Category Archives: Leadership

The Great Kindness Challenge, Middle School Style

Middle school students no longer cart in Valentine’s boxes covered in glitter and paper hearts on February 14. But they still get to join in on the Valentine’s Day fun!  This February, our sixth and eighth grade advisory groups will embrace the Great Kindness Challenge by showering our lower school students with kindness in several creative ways. Sixth Grade Advisory

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Becoming More: Off-Stage Wisdom from Young Performers

The middle school recently closed the curtain on a stunning production of The Lion King, Jr. In one poignant scene, the spirit of King Mufasa speaks to his adolescent son Simba in a vision and urges him to aim higher. “Look inside yourself, Simba,” he says. “You are more than what you have become.” This exchange felt beautifully familiar. As

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Middle School Advisory: Putting The Puzzle Pieces Together

This week’s “Notes from the Middle” is written by Jeff Snyder, Assistant Head of Middle School. “We are all a part of something larger than ourselves.” This mantra is embedded within the fabric of the TVS Middle School, and nowhere is this more evident than within the philosophy and goals of our advisory program. In advisory, we balance individual student

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In the Footsteps of Heroes

On Saturday, the eighth grade will embark on a journey to Washington D.C., Antietam National Battlefield, and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. These historic places invite us to remember. They invoke the sacrifices of women and men who dedicated their lives to advancing the ideals of this nation: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. One morning, our eighth graders will

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First Day Thoughts: Lessons in Leadership

This morning, over 300 students streamed into our brand new Assembly Hall for the Middle School Opening Convocation. It was awe-inspiring to watch our community gather together in this long-awaited space. I took the opportunity to share a few thoughts about leadership, especially as it relates to our middle school motto: Wherever we are, we strive to leave a place better than we found it. Here’s an excerpt

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A Faculty Tribute to Our Eighth Graders

Last week, 83 eighth graders gathered for an evening of dinner and dancing to celebrate their final days as middle schoolers. As I looked out upon this happy gathering, I couldn’t help but remember these young adults as wide-eyed fifth graders. At their very first middle school assembly in August of 2011, I challenged them to “leave each place better

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