What You Hold Dear

December 05, 2017 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

A speech delivered at the Fall 2017 Honor Roll Assembly, at the invitation of Student Council, by Jacob Steward, English Department Chair.

Good morning, everyone.

Thank you to STUCO for inviting me to share some of my thoughts on honor roll and academics with everyone today. First I’d like to congratulate all of the students on the honor roll today. Good job, everyone. I hope that this achievement signals that your efforts are producing results.

I do find it ironic to be standing up here to talk today. I haven’t been shy with my students in sharing my thoughts on grades: that ultimately, there’s a pretty decent amount of subjectivity in determining them, and that they are not what is important anyway. I’ve seen the barely disguised eye-rolls when I’ve pontificated about grades, and thank you for trying to suppress them, but I have seen. Oh, I have seen.

Filed Under: Honor Roll

Winter Term Honor Roll Remarks

March 28, 2017 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

Delivered at the Upper School Honor Roll Assembly on March 28, 2017 by Kristen Peterson, Dean of Students at the request of Student Council.

We gather here today to celebrate the academic achievements of all of our students and to highlight those students who have earned honor roll or higher. I am honored to serve as your speaker today, though -- to be honest -- I feel a bit intimidated to be the one to speak on such academic achievements.

Filed Under: Honor Roll, social justice

Veritas Supra Omnia

December 12, 2016 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

Speech delivered at the Dec. 6, 2016 Honor Roll Assembly by Karen Suchenski.

Good morning of Dec. 6, 2016, Stoneleigh community. Thank you, StuCo, so much for inviting me to speak today. Please know how honored and humbled I am to be in your company. Each of you brings honor to this community each day in countless ways that awe and inspire me.

In thinking about a meaningful focus for my address to you, it occurred to me we often linger at our collective reflective moments on our mission statement — you know, the one that focuses on helping girls be their “best selves” and “find their voices.” And yet, as often, we overlook the vital Latin motto of our school (it sits under our mascot owl.) “Veritas supra omnia.” Do you know what that  means? Yes.  “Truth above all.”

It is about truth—and the need to not ever stop seeking truth, however hard to grasp even what that is—that I speak to you today.  

Filed Under: Honor Roll, Feminism, Education, Honor

Embracing Imperfection

March 29, 2016 by Guest Faculty Bloggers
Speech delivered at the March 29, 2016 Honor Roll Assembly by Abigail Reed.

Good morning everyone, and thank you, StuCo, for inviting me to speak. I want to talk to you today about being perfect. Actually, and more accurately, about not being perfect. I promise you some stories, hopefully a nugget or two of wisdom, and maybe even a music video. Steward might know what it is already.

Filed Under: Honor Roll, Feminism, Education, self-esteem, Imperfection

Honor Roll of the Soul

March 31, 2015 by Bill Ivey

(a speech given in the Honor Roll Assembly)

Good morning, everyone! I want to begin by thanking Student Council for inviting me to talk to you all today. I’m grateful for the chance to do so, and will do my best to live up to your faith in me.

Before I jump in, I just want to tell any of you who might want to engage with me about anything I say today, whether in person or online at the school’s blog, that I would love to have that conversation and I would love to learn from and with you.

What I want to say to you today is entitled:

Honor Roll of the Soul

It was a beautiful morning, and my favourite Humanities 7 class of 2009-2010 was having one of those random and deep conversations so typical of all my favourite Humanities 7 classes, whatever the year. We were talking about the notion of specialness when one student suddenly straightened and leaned forward and said, “Yes! I’ve always wondered about that! Because if we’re all special, doesn’t that mean no one is special?”

Filed Under: Honor Role, Honor Roll, learning, Feminism, Education

10,000 Hours.

December 21, 2011 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

The following was originally delivered to students, faculty and staff at the opening of Stoneleigh-Burnham School's fall Honor Roll Assembly.

Filed Under: Teaching, Grades 7-12 and PG, Karen Levitt, All-Girls, History, Honor Roll, On Education, 10, Boarding and Day, 000 hours, All Girls Education, In the Classroom, The Faculty Perspective, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Education, Malcom Gladwell