Life in the Woods: Principal's Blog

Faculty Retreat 2017

Faculty Retreat 2017There's a different kind of thinking that takes place when you are . . .
1) not rushed, and
2) away from your normal routine and space. 
With these truths in imind, we have held an off-campus fall retreat for the whole faculty for the past five years.

This year we were lucky enough to hold the retreat at Kara and Chris Brewer's (a school family) farm and event space that is in the country about fifteen minutes from Chapel Hill.  They have beautifully restored a 19th century hand-hewn timber frame barn that the faculty found both comfortable and inspiring.

In the weeks prior to the retreat, teachers gathered to identify priorities and leading edges for the retreat wokrshops.  Then the admin team devised a schedule to reflect what teachers hoped to study and discuss.  If you're interested in our schedule and discussion prompts, you can have a look here.

Safe Homes for Teens

Safe HomeI'm very grateful to the PTSA for hosting George Greger-Holt from Chatham Drug Free.  George held sessions with juniors and seniors during the day then met with parents in the evening.  With the students he focused on building awareness and understanding for the stages of addiction.  During the parent session he discussed the ways parents can make their homes safe for teens.

For part of his presentation he walked through the five components of Chatham Drug Free's Safe Home Pledge:

  • I will not knowingly allow underage youth (under 21) to consume or use alcohol or illegal drugs at my home, on my property, or at gatherings I am hosting at other locations.

  • I will provide reasonable adult supervision when hosting gatherings of underage youth at my home or on my property. When I am out of town, I will not knowingly allow my children to host parties at my home.

  • I will make every effort to lock and safely store alcohol, medication and inhalants keeping them out of the wrong hands.

  • I will make every effort to secure weapons according to the law

  • I will talk to my youth about the dangers of underage drinking, drugged driving and use of medications not intended for them.

September Board Report

Principal's ReportOur new board treasurer, Karen Trott, gave her first financial report and analysis to the board. . . .  All board subcommittees reported on their major goals for the year. . . .  Our newly elected student representative made her first appearance (having run from the gym at the conclusion of a five-game volleyball match).

All in all, it was a happening and hopping September meeting!

The Principal's Report and Directors' Reports from the board packet are here.

(Potentially) Nourishing Morsels for Parents & Educators

Morsels(An occasional series where I offer quotes -- from my recent reading -- that may be interesting to parents and educators.)

Two passages from this morning's reading that seem to be friends:

"The life that I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place and time my touch will be felt."   ~ Frederick Buechner


"Our lives are touched by those who lived centuries ago, and we hope that our lives will mean something to people who won't be alive until centuries from now.  It's a great 'chain of being,' someone once told me, and I think our job is to do the best we can to hold up our small segment of the chain.  That's . . . one kind of politics -- doing your utmost to keep that chain connected, unbroken."  ~ Dorothy Day

Principal's Goals for 2017-18

WordcloudOne part of the Board's retreat agenda for this past Tuesday night was reviewing and discussing my proposed goals for the year.  In draft form, here are my major goals.

Principal's Report - August

Principal's ReportWe held our first board meeting of the school year on August 24th.  You can view my principal's report here.  Next board meeting is September 21st at 7:00 PM.  All board meetings are open meetings, and Woods families are encouraged to attend.

Recent Posts

Faculty Retreat 2017
Safe Homes for Teens
September Board Report
Principal's Goals for 2017-18
Principal's Report - August
New Faculty Are Here . . . and They Are Ready!
Faculty Summer Book Groups
Refinancing Completed!