Brimmer Blog

What makes a school special is both who its people are and what they believe. At Brimmer, you will find educators who embrace new ideas, respond with dynamic programming, and adjust to the needs of each student. You will find students who are encouraged to be inquisitive, confident, and open with their ideas and beliefs. We are a PK – 12 community that models what it means to be lifelong learners. In Brimmer’s school blog, our educators and administrators share their unique perspectives. Come learn how our students are inspired to learn, encouraged to explore, and empowered to lead.

2022

  • October

    A Winning Team

    Judith Guild, Head of School
    With the Head of the Charles on our minds, I thought it would be a good opportunity to open with a regatta metaphor, one that may help tell the Brimmer story. Much like Brimmer, the boats are small, and it’s the whole of a team’s effort that makes the individual feel the power of being part of a winning team.
  • Ninth graders created models of the different cell types out of modeling clay.

    In the Classroom: Science

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    If you were to walk through our science labs this week, you would have found 9th grade students exploring cell transport and plasma membranes in their biology classes. Part of their lesson included a hands-on activity in which students created their own models of the different cell types out of modeling clay.
  • A Wonderful Start to the Year

    Carl Vallely, Head of Middle School
    Our students have begun to settle into the new year. They are making new friends, getting to know their teachers, and launching into their studies. Our trip to Camp Northwoods was a success as students built relationships through community building activities and got to know each other across grade levels. 
  • Building Community and Connections

    Kimberly Formisano, Head of Lower School
    The beginning of a school year brings promise of new relationships, new learning, and new routines. My own children demonstrated their eagerness for the school year to begin by preparing their backpacks days before the first day of school.
  • September

    Balance

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    I remember this memory quite vividly. I was about 14 years old and brought a bowl of soup to my grandmother. I walked slowly, intent on not spilling any of the soup, trying not to blink as I focused on the liquid in the bowl moving back and forth and coming close to the edge. 
  • Sparking Joy

    Carl Vallely, Head of Middle School
    Before the pandemic, Marie Kando’s KonMari method went viral. The KonMari Method is a simple method of decluttering both literally and metaphorically. It uses a unique selection criterion that enables one to choose to hold onto only what sparks joy.
  • The Act of Finding

    Judith Guild, Head of School
    Our theme for the year is Finding Balance, Finding Joy. I will frame this theme for you and begin by sharing some experiences I have had when I am in the midst of “the act of finding.”
  • DEIB Resources

    Jessica Christian, Director of DEIB
    I am excited to share the DEIB work that our faculty and staff have engaged in this summer. We decided to go in a bit of a different direction; rather than choosing a book, we expanded the choices to include books, podcasts, television shows, and documentaries.
  • Why 22-23 is Going to Be a Better Year

    Joe Iuliano, Assistant Head for Academic Affairs
    Seeking to be an optimist (because that just feels so much better) and after observing the efforts of my summertime colleagues, I began thinking about the upcoming school year and how it will be better than the past few we’ve experienced—no jinx.
  • June

    Rise and Hasten On

    Judith Guild, Head of School
    Seniors, when I think of your class, I think of the way you began your senior year. When you chose to come together one morning earlier this year to watch the sunrise, you showed us who you are as a group. You soon became a sunrise in my thoughts.
  • Commencement Speech 2022

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    Read Head of Upper School Josh Neudel's speech from Commencement 2022.
  • Remarks from Senior Dinner 2022

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    One special aspect of the yearbook is the opportunity for each graduating student to design and personalize their own page in the yearbook. Each page takes on the personality of the student, pulling back the curtain on some of the important moments from their high school career.
  • Robb Elementary School Reflections

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    Head of Upper School Joshua Neudel shared remarks to the Upper School Community after the devastating news out of Uvalde, Texas. He shared some of his feelings to help students make sense of their own feelings.
  • Art for Our Sake

    Joe Iuliano, Assistant Head of Academic Affairs
    Seeking virtue and excellence where I know I have found it in the past, I went searching for that life-affirming, creative élan vital that every school has the capacity to bring forth and offer to its community, and I found it here on our hallway walls.
  • March

    A Good Argument

    Joe Iuliano, Assistant Head of Academic Affairs
    Too often these days, we argue amongst ourselves in ways that are neither compelling nor valid, and we seem to think that being vociferous, righteous, and adamant—sans reasonable evidence—is a valid appeal to share our perspectives.
  • February

    Of Prep School and Oligarchs

    Joe Iuliano, Assistant Head of Academic Affairs
    It was my impulse to follow this because I am a life-long prep school educator, an instructor of International Relations, and a citizen of the world with an eye on pragmatism but a heart for diplomacy and equity.  Let’s keep an eye on our nation and our world and work to make it a safe, healthy, just place for us to live and thrive in.
  • Middle School Winter Curriculum Highlights

    Carl Vallely, Head of Middle School
    One of the highlights of my week is visiting our Middle School classrooms. It is always wonderful to see first-hand the incredible teaching and learning that happens in our classes daily.
  • Know History?

    Joe Iuliano, Assistant Head of Academic Affairs
    Back in the day, I had a wonderful history teacher in high school, Miss Simmons, who had taught all four of my older siblings and was a venerable fixture at the school. She was my teacher for three years, from ninth to eleventh grade, and I think we studied European, World, and US history.
  • January

    Sasaki architecture and design firm came to the Brimmer Architecture class.

    A New Depth to Curriculum

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    This fall was filled with similar moments that brought back a sense of normalcy. From fans on the soccer field to our theater filled for the US play, Trap, to classrooms set up for the style of learning we pride ourselves on, it has been a year so far that more resembles 2019 than 2020.
  • Behare Goshime ’22 at this years Ring Ceremony.

    Ring Ceremony Remarks

    Student Guest Writer: Behare Goshime ’22
    Congratulations to the Class of 2023 on officially being a part of Brimmer's traditional Ring Ceremony. This year is a little different, however it does not change the meaning of the ceremony, which is a time of bonding between juniors and seniors.
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