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Head of School Dan Scheibe
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Some Assembly Required

by Dan Scheibe

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Our Reply to Violence

The Armed ManAfter September 11th, 2001, I vividly remember walking by the music department at the school where I taught at the time and seeing the following quotation from Leonard Bernstein taped on the window of a studio: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” I thought of this quotation as I, part of a respectful and full-hearted LA audience listened to our arts department’s performance of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.

The nature of the performance will be documented elsewhere, but for here, I will only say it was extraordinary in the literal sense—lifting us up out of ordinary life for an unflinching look at “certain normal predicaments of human divinity,” as one of my favorite author-maniacs, James Agee once described the human condition. The performance was serious. It was intense. It was beautiful. It was an act of devotion, as Bernstein describes it. In certain moments, it…

Posted by jbishop on Thursday December 18 at 10:44AM
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Admit the Light

Other pressing announcements and matters deprived the Lawrence community the raw excitement of hearing the following quotation from Henry David Thoreau, which I had hoped to deliver during our first assembly back from break:

“…even the wildest animals love comfort and warmth as well as man, and they survive the winter only because they are so careful to secure them…The animal merely makes a bed, which he warms with his body in a sheltered place; but man, having discovered fire, boxes up some air in a spacious apartment, and warms that, makes that his bed, in which he … can maintain a kind of summer in the midst of winter, and by means of windows even admit the light, and with a lamp lengthen out the day. Thus he goes a step or two beyond instinct, and saves a little time for the fine arts.”

Perhaps I will lighten and warm up some other winter assembly with Thoreau’s literary kindling from Walden, but for now, I offer a few simple thoughts here …

Posted by jbishop on Thursday December 4 at 08:33AM
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Video: The football Spartans celebrate their share of the ISL title.It was an incredibly busy and successful week around Academy Hill (that’s what they called it old-school, back in the late 18thcentury). So much to note, experience, and celebrate, and in-person and online, we did all we could to organize, promote, regulate, control, coordinate, and report. Nothing captures the spirit and the moment better, though, than a series of emails from Alex Munick, self-designated leader of #spartanation (like ketchup, everything is better with a hashtag).

Over the week, Alex, on behalf of #spartanation, announced and promoted everything from 3rds to Varsity contests, boys and girls. No school administrator could have better observed the courtesies of equal opportunity attention, and that spirit became part of the success of the week, summarized in one of the final emails to the entire school, which proclaimed:

“Let’s have a huge showing and positive support for everything going on! Good luck to both the Varsity Football team and …

Posted by John Bishop on Wednesday November 12 at 11:05AM
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