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Interim Support Team: School Year 2019 - 2020

Gretchen Forsyth, will assume the role of interim head of school for the 2019-2020 school year, beginning on June 12, 2019, through July 1, 2020, when a permanent head of school will begin. During this interim period, in partnership with the current administrative team and talented faculty, the role of assistant head of school will be filled internally, expanding the roles and responsibilities of several current faculty members.

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Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness at GUS

In Buck’s second grade class, mindfulness is embedded into the daily routine, and has become very much a part of the class culture. Each day begins with yoga to calm and focus eager minds, and concludes with a reflection or meditation - sometimes lead by a student. In between, students practice deep breathing and mindful transitions when moving from one activity to the next.

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Get to Know Gretchen Forsyth: Q+A

Have you known Gretchen since her enthusiastic arrival at GUS in 2010? Are you a newer family who isn't as familiar with her passion for education? Get to know Gretchen in our fun, insightful Q+A. From her early years as an eager learner at Shore Country Day School to her most recent experiences in leading student advocacy at GUS, you'll be inspired by her dedication to education. Learn more about Gretchen--her experience, educational philosophy, and vision for Glen Urquhart School's next 40 years.

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A Response to Current Events: Speaking to Middle School Students

A lot happened over the weekend and given this year's school theme of "Civility," I thought it was important to bring our upper school community together and talk. So of course, the Red Sox won the World Series, and that is very exciting, but sadly that’s not what I want to focus on this morning. Over the past few days, people have been attacked: attacked for being Jewish, for being black, and even for being leaders in the Democratic party. It’s hard to think of these things happening here in the United States. Very hard.

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Civility as a Shared School Value

For families who've had a child in kindergarten at Glen Urquhart School, you've probably also heard Sandy Thoms talk about how it’s impossible to provide a "value-free" education. She typically goes on to explain that there are always a few shared values that she and fellow teacher Amy Billings consistently work to instill in their young students. These shared values, the way individuals treat one another, are the foundation of something much larger--civility.

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