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2020 Convocation Talk: Becoming a Truly Antiracist School

Welcome to the 2020-21 academic year. Convocation is, typically, a time for us to gather physically as an entire School community and mark the beginning of an academic year. On this occasion, we welcome new members of our community, celebrate faculty milestones, and present student character prizes. A responsibility I treasure on this occasion is to offer some observations to help set the tone for the year.

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St. Mark's Spring 2020: Embracing a Remote Approach to School
When the news of the Novel Coronavirus (later named COVID-19) was first reported late in 2019, its worldwide impact was hard to imagine. Indeed, the impact on school operations was unimaginable to many of us even in early March when the only question we thought we needed to answer was whether the School's Spring Break travel programs—cultural and athletic—could proceed. Shortly thereafter, of course, the educational landscape changed radically. The focus immediately became how to develop an outstanding remote academic program, an outstanding approach to caring for our students, faculty and staff, and an outstanding approach to maintaining routines that would keep our community feeling together even while apart. We immediately recognized that the focus of our planning for the time of physical separation needed to be comprehensive: academic and personal, individual and collective.
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Some Reflections As We Start Remote Learning in the Time of COVID-19

As Margaret Wheatley once observed,
"It is possible to prepare for the future without knowing what it will be.
The primary way to prepare for the unknowable is to attend to the quality of our relationships, to how well we know and trust one another."
Here, blessedly, is where Episcopal schools are at their best—in knowing and trusting one another, in adhering to a clear purpose, our very reason for being.

-Dan Heischman, Director of the National Association of Episcopal School

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New Faculty Orientation: A Model of Intentional Support
I recently took the opportunity to sit with our newest faculty members to hear about how they have experienced our efforts to support their entry to St. Mark's. I heard generally positive feedback, with a particular emphasis on a sense of welcome and a readiness on the part of members of the adult community to offer support and advice and to answer questions.
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Ben Bradlee '39: A Historically Significant Life of Consequence
I have experienced a distinct sense of déjà vu over the last couple of months as I have watched, listened to, and read about events relating to the impeachment of Donald Trump. My experience of these events brings back a flood of memories about events in 1973 and 1974, my VI Form year at St. Mark's. It was at that time that another impeachment inquiry, sparked by what is known as Watergate, was gripping the country.
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