If I were counting, I could list dozens of reasons why I am glad school is back in session. This week the reason most evident, and most heartwarming, was that our students care. They care about each other, they care about the adults in the community, and they care about our world. The manifestations of this care take many forms. Please click through to read more.
The New York Times recently published an article entitled, "The Secret Social Media Lives of Teenagers." This is an important article for parents to read-- and discuss with their children.
Rectory School celebrated a Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16. Our morning's worth of work was just a brief taste of the commitment to service we hope our students continuously and increasingly engage in as we help them build the foundations that will allow them to better understand themselves and the world around them.
In this bitter campaign season it is hard to imagine anything bringing Republicans and Democrats together, but with the help of two Rectory students, that is exactly what happened a week ago. On Monday, October 24, 2016, Scott Greene, Rectory's Director of Learning Services, and I traveled to the State Capital to attend the 2016 Dyslexia Forum. Our goal was to learn about recent dyslexia legislative efforts in Connecticut and to see Jack Q, Grade 8, and Addison H., Grade 5, honored for their advocacy work.
Looking to the year ahead, I asked the middle school students in assembly what they believed was the key to their success. A brave individual volunteered the maxim work hard, to which I offered a resounding "yes!" and then added two more: be nice and try new things.
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