Posts by: kateysul

Enough Said!

Dear Academy Families, Exams! Year’s end! Summer! See you next year! Enough said! Warm regards, Jim Berkman Head of School

Beginning and Ending on a Strong Note

As we approach Commencement next week for Seniors and the wrap up a few weeks later for all students, it is time to look at the next academic year. We are ending on a strong note, with Seniors excited about their impressive college choices (and we’re pleased that the “match” seems strong for them), as […]

Our Strong and Varied Student Body

It’s now May…and after such a rough winter, it’s hard to fathom! Which reminds me of a story (apocryphal?) of one May when Gertrude Stein was taking a philosophy exam in a course given by William James.  As the story goes, all she wrote on her exam was, “It’s too pretty a day out to […]

Practice What We Preach

I receive a weekly report called the “Marshall Memo: A Weekly Round-up of Important Ideas and Research in K-12 Education” that summarizes articles from 64 core publications (and branches out to other publications frequently; in 533 issues, there have been articles from a total of 285). Here are the publications that have provided 100 articles […]

Note to the Editor

Last week I read an interesting op-ed column by David Brooks on “The Employer’s Creed,” in which he makes a number of valid points about hiring to promote cultural values (The New York Times, April 1). Who wouldn’t want workers imbued with resilience, honesty, and humanity? That said, Brooks assumes that uniformly high grades are […]

The Budding Warmth of Spring

It’s that time of year: admitted students checking us out; college acceptances arriving for our Seniors; and April weather peeking its balmy head above this winter’s cold! I hope many of you can join us at our Admitted Student Reception this Sunday, April 6, from 4-6 p.m. in the SMG atrium and theater; please let […]

On Censorship

Periodically a question of “censorship” falls into my lap…though I have a different label for it (which we’ll get to below). Sometimes it involves a choice of dramatic production (Urinetown? some provocative 10-minute play to show at assembly?), sometimes it comes from the creative writing of our students submitted to our literary magazine The Muse. […]

The Spirit of Philanthropy

I want to reflect on the spirit of philanthropy in independent schools like BU Academy. While it is true we have a significant tuition, I think it is important to point out two facts: first, in relative terms to most prestigious peer day schools in the Boston area, the Academy is still a good value, […]

Being Prepared to Face Our Future

Have any of you seen the film Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix and the voice of Scarlett Johansson? It takes place in the near future, and is a brilliant story about a man falling in love with his computer’s O.S. (operating system), which is an artificial intelligence that has a true consciousness (despite lacking a body). […]

Improving Work/Life Balance

In a recent Harvard Business School article by Boris Groysberg and Robin Abrahams, “Manage Your Work, Manage Your Life: Zero in on What Really Matters” (summarized in the Marshall Memo # 524), the gist — while focused on corporate executives, the lessons apply to all of us – ties directly into one of the Academy’s […]