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The Grey, Accomplishment, Transitions.

The Grey, Accomplishment, Transitions.

I think we’ve all had enough of the grey.  I say that because this week pretty much everyone I’ve run into, spoken with, or heard from is feeling it right now.  Feeling the grey.  Of course I’m not just talking about Vermont:  friends, colleagues, family around the country are feeling it.  The pandemic is exhausting […]

What a week!

What a week! Its wild ups and downs emerge in these excerpts from messages to students and teachers over the last five days: Monday morning email to the Faculty:        “The shaping of lives has been on my mind this break and how necessary it is to honor those experiences and the forces that […]

Unplugged

Late in the first summer after my first year as a head of school, I traveled with my family and my in-laws to a camp remote enough that we had no cell phone reception, no wifi or internet, no cable or antenna television, no radio reception.  It was one of those rare spots left these […]

Gaspe Backcountry Ski Trip - Encounter Week 2020

Lots of Looking Ahead: Second Semester Plans and Important Updates on the Outdoor Education Center

     Thanks to everyone who has participated in the scenario planning and helped us complete the rollout of the plans for the second semester at Vermont Commons.  If you haven’t had a chance to hear, see, and review what’s in store (our plan for opening the spigot and thoughtfully easing our way back into the building), please […]

A Break, a Rush, and Then a Longer Break

     I started noticing the first couple of years in this role how there would be a mad rush from many folks to try to get a ton of things started or on the radar right before vacations began.  Maybe this was due to concern that they’d be forgotten over the course of a break (by themselves or […]

Looking Thanksgiving 2020 right in the eyes

When I was an undergraduate, a band called Poi Dog Pondering gave a fantastic spring concert.  In the middle of it Adam Sultan, one of the guitarists, took over the vocals for a single song, one he had penned himself.  I’ve used it around this time in classes for years because of the way Sultan reframes the […]

Historical, Not Political

  As a non-profit, the law tells us we must avoid taking political stances, specifically avoiding endorsing candidates for office.  And ethically, we know the importance of apparent impartiality, given the multiple levels of power dynamics intrinsic in educational institutions.  As my faculty must necessarily be protected from me telling, encouraging, or insinuating to them whom they […]

On Community

On Community. This coming Friday is Grandparents and Grand Friends Day, a yearly tradition we keep, recognizing and celebrating the irreplaceable and essential influence of our community’s Elders on our lives.  While every child’s learning is a path of discovery based on moments of clear and uninterrupted observation and connection with the world, always a […]

Scholarship. Community. Global Responsibility.

At Vermont Commons School, our goal is to engage students with their world. We achieve this through programs and a curriculum grounded in local and global involvement.