Category Archives: Head’s Blog

Convocation

9/20/2015 "By many measures you are the most accomplished group of students ever to sit together in this great hall. You have distinguished yourselves intellectually, athletically, and in community service." Read on for Head of School Tim Breen Ph.D.'s full 2015 Convocation Speech. The Read More
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Beginnings

8/27/2015 One of the joys of working in schools is that we have new beginnings each year. Few professions allow for this. In schools we have a chance to start fresh each September. And while the school culture remains largely the same, new teachers and new students join us to add their Read More
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“But What About Content Coverage?”

4/30/2015  A couple of weeks ago we had a series of revisit days with admitted students and their families. These were fabulous visits – and very successful (85% of the students who revisited ended up enrolling). This was the tail end of a very successful admission season with Read More
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Chutzpah and Humility

1/29/2015 Tim Breen, Head of School Author and educator Parker Palmer has written that chutzpah and humility are the essential qualities citizens must have in order for democracy to thrive. He recently said, “You need the chutzpah to know that you have a voice worth speaking, and things Read More
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Traditions and Values

12/20/2014 Tim Breen, Head of School Thursday was our final day before holiday break. We have many traditions for that day, from the rag-tag faculty production of a condensed version of A Christmas Carol at morning meeting, to Big Clean in the afternoon, to our Holiday Celebration in the Read More
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Essential Skills and Habits

10/8/2014 Tim Breen, Head of School We have many reasons for expanding opportunities for students to engage in authentic inquiry. We learn best when exploring answers to questions we truly hold, it is good for the soul to explore something you love, and it can be an important Read More
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Curiosity and Consideration

8/20/2014 Tim Breen, Head of School Recently, Connie Wootton, the Executive Director at the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools, spoke about the role of “consideration” in our daily lives in schools. She noted that consideration is more than being nice; it involves truly Read More
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Baseball, Soccer, and Schools

7/24/2014 Tim Breen, Head of School In a recent Op-Ed piece in the New York Times, David Brooks compared baseball and soccer as metaphors for life. He suggested that while we often think our lives are like baseball games, our lives more closely resemble soccer games. According to Brooks, Read More
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On Beautiful Work

6/23/2014 Tim Breen, Head of School Throughout this spring, and culminating this summer, I had the privilege of working in a group with six other teachers here at The White Mountain School to explore the evolution of teaching and learning.  We followed an on-line course called Read More
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