Success and Accomplishment
~ a post from Dr. Sherrill
Dear Gregory School Families -
Spring brings warm temperatures and many TGS success stories! We love being able to share tales of happy and accomplished students and this edition of the newsletter is packed with just that type of good news. Examples include the following:
- The TGS Robotics team qualifies for and attends the international competition in Houston
- The boys and girls basketball teams get a jump on next season with May camps
- The school hosts a Spring College Fair with over 400 in attendance
- Rome Days in the middle school are a smashing success on consecutive Fridays
- Students are inducted into both the National Honor Society and the Foreign Language Honor Societies
- Both the middle and upper school host fine arts nights where student talent in the visual and performing arts are put on display
- Taylor Thompson brings home the award for Athlete of the Year in our division
- Athletic teams advance to the division and state playoffs
In barely three weeks, school will be dismissed for the summer break. By May 20th we will have done the following with your help:
- Promoted 5th and 8th graders
- Graduated the class of 2017
- Enjoyed annual traditions like the Senior Dinner and FA Spring Fiesta
- Summarized interim week survey results from students and faculty. Parents will be asked to provide their feedback regarding interim week programming prior to the end of the school year
- Achieved our Annual Fund goal!
With school enrollment projected to be 300 or above, we’ve made internal personnel adjustments and hired new teachers. We will introduce all of our new colleagues to you in greater detail soon, but in the meantime we’re pleased to announce the following:
- Elaine Kornfeld will be teaching 5th grade next year with Nina Hernandez (we have two full sections of 5th grade for 2017-18)
- Beth Cain will be teaching 7th grade English and US yearbook (Mr. Mann will continue to teach 4 sections of 8th grade English and US Journalism.)
- Amie Bergersen will be teaching 6th grade math (due to Mrs. Scofield’s retirement).
- Roderick Thompson (new hire) will be teaching 8th grade Science.
- Shan Wevill (new hire) will be teaching one or two sections of 7th grade history, US Advanced Spanish courses, and possibly an US History course.
- Anna Cain (new hire) will be teaching digital design and working with Beth Cain to cover library needs.
- Ashley David (school counselor) will be teaching MS yearbook.
We are very excited about the additional talent joining our instructional team! Detailed biographies of these new teachers will be distributed at the end of the school year.
And finally, I ask for your help in achieving our Annual Fund goal ($125K). We are only $13,000 away and we still have one more exciting matching opportunity to roll out next week! If you have not yet given to the annual fund, please take a moment to reflect on all that the school is doing for your child and recognize that this extra piece of our operating budget is what helps us fill the gap that tuition alone won’t cover. The annual fund supports the purchase of consumables for the FabLab, campus facility improvements, Friday exploration speakers, athletic travel, commencement supplies, and the additional costs of success when individual students and teams advance to regional and state competitions (there has been a lot of this lately!). Please help us meet our goal. Your support ensures that we continue “the Gregory School difference”.
Julie A. Sherrill, Ph.D.
Head of School
The Gregory School is a place that is transforming learning and transforming students' lives. Gregory students lead institutions, they found movements, they invent technology, they run cities. Students leave TGS with a sense of agency; they believe they can change the world for the better and it is our aim to ensure we give them the knowledge, skills, experiences and confidence to do so.Dr. Julie Sherrill