Leadership Blog

Giving Thanks

Post date November 17th, 2022
On Tuesday, we will gather for our annual Thanksgiving assembly—an opportunity to express gratitude as a community. As we approach the end of the first trimester, it is a gift to pause and reflect on the joys we’ve experienced this school year and thank all those who have contributed to a seamless start. First, we are grateful to the almost two dozen new teaching and non-teaching faculty members who call BDS their home. These colleagues offer fresh perspectives and bring great purpose and zeal for collaboration to all that they do. We are equally thankful for the returning faculty members who...read more

State of the School 2022

Post date November 14th, 2022
On Wednesday, November 9, we gathered in the Palandjian Arts Center for the State of the School 2022. As the Ancient Roman god Janus–famously looking both forward and back–as our guide, I offered an assessment of where we've been this past year and an outlook for the future we are working to create. It was a thrill to be surrounded by our families and my colleagues and share in this ongoing discussion of the state of our school. If you were unable to attend, I encourage you to watch the recording of the presentation ( click here to watch) . I challenged the audience in the PAC with an...read more

A Spirited Celebration of the Whole Child

Post date November 4th, 2022
This week will close out with joyful anticipation thanks to the annual Friday Night Lights competition under the lights at Harvard that awaits us this evening and Saturday’s Massachusetts Middle School Cross Country Championship at Willard Field in Devens. This morning’s Spirit Day celebration, complete with a community-wide, cross-graded parade, live music, and a pumpkin launch, helped build the excitement. Students (and faculty!) showed off their school spirit with festive Blue & Gold attire, and their pumpkins were adorned with beautifully designed paper “capes.” The partnership...read more

Tips for Great Parent-Teacher Conferences

Post date October 27th, 2022
Next Monday and Tuesday, we will host our fall parent-teacher conferences. Every parent/guardian will have the opportunity to meet with their child’s teachers to set goals for the year, discuss their child’s progress, and ask questions. Having had the opportunity to participate in these meetings both as a parent and a teacher, I offer some practical tips to ensure meaningful and productive conferences throughout your child’s education. Plan ahead. Conferences are short, usually averaging 25 minutes. Write down a list of questions or thoughts that you would like to share with your child’s...read more

EB = G + A

Post date October 21st, 2022
The phrase “Expedition Behavior = Grace + Awareness” is posted on the wall behind grade six science teacher, Bill Hamilton’s desk. As we started preparing middle school students for our annual fall orientation trips a few weeks ago, Mr. Hamilton offered this simple equation from his extensive background in outdoor education. The equation would serve as a framework for how to be in community with one another successfully, as we embarked on those expeditions. In my 20+ years of living it as a teacher and administrator, middle school, without a doubt, qualifies as an expedition. It’s got all the...read more

First Graders Ask the Best Questions About BDS!

Post date October 14th, 2022
Recently, first graders in Geoffrey Fox's class had lots and lots of questions all about Belmont Day School. To answer them, Mr. Fox turned to Koreen McQuilton, director of communications and marketing. After more than 25 years working here at Belmont Day, Ms. McQuilton knows a lot about the history and traditions of our school and loves to share that knowledge with students of all ages. Below are the first graders' many curious questions and Ms. McQuilton's wonderful answers. Enjoy! Why is the Barn called the Barn? We called the new building the Barn as a nod to the school's history. When...read more

Living Our School Values

Post date October 7th, 2022
As we enter the second full month of school, I marvel at how I see our school values on display every day! Certainly, as a new member of the community, I’ve been adjusting to Belmont Day culture, lingo, events, traditions, and schedule. There is much to learn and take in—and so much that I already appreciate about this wonderful community. How are respect, honesty, responsibility, caring, joy, and excellence visible in our community to me? From my travels around the school and from my office in the sixth grade hallway, I see and hear: Students beaming with smiles and alive with laughter...read more

We're Off to a Wonderful Start!

Post date September 30th, 2022
Parent socials are in full swing, and it was wonderful spending time with kindergarten, third, fourth, and fifth grade parents this week. I find myself being asked the same question with each encounter: How’s the start of the school year? My answer—we are off to a wonderful start—seems to resonate with everyone who has asked. The energy in the Schoolhouse, on the sidelines, on Big Blue, and in the carlines is joyful and palpable. “It’s just so nice to be back on campus” is a common refrain. This year’s themes of community and excellence have something to do with that energy, and being back on...read more

Starting the New School Year With Excellence in Focus (Part 2)

Post date September 23rd, 2022
Thank you to all who attended the Middle and Lower School Curriculum Nights during these past two weeks of school. Each night was kicked off with remarks from the respective school heads looking at the year ahead. We share those remarks in two parts. This is part two: Lower School Curriculum Night, Wednesday, September 21 Remarks by Betty Chu Pryor, interim lower school head “Why do you choose to work in a pre-k to grade 8 school?” This was one of the questions that Brendan [Largay, head of school] posed to us at an administrators’ retreat this summer. When I revealed that elementary school...read more

Starting the New School Year With Excellence in Focus (Part 1)

Post date September 23rd, 2022
Thank you to all who attended the Middle and Lower School Curriculum Nights during these past two weeks of school. Each night was kicked off with remarks from the respective school heads looking at the year ahead. We share those remarks in two parts. This is part one: Middle School Curriculum Night, Thursday, September 15 Remarks by Liz Gray, middle school head Welcome, everyone. It is such a pleasure to have you all back at school for our first in-person middle school curriculum night in two years! Not only do we have that to celebrate, but also the exciting step of now being part of the...read more

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