Felicem Annum Novum!

Yesterday marked 72 days since the 2018 graduation, the last official day of our previous school year. It was great to see many of you at our first ever beginning of the year parent-advisor conferences. If you were unable to come in, feel free to reach out to your child’s advisor to schedule an alternate meeting time.

We begin Year 13 in the school’s history full of hope and excitement. Teachers and students are still buzzing about fun summer experiences, including school-sponsored travel, fellowships, panel presentations and so much more. We have added several new positions. New courses have started to meet. We now have four alumni on our full-time staff. And we are looking forward to our convocation ceremony in two weeks.

This year, we hope to engage you in parent book clubs, our re-launched mentoring efforts, our career awareness and classroom guest programs and our dialogues across difference. You can take a look at our volunteering list and get started on one or more projects this fall. Do you want to help out in the library? Do you want to know how to benefit the school while you shop? Do you have a terrific idea for the fall festival? Visit the Latin website parents’ home page often for continually updated ideas for how you can get involved or support the school. And watch this space for more information on our upcoming speaker series.

We also strongly encourage all of you to attend our first PFA meeting of the year next Thursday (August 30) at 6:30 p.m. at the school. We will begin with my welcome to you all and some information about the school’s strategic priorities and various initiatives for this year. Dr. Diana Smith will then offer an updated version of her study skills workshop. And we might have Councilmember Todd as a special guest.

As of next week, I will start tweeting again from the Head of School twitter account. Follow me @WashLatinHOS and follow the official school account @WashingtonLatin. Also, check out our Facebook page and our Instagram account.

The journey has begun! Let’s enjoy it together.