These snippets of wisdom came from six secondary school admissions directors to parents of 8th and 9th graders during a panel discussion this week about the high school application process. The panel was led by Drew Casertano, 29-year Head of Millbrook School who we are fortunate enough to have as a Country School trustee. We also welcomed representatives from Greens Farms Academy, Greenwich Country Day School, Miss Porter’s School, Phillips Andover Academy, Rye Country Day School and Westminster School as members of the panel.
This week, our family got a puppy. Baxter is our first dog. We have not had one in the past for several reasons. Kara is allergic, so we had to find a fairly hypo-allergenic breed (Baxter is an Irish Doodle – part Irish Setter, part Poodle), and we have not lived in particularly friendly dog-owning situations in the past. When we moved here this summer, we knew it was time. We have been looking for a dog for several months, and we finally found the perfect option. Needless to say, we are all beyond excited to have a new member of the family. Continue reading
Last weekend, a friend sent me the article, “To raise independent kids, treat middle school like a dress rehearsal for life, from the Washington Post. The article is about the importance of ownership for children. The author talked about taking too much control backstage for a middle school drama performance and watching the students perform more poorly than in previous ones where the students oversaw the backstage work. Continue reading