Author Archive | Thomas_Hudgins

The New Tax Law and Carlisle

Happy New Year to all!  And, happily, 2018 will bring with her some new tax-saving opportunities for Carlisle families.  In short, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in late December allows those contributing to 529 plans to use that money for K-12 private school tuition.  Previously, money placed in 529 accounts could […]

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International Relations

Our efforts to partner with a school in Shenzhen, China, have temporarily run aground on the shoals of international politics. Last January, we welcomed a group of Middle School students from Shenzhen for a two-week “winter camp” and had a marvelous time doing so. I reunited with many of them and their parents when I […]

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An Open Letter to Carlisle Fans

As we approach the end of one athletic season and the start of another, I am reminded of the wonderful teaching opportunity presented by high school athletics. We have the chance to help our children understand what it means to work hard as a team, to appreciate fair play, to win gracefully, and perhaps most […]

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Homecoming Thoughts

Traditionally, the word “Homecoming” generates visions of decades’ worth of alums returning to campus to reminisce and celebrate the “good old days.” While Homecoming Week at Carlisle might eventually morph into something like this, what happens on our campus is something quite different. Homecoming at Carlisle is a week-long celebration of school spirit. Certainly we […]

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A Grand Opening

A head of school rarely gets to experience a first week of school the way I was able to enjoy last week at Carlisle. Not only did I get to fulfill all the “normal” head duties, such as presiding over Opening Ceremonies and waving in morning traffic, for the first time in six years I […]

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New Faculty for 2017-18

We have only a few new faculty and staff to welcome to our Carlisle family in 2017-18. Please greet them warmly, as you always do! Amy Parikh is our new Accounts Manager. A graduate of the University of West Georgia, she has worked as an auditor, accountant, and payroll manager during her career. She comes […]

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A Final Word

Two purposes for my final post of the school year: a report and a plea. First, the report: For the third year, Carlisle School has been at work on the strategic plan we released in the fall of 2014. Below you will find a list of things we worked on during 2016-17 that moved us […]

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A Remarkable Opportunity

As most of you know, I visited China again last month in an effort to spread the good word about Carlisle School and establish a steady stream of motivated and talented Chinese students for our international program. I found myself renewing contacts I made last October during my first visit to cities like Shanghai, Beijing, […]

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Thanks for the Feedback

Many thanks to the 146 of you who took the time to complete our “Parent Report Card Survey” in January. We received some very helpful feedback. For the record, 78% of the completed surveys came from parents of students on the Martinsville campus, and the remaining 22% came from parents of students who attend our […]

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Better Than I Deserve

Sometimes things don’t go very well, and we wonder why. “What on earth did I do to deserve this?” we ask . . . and, of course, there is no satisfactory answer. In my life, I am grateful to say, things go well equally often, and still I am tempted to ask, “What on earth […]

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