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Head of School Weekly Email: Semester Transitions & Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear TA Families & Students,

Today’s weekly email repeats a lot of the same information and themes as last week. We all want to focus on a strong finish to the fall semester and ensure everyone understands the special schedules in place over the next two weeks.

Week of Jan. 19-22: Next week is the final week of the fall semester, with a focus on final projects and exams, especially in the high school courses, which end at the semester. Here is a link to the week’s schedule. Please note that Tuesday and Wednesday are both fully remote days with synchronous class meetings. Students are required to attend classes and engage in final exams and projects during these class meetings.

Week of Jan. 26-29: The week of January 26-29 will be a transition week as we launch 2nd semester, start new high school courses, and celebrate Founders’ Day activities in a COVID-safe way on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday will be a normal remote class day – the first class convening of the new semester for high school courses. Students who are normally remote but would like to participate in some of the on-campus activities this week can contact Dean of Students Siobhan Lopez to work out details.

2nd Semester Planning Process: Thank you to the parents and students who participated in the information sessions that Siobhan Lopez and I hosted yesterday and today. We are making a videorecording of the presentation and will share that early next week to provide an update on 2nd semester planning. 

Reminder: No school on the next two Mondays.

  • January 18 – Martin Luther King Holiday / No School
  • January 25 – Semester Break Day / No School

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.: I wish everyone a thoughtful, restful weekend that includes some time to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. There is always more to learn from studying the words and actions of this great leader. One quote of his that seems especially resonant right now: “Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” May we all find a stone or two of hope, and bring them together to build a collective path forward.

Be well,

Carrie Brennan, Head of School




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