A Few Random Thoughts

At our meetings in August, the faculty and staff watched a clip of a talk given by Sir Ken Robinson, one of the world’s most respected educational innovators. Follow this link to read a few highlights from one of his recent presentations: http://www.educationdive.com/news/3-hard-education-questions-ken-robinson-says-need-to-be-answered-educause/182762/. Search YouTube for more. You’ll enjoy him. I had the unadulterated pleasure […]

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Through Their Eyes

It has been far too long since my last October drive up Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley on Interstate 81. Could there possibly be a more beautiful and peaceful place? I would argue not, but of course in another two weeks, when those same hillsides are ablaze with leaves of orange, gold, and red, our Virginia will […]

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Board Matters

As I prepare for my first Board of Trustees meeting here at Carlisle, it occurs to me that a number of parents out there might not fully understand what an independent school board of trustees does. The Board has two main responsibilities: to hire the Head of School, and to plan for the financial health […]

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. . . And a Smile

As my wife Janet and I have become acquainted with our new hometown, one of the things that has impressed us so much is the friendliness that seems to be inherent in this part of Virginia. We have encountered very little “unpleasantness” and no “downright nasty.” In fact, there are smiles everywhere we go, from […]

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Short Story

“How about some ice cream?” Sally suggested, using a tone that communicated that, although she would really enjoy some, she knew such extravagance was out of the question. “I wish we could,” replied her mother, “but we have to stick to the basics at the grocery store today.” She reviewed the list aloud with the […]

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Did You Know?

The Development Office is in the process of creating a “brag sheet” we will use to solicit support from businesses in Henry and Pittsylvania Counties. As I have met with community leaders during my first few months here, I have often been amazed at what they do not know about our school. In fact, I […]

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Of Ways You Can Help, Part I

What an invigorating first week! I hope everyone in the school community feels the energy. Teachers, students, and parents all seem eager to accomplish great things at Carlisle. There are two things everyone can do to move us along. All Carlisle parents AND UDiv students: This week you received an e-mail invitation to participate in […]

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Setting Sail

“Ahoy, Chiefs!” And so begins Carlisle’s 2013-14 voyage. Student leaders have already dubbed this the “Year of Innovation.” Faculty are determined to “teach like a pirate.” The entire school community will work together to prioritize plans for moving Carlisle forward. It all sounds so exciting and new. And yet . . . We must never […]

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