Announcing our new Head of Lower School
Keystone School proudly announces accomplished educator Mallory Matthews as its new Head of Lower School. 

She comes to Keystone from Park City, Utah, where she led the lower and middle schools as Director of Studies at Park City Day School. In this role, she facilitated the adoption of new math and literacy curriculums and oversaw the school’s academic curriculum, social emotional learning program, and outdoor education program. Before supervising both divisions of the PK-8 school, she worked as Middle School Director.

“I am delighted to join a community where there is such a strong commitment to developing conscientious and engaged learners and citizens,” Mrs. Matthews said. “Keystone is a warm, safe, and nurturing environment where students are provided opportunities to explore and stretch themselves each and every day. It was clear how passionate, experienced, and devoted the Keystone teachers are to their students and their craft. I am so excited to partner with them in continuing to grow amazing students who exemplify the Keystone difference.” 

Head of School Billy Handmaker said that Mrs. Matthews showed a passion for Keystone’s mission and core values, an impressive background in teaching and learning, and a strong understanding of the importance of relationships in education for students, teachers, parents, and other administrators and staff. 
 
“In all of our conversations it became quickly apparent that Mrs. Matthews appreciated Keystone’s approach to challenging and supporting children so they can be their best selves academically and personally,” Mr. Handmaker said. “Mrs. Matthews will build on the excellent work already being done in the Lower School, and we look forward to welcoming her in person.” 

First on her agenda is getting to know the community and building relationships with students, faculty/staff, and families. 

Outside of the classroom, she loves to spend time with her family, especially her 9 month-old daughter, Millie.

“I get so much joy from spending quality time with my family. We love to take our dogs on hikes and long walks through the neighborhood. I like to keep active and love the positive energy that flows from a good run or indoor cycle workout,” she said. “I play tennis, enjoy getting lost in a good book, and absolutely love indulging in my sweet tooth.”

Although she grew up in Connecticut, she has longtime ties to Texas, spending summers in Horseshoe Bay and going to Camp Longhorn in Burnet. Now, her family lives in Austin, so she’s only a quick drive away (depending on traffic on I-35).

“I am so excited to be returning to Texas, being closer to them, and look forward to getting to know all that San Antonio has to offer. I cannot wait to enjoy some delicious Tex-Mex, hear ‘y’all’, and get out to the Hill Country.”

Mrs. Matthews began her education career as a classroom teacher, serving as a teacher, coach and advisor at The Kinkaid School in Houston, and as a middle school social studies teacher in Bogotá, Colombia.

She holds a bachelor's degree in Integrated History Education from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and her Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

She will begin working at Keystone in July.
Fourth-grader wins art contest, has work on display at SAMA
Congratulations to fourth-grader Pia, who will have a painting displayed at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

The museum recently held a contest inviting students throughout Bexar County to create a superhero inspired by an object in the museum's collection and create a work of art of that character.

Little School hosts firefighters
The Little School hosted members of the San Antonio Fire Department, who talked about their jobs and demonstrated some of the equipment they use to help save lives and property.

Registration now open for Keystone summer camps
Billy's Blog - From our Head of School
“I see behind each mask that wonder a kindred soul.”
--Walt Whitman

On the Friday afternoon before we went on Spring Break, kindergartner Max ran up to me in the Quad and yelled, “Mr. Handmaker, I lost a tooth.” While proudly brandishing the tooth in his left hand, he quickly pulled down his mask with his right and showed me the gap between his two front teeth. Max’s glee and eager anticipation of a visit from the tooth fairy provided one of the many joys of working in a school with children of all ages. 

Important events and notes
COVID vaccine available in Beeville - March 23, 24

If you're able to make the 100-mile drive south to the town of Beeville, there are vaccines available on a first-come basis at Christus Spohn Hospital with no appointment necessary.

It's for first or second doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Please be prepared to present a valid ID, and your CDC Vaccination Record Card if receiving a second dose.

Here's the information:

Tuesday, March 23 & Wednesday, March 24, 2021
8:00 AM until supplies last

Location:
CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville
1500 East Houston Street
Beeville, TX 78102

Western US Alumni Meetup - March 25

Dear Keystone Alumni,

As a graduate of Keystone, you are doing some great things – and we want to hear about them. Please join us on Thursday, March 25th at 7 pm CT for a virtual meetup with our Head of School, Billy Handmaker. 

Invited to this call are alumni of all ages living in the West, including Washington, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. No matter when you graduated, you have a special bond with fellow Cobras, and we want to help connect you with other members of the Keystone community.

Reserve your spot today by following the link below and registering for this event. We hope to see you there!


Warm regards,
Adriana Villafranca
Director of Development
For 10th Graders -- Practice SAT Test - March 27

From Ms. Christiansen:

Compass Prep has partnered with Keystone to offer online proctored practice tests allowing students to compare the ACT and SAT. These practice tests are free, but registration is required at https://www.compassprep.com/schools/keystone/

Practice SAT: Saturday, March 27, 9am-12:30
Registration Deadline: Monday, March 22 at 12pm

If you are unable to participate in one or both practice tests, you can contact Compass or visit their website to register for a self-proctored practice test option. 
Keystone gear available at Vivroux Sports
Get your Keystone gear with a quick visit to Vivroux Sports.

On their retail floor, they have:

  • White and Black Adidas hats
  • White Comfort Color t-shirts in all sizes adult and youth
  • Adidas grey and white t-shirts some youth and adult sizes
  • Cardinal and black full and 1/4 zip Adidas jackets in select adult sizes
  • And a few Adidas black polos

Vivroux Sports is open 10am-5pm Monday-Friday, at 2222 Breezewood, just off New Braunfels Ave. north of the McNay Museum.
Plan your hot lunch schedule
Due to changes prompted by the severe weather in February, Cafeteria Services has changed its menu for March.



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Support Keystone while you shop
If you're getting school supplies or adding to your home office from either Office Max or Office Depot, please mention Keystone. As part of the Give Back to Schools program, the stores give 5% of the purchase price of qualifying school supplies in credits to Keystone for office supplies. Be sure to include the school's ID number when you make your purchase. Keystone's school number is: 70100727.
If you're purchasing items from Amazon, please consider supporting Keystone with your purchases and use AmazonSmile. Just designate Keystone as the beneficiary and a portion of your purchases will go to the school.

Make sure to install the Smilematic browser extension. It works with Firefox, Chrome and Safari and automatically redirects users to AmazonSmile when they visit Amazon. Here's the tool: https://couponfollow.com/smilematic.
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