Everywhere I turned last week, I saw Montgomery School at its best. Whether I was opening a car door to greet children in the morning, listening to our final 8th grade chapel when Tyler Neave spoke eloquently about "choices", watching our students compete with both passion and sportsmanship during Greek and Roman Games, seeing our 8th graders recognized at the annual Lettering Awards Chapel, or listening as students filled Bell Hall with sounds of their beautiful voices during FAME, I have been filled with pride watching children and teachers at their best.
Letters from the Head of School
The goals and aspirations we pursue at Montgomery were eloquently discussed and analyzed by Ken Ginsburg during his recent visit to campus. Dr. Ginsburg delivered his presentation entitled "Resilience in Action - Raising Children and Adolescents Who are Prepared to Thrive!" Many of the themes Dr. Ginsburg discussed resonated with me, and I was able to draw multiple parallels between his observations and the things we do here at Montgomery every day. Ultimately, we pursue exceptional education for our children because we want to give them every opportunity to thrive as adults. What can we do now to provide our children with the tools they need to become successful at 35, at 50? And how do we define success? Dr. Ginsburg stressed that children need to be hard-working and to have grit when things are not going their way. Innovation and creativity are characteristics that will carry children far, especially at a school like ours where these traits are appreciated and developed fully. A collaborative spirit is also crucial, with the ability to accept constructive criticism and to work with all sorts of people. And again: Character counts.
As a school which emphasizes the growth of children in Mind, Body and Character, adults in our educational community are aware of the important examples they set as role models. Teachers work together as professionals—and with parents and community members as partners—to positively shape the social, emotional, and character development of the students entrusted to us each day. Students thereby feel safe, respected, and connected to those around them, allowing them to thrive academically and socially and to be motivated to give back to their communities.
It's hard to believe that it is nearly August. I hope you have been able to have fun with family and friends and enjoy the calmer schedule that summer brings. While the students are not on campus, we continue to prepare for the start of the new school year. The campus is currently buzzing with the campers from ESF. We welcomed Mark Dixon in early July, and he is settling into his role as our new Middle School Head and accumulating as much information as he can about our Montgomery. I know he is excited to meet our students when they return. Mr. Tomko and Mr. Eisenhower have been busy working on campus, sprucing up the interior and exterior of campus buildings. I think you will enjoy seeing the labors of their work when you return.