking God that it is finally Friday, only to realize that it is actually Wednesday morning. Now, take a deep breath and imagine that someone tells you to relax and leads you into a comfortable room where there is plenty of natural light, soft chairs and pillows, beautiful art on the walls, and calming colors. There is classical music playing quietly on a speaker, a candle giving a subtle, refreshing scent, and a cool… Read More

August 13, 2019

A New SCCS Logo

South City Community School has been serving families with a beautiful education here in the south side of St. Louis City now for a decade. Our original logo of the St. Louis skyline was hand-drawn by a founding member of our school and has served us well. While this logo is well-loved and reflects our unchanging commitment as a school in the city and for the city, our growing communications needs have led us to create an updated logo that will be versatile for use across all digital and print media. We are so excited to introduce the new SCCS logo! We think the symbol of a tree putting down roots succinctly captures our past, present, and future, and we love that it conveys so many of our core values in… Read More

February 25, 2019

Beyond Reber Place: finding a long-term home

A room that formerly functioned as a school kitchen is now being used as the art room. If you have toured South City Community School recently, you may have noticed some odd things. A room tucked off the the side of our gym that once served as a school kitchen—fitted with a window and stainless steel counter for receiving food trays—now functions as our art room. Not far away, a former stage, once painted entirely black and still flanked by heavy stage curtains, has been converted into our lending library. While these makeshift rooms are definitely unconventional, we embrace them as a natural extension of our origins as a grassroots, start-up school approaching its ten-year anniversary. A shrewd resourcefulness, an attitude of contentment with limited resources, and a willingness to… Read More

September 13, 2018

Making Sense of the World through Mapping

A fifth grade student holds up the map he made of his classroom, drawn to scale. Last week SCCS fifth graders worked on drawing a map of their classroom to scale. Using a yard stick and graph paper they plotted out the walls and key pieces of furniture according to real-life proportions. Mapping is part of the SCCS experience from kindergarten onward, beginning with the most immediate terrain of the classroom. Kindergartners draw a picture of their classroom while first graders build a model with blocks. As students grow in age and ability, their maps become more sophisticated, incorporating concepts like scale, direction, and depth. SCCS students have been spotted on our school grounds sticking rulers into puddles after rainstorms to measure depth. They use the data to create maps… Read More

May 16, 2017

There All Along: Honoring Diversity in the SCCS Curriculum

“None of the manuscripts I’d been illustrating featured any black kids—except for token blacks in the background. My book would have him there simply because he should have been there all along." - Ezra Jack Keats [caption id="attachment_1417" align="aligncenter" width="384"] Peter, the children's book character created by Ezra Jack Keats, with his dog Willie.[/caption] Every fall, three year-olds at SCCS begin the school year by reading the books of Ezra Jack Keats-- The Snowy Day, Peter’s Chair, and Whistle for Willie. Published in the 1960s these books blazed a trail simply by featuring an African American boy as a main character in a child’s picture book-- something that was unprecedented at that time. Of course, when our three year-olds read these books, they just enjoy the story itself and are not… Read More