Making Sense of the Irrational

It is difficult to work at a school in 2018. Today is the 47th day of 2018 and by the count of one watchdog organization, there have been 18 school shootings so far this year. That’s one shooting every 3 days. How do we begin to understand that? I, like all of you, spent Wednesday night reeling […]

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Greetings at the Beginning of a New School Year

Salvete and welcome to another year at The Academy. This week our talented faculty, dedicated staff, and ambitious students all come together to begin the great projects of learning and living which constitute Academy life. I can’t describe to you what a joy it is to welcome your children into the school: while we enjoy […]

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Black History in Their Own Voices

February is Black History Month. President Gerald Ford recognized this event in 1976 and by doing so, asked all Americans to pause and take special notice of the extraordinary contributions of Black and African American people to our culture and to our society. As a school, The Academy is proud to integrate this recognition into […]

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Not Such a Small World

Walking into Sumner Recital Hall, we are greeted by a sea of colorful banners. These flags represent countries from which The Academy has welcomed students and staff as members of our community over our 36-year history. The wide array of flags represents a curious and exciting constellation of locales, and makes our sweet, small school […]

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Standing for Your Own Ideas

From the Desk of Dr. Bloomfield: Standing for Your Own Ideas Recently, Ms. Tirk directed my attention to this article citing a Stanford University study on information sourcing, as it bemoans that young people today struggle to discriminate between fact and fiction. The article enters into a timely conversation at large about “fake news” and […]

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Man in the Mirror

I am a racist. Is that shocking to read? Believe me: it’s even more shocking to write and to think. I was raised to respect all people, not to discriminate, and to see every person as unique and valuable. Nonetheless, I am a racist. I am part of the problem. In our Humanities seminar the […]

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Lift Them Up

We all want to feel important; we all want to feel like what we do matters and makes a difference in the world. Educators are not exempt from this desire or hubris; in fact, we manufacture it better than many. It is common in my field of work to believe that the work we do […]

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