Dear Alumni and Friends,
Now the seats are all empty
Let the roadies take the stage
Pack it up and tear it down...
These words from a favorite song resonate with me every time we go on vacation. We work so hard with our LA students, and, like roadies, when the students leave us, we clean up, finish grading and writing evaluations, and re-load for our next stop in this year’s tour. Sunday, when the students are gone, the elm tree-shaded hillside will seem empty, though many of the faculty and staff remain.
The past three weeks have been some of the most intense of the year—a mini term with mini-mastery in the Ninth Grade Program, Spoken Word in Senior Seminar, and the Lord of the Flies Locke and Hobbes trial in sophomore English and history, just to name a few. They have also been filled with generosity and goodwill, from the many fund-raising efforts students initiate for the greater good, to the holiday concert we all witnessed this past Tuesday.
This year our music director Jenny Cooper and dance teacher Brian Feigenbaum organized an unprecedented LA holiday celebration in which our student vocalists and dancers collaborated with students from other schools, along with professional musicians from the Indian Hill Orchestra, to perform The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins. I hope you will take a moment to savor a clip from this powerful concert and read Head of School Dan Scheibe's blog post on the thought-provoking and inspiring event.
Though students are already headed out for vacation, as I write today, we are in the midst of our annual holiday tournament for boys’ hockey and girls’ basketball. Our Alumni Holiday Gathering, which featured a brick-oven pizza truck over at the Alumni Development House, was a huge success last night, and if you were there, it was great to see you. If you weren’t, we hope to see you sometime this year at one of our gatherings around the country or at an on-campus event.
So, “until the lights come up and we hear that crowd and remember why we came,” I wish all of you a very wonderful holiday season.
I’ll be back in touch in 2015!
Assistant Head of School
BTW: The response to the voting for the spring awards has been overwhelming. If anyone did not get a chance to participate, I’d appreciate it if you would click on each link below and submit your nominations for these important awards. We’d also love to know how you are doing, so please send us your news so we can include it in class notes. While the titles are fairly self-explanatory, an explanation is included within each link:
The Alumni Faculty Appreciation Award
LA Athletic Hall of Fame
Greater Good Award
Alumni Class Notes
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