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To the Class of 2021 at Commencement

To the Class of 2021 at Commencement

One of the liberties–and great pleasures–you may take as a head of school is to say a few words to the graduates, a liberty, if you’ll indulge me, I’ll take now.   Among the things keeping me going during this last lap of the longest school year in history, I’ve been listening to Snow Patrol.  I […]

“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”

(photo courtesy of Concord Museum)        Emerson wrote, “To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”  Yet, inescapably, here we are in the final steps of this journey, a truth shown to us through students’ stories, […]

Five Class Days to Go

As the days lengthen, the stretch between now and the school-year finish line only shrinks.  Five class days to go.  Three days of activities (thank you, Parent Ambassadors for hosting class gatherings the day after school ends!).  Senior Projects end today.  Graduation for the Class of 2021 is exactly two weeks from the moment I write […]

2021-22 Community & Core Calendars

Note: To view next year’s events, please adjust the month/year field at the top-left of the calendar. **Additional dates may be added to the list below as they are determined. August 26th, 2021: All-School Hike/Community Day August 27th, 2021: Orientation Day August 30th, 2021: First Day of Classes September 6th, 2021: Labor Day (No School) […]

What You Cannot See

Seeing is believing.  Blessed are those who believe without seeing.  I came, I saw, I conquered.  What did you see at the scene of the crime?  This was captured on film.  I will see you on Zoom…. An early graduate school professor of mine, the wonderful Jennifer Green-Lewis, taught a course on the impact of photography on literature during the […]


     Milestones.  Old markers on the wayside to let you know how far you’ve come and have yet to go. Milestones, counting, predicting–all of these have to do with motion.      I was reminded today, as I listened to Jennifer’s annual farewell song during which she both lauds each Senior and tells the group […]

The Class of 2021

The Class of 2021 has 17 members. Two of them are National Merit Finalists Collectively, the 17 of them have been admitted to the following colleges and universities, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars of merit scholarship offers along the way. Bard College Boston University Brandeis University Bryn Mawr College Cal State – San Marcos […]

#StopAsianHate, Part II: An Open Letter to the Students of Vermont Commons School

Yesterday we learned of what appears to be another attack against an Asian American.  More specifically, Vilma Kari, a New Yorker of Filipino descent, was viciously attacked–apparently without reason–in broad daylight, sworn at and told by her assailant, “You don’t belong here.” The New York Times reports that in all of 2020, there were 28 […]

Scholarship. Community. Global Responsibility.

Students emerge from their time at Vermont Commons School intrinsically motivated to seek out their role for improving the world, with the skills and competencies to do so.