Category: Head of School Letters

The Theme is “Fun!”

With the tradition of Fall Festival fast approaching on Friday, October 11 – with afternoon fun in the gym, followed by pizza for the kids, a soccer game under the lights at Nickerson Field, and the Fall Festival dance after that – we have decided to add a new component this year: a barbecue for […]


Last week was our first All School Meeting (ASM), and what a great way to start! We held our now-annual “Student Summer Experience” presentation, with eight volunteers ranging across the four grades. Not only was the range of topics remarkable, but the poise and public-speaking displayed were show-stoppers! The experiences were accessible to any student […]

In the Chute

The fall semester is really and truly underway now! We’ve already experienced “Back to School Night” (I hope you were able to join us, and found it informative), our first sports competitions, and the start of clubs and activities. Most important, our students are now past “summer reading” and digging deeper into each of their […]

Happy 20th Birthday, Arcadia

Last week I wrote on science and math education; this week I’ll link science and math to Romantic poetry, gardens, Latin verse, love, sex and Time! Or, perhaps more accurately, I’ll reflect on how Tom Stoppard does just that in Arcadia, our all-school summer reading selection being discussed this week. I want to encourage you […]

A Synergy Benefiting Our Students

In this week’s “Science Times” section of The New York Times (September 3, 2103), all the articles examine the myths and mysteries behind the fear that the United States is falling behind globally in math and science education. While not all statistical studies are equally reliable, a few “factoids” and fundamental findings in these articles […]

Inheriting the New Revolution

Dear Academy Families, Pat Bassett is retiring as the President of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), after leading this important organization in innovative and provocative ways for 12 years. One of many reasons he will be much missed involves his cogent and elegant articles in NAIS’s Independent Schoolmagazine.  His last article in the Summer […]

Where Has the Year Gone?

Dear Academy Families, It has been a busy and wonderful week! From Commencement, to our spring concert, to a particularly yeasty ASM, there has been much to celebrate. For those of you who might not have been able to join us for Commencement, this year’s seemed particularly vibrant. The Senior Breakfast before the ceremony was […]

Head of School Weekly Letter

Dear Academy Families, Our All School Meetings (ASM) are usually fabulous, and this week’s presentation of scenes from Romeo and Juliet by the drama upper-class elective hit that high mark. Unfortunately, however, I also had to share with our students a more serious concern as well. We just learned that early in April one of our […]

Marathon Tragedy

Dear Academy Families, In the aftermath of the marathon tragedy, the Academy is moving forward – as the city — in a thoughtful and healing way. At a special All School Meeting (ASM), we sat as a whole community in reflective silence, followed by almost 20 students and faculty sharing some of their thoughts – […]

Real-World Ramifications of Academic Work

Dear Academy Families, This week at All School Meeting (ASM), history and current events collided. We hosted a panel of BU undergraduates representing “BU LiNK” (Liberty in North Korea). Rather than focus the Academy on what the news is highlighting (nuclear threats, the celebrity distractions of North Korea’s young leader), these BU students directed our […]