Author Nicola Yoon
Last week, the Center School hosted YA author Nicola Yoon, in conversation with former Center School parent, Dr. Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, Associate Professor of History at Smith. Our students and teachers are huge fans of Ms. Yoon's work, and have read her books as part of our Humanities curriculum. Our supreme goal with all curriculum is to challenge assumptions of power and stereotype.
April 17, 2018
A Consortium of Independent Schools of Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont
As the country reels from the recent tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida (one of 18 school shootings in 2018) we, Heads of Schools at independent schools throughout....
February 27, 2018
Opening Address for 2017
On this unique evening that brings together our adult Center School community each year, I like to take a moment to share something I’m thinking about, relating to the work of educating and raising our children.
January 17, 2018
Looking for the helpers (AGAIN)
Yes, ‘n’ how many times must a man look up | Before he can see the sky
October 2, 2017
Amusing Ourselves to Death?
Sometimes life is hard. Sometimes I want to pull the covers up over my head and avoid the daily grind. Sometimes I wish I could just watch Netflix or look at Facebook and leave the dishes in the sink.
May 1, 2017
Visiting an AISNE member school
Next Monday-Wednesday I will be away visiting an AISNE member school as the chair of their reaccreditation committee. The School is Cambridge Friends, which is a a little bigger than we are, but same grade span.
March 29, 2017
Thoughts on Immigration
Back in the 90’s when my wife Becky and I began our committed relationship I was living in New York City and she was still living in London where we first met.
March 13, 2017
The question you have got to ask yourself
I hope you had a glorious break with your kids. There were certainly some gorgeous spring days to revel in!
February 27, 2017
A Poem for Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration
First may I say, if you didn’t get to read the message we sent out on Martin Luther King Jr Day celebrating his legacy, please do have a look. It includes a video of our children’s march, which took place on Friday.
January 17, 2017
You may not want to read this.
You may not want to read this. I know you are done. Finished. Over. But in case you are wondering and haven’t found a good answer to the problem, I don’t want to leave you hanging.
October 17, 2016
A “political” stance
We just got more Black Lives Matter signs today. The one we had went missing over the summer. A group of willing students helped decide where the new ones would be placed.
October 3, 2016
Brimming with passion
The school is brimming with passion and fervor about the election! But not the Trump and Clinton one… they’re jazzed about the Shellizabeth Warren and Jill Swine one!
September 27, 2016
Can you hear that?
Peepers? Woodpeckers? Children giggling?…all of it music of a kind. When I was 8 we moved to Philadelphia and I went to a new school.
March 21, 2016
The Parent-Child Discussion That So Many Dread: Donald Trump
In all areas of the Center School at all times we actively, directly, powerfully live in opposition to Donald Trump’s hateful transgressions.
March 15, 2016
Thinking of Sandy Hook
Thinking about Sandy Hook today, three years on… And sending love their way.
December 14, 2015
Holidays at Center School
The darkest days are upon us, so we create light. Some of us will light candles for Chanukah this week, some will decorate Christmas trees with lights, some will bring light by doing kind things for others who need more light in their lives.
December 8, 2015
Sleep for kids
I want to be a nag this week. So get ready. It comes from a place of love and respect. You know the deal…
October 13, 2015
Fall days with thoughts toward others
I am afraid that despite the beautiful fall days we are experiencing, I am finding it hard to get past the terrible news of last week’s shooting at the school in Oregon....
October 5, 2015
For those of you new to the school the 8th grade Ambitious Projects are not looming large in your minds yet. I am going to try to bring them into focus for you in this letter.
March 16, 2015
Those Wesleyan students. How absolutely awful.
Those Wesleyan students. How absolutely awful. I’m of an age (mid-forties) where I can put myself in everyone’s shoes in that story. Except the dealer.
February 24, 2015
Yes…Je suis Charlie. Literally, figuratively.
On our way home tonight Jude and I were talking about free speech and hate speech and the way that satire can work in art and pop culture. He initiated this conversation.
January 13, 2015
Poetry at Center School
Last Monday, I left school in a whirlwind for New York City, to fete my mom, who was having a birthday. I left you with a poem in my stead.
November 17, 2014
What a school!
I took a wander around school today. Everyone was on fire with their learning. Primes Blue were writing stories and illustrating them beautifully.
May 19, 2014
Watching some of the Olympics
I hope you managed to get some cozy time with your kids over the prolonged break– the two snow days at the beginning made the vacation seem particularly long. And I know I heard from MANY families and kids that they really, truly missed school. I felt so lucky hearing that.
February 24, 2014
Mama, Ella Has A Penis!
This is essential reading for our school community. Please take a moment to educate yourself, if like many of us, you find yourself tongue-tied when talking with kids about Gender Identity.
January 27, 2014
Had my life increased, or merely added to itself?
“Had my life increased, or merely added to itself? There had been addition and subtraction in my life, but how much multiplication?” This quote is from the novel I’m reading, The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes. The book is unsettling me.
December 1, 2013