Leadership Blog

Creating Curriculum

Post date January 12th, 2018
As a devoted reader, I find the most rewarding books are those that can transport me across time and space and into experiences that push my thinking to a deeper level. A teacher’s passion for curriculum design often comes from the same excitement as the author’s—the opportunity to create a new world of experiences for students that develop their skills and ignite their desire to learn more. At Belmont Day I am privileged to work with so many dedicated creators of curriculum. Our faculty know that the best curriculum is created in environments where current research is readily available, best...read more

Happy New Year

Post date January 7th, 2018
I hope folks are enjoying the double snow day reentry to the new year in warmth and comfort. What a storm! I have always enjoyed the welcoming of a new year. It is a time when we simultaneously look back and ahead, much like the two-faced Roman god, Janus, after whom the month of January is named. Of course, it is also the time when we are inundated with suggestions for resolutions about what to change and how to change it from just about every direction—talking heads, Twitter feeds, magazines, family members, and friends—to say nothing of our own inner dialogue as we turn the page on another...read more

A Holiday Wish for Reconnection

Post date December 16th, 2017
I don’t know when or where you will be reading this week’s Scoop… perhaps on a mobile device as you set to travelling to visit family in faraway places or sitting with a comforting cup of hot chocolate in front of a crackling fire. Wherever you may be, I hope these words find you as joyous in your anticipation of the rest, relaxation, and reconnection that the holiday season brings as I am. I simply love this time of year. This season speaks to me most, perhaps, because it offers time for reflection—whether around a packed dinner table of friends and family or in the pages of the “Top 10...read more

PoCC 2017

Post date December 8th, 2017
Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of joining nine members of Belmont Day School’s community in attending the People of Color Conference (PoCC) in Anaheim, CA. The conference, which is the most well attended annual conference of any that are offered by the National Association of Independent Schools, welcomed nearly 6,000 adult participants and another 1,600 students for the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC). Not including myself, all of Belmont Day’s participants are people of color. In all, every facet of the school was represented: admissions, business and finance, the...read more

Lenny and Lino’s Tree

Post date November 30th, 2017
For those of you who joined the BDS community this year you may wonder about the story of the fir tree that stands beside the Bungalow between the Archery and Far Fields that will soon be bedecked with lights and ornaments. Others of you may marvel at the growth of the tree that has flourished on our campus for ten years to honor the memory of a beloved member of our community. The story of the tree is captured beautifully in this article, written by Jill Becker P ’14. Enjoy, and have a great weekend. A STORY OF FRIENDSHIP: THE L & L TREE by Jill Becker P ’14, reprinted annually since the...read more

Why I Give

Post date November 28th, 2017
Today is celebrated as “Giving Tuesday,” described as “a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.” Occurring on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the highly publicized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday aims to kick-off a season of charitable giving that coincides with holiday and end-of-year giving. The altruism behind Giving Tuesday is certainly worthy. For me, being sucked into the commercial vortex of the holiday season can seem inevitable; an opportunity to transcend this materialism is a welcome one. Giving...read more


Post date November 17th, 2017
Evidence that I have been here for a significant amount of time…I can now start writing things that lead with “second annual.” It feels good. To that end, allow me to present my second annual offering of thanks. At this time of year, things seem to both ramp up—a trimester ends, reports are written, new arts classes are offered, tryouts for winter sports teams are held—and slow down, as the season calls for more reflection as we give thanks with friends and family and pay our good fortune forward through service and charitable giving. Here at BDS, I offer my thanks to a community that...read more

Questions and Answers

Post date November 10th, 2017
True to my promise, the following are answers to a few of the questions that were shared with me at the conclusion of last evening’s State of the School presentation. I have not answered every question; instead you will find answers to those most frequently asked. An opportunity to discuss them all will be planned soon. Q: As the middle school curriculum and structure is changed to grades six to eight with a larger number of students per grade, how and when will the changes be phased in? A: The changes we will experience with enrollment growth are designed to begin next year with a larger...read more

No One Reads the Scoop

Post date November 3rd, 2017
Actually, the headline here is not entirely accurate. Turns out, many people do. In fact, of the folks who filled out last spring’s parent survey, 105 respondents said they read the Scoop weekly. The statistics provided by MailChimp, the email tool we use for the Scoop, confirms this and shows that 69.7% of parents are weekly readers. So, what gives? Why is the perception that “no one reads the Scoop” even a thing? Well, if data is to be believed, it is because there’s reading the Scoop and then there’s reading the Scoop. Let me clarify: if I read the Message from the Head, then, technically...read more

500 Hats

Post date October 27th, 2017
Of Dr. Seuss’ many memorable children’s stories, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins falls somewhere behind The Cat in the Hat and ahead of On Beyond Zebra in its acclaim. The 500 Hats is a story of a king who demands that his subjects remove their hats in his presence. For Bartholomew, when his hat is removed, another mysteriously appears in its place. The king insists that Bartholomew remove this second hat, and yet another appears. This continues and each new hat becomes a bit fancier until finally, the 500th hat is replete with the grandeur of royalty, and Bartholomew graciously gives it...read more