Heads Up: Weekly Letters from Tim

Each Friday when school is in session, Head of School Dr. Timothy Johnson sends a cover letter to families as part of the weekly e-newsletter. Read on for an archive of these letters.

Proximity and Connection
Dr. Timothy M. Johnson


With enthusiasm and a renewed sense of possibility, we are back! Following the relaxed pace of summer, the rush of school is a welcome transition that is partnered with the anxious joy of making new friends, settling in with new teachers, adapting to a new schedule, and cheering for classmates on the entry drive! It is restorative to be back together, and I am grateful to be adjusting to this new rhythm with your kind, curious, and funny children. 

During yesterday’s uplifting Convocation, our students performed and student body co-presidents, Annabelle Delaluna-Howard and Teddy Delisio, and I offered words of welcome and reflection for the coming year. For parents and guardians who were unable to attend, please click the following links to read our remarks or view a recording of the full event.

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Year-End Details
Dr. Timothy M. Johnson


As we make the turn into Memorial Day weekend and our final week of classes prior to capstones, I am sharing our year-end calendar for planning. This week's letter will assist you with important information to prepare for an exhilarating final stretch as we close an extraordinary school year. Students will review details in community meetings next week. Additional information for senior events was sent to our soon-to-be graduates and families earlier this week.

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Spirit Week, Smiles, and Senior Love
Dr. Timothy M. Johnson


What an incredible final week of classes for the seniors! After a joyful spirit week and an idyllic Springfest—our first in-person event this year as a full community—we came together on the driveway this morning to give seniors a raucous welcome on their final day of classes. Bagpipers played while students and teachers lined the entry drive holding posters and spreading good cheer! Images from this morning are available in today's slideshow. 

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Rising Strong: Scholar-Athletes, Admissions, and Moms
Dr. Timothy M. Johnson


The cold rain couldn't hold us back on Wednesday, as we celebrated 14 seniors who are committing to playing intercollegiate sports at the Division III level next year. In the fall, we celebrated six seniors who committed to playing Division I intercollegiate athletics on National Signing Day. For context, on average, 7% of high school athletes go on to play intercollegiate athletics, and less than 2% at the Division I level. More than 20% of the class of 2021 will move on to play in college next year, which has been our annual average over the last ten years. More impressive than the number is the fact that these athletes are scholars, artists, and people of character who will bring leadership and integrity to their respective school teams next year. We will share images and details from our signing event on social media and the Pingree homepage next week.

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Bring on OnePingree Mod 6 and Year-End Events!
Dr. Timothy M. Johnson


After a successful and community-reuniting Mod 5 program transition, we now make the turn into May and set our sights on Mod 6 and celebratory year-end events. As we shared with senior parents at our first parent potluck on campus earlier this week, we are thrilled to be talking once again about polar plunges, Springfest, big athletics games, and other more normal year-end topics. It has been a gift to be back together again, and we remain proud of the grace, resilience, kindness, and effort that your children continue to model this year.

The focus of this week's newsletter is our Mod 6 calendar. We are sharing important year-end dates and events to coordinate calendars. Because this list is not exhaustive of all events and details, we ask you to continue referring to the Pingree master calendar in the weeks ahead. We will send additional updates and reminders in future newsletters and communications.

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