I decided to get to Fenway early so I could walk around, take things in, absorb the atmosphere. On an impulse, and for the first time in years, I walked into a clothing shop. Looking at the wide variety of colours, styles, and cuts, I couldn’t help but think how far we’ve come. Remember when Major League Baseball suddenly realized that if they actually reached out to women, they might be able to greatly expand their fan base? Overnight, you could, if you wanted, get pink t-shirts and pink caps. Only, it developed that’s not necessarily what women wanted from Major League Baseball, at least not exclusively. Women all over the country raised their voices and said, “You want us as loyal fans? Take us seriously. One good way to do that would be to actually ask us what we want rather than just assuming we all love pink. Another good way would be to acknowledge a lot of us not only already like the game but also know a lot about it.” Major League Baseball took the hint.
It’s an axiom of the teaching profession that summer is a time to rest and recharge. Most frequently, we’ll talk about the chance to catch up on sleep, spend more time with family and friends, take the time to delve into those longer reads we’ve been meaning to explore for months now, and use what we’ve learned the preceding year to prepare for the upcoming year. And as I sleep in until my body wakes me up, descend the stairs to our living room where my wife is already hard at work scheduling kids into classes for her school, greet her and the cat, and settle in over breakfast to peruse social media for my daily school postings before taking a run and then turning to one of several books I’ve downloaded onto my iPad, I get the importance of every one of those things.
The Class of 2017 chose College Counselor Lauren Cunniffe to deliver closing remarks at their graduation.
Thank you, class of 2017, for this honor. I’ve heard that pausing during speeches helps to command the audience’s attention - to be honest, in my case, pausing means I’m trying to calm my racing heart and catch my breath. I did not have the benefit of PB’s rhetoric class. The fact that I’m standing here clutching the podium shows how much respect and affection I have for all of you.
The Class of 2017 chose faculty member Jake Steward to deliver opening remarks at their graduation.
Good morning friends, family, and students. Welcome to Stoneleigh-Burnham school, and please join me in congratulating the class of 2017. They have worked hard (often), stayed focused (for the most part), and today they make us proud. They do have one final task to accomplish before we can name them graduates of Stoneleigh-Burnham school, but more on that in a moment.
Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome back to Stoneleigh-Burnham! I saw some of you last night at the Reception and thank the Alumnae Board for hosting such a good time. I also enjoyed dinner with the mighty class of 1967 last night. For those of you who are just arriving, we have a lot in store for you and look forward to catching up.
Read at the end-of-year faculty party to honor and celebrate my long-time friend and colleague Ann Sorvino, dance teacher extraordinaire, on her retirement.
Ann, when you first came to Stoneleigh-Burnham… hmm, when was it? Did we ever figure out which of the two of us came first?! Anyway, when I first came to Stoneleigh-Burnham, the dance program existed in the shadows and relative anonymity throughout the year until it suddenly burst forth in a spectacular and, to first-year people at least, completely unanticipated show the night before graduation. To me in those early years, you were this enigmatic person somehow working magic with kids though I had no idea how.
Assembled each year from the words of the seventh and eighth graders, this poem is the last thing read at the Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony.
speech written and delivered at the 2017 Commencement by Xiangge (Coco) Zhao '17.
Dear students, faculty, staff, and family members:
Good morning, my name is Coco Zhao. Thank you all for coming to the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017. We appreciate your participation.
Today, I am here, on behalf of my class, to speak to you visitors about our class character and to speak to you my classmates about how we can achieve our future goals by remembering our past together.
written and delivered by Julia Thayer '18, Head-Elect of Student Body
1,578,240 minutes. That is how much time has passed since I was sitting in a chair at my eighth grade moving up ceremony. I remember the way I felt that morning as I hopped out of bed much earlier than I needed to, motivated by the thought of becoming an upper schooler. I remember walking past Lower Mary Burnham to get to the Capen Room and thinking, “after today, this will no longer be my hallway.” I remember too, the way my stomach dropped when I thought about the fact that I would have both grades and exams next year. But the most vivid memory of all was of Bill reading a poem composed of a sentence from every one of my classmates that summarized their middle school experience at Stoneleigh Burnham.
Sometimes, things just come together almost magically.
On Saturday, I went to see an advisee play the part of Rosalind in a youth production of "As You Like It." As I watched her on stage, I noticed her strong vocal projection, her remaining absolutely in the moment with her lines, altering her vocal tone and emotional pitch even within a sentence if need be. I watched her match facial expressions to vocal emotions, and I watched her move confidently about the stage. I loved it all.