Head Lines from Steve


Head Lines is a monthly newsletter from Head of School Steve Solnick to the Calhoun community.


 

 Head Lines from Steve: June 2020

I want to step back from distance learning to reflect on the larger moment in which we find ourselves.

Recently, the United States passed the tragic milestone of 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths. While this growing tally is awful, the pandemic has not been uniform in its impact. Even as we have put our lives on hold, we have not left behind the fault lines that challenge our senses of humanity and justice.

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A Message from Steve

Our first steps out of quarantine are being accompanied by graphic and tragic reminders that our isolation did not in the least lessen the deep divisions in our society.

While we have sought to support our students and our teachers in classroom and advisory settings and affinity spaces, our state of separation has complicated our ability to activate the sinews of community and the channels of empathy. It makes it all the more important for us to be clear about our convictions.

 Head Lines from Steve: May 2020

I want to step back from distance learning to reflect on the larger moment in which we find ourselves.

Recently, the United States passed the tragic milestone of 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths. While this growing tally is awful, the pandemic has not been uniform in its impact. Even as we have put our lives on hold, we have not left behind the fault lines that challenge our senses of humanity and justice.

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 Head Lines from Steve: March 2020

It feels odd to be writing to you with a March newsletter since you've been reading somber missives from me almost daily for a couple of weeks now. But as we have told our students, it is important to hold on to as much normal routine as possible in these uncertain times, and writing this monthly note is a part of my routine. So I'd like to use it to step back a bit from the logistics of when and how we'll be open or closed, and reflect for a moment on the disorienting moment in which we find ourselves.

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 Head Lines from Steve: February 2020

February is admissions season for independent schools, and I've been spending much of the last few weeks speaking with prospective families about Calhoun's educational philosophy. While I generally enjoy this part of my job, I have found myself fielding disturbingly similar questions from families of both young children and prospective high schoolers. Perhaps they echo conversations some of you have with your friends or relatives.

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