Happy New Year! It is so nice to see the well-rested faces of students and faculty as we gathered back together as a community this week. While Mother Nature has tested us a bit, please rest assured that any and all weather-related decisions, regardless of how popular they may or may not be with our students or families, are made after thorough and thoughtful research and deliberation, with the #1 priority being the safety of our students, faculty and families.
The new year is a good time for all of us to refresh and recommit to personal and collective goals. To this end, we are always striving to communicate in effective and meaningful ways. Thanks to the work of our Communications Office, you will see that The Weathervane has a new look. We hope this new design will streamline information and optimize content for mobile devices. You will also note, that as the new year begins, I plan to share monthly versus weekly messages via The Weathervane, providing opportunities for other voices in the school’s leadership and faculty — assistant heads, trustees, dean of teaching and learning, college counseling, department chairs — to be heard from time to time. We are fortunate to have great minds and hearts on the Tower Hill team, and I benefit greatly from hearing directly from these individuals on a regular basis; I am sure you will, too. My hope is that a monthly message from the Head of School will enable me to continue to share with you, but in more depth and on a broader variety of educational topics. We welcome your feedback always, so feel free to let us know what you think of our new format and plan for The Weathervane!
As winter is surely upon us right now, the Danes have a term that we would do well to familiarize ourselves with. They deliberately focus on hygge — loosely translated as a cozy and comfortable conviviality, while taking pleasure in the small joys of life. Comfy blankets, fireside conversation, hot chocolate, great novels and knitted sweaters all fit within this concept, surely a remedy to chilly temperatures. This time of year can allow space for real moments of reflection, hope and anticipation in our intellectual and personal growth. So, don’t be surprised if we look for ways to inject a bit of hygge in students’ days at Tower Hill this winter!
Your children’s teachers, the entire Tower Hill team, and I remain committed to providing our students with a timeless, exhilarating educational experience of the highest quality of excellence — one that is recognized both locally and nationally. We have much to look forward to at Tower Hill!
All my best,
Elizabeth C. Speers
Head of School