Category: Head of School Letters

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 […]

Spring Is Finally Here

Dear Academy Families, Spring is finally here! Well, despite the cold winds, it has started to feel like spring. O.K., forget the weather, but spring activities have definitely arrived! We are hosting our admitted students in several ways: neighborhood parties, revisit days to the Academy, and our annual Admitted Student Reception this coming Sunday at […]

Smooth Yet Deeply Complex

Dear Academy Families, This week in my section of 9th grade English, I have had the distinct pleasure of talking with my students about two Greek tragedies: Orestes by Euripides and The Eumenides by Aeschylus. Both plays are the third in a trilogy by each playwright called The Oresteia, which covers the story of Clytemnestra killing her husband […]

Consistent and Modestly Ambitious

Dear Academy Families, Last week I had the pleasure of attending the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) annual conference, held this year in Philadelphia, with 5,000 of my closest friends and colleagues…! The keynote speakers included Jim Collins (Good to Great, Great by Choice), who stressed that his research pointed to a couple key differences […]

One Final Week until Spring Break

Head’s Weekly Letter – February 28, 2013 ______________________________________________________________ Dear Academy Families, As we approach spring break next week, the energy in the Academy is marked. People are feeling both the depths of the February doldrums as well as the mounting excitement (just one more week!) till we all get a breather. Our return later in […]