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

What Kind of Culture Are You?

By Henry Heil
Head of Upper School

At the last ESDPA Upper School grade representative gathering in the L&T Room on Merrell Road, one piece of feedback I heard was that parents would enjoy hearing my chapel talks. I was, and remain, flattered that anyone would want to spend 10-15 minutes of their valuable time hearing me discuss any subject. After giving that request some consideration and despite my belief that many of those lessons are best reserved for their intended audience, our …

Posted by K. V. in Upper School on Thursday January 10
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Putting On Love: Creating Unity

By Chelle Wabrek
Interim Head of Middle School

On Tuesday morning, Reverend Heller launched us into the new year with clarity about this month's virtue: unity. The virtue is apropos of so many things in the lives of middle schoolers, from their use of social media to weekend gatherings to advisory challenges to group projects in history class.  Learning to build one another up, to make life better for one another is key. The scripture verse accompanying the virtue is from Paul's…

Posted by K. V. in Middle School on Thursday January 10
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The Gift of Unity

By Tracey Shirey
Interim Head of Lower School

Blessings to you in 2019, and welcome back to school. It's safe to say your kiddos poured through our doors Tuesday morning with renewed energy and excitement, hugs and skipping, smiles and waves, and then by 8:45 they were hungry for snacks. Priceless.

As we begin our work together this new year, we focus on a beautiful virtue worthy of consideration, unity. I've asked the Leadership Team to share thoughts on what unity look likes in …

Posted by K. V. in Lower School on Thursday January 10
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The Lack of Intimacy in Today's Young Adults

By Henry Heil
Head of Upper School

Warning: This Might be Uncomfortable!

I recently read an article in The Atlantic entitled, "Why are Young People Having so Little Sex?"

That's clickbait, for sure.

First, for those who are feeling woozy or preparing to write me an angry response for mentioning sex in this forum, this article is primarily about young adults, not high schoolers.Second, for those who are jumping up and down with joy at the suggestion …

Posted by K. V. in Upper School on Wednesday December 5, 2018
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The Ultimate Christmas Gift

By Tracey Shirey
Interim Head of Lower School

The gifts of the Christmas season are among us and family traditions abound. My daughters and I have a tradition of seeing The Nutcracker in December, and I'm always grateful for the gifts this ballet affords. Whether it's the Russian Ballet or our local dance studio's rendition, seeing The Nutcracker ignites my Christmas spirit. Tchaikovsky's musical score grabs the heartstrings as we get transported into …

Posted by K. V. in Lower School on Wednesday December 5, 2018
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Transforming Question Marks Into Exclamation Points

By Chelle Wabrek
Interim Head of Middle School

Were you to stop into the MS commons during these last weeks of school, you would see holiday magic all around thanks to our student council leaders. Their "12 Days of Christmas" celebrations were kicked off this week with an afternoon pizza snack to be followed by eleven more fun treats to come. Often in schools, we see student councils operate bake sales and throw dances. They proclaim spirit dress days and do a lot of things with …

Posted by K. V. in Middle School on Wednesday December 5, 2018
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