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Zoom’s-Eye View of Rectory for Board of Visitors
Freddy Nagle, Director of Development

A typical meeting of the Rectory School Board of Visitors includes a full day of on-campus events, student performances, and opportunities to engage in spirited discussions with Rectory administrators, faculty, and students. Despite moving to a virtual format this year, the content of the program remained largely consistent with prior years’ meetings.

Visitors watched the morning assembly which included the presentation of Citizenship Awards by faculty members to students whose conduct and effort in the spring term made them deserving of an honor that exemplifies the Rectory creed: Honesty Responsibility Respect Compassion. After assembly concluded, Head of School Fred Williams and Director of Alumni and Development Fred Nagle welcomed the Board of Visitors officially to the day’s program.

The pandemic restricted some student activity this year related to fine arts, but Rectory used photographic and video technology to present student music and artwork as close to normal as possible. As part of the meeting, Visitors watched a video compilation of in-home and on-campus musical performances as well as an array of projects from each grade level’s art classes.

The Board of Visitors then viewed selections from five different Rectory classrooms, which presented a range of academic disciplines and age groups. Moderated by Director of Academics Lisa Hart, this presentation showcased Rectory’s strategies and protocols for teaching and learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. After the recordings of all classrooms concluded, the teachers and a selection of students from each class joined the Zoom to provide commentary on their coursework and answer questions from Visitors about their experiences.

Mr. Williams returned to paint a broader picture of the state of Rectory School that included all aspects of student life. He reviewed the countless hours of planning that went into devising protocols for the year that helped maximize student health and safety and resulted in a minimal number of positive cases of Coronavirus within the school community. Significant changes had to be made to campus dining, athletics, and experiential learning, but in the end, Rectory was open for in-person learning and on-campus living for the entirety of the school year.

Mr. Nagle concluded the event by thanking the Visitors for their time and feedback and providing a look ahead to an in-person event during the 2021-2022 academic year. Rectory School is grateful to all its supporters, especially those like the members of the Board of Visitors who give so generously of their time and resources to ensure Rectory remains a leader in the field of junior boarding education.

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