Summer Trek on the Appalachian Trail

August 01, 2016 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

by Meghan Lena

When my dad decided to hike from Georgia to Maine along the Appalachian Trail for a second time, I couldn't understand why he felt he needed to lace up his boots and hike 2,300 miles again. So, I decided to find out for myself by hiking the 110 miles from Waynesboro, VA to Front Royal, VA in Shenandoah National Park with him. Unlike my brothers, the longest backpacking trip I had ever endured was approximately 20 miles, when I hiked the Routeburn Track in New Zealand almost 10 years ago. But, feeling strong and fit from my recent half marathon training, and having nothing better to do besides binge-watching Nashville (#summervacation), I gathered up exactly 25 pounds worth of critical belongings in my brand new backpack, and set off with my dad from Rockfish Gap.

Filed Under: summer, challenge, strength

Really Really Good

June 27, 2016 by Bill Ivey

Over time, we learned three of their names. Four teenagers playing Monkey in the Middle at the beach had gradually caught our attention. Two pairs of siblings - Justin, Nick, Ryan, and… for some reason, we thought maybe Ashley. The game moved up and down the beach, mostly in the water, but sometimes at the edge. Nick faked to the left and circled right and Ryan’s pass just eluded Ashley’s outstretched arms. An errant pass fell into Justin’s hands as Ryan cheerfully said, “I touched it first,” and moved into the middle as the teams reformed and Justin looked for Nick. Justin’s pass splashed into the water and after a brief scrum, Ashley emerged with the ball. So it went as my wife, my son, and I read our books, soaked up the sun, and periodically smiled at each other or murmured a low comment after a particularly fun moment in the game.

Filed Under: summer, Education

"Summer Days, Driftin' Away..."

August 11, 2015 by Bill Ivey

(title quote from "Summer Nights" by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey)

As the delicious smell of freshly crushed garlic marinating in olive oil gradually filled the kitchen while I started cutting up plum tomatoes for a tomato-basil-mozzarella pasta salad, I could hear the laughter of my wife and son as they worked together to solve Sporcle quizzes. Suddenly, I was transported nearly two decades back in time.

Filed Under: summer, Education, Renewal

Don't Walk, Mosey (lessons from the South)

July 25, 2012 by Bill Ivey

So far, it's been the kind of summer most people assume teachers spend. Mornings consist of waking up when my body tells me to, relaxing and reading over breakfast, eventually going out on a run, and finally getting ready for the rest of the day. My family is on roughly the same schedule, and the time together is beyond wonderful. The rest of the day? Well, most of our extended family live within a two-hour drive, so we have been seeing a lot of them. It's a pace that agrees with me, and I feel more rested and refreshed than I have in several years.

Filed Under: Middle School, Teaching, Grades 7-12 and PG, summer, On Education, Bill Ivey, Boarding and Day, Parenting, relaxing, All Girls Education, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, The Faculty Perspective, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Education, slowing down