Dear TGS Families:
It is difficult to believe that we’re heading into our last full week of the school year prior to final exam week! I’m so grateful for all of the work that our faculty and staff have been doing to ensure a positive and smooth finish to this unprecedented year. Some of you have inquired about the school and board of trustee position for next year. We are planning for a much more typical year with in-person instruction from the onset and a return to many of the other events and activities that make our community so unique within Tucson’s educational landscape (a full year of Friday Explorations, interim week, all-school meetings, etc.). As we have done from the onset of COVID, our decisions will be based on the latest scientific recommendations and public health protocols.
May 13 brought a new tradition to The Gregory School. The class of '21, bearing gifts of TGS Class of '28 t-shirts and wearing their college shirts, walked to the fifth grade kiva to meet with the fifth grade students and exchange gifts. The fifth graders presented the seniors with a poem that they had written as a class and a goody bag with inspiring quote stickers, a senior name collage, and candies. After the exchange, the seniors returned through the Middle School campus as students and faculty in grades six through eight cheered them on.
The senior-fifth grade exchange and the walk through the Middle School is a wonderful opportunity to connect our youngest and oldest students. It enhances the bridge between our two sides of campus, brings back memories for our seniors, and provides our Middle School students with additional aspirations for their time in our Upper School and beyond.
Another closely held tradition at TGS is the annual faculty-senior dinner that will be held tonight at the home of alumni parents, Margaret and George Larsen. It is a beautiful culmination and celebration of the relationships that have been built, together with shared experiences, between our seniors and their teachers.
We look forward to the promotion ceremonies scheduled for the last week of school and wish everyone well as we head into our last two weeks together on campus.
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."