This week we gathered for opening meetings as an entire faculty and staff to align on division and schoolwide goals, the latter of which focus on: 1) Inclusivity and a Student-Centered School Culture; 2) Focus on Teaching and Learning; and 3) Centennial and School Spirit. Our faculty summer read was Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, a Delaware native, Harvard Law School graduate, and recipient of 26 honorary degrees — including those from Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown and Washington University. As we embrace courage as our word for the year, Mr. Stevenson's remarks to the faculty this week were especially fitting, encouraging engagement in closer proximity with those in need in our communities — certainly an endorsement of our continued commitment to be a school of Wilmington and of the world. Mr. Stevenson spoke to the faculty about his book, ultimately tributing a particular teacher in his life who believed in him and told him so. We have an amazing group of faculty who are eager and ready to do the same!
We also marveled at the artistic talent of Ms. Zerrin Martin, who performed a cappella after Mr. Stevenson’s presentation, and we posed in front of Mrs. Jane Chesson’s Courage Mural decorated with colorful wings and the inscription, “What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” We all — students, faculty, parents — are poised to soar this year in our academic and personal growth, and we could not be more excited to begin next week. I can’t wait to see you on Wednesday; we invite you to stop by the mural in the front foyer of the school to take a picture of your child(ren) as they begin or continue to spread their wings this year at Tower Hill!