A delightful snow is sending us out rather than keeping us in. The holidays are approaching, preceded by exams, and therfore excitement and anxieties merge. The dormitories have a lid on them to keep all the studying happening properly.
We have all sorts of news. First, I want to welcome Susan Hoff to our School. She will be our Advancement Administrator and is getting to know us, feels swamped in her first weeks naturally, but has already attracted students to help with our mailings and research. Her passionate interest has always been the not-for-profit world, especially grass-roots' organizations in which there is the possibility for more creativity and flexibility. She was the managing Director and Secretary of the Board of the Shakespeare Project in the city and worked for The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall.
Susan is joined by Les McLean who taught here under Frank Brogan and has been in, well in, schools and education over the years. He will be the Development Consultant for some of the School's present and future plans.
Each of these good people will add greatly to our School's efforts to find and get to know our alums. They already have had a good time interviewing and speaking on the phone to several.
Although it is not really our end of the academic year, the calendar is heading toward the winter soltice, and then New Year's. The faculty have been taking courses themselves, while students have been applying to many colleges; the results that are coming in are stronger than ever on the AP's and the SAT battery. Sports have been a special leavening for all in our community and clubs are holding us in thrall - especially the cooking club with the Kayes!
I am off to visit our international families and will be posting on our website calendar where I am and when the receptions in each city will take place.
We all wish you the best of holidays with your families as we look forward with eager spirits and firm optimism to 2010.
Helen Stevens - Steevie - Chinitz
Head of School