Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Shot Out of a Cannon

Our Head of School Mark Davis says the beginning of school is like being shot out of a cannon.

And boy, is it! September is jam-packed with new faculty and student orientations, class trips, the first day of school, the first assembly, the first lunchline, photo day, parent coffees, Middle School and Upper School Open Houses, board and staff committee meetings, athletic meets, Admissions events, Annual Fund kick off ... You name it, we've got it.

The great thing about being shot out of a cannon is that the view is spectacular. You see the full kaleidoscope of school life, a riot of colors, buzzing clusters of excited people, and cheery but purposeful activity. You feel the energy of the festive atmosphere as wind that blows through your hair. The warm breeze of expanding minds, self-discovery, and shared goals invigorates you as you sail over this sunny, beautiful, verdant Hilltop.

If school is a carnival, I'm glad to be a performer.


  1. Ninette, I am so impressed with the messages you have included here. You have clearly carved out a special niche at a special place. What a great job you are doing, my friend!

  2. Thank you, Matthew. I can't write you back since I don't have contact info for you, but I appreciate that you have taken the time to read my blog and to join me in being grateful for all the small, wonderful things that add up to big change.