Carl Vallely's Blog

List of 16 news stories.

  • Theater Arts is Back on Stage

    Carl Vallely, Head of Middle School
    It has been almost two years since a Middle School production has been performed live on the stage at Brimmer. I’ve had the opportunity to watch some of the rehearsals for the fall play, The Witches, and I can’t wait to see the full production in December.
  • Resilience When the World is Watching

    Carl Vallely, Head of Middle School
    Resilience is the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events. Being resilient does not mean that people don't experience stress or emotional reactions. Resilience is important because it gives people the strength needed to process and overcome hardship.
  • Finding Light in Times of Darkness

    Carl Vallely, Head of Middle School
    It is so easy to focus on the darkness of these last 16 months, but as we head into summer, I hope you too will be able to take some time to reflect on the light you experienced during this challenging year.
  • Inclusive & Diverse Curriculum in MS

    Carl Vallely, Head of Middle School
    The MS English Department has prioritized crafting an inclusive, diverse curriculum that aims to provide our students with "windows and mirrors."
  • Reinforcing Research Skills & Strategies for Middle Schoolers

    Carl Vallely, Head of Middle School
    In the 6th grade at Brimmer, core research skills are taught and reviewed across disciplines to prepare students to take on more in-depth research projects in the later Middle School and Upper School years. 
  • Ensuring our Democracy Endures: A Response to the Attack on the U.S. Capitol

    Carl Vallely, Head of Middle School
    Despite the horrors seen in our nation’s capital yesterday, I am confident that we will walk through this moment together, that our democracy will endure, and that we will emerge from this moment. However, we must also recognize and call out the evils that led to the attack and continue to grapple with how we got to this point.
  • A Brimmer Core Value: Kindness

    Carl Vallely, Head of Middle School
    I reflected on our core value of kindness and the notion of tuning out unkindness. In fact, I thought about it even one step further, about taking unkind words or actions, and doing what one can do to turn them into something positive.
  • Take Each Tear and Grow Together

    Carl Vallely, Head of Middle School
    We must continue to do our part break down these systems of oppression so that we can create a more just and equitable worldIn order to do so, we must listen to, look at, and learn from the injustices that have happened in our country, not just in the last week, the last month, or the last year, but for generations. 
  • Monday Middle School Moments - A Glimpse into Brimmer's Middle School

    Carl Rapisarda Vallely, Head of Middle School
    Over the past few months, Middle School Dean of Students Dr. Gallon and I created a series of short, fun videos to share more about the tenets of Brimmer’s Middle School program. These #MondayMiddleSchoolMoments showcase the ways that our Middle School program furthers Brimmer’s Lower School educational philosophy that focuses on the whole child and builds academic and social skills for success as students take on greater independence and responsibility.
  • Giving Back: A Look at Community Service in Middle School

    Carl Rapisarda Vallely, Head of Middle School
    Community service is a key part of the Middle School experience at Brimmer, and I want to highlight three initiatives that work towards fulfilling our mission to develop ethical citizens who contribute to the greater good in our diverse world.
  • Curriculum Spotlight: Inquiry-Based Approach to MS Science

    Carl Rapisarda Vallely, Head of Middle School
    I want to share a snapshot of one of our classes, Science 7, that highlights the project and inquiry-based approach that we believe leads to a vibrant learning environment for our students.   
  • What Are We Reading Now?

    Carl Rapisarda Vallely, Head of Middle School
    Reading is the foundation of all learning. School administrators set the tone in a school in so many ways, and authentically promoting reading is one of the priorities of the educational leaders of the school.
  • Rise Up! Using your Student Voice for the Greater Good

    Carl Rapisarda Vallely, Head of Middle School
    Read Head of Middle School Carl Rapisarda Vallely's speech from Opening Convocation.
  • Building Global Connections in Greece - Athens

    Carl Vallely, Head of Middle School
    Over the summer, three Brimmer faculty members traveled to Greece to forge a partnership with Anatolia College for curriculum building and collaboration. This is part one of a three-part blog post about their trip.
  • Using The C-E-R Method Across Disciplines

    Carl Rapisarda Vallely, Head of Middle School
    The middle school years are imperative to developing the skills that students will need to find success in high school, college, and beyond.
  • Grade 8 Programming Builds on School Mission

    Carl Rapisarda Vallely, Head of Middle School
    Read about the amazing programming our 8th graders are experiencing outside their core classes.
    • Head of Middle School Carl Rapisarda Vallely with Middle School students.

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