From the Head of School
June 29, 2018
Dear Stanwich Parents,
We welcome summer’s change of pace and the year-end celebrations. On June 1, Stanwich congratulations were heart-felt for the graduating class led by Maeve Sebold, Salutatorian, who also won the Faculty Award; Isabel Vigale, recipient of the Head of School Award; and Henry Hittle, Valedictorian. The ceremony with additional parting comments to the class from Fabien Cousteau and Faculty Speaker Peter Katona provided a wonderful farewell and Godspeed as the Class of ‘18 disperses for excellent selective and very selective universities around the country. I appreciate Mr. Murphy’s and Ms. Mihailovich’s graduation planning efforts and Ms. McIntyre’s party planning for the reception following the ceremony.
In addition to our Divisional Closing Ceremonies in the subsequent days, I attended and was very impressed by the Greenwich Country Day School graduation. I was honestly awed by the graduation address by one their graduates, Olivia Goldstuck. A couple of days later sharing my impressions with Stanwich faculty, I learned that Olivia and her sister had previously attended Stanwich and that her father had been a Stanwich trustee. The connection reminded me that this year’s Charter Day Alumni speaker Katrina Black began at GCDS and finished at Stanwich, a fitting counterpoint. Many programmatic and philosophic connections exist between our two schools that ensure easy access for students between them.
Although I expect that Stanwich can take some credit for Olivia’s positive outlook and forensic excellence, her words of appreciation and praise for her GCDS experience should help assuage anxieties of current Stanwich families as they look ahead to 2019’s institutional shift. I encourage you to take a look at the clips from Olivia’s speech linked here. More than ever, I am confident that Stanwich families will be extraordinarily well served. Our students will be welcomed wholeheartedly and blessed with great teachers and a wider array of outstanding programs. The Stanwich community has much for which to be thankful.
2017-2018 ended with a flurry of professional development activities with Lower School teachers focusing upon math to ensure a seamless entry for students to Old Church Road in September, 2019. This week, under the direction of the Greenwich Leadership Group, Stanwich Upper School faculty have engaged with GCDS faculty and administration to plan the rich and exciting new Grade 9-12 curriculum that will be broadcast this fall. The research and planning process has been a smooth but exciting one, and the finished product for September 2019 will be distinctive and impressive.
In the shorter term, Mr. Murphy is working with his GCDS counterparts to pilot some of the new programming initiatives beginning this fall. In addition,integration extracurricular activities continue to solidify. Stanwich K-8 students wishing to participate in the Greenwich Flag Football league -for which registration is now underway at www.greenwichctflagfootball.com - will combine with their GCDS counterparts. Congratulation to this summer’s Project Blessing trip, and chaperones Shaun Fletcher and Jackie Wood , on a job well done despite more than the normal challenges.
Earlier this week, we sent off football helmets to be cleaned and repainted in anticipation of the combined Stanwich/GCDS football team this fall, among several other: field hockey, boys’ and girls’ ice hockey, wrestling, softball and boys’ and girls’ lacrosse. Combined school community service opportunities will be available for Grade 7 and 8 students. As well, the GCDS/Stanwich music departments have begun planning some collaborative programs. More information on those initiatives and the exciting opportunities will be available later this summer.
Final permits are being secured for the new wing and explosive charges (Happy 4th of July) for the first phase. I look forward to the ruckus and will keep you posted.
Head of School