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ESD DIVISION HEAD BLOG

At the beginning of each month, our division heads write a letter to their respective parent community. We will share their academia-related thoughts here.

Tracey Shirey, Head of Lower School
Chelle Wabrek, Interim Head of Middle School
Henry Heil, Head of Upper School 

Thank You, St. Michaels

By Tracey Shirey
Head of Lower School

As we enter the last stretch of the school year and say goodbye to the St. Michael and All Angels' building that's housed us for 24 years, I've been thinking a good bit about closure and the gifts it affords to those willing to pause and reflect. 

Last week, we celebrated Senior Chapel for the last time at St. Michael and All Angels Church. ESD Keystone members, senior parents, and the entire PK-4th grade student body participated in …

Posted by K. V. in Lower School on Wednesday May 1
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Superheroes Among Us

By Chelle Wabrek
Interim Head of Middle School

"Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!"

"Look! Up in the sky!"

"It's a bird!"

"It's a plane!"

"It's…..your child's teacher!"

Every day I get to go to work with superheroes.  Walking into the building you might see one tuck a mask into her bag, or another hang up a cape, as well as a…

Posted by K. V. in Middle School on Wednesday May 1
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Read All About It

By Henry Heil
Head of Upper School

As many of you are well aware, I like to read. If you have ever been in my office, you will see books ranging from Douglas Southall Freeman's R.E. Lee to John Feinstein's A Good Walk Spoiled, from Plato's Republic to Michael Lewis' Blind Side, and from Goodbye, Mr. Chips to Edward Gibbons' Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. I grew up as an avid reader of fiction, happily disappearing into …

Posted by K. V. in Upper School on Wednesday May 1
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College, Scandal, and Mental Wellbeing

By Henry Heil
Head of Upper School

The following piece is particularly long so please set aside some time to read it. It's length is due, in part, to all the factors involved in my assertion. But, it is also lengthy because it is important. Enjoy!

The recent college admissions scandal has sparked a multitude of reactions in the media. I have read articles about "snow plow" parents, overindulgent parents, and better ways to choose a college or not, as well…

Posted by K. V. in Upper School on Monday April 1
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The Blossoms of Student Growth

By Tracey Shirey
Head of Lower School

Spring is here. Pollen dusts cars and sidewalks. Allergies are stirred. Spring symbolizes new life, the dormancy of winter is over. My own Japanese Maple burst forth its crimson leaves this past week, after much skepticism on my part last week as to whether the bare rigid thing was even still alive. How did I miss the signs that it was about to bloom?

The transition from winter to spring has me thinking about children and how they, too, aren't …

Posted by K. V. in Lower School on Monday April 1
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Finding Time

By Tracey Shirey
Head of Lower School

I miss Borders bookstore, especially the one that was at the corner of Greenville and Lovers Lane. Back in the day, I spent countless hours inside that neighborhood staple toggling between the self-help gurus and the children's section. Dr. Ginott meets Dr. Seuss. Now there's a combo worthy of cross reflection: I will not lose this fight with Sam. Not over broccoli, not over ham. Cry there cry there, if you will. I will wait 'til you'…

Posted by K. V. in Lower School on Friday March 1
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