My faith in Solebury’s profound commitment to being “what school should be” and its pledge of respect for all individuals has not wavered. There still are and always will be more issues to tackle, and I am confident we can work through them together to continue to ensure our community connections stay strong and we deliver a world-class education to our students. Together we can construct a new and “better” normal.
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In this moment, I think we educators have a powerful opportunity to impact the lives of our students, ourselves, and each other by creatively and thoughtful rethinking how and what we teach. Consider this: how can our course curriculums fully represent the diversity of human experiences and perspectives? In this moment, how can we make the Black voice more central? It is not enough to simply include Black voices as I know many of you do…
I wanted to reach out and address the wave of protests resulting from the killings of George Floyd...and the killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Freddie Grey, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and so many more.
My God, has nothing changed?
I am a child of the 1960s. I vividly remember watching the riots in Detroit and so many other cities in 1967 and ‘68. I was young then and didn’t fully comprehend what I was watching, but every night I watched as city after city self-immolated, poor neighborhoods and black neighborhoods disintegrated. I listened as Bobby Kennedy tried to find some words of wisdom to share at the death of Martin Luther King Jr. I was devastated. And then I was devastated the morning I awoke to read of Bobby Kennedy’s assassination. And now this, another black man murdered by someone sworn to protect us...all of us, not just those who happen to be white.
This April marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and we can see the need for sustainability more than ever. So what are we at Solebury School currently doing to make our community more sustainable?
Signature Memories. I suppose as we make our life’s journey we all collect them—those moments, seared into our consciousness, frozen in time. For me, a few key memories come to mind: learning of the Kennedy assassination and watching my tough-as-nails, battle-tested former Marine father, crying. Sitting in a hospital room, holding my firstborn, a son, throughout the night in the first hours of his life. And now, COVID-19 and an empty campus.
Yesterday afternoon we had Assembly. This time-honored tradition of bringing everyone together—faculty, students, staff, even facilities and dining hall as schedules allow—goes back to the founding of our school 95 years ago. It has been called different things over the years, but it has always had the same goal: bring together the community to share information, celebrate accomplishments, have a laugh, and see each other’s faces.
I was listening to NPR this morning and found myself thinking about just how lucky I am; how lucky we, the Solebury community, are at this moment.
An odd thought at first blush, I agree. But there were two stories that drove home this feeling and reminded me that perspective is a valued traveling companion.
Today began for me like most trimesters: outside, greeting my students, with a few high fives. My typical query at the circle is, “how are you?” And the typical answer came my way, even this morning, “Tired.” (You have to be impressed with the amazing consistency of many of our teenagers: always tired.)
Of course, there is nothing typical about the start of this spring trimester, 2020.
In January, Solebury School students were invited to RobustWealth for a maker session with Raspberry Pi, Scratch, and interactive components.
Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Art. These critical elements of a 21st-century education have found a home in Solebury School’s newest offering - the IDEA Lab.
On Friday, May 17, we resurrected an age-old Solebury School tradition of an all-school Service Day — a truly wonderful and productive day that celebrated Solebury's big giving heart.
It is time to rethink what we mean by “college prep.” Director of Admission, Scott Eckstein discusses what is needed to prepare our students for college.
On Sunday, November 3, Solebury School made the exciting announcement that it has acquired 50 acres of adjacent land directly east of the school.
"The first day of school is A LOT, and the first day at a new school is A WHOLE LOT. Today, they gave me a microphone, so here are the three things I want you to do while you’re here for high school."
"Spring at a school is an interesting time. Memories and dreams mingling together, competing for attention as we embrace our history, all the while pondering the future of those about to embark on a new journey that will take them away from us."
"When you learn how to make art, particularly when you learn how to work from observation, you start to see things more clearly..."
Can you trace a path over all seven bridges shown here, without crossing any of them more than once? The solution to this problem led to a new field of mathematics. The riddle also happens to illustrate what it is that mathematicians do...
Last summer, Julianna traveled halfway around the world with people she had just met...and had one of the best months of her life. In celebration of Global Education Week, here are just a few of the things she learned in Cambodia.
"Most kids aren’t disorganized on purpose — organization is actually a skill many students need to be explicitly taught." Here are a few ways to help them.
"Community service cultivates our interests, gives us a chance to reflect on and appreciate what we have, and advances humanity. And it can be fun."
Our Solebury School family has it own traditions for celebrating the season...
'Tis the season for giving — and for appreciating the power of philanthropy.
As a school that values diversity, one of our best field trips of the year is to a conference that celebrates diversity in an impactful, unforgettable way.
Head of School Tom Wilschutz reflects on the shooting in Pittsburgh and our students' 5K for Gun Safety the following day.
Every year, Solebury School offers new electives to keep our academic program fresh and innovative. Here, Director of Studies Rick Tony highlights two of our popular new courses.
Jen shares her tips, based on her own experiences as a young person traveling abroad.
Travel tips for our international families.
Solebury School’s faculty and staff share pearls of wisdom for our graduating seniors.
At this eagerly anticipated event, boarding students can win experiences like a murder mystery party (shown here), a gigantic basket of snacks, dinner out, and more. Bill Christy, our Dean of Residence Life, explains...
Is our school counselor approachable and does she have a terrific sense of humor? Yes! These shenanigans are proof...
Creativity is a skill most 21st century employers seek in their candidates. So why isn't art prioritized in all schools? Senior Lakumi Dias explores this issue.