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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 

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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Frog and Toad: Blurring Categories

By Chelle Wabrek
Head of Middle School

When we moved to Dallas six years ago my oldest son was beginning 10th grade. Not the ideal time for a move by any standard. Forging and navigating friendships can be a challenge at any age and this was no exception. We had lived in Louisville since he was in Lower School. He left his friends, his sports teams, and the high school from which he thought he would graduate.

Figuring out the friendship networks in a school is extremely complicated, even …

Posted by K. V. in Middle School on Friday March 1
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Boys Will Be Boys?

By Henry Heil
Head of Upper School

Recently, Lisa Damour, a well-known child psychologist whose articles I often "tweet" out, published an opinion piece in The New York Times about the differences between boys and girls in high school and the corporate world. Without delving into significant detail, she asserts that girls, generally, outperform boys in high school, but males tend to overtake females in the working world. While this could be attributed to the …

Posted by K. V. in Upper School on Friday March 1
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Understanding Values

By Tracey Shirey
Head of Lower School

The past five Saturdays as part of our ESD application process, Amy Cuccia and I have conducted informal values conversations with prospective families while their children engage in achievement activities and group observations with faculty members. This practice has proven incredibly meaningful for both ESD and prospective parents, and the stories that are shared are often heartfelt and inspiring. Prospective parents get a sense of who we are, how we …

Posted by K. V. in Lower School on Friday February 1
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Developing the Spirit of the Outdoors

By Chelle Wabrek
Interim Head of Middle School

In order for me to graduate from college, I had to have six outdoor education credits to include a solo overnight trip in the woods that surrounded Colgate.  These modules were ungraded and designed to, "develop leadership skills, strong interpersonal connections, an adventurous spirit, and a sense of place within our region." My favorite of these classes, "Snow is Fun!" had groups of us playing tag in snow shoes, …

Posted by K. V. in Middle School on Friday February 1
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Love and Education

By Henry Heil
Head of Upper School

Since the month of February always conjures up images of Valentine's Day and (commercialized) love, I thought it might be worthwhile to talk a little about how that all-important emotion and education go hand in hand.

Love has long been the central subject of meaningful literature. From the classic romances of Antony and Cleopatra, Abelard and Heloise, or Romeo and Juliet to more recent explorations into the existential nature of love, such as Bob …

Posted by K. V. in Upper School on Friday February 1
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