It’s almost that time again and next week we will open our doors for our forty-ninth academic year. With 311 students and 231 families our school continues to welcome more new families each year. I am excited for the beginning of this year and I look forward to our meeting this coming Monday.
Monday, 7 August, beginning at 1:00 PM and continuing until 3:00 PM will be our annual All-School “Meet your Teacher Day.” All faculty will be in their classrooms, or offices, to greet parents and students. This is a time when you will be able to put a face and a name together and briefly have the ability to speak with your children’s teachers. For Upper School students, they make pick up their schedules of classes during this time in Mrs. Shaw’s office. Please note, Upper Schoolers, that we will not be making changes to those schedules until the first day of school during Orientation Assembly.
This same day, Monday, 7 August, we will meet in the gymnasium for an All-School assembly at 5:30 PM. Students need not attend this meeting, as they will have their own orientation on the first day of school, Wednesday, 9 August. After that meeting, we will divide into divisions: Early Years and Lower School parents (3K through sixth grade) will go to their children’s respective classrooms. Upper School parents (grades seven-twelve) will remain in the gymnasium.
We are pleased to welcome three teachers to our school this year. Jessica Butts will serve as the Chair of the English Department and she will teach grade nine English and Composition as well AP Literature and Composition. Vernon Capps will offer an elective course in World Religions. We welcome back Kim Pearson who will be teaching Intermediate School Science and Geometry. As I speak with other Headmasters and Public School Principals throughout the state and the Southeastern United States, I feel so fortunate to have such a competent, caring, compassionate faculty working with your children. So many schools still have teaching vacancies and have to “make do” with whatever they can get: dropping courses, cutting back programs, filling classrooms beyond capacity. Now more than ever, we are fulfilling our mission to challenge and nurture our students in a safe, diverse environment and to inspire them to commit themselves to excellence in preparation for college and the world beyond.
Looking forward to a phenomenal 2017-18 school year.