The Head's Blog: Some Assembly Required
by Dan Scheibe
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Well, we’re about halfway between Martin Luther King Day and Presidents’ Day—and about halfway through the school year. In the cultural and teenage consciousness, these days can be reduced to their potential to deliver days off. In the particular climate of a residential high school (with its vectors of bacteria and routine), it’s maybe even more tempting to contemplate simple relief as well. But what about the vision and legacy such days (not to mention……
(Here is the content of an email, subject: "If we had assembled...," that went out to the community after the attacks in Paris. It is worth sharing in this space.)
To the Lawrence Academy Community:
If we had gathered for assembly this morning, we certainly would have recognized the tragic events in Paris Friday with a moment of silence and words of reflection. Surely we would also have made mention of our arts events, the closing of the regular season in athletics, the post-……
It’s that time of the fall when a bunch of different activities are reaching a high point. Peak performance season follows peak foliage by a few weeks. Classes and productions and rehearsals and practices and seasons are all reaching their conclusions. It doesn’t matter whether the conclusion is a 45-second music performance, a 60-minute championship game, or a 2-hour sit-down exam, these moments are full of energy and possibility.
Unfortunately, the way the human system sometimes …
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