Our School motto “De mieux, en mieux,” like our rites of passage for our students, is cherished and meaningful. I am excited to see how my colleagues bring it to life once again this spring with a new round of innovations in service to our students and to the School motto and our valued traditions.
This spring may be a little different still--we’ll be adding masks to the athletic equipment list--but the sports equipment will be coming out again; it’s a much-anticipated restart with some increased opportunity and plenty of safety to go around.
A view across the current educational landscape reveals a shrinking student population heading into higher education as a result of two salient factors: 1) economics, and 2) population dynamics. Essentially, the forces at work here have to do with graphs heading in two different directions: increasing costs and decreasing students.
In my mind, I am already there; living in the future, that is. It is a better place than where we are now: less stress, better health, sharper minds, greater humanity, warm, sunny days with rain overnight. We can act on stage together, play recreational or competitive sports, and go to the theater or arena to imbibe some art or root for the home team.
When I see the cars arrive and form their daily parking lot parade, my blood starts flowing. And while my feet may get cold, or my hands start to freeze, my heart gets warmed each and every time I see the cars form their daily parking lot parade.
The A, B, C’s of the 2020-2021 school year are associated with some new but also some familiar terms. By necessity, we have been compelled to use a number of these words and phrases, but by design, we retain and hold on tightly to others.
To educate our students successfully about elections and voting in general and about the current election we are experiencing, Brimmer's faculty have researched, explored, and shared resources with each other and their students and reached beyond the classroom to provide students with opportunities to learn about and discuss a process that is essential to their democratic lives.
Living in the past is very appealing these days, as the past (pre-2020) seemed—was—so much better than the present. But fortunately for me, the past has dropped by for a visit several times since last Saturday. In each instance, it put a smile on my face (under my mask, of course) and a song in my heart.
The time we are living in now calls for a great deal of honesty—honesty with ourselves, honesty with each other, and honesty with our community and nation. We need to wrap our arms around this value and hold onto it tight in order to contend with what is in front of us.
In most years, the Back-to-School shopping advertisements would have been assaulting the television airwaves and post box flyers following the July 4 weekend, but these fronts have been quieter this year due to the continued uncertainty about the re-opening of schools across the nation.
If he were still with us today, Aristotle would undoubtedly be mortified with the logic of this argument and my reference to his thinking here, but he would, I believe, be pleased with the demonstrated mastery of Brimmer students at the conclusion of each school year.
The end of every school year brings feels of accomplishment, of achievement, and of lasting. Accomplishment and achievement are well-understood and are easily and rightfully recognized in the posting of final grades, awarding of certificates of completion, conferring of honors and diplomas.
At age 4, PK students are introduced to the letters of the English alphabet: A-B-C-D-E-F-G…we all can remember the ABC song, learning letters watching Sesame Street or Barney, using flashcards, writing big letters on lined sheets of paper, and other activities in and out of school.
Our English teachers at Brimmer and May are awesome and deliver the goods to our students. Their charges at every grade level read, write, and speak in class. Our teachers’ former students--we call them the School’s graduates or alums--consistently tell us, in plain English, that they were not only extraordinarily well prepared to write in college, but were the go-to copy editors for their friends, roommates, and dorm co-habitants. They’re that good.
As an inclusive community, Brimmer welcomes students who will increase the diversity of our school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or any other characteristic protected from discrimination under state or federal law, in the administration of our educational policies, admissions practices, financial aid decisions, and athletic and other school-administered programs.