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A Message of Thanks ~ a post by Dr. Sherrill

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul 1 As we celebrate Passover and Easter week, the faculty, staff and I want to extend our very best wishes to you and your loved ones. It is also an opportune time for us to express our deep gratitude for the incredible support you’ve demonstrated to us during the past several weeks. Take a look at what you’ve accomplished collectively:

Gratitude

Dear TGS Families:

As we celebrate Passover and Easter week, the faculty, staff and I want to extend our very best wishes to you and your loved ones. It is also an opportune time for us to express our deep gratitude for the incredible support you’ve demonstrated to us during the past several weeks. Take a look at what you’ve accomplished collectively:

  • Adeptly navigated a new electronic enrollment system and saved your student’s seat for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Successfully met new deadlines and documentation requirements for financial aid
  • Demonstrated extreme patience as we implemented electronic signatures with the new payment management system
  • Exceeded the FabLab Matching Challenge by raising over $11,000!
  • Rallied on #azgivesday by raising approximately $41,000 in scholarship funds
  • Started a new TGS family event tradition at the Tucson Roadrunners game

You are an amazing team of supporters and we feel extremely fortunate to be working with you. Thank you for all of your efforts on the school’s behalf.

Additionally, students and faculty just returned from an incredible interim week. More details and photos can be found on our website, but the following examples give one a sense of the variety of extended learning opportunities this experiential program provides:

  • Faculty and students created water retention basins on both the middle school and upper school campuses while learning about water harvesting, erosion and conservation (not to mention the meaning of “hard labor”)
  • School groups participated in language immersion trips to Canada and Mexico
  • Middle school students and faculty built robots and traveled to the Arizona Science center in Phoenix
  • Upper school students and faculty created beautiful outdoor murals that depict the sense of community and diversity on campus
  • Middle school students and faculty traveled throughout Tucson and southern Arizona to learn about food production, harvesting, and preparation – yum!
  • A group studied the history and culture of the area by exploring archeological sites in Cochise and Pima counties

A survey will be given to students and faculty next week so that we can continue to assess the value of this unique program and plan for continued improvements.

In the meantime, enjoy your extended weekend with your family and many thanks again for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Julie A. Sherrill, Ph.D.
Head of School

 

The Stilt Walkers Dr. Julie Sherrill
Dr. Julie Sherrill has spent over 20 years in educational leadership. Her academic credentials include an M.S. in Education Administration and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Curriculum Development and Teacher Professional Development.

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
 
 

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