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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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Hello from the Other Side

The fourteen-hour flight from Chicago to Shanghai almost did me in, but the opportunity to see a city reinventing itself and to interview young Chinese students who want to continue their education in the United States has been rejuvenating. Thus far I have survived using chopsticks, tasting jellyfish, following street merchants as they wind their […]

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Dignity

This past weekend, Upper School Director Keith Dallas and I attended the SAIS Annual Conference in Atlanta. One of the keynote speakers at the gathering was Dr. Donna Hicks, author of the bestselling book, Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict. While I have heard better speakers at these conferences over the years, […]

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An Open Letter to the Carlisle Family

One of our seniors submitted this as part of an activity being completed by the students in Carlisle’s Chick-fil-A Leader Academy. His words speak so eloquently about what makes this school special that I asked him if I could share them in this space. Dear Carlisle Family, My name is Caleb and I am a […]

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Relax

A friend forwarded me this letter to parents written by a British school leader. Dear Parents, The exams of your children are to start soon.  I know you are all really anxious for your child to do well. But please remember, amongst the students who will be sitting for the exam, there is an artist, […]

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Dig Deep

A quick mid-morning tour of the school revealed that students were already hard at work: first graders practicing writing their small letters, sixth graders organizing their lockers under the watchful eye of Mrs. Gammons, chemistry students learning the ins and outs of operating lab equipment. And so the cycle begins anew . . . Surrounded […]

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New Chiefs on the Reservation

We will be welcoming three new faculty members next month. I know they will receive a warm welcome from the Carlisle family. Lauren Mixter will join us to teach chorus to grades 4-12 and Upper School Drama. Additionally, she will help with Middle School Drama and direct plays for Upper School and Middle School. She […]

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And Down the Stretch They Come . . .

Before we all go our separate ways for the summer, I would like to direct everyone’s attention to a few items of interest. *****Last year about this time, we reported to the school community on the progress of our strategic goals as set forth in the 2014 plan document, Developing Learners, Graduating Leaders. It is […]

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More Shadow

I wandered down the hall to Ms. Luffman’s fourth grade class, where Jake Coles took me under his wing. He walked me over to the carpet so we could have a front-row seat for Cole’s book report on Judy Blume’s Pickle Juice. As Cole unpacked the ingredients and poured them into a container, the concoction […]

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