Monthly Archives: March 2013

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 […]

Flame-Breathing Sparkle Dragons

| FROM ACADEMY PRESS | BY VICTOR ORLOV | MARCH, 2013 | Question: what do bow ties, nuclear arms, and middle school students have in common? Answer: all were present (some figuratively) at our first-ever middle school Model UN conference, run by BUA’s own Model UN delegation. Bright and early on the morning of February […]

To Beijing and Back

| FROM ACADEMY PRESS | BY SARAH HOUGH | March, 2013 | I peered out the window to find a sweeping expanse of sand, drifted into enormous dunes and extending as far as the eye could see. There was no sign of human habitation whatsoever. Yet for some reason I couldn’t take my eyes of […]

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 […]