McLean in the Media

The Washington Post

McLean School girls repeat as PVAC champs

The McLean School girls' basketball team repeated as PVAC champions on Saturday. (Callie Caplan/For The Washington Post)
By Callie Caplan February 24 

McLean School Coach Kerri Sullivan finally had her players gathered after the hugs, the banner presentation and the swarm of congratulatory fans made for a hectic ending to the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference championship on Saturday evening.

So after the last few straggled into the classroom-turned locker room, a few hallways down from the Wootton High School gym, where they had just beaten Washington International, 38-27, Sullivan praised her team.

The Atlantic

The New Focus on Children's Mental Health

An overhead shot of a child playing with blocks on a blue carpet with an adult.

Ted S. Warren / AP

Most teachers don’t feel equipped to meet their students’ emotional needs, but some programs are working to change that.

This is the first in a three-part series about the relationship between education and mental health.

Mindful Magazine

The Future of Education: Mindful Classrooms

Creating a safe place for our kids to learn might begin with creating some space for them to breathe
By: Caren Osten Gerszberg
Recently retired after 30 years as a math teacher, Rosie Waugh continues teaching part time in her role as Mindfulness Coordinator at the McLean School. Last summer, she completed her mindful educator certification, and has been part of a team of McLean School teachers and administrators who have implemented a school-wide mindfulness program. In addition to structured lessons, every six to eight weeks the school features a theme—such as heartfulness, emotions, or listening—and the entire school participates, decorating bulletin boards and posting cards around classrooms.

Science News For Students

Mindfulness in eating pays the body big dividends

savoring food

Mindfulness slows the process of eating, which improves the experience and makes smaller amounts of foods more enjoyable.
Savoring each bite of a meal can lead to better health and may even help prevent mindless binging on calories
AUG 17, 2017 — 6:55 AM EST

Washington Post

Schools are now teaching kids — and their parents — how to deal with stress

October 7, 2015

“You can do the best lesson in the world, but if the student’s upset or angry or is preoccupied with something else, that great lesson’s going to be wasted,” says Frankie Engelking, director of student and community wellness at the McLean School in Potomac, which has made mindfulness a core aspect of its culture. Nearly half of the faculty has trained with Mindful Schools, an organization based in California that offers online and in-person courses in practicing mindfulness and teaching it to kids.
At the McLean School, many classes routinely start with a brief mindfulness practice. On a recent day, a teacher led a handful of sixth-grade boys in a visualization exercise. She asked them to picture a room painted a favorite color, then fill it with people who make them feel safe. One boy said he imagined his dad; another thought about the staff at Chipotle.

Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School

Bethesda Magazine

Breathing Lessons

How local schools are turning to yoga and mindfulness to help stressed-out students learn to relax
AT MCLEAN SCHOOL in Potomac, students say practicing mindfulness is as much a part of the school day as going to class. The private school for students in kindergarten through 12th grade began incorporating mindfulness techniques and yoga into the day about four years ago as part of its comprehensive wellness program, and now offers a six-week series of mindfulness classes for parents twice a year.


Potomac Almanac

Day of Service - Teaching Students to Become Good Stewards of the Earth

The McLean School of Potomac held its first annual school-wide Day of Service on Tuesday, April 11. The school partnered with Charity Connect, a Potomac-based nonprofit that matches volunteers with nonprofits. The day included 400 students and 50 staff volunteering at 11 organizations. In total, they provided 1,600 hours of community service — in one day.

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Washington Post

McLean School girls beat Oakcrest

K-12 College Preparatory School Supporting Bright Students’ Individual Strengths and Challenges.

McLean School is an independent, co-educational, K-12 day school serving Maryland, Washington, and Virginia. McLean has for over sixty years been helping students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. We embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges – dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and challenges related to anxiety and executive functioning. Many of our students excel in some areas while benefiting from support in others.
8224 Lochinver Lane, Potomac, Maryland 20854  301.299.8277