Congratulations, Class of 2018!

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

As we prepare for graduation on Monday, at UDC, I am sure our seniors are filled with emotion and memories. There is so much to recall. Times of laughter, such as when they dressed up in suits and petticoats for Ms. Seid’s Jane Austen tea party. And moments of...
Preventing “Summer Slide”

Preventing “Summer Slide”

Throughout my career I have been deeply concerned about how students use out of school time, especially the summer break. In March, I referenced the phenomenon known as “summer slide.” This is the loss of content knowledge, conceptual understanding and academic skills...
State of the School

State of the School

On Wednesday evening I had the chance to discuss the state of the school. However, before talking about our performance in the past 10 months, it was important for me to acknowledge the many parents who selflessly and sacrificially give of their time, talent and...
Running to Great Lengths

Running to Great Lengths

This week, upper school track athletes competed in the PCSAA Championship. And, on Sunday, several of our students, teachers, and parents plan on participating in the Capitol Hill Classic 3K, 10K or Fun Run events. This got me thinking about the importance of...
“Be Great” – Teacher Appreciation

“Be Great” – Teacher Appreciation

As I think about teacher appreciation week which ends today, a statement that I have made to students and teachers over the years keeps replaying in my mind: “Be great.”  Some may see this as a trite, simplistic, idealistic or naïve statement.  But isn’t that what we...
College Admissions Season

College Admissions Season

On May 1st, many colleges and universities required accepted students to secure a spot by sending in a deposit. For many of our seniors this was a difficult decision, because they had been accepted to so many wonderful schools. Students in the class of 2018 earned...