Thank heavens that’s over! It is so exciting to be on the cusp of Harley’s second century, and it is such a delight to welcome all the students back. Their energy and enthusiasm and joy is really what ignites this excellent school. The students and parents of the school are always, rightly, #1 on the school’s agenda.
But is there anything else that might be that agenda, you ask? Well, we’re always up to something. In retrospect, last year was incredibly busy: the New York State Association of Independent Schools Accreditation, Harley’s Centennial, the launch of a new Professional Development & Evaluation system at the faculty level, the largest gift in the history of the school, searches for a new Head and Head of Upper School, the conceptualization and commencement of three marvelous new spaces (the Peckham Wellness Center, the Moore/Brown Center for Creative Media, and the Winslow Natural Playground and Learning Center)…wow!
And this year? For me, it’s mainly focusing on the core stuff: knowing and supporting students and families, building relationships, helping teachers in their work. We have a lot more already in motion, of course, from finishing our building projects to turning the NYSAIS report into action, but everything flows from our work with students and families. The agenda is you.