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On the Occasion of Nancy’s Retirement

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Nancy and Jack Starmer pose at the end of an All-School Assembly in honor of Nancy.

Below is the transcript of a speech given by Ralph Lelii, International Baccalaureate (IB) program director, English teacher, and Theory of Knowledge teacher at the All-Alumni Gathering celebrating Nancy Starmer during Alumni Weekend. 

Welcome Friends.

I am grateful for this opportunity to speak to you on the occasion of Nancy Starmer’s retirement. Standing here before you in May of my thirtieth year of service, I am struck by how time has tempered the faces of so many friends and former students and colleagues. Men and women I knew as adolescents sit before me today with the wizened faces of professionals, artists, and parents, the youthful and dreamy countenances of their youth replaced by more mature and thoughtful visages. It is at once striking and miraculous to see how time records its ineffable movement on these fragile bodies of ours. Most of all, though, I am struck by how, after three decades, I alone among us all seem to have remained utterly unchanged. It is quite remarkable. Continue reading

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The Roots

Editor’s Note: This post is a personal essay written for Colette Weber’s  sophomore English class. From the assignment: “Philip Lopate in The Art of the Personal Essay sees the hallmark of the personal essay as its intimacy.  He says, ‘The writer seems to be speaking directly into you ear, confiding everything from gossip to wisdom.  Through sharing thoughts, memories, desires, complaints, and whimsies, the personal essayist sets up a relationship with the reader, a dialogue—a friendship, if you will, based on identification, understanding, testiness, and companionship.’”

by Sydney Johnson ’17

On a rainy January day, I took a walk. I found myself wandering to the remains of what we used to call “the George School tree,” but now we call “the stump.” The limbs of the ancient mammoth had embraced the school for years. But when sickness struck our school’s organic mother, she had to be chopped. All that remains is an obtrusive stump: a constant reminder of the friend that we killed. The spirit of the tree has not risen to the Heavens. It still lingers ghostly around its roots, which could never be removed. Continue reading

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What’s on Your Shelf? A Reading Interview with Joelle Sanphy

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Joelle’s “Shelfie”

Please welcome Renaissance-woman, Substitute Teacher, and Library Assistant, Joelle Sanphy ’08 to the blog this week. (Interested in checking out a book Joelle mentions here? Linked titles will take you to the MDA Library Catalog record.) Continue reading

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Notes from the Library: New Books

In celebration of National Poetry Month please check out these new poetic titles available in the MDA Library:

How I Discovered Poetry
by Marilyn Nelson
How I Discovered Poetry

2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
2015 ALA Notable Children’s Book

Marilyn Nelson, a National Book Award Finalist, recipient of the Robert Frost Medal, and Newbery Medal of Honor tells the story of her childhood in the 1950’s through fifty poems about race, the Civil Rights Movement, the beginnings of the feminist movement, and her own personal development as a young woman and artist. (To find this book in the MDA catalog click here.) Continue reading

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What’s On Your Shelf? A Reading Interview with Pat Renshall

Please welcome GS Science teacher Pat Renshall to the blog. Thank you Pat for sharing your reading habits and interests with our community.

Do you enjoy reading? Why or why not?
Absolutely.  It’s a way of experiencing impossible things, seeing unlikely places, engaging with challenging and unpleasant or delightful people, learning about cultures and points of view – and all without leaving your chair. Continue reading

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What’s On Your Shelf? An Interview with Librarian Marion Wells

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March is National Reading Month and the George School librarians encourage everyone to check out a book during spring break.

Want a little reading inspiration? Here is what George School librarian Marion Wells tells us about her reading interests and habits:

Do you enjoy reading? Why or why not?

I love to read and am so grateful that I have the capability to read. Reading informs me about the world around me and helps me to navigate life. The National Center for Education Statistics conducted a survey in 2003 to assess the literacy rates of adults (anyone over the age of 16 and living in households or prisons) and one of the findings indicated that 30 million people function below a basic literacy level, meaning, among other things, they have difficulties reading the newspaper. This is a significant problem in our country that needs to be changed through education and social welfare advocacy. Reading is a basic right, which should not be seen as a privilege. Continue reading

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Notes from the Library: New Nonfiction

Here are just a few of the exciting new nonfiction titles available at the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library:

The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789
by Edward J. Larson
Return of George Washington
A look at the often over-looked fourteen years between George Washington’s retirement as the Commander of the Continental Army and his return to Washington to lead the Constitutional Convention and eventually serve as the country’s first president. Continue reading

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