Posts by: kateysul

Optimistic Resilience in Gaming

Before I begin, let me announce that BU President Bob Brown — with regrets — has had to reschedule our February 19th BUA community evening. An unavoidable conflict has just arisen, so we will let you know when he can be with us in the future. Last week I heard a speaker on…wait for it…video […]

BU President Meeting with BUA Community

As our mission is to be a full-service high school embedded in a major research university, I have two exciting announcements to share about our University connections. First, as most of you have already received an invitation, BU President Bob Brown will join members of the Academy community – parents and faculty – for an […]

Deciding Snow Days

Snow days….can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em! It’s one of the worst duties a Head of School can have, balancing the need to protect class time with the need to keep the safety of our students front-&-center (the latter always wins). Most often, announcing a decision the night before seems considerate of families […]

The Role of Teaching History & Civic Values

I had the privilege this week to attend a conference focusing on MLK Jr. Day and the role of teaching history/civic values in a k-12 education. The event, hosted by an organization run by an Academy parent, included an extraordinary group of “blue chip” speakers: two Pulitzer Prize winning authors known for their works on […]

Experiencing Our Teachers’ Intellectual Passions

Dear Academy Families, I get to sit in on our wonderful Academy classes whenever I want (and even get to teach our students, in 10th grade English this year and with Senior Theses). I can affirm that the intellectual energy is palpable and exciting, from both students and teachers! That’s one reason we began our […]

Juggling Life as Our Students Do

December has always struck me as the most fertile month academically…meaning our students have hit their stride in fall semester and can now accomplish an incredible amount of intellectual synthesis in just a few weeks. It’s called exam period, with all the prep leading up to the actual exam week! Teaching a section of 10th […]

Getting the Word Out about BUA

This week the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), which is the accrediting body for BU and BUA, is holding its annual conference at the Copley Plaza. I was invited to be on a panel discussing K-16 partnerships. The other two panelists represented the perspective from higher education: the Dean of the Lynch […]

On the Topic of Silence

I’ve been talking about silence with my students in the 10th grade English section I am teaching this year. The topic came up in two ways. We’re doing Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice right now, in which a couple characters are ribbed by others for talking too much. Later there’s a painful speech about having a […]

A Choice between Two Great Options

If a “dilemma” involves a choice between two bad options, what’s its opposite called: a choice between two great options? I can’t decide whether last week’s ASM or this week’s was more exciting to share with you! Last week, a BU Professor of Biomedical Engineering, who happens also to be a BUA mother of one […]

Faculty Lecture Series 2013-2014

We often talk about “life-long learning,” but we rarely have such a wonderful opportunity actually to engage with it. Well, here’s your chance! The Academy has for several years run a series of Faculty Lectures, given by our own amazingly learned teachers. This year’s roster is especially varied and exciting: Monday, Nov. 11: Dr. Brett […]