"This is not my second home."

“I am not going to stand up here and tell you this is my second home because actually, this is my home.” So said a departing senior during their audition to be chosen as a graduation speaker for their class. Each Dublin School graduating class gets to choose 2 of their peers and one of their teachers to speak at graduation. In preparation, each interested senior gives a short speech t their classmates during a senior pizza dinner with yours truly.

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I never know what kind of attitude to expect from a departing class of seniors with just over two weeks left until graduation. Many times they are fully ready to leave and are pushing against the adults as they strive to show their readiness for more independence and responsibility. Last night’s group, our largest ever graduating class, spoke about how sad they were to leave each other and this place that they have grown to love. We even had three seniors who were so moved by the other speeches that they asked if they could give a speech. My assistant Anne Mackey and I tried not to cry while the seniors were talking about the experiences and people that shaped them during their time at Dublin. I could feel the power and the sense of community in the room.

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“We are ready for bigger and better things ahead.” The same senior who talked about Dublin as their home concluded their speech with these words. I was reassured. We are always cautious about creating dependency in our work with students and I was thrilled to hear that at least one student is ready to launch from our campus on the shoulders of Mount Monadnock into an exciting future. I look forward to celebrating the Class of 2019 on June 1st and in the days to come.

Excited about Admissions!

Dublin School Admissions Team

Dublin School Admissions Team

We had a truly awesome revisit day yesterday! We had a record number of attendees and I could not be happier with the students and families that were here. When I met with the students at the end of the day I told them that when I met with admissions before the admission cycle began that I wanted them to find explorers, kind young people, and students who would help us build community on campus and beyond. By the looks of the crowd I spent time with yesterday our Admission team hit a home run. I also enjoyed meeting parents who care so deeply about their children and their child’s education. While our revisit day is early in the process we are thrilled to have already received so many exciting enrollments for next year. We are also receiving great enrollment news from our accepted students in places like Afghanistan, Egypt, Hong Kong, Hawaii, and California! I am so proud of the professionalism, integrity, and compassion that our Admission Team brings to our enrollment—it is no wonder they attract such great families to our school.

My message to our visitors centered around our belief that young people respond better to inspiration than to expectation. It is clear we are putting together a school of students who both inspire and are excited to be inspired. Can’t wait to hear more good news on the 10th!

Last Week Today

TGIF! I am exhausted! But please do not take pity on me, this is not from overwork. I am exhausted from observing everything that takes place in the course of a week at Dublin. Sometimes I like to take stock on a Friday and look backwards at what happened over 7 days at Dublin School.

Kusum and Ms. Grant in the PRiSM Office.

Kusum and Ms. Grant in the PRiSM Office.

Last Friday we scheduled a hypnotist to entertain the students, or to hypnotize the students so that they would entertain us. Mid-January can be a tough time of year in New England and many people start thinking of being just about anywhere but on the side of a mountain in New Hampshire! Laughing is good medicine and I literally could not stop laughing as I watched our kids pretend to drive cars, dance, play hide and seek, and lay on the beach during the show. By design, I do not have any pictures to share with you…

Work Gang!

Work Gang!

Saturday morning, Mr. Johnson and I led a Work Gang group as they cleaned up our trails for some upcoming races in 5 degree weather. I also had the students help me make a little tyke woods trail for our youngest skiers and snow-shoers (faculty children) out at the Nordic Center. Sophomore Nora Rogers is painting the favorite animated winter characters for the youngsters to discover as they explore the woods. We moved the giant character from Smallfoot to its hiding place before heading back to campus for a warm lunch.

Maya on her way to victory on Wednesday.

Maya on her way to victory on Wednesday.

 I spent Sunday like many of our students, resting, doing laundry, reading for fun, and doing some work to get ready for the week ahead. On Monday, senior Arthur Garcia delivered a powerful senior presentation about his family and how his father left Peru as a young man to find opportunity in the United States. Arthur wanted to give a human face to immigration and he succeeded in showing how the American dream is still alive for many immigrant families. Emma Williams followed the next day with a very personal look into what it is like to grow up biracial in America. The audience was fascinated by Emma’s stories of how she has grown into her identity through both struggles and moments of great strength. Today, Olivia White talked about her youth obsession with tv shows about high school and how she has overcome the differences between her Hollywood expectations of school and the realities of navigating her educational career at different schools.

While we always try to focus on process, failure, and growth, it was hard to ignore the concept of success this week! We had singers participating in the all-state chorus, visual artists dominating the NH Scholastic Art Awards, and athletic teams shining in their competitions on Wednesday. Amazing what the students at our small school can do when they invest the time in effort in their work.

The Senior Project Class reading an original play by Gwyneth.

The Senior Project Class reading an original play by Gwyneth.

So much more to write about, but I have to run so I can coach our wonderful cross-country skiers. They love adventure and thrive in the out of doors. We are excited about the coming storm!

3 Feet+!!!

3 Feet+!!!