Intersections: “Ten Questions Parents Should Ask Before School Starts”

August 14, 2018 by Bill Ivey

Forbes recently published an article by Frederick Hess entitled “Ten questions parents should ask before school starts.” Normally skeptical of articles that list whatever number of things people “should” do, I began to fall in love with his list at the first question, and by the third decided I wanted to answer them all. So, in order and writing as if I were speaking directly to a parent...

Filed Under: Intersections, Parenting, Education, Middle Level Education, Communication

Intersections: Book Review of "Enough As She Is"

July 13, 2018 by Bill Ivey

(with thanks to Middleweb for originally publishing this review)

I pre-ordered Rachel Simmons’s newest book,

Filed Under: Rachel Simmons, Enough As She Is, educating girls, Raising Children, girls psychology, girls' school

Intersections: #SavingLivesChat

July 09, 2018 by Bill Ivey

“We try. We will always try. And also? We all matter- all of our voices rising for school safety, better resources for schools and teacher and students, etc. will help .....” - Nelba Márquez-Greene, tweet dated July 2, 2018.

Nelba Márquez-Greene is the founder of the Ana Grace Project, one of a variety of foundations and charities set up by Sandy Hook parents following the tragedy. Her ongoing advocacy for safer and more inclusive schools, her willingness to be vulnerable, her resilience, and her relentless work to bring about positive change in the world have led me to view her as a role model in my own ongoing work along the same lines. So when the idea arose that we might do a Twitter chat together on gun violence, I knew working with her was an amazing opportunity, one which I hoped many dozens of people would seize. We settled on the hashtag #SavingLivesChat, and if you click on this link, you should be able to scroll back and view the chat if you’d like.

Filed Under: Saving Lives, Sandy Hook Promise, sandy hook, Nelba Márquez-Greene, gun violence, school shootings, Connection

Intersections: The Gift that Keeps On Giving

July 06, 2018 by Bill Ivey

I was the first to show up at today’s blood drive in my home town of Shelburne Falls. I sat patiently by the intake table checking my Twitter and Facebook feeds (and those of the school) on my phone as they finished getting everything ready to go. Ten or 15 minutes later, I was lying on a table listening as the donation specialist sang along to Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” which was playing on the radio. I waited for the right moment to tell her that I taught Rock Band in my school, and the kids had chosen to do that song twice over the years, and she told me about her husband, “a real singer” in a metal band who was planning to participate in a benefit concert for suicide awareness this September. Moments later, “Titanium” came on the radio, and again we bonded as I told her about the time the middle school band was scheduled to do the song in a Winter Solstice Performance - and then Sandy Hook happened. We had to postpone that performance as everyone was just too raw and upset, but when the kids worked with my colleague Greg Snedeker and me to ready “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber for performance with just one rehearsal, we pulled off what my colleague Karen Suchenski called “a Christmas miracle.” (see "Resolution" if you want to read more about this.)

Filed Under: Kindness, Intersections, blood drive

Intersections: Meeting the Promise

June 26, 2018 by Bill Ivey

Founded in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Sandy Hook Promise has worked with experts to develop four different in-school programs designed to help prevent gun violence. As summarized by Judith Coffey in a recent email to Sandy Hook Promise Leaders, they are:

Filed Under: sandy hook, Sandy Hook Promise, Sandy Hook Promise Leaders, gun violence, Saving Lives

2018 Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony: Closing Poem "Ready to Explore"

June 04, 2018 by Bill Ivey

When I first came to SBS,

Filed Under: Class of 2022, Moving Up, Closing Poem, Eighth grade

Commencement 2018: Closing Remarks

June 03, 2018 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

delivered by Kathleen Tuck Fontaine '83

Filed Under: Class of 2018, Closing Remarks', graduation speech, Graduation, commencement address

Commencement 2018: Commencement Address

June 02, 2018 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

delivered by Shayna Appel '78

Filed Under: Class of 2018, commencement address, Graduation, graduation speech

Commencement 2018: Head's Address

June 01, 2018 by Sally Mixsell

I have the privilege each year of getting to say a few words to the senior class whether they want me to or not - and whether I want to or not! This year, I'm very pleased to be able to address this particular class. There are many reasons for this, seniors, but I can tell you - and this will surprise you - that to me the most stand-out characteristic about your group is that you are the only class in my long career to have written itself a mission statement. I had been invited to work with you during your junior year bonding day, and we talked about class goals. When I mentioned that goals often emerge from a sense of mission, you were all over that and worked collaboratively for about 10 minutes before you nailed who you are collectively. Here's what you came up with:

Filed Under: Class of 2018, commencement address, Graduation, graduation speech, Thoughts from the Head of School

Commencement 2018: Senior Class Speaker

May 31, 2018 by Guest Student Author

by Clara Richardson-Omamo '18

Filed Under: Class Speaker, Class of 2018, commencement address, Graduation, graduation speech