At our Board of Trustees meeting held earlier this month, I gave a Head of School Update. I started my remarks by reading the following list — a quick summary of some of the events that took place in the previous week to 10 days.
- The Parents’ Association held a volunteer day to “Live and Serve” at Bernie’s Book Bank
- Teachers enrolled in our Global Cohort program met after school for a two-hour presentation and discussion
- A gathering of Alumni in New Orleans was held
- Our 8th graders attended a Shakespeare performance
- Upper School students attended the Model United Nations conference held at Harvard University
- The Benefit Board held a kick-off event for its annual Auction/Party “The Purple Wave”
- Middle School held its annual Service Week
- Liam Davis ’86 performed at Morning Ex
- Candidates to fill Pam Whalley’s role as Lower School Head were on campus meeting with faculty, touring the campus, observing classes, seeing our students in action and meeting with our Search Committee
- There was a Lower, Middle and Upper School band concert
- Our Middle School Science Olympiad team competed at a local invitational
- 29 Basketball games were played
- The track team attended a meet in Champaign, Illinois
- There was a meeting for Upper School baseball parents to discuss the upcoming season
- Daily rehearsals for the Spring Musical, Footloose, in anticipation of the mid-March performances
This list doesn’t even include the classroom presentations, homework assignments, projects, experiments and discussions that take place each and every day. My intent was to communicate to our trustees (lest there be any concern that winter is a time for hibernating) that activity across the divisions — from students, to teachers, to parents — remains at a high level, and that we continue to move full speed ahead.
Many of my most talented teaching mentors were consistent in their message that often the best learning is “learning by doing.” Fortunately, if that is the case, learning is at a very high level this winter.
North Shore Country Day School is a private, college-prep school for high school, middle school and elementary school students in Winnetka, IL, a suburb of Chicago.