You may have noticed a new column in last week’s Wednesday Envelope - the Division Heads Corner, in which Paul Baly, our middle school head, wrote about Morrow House’s signature Leadership Symposium program. This week in that space, Beth Brennan has written about the transforming of the Lower School Library into a collaborative learning space. Next week, you can expect to hear from Tricia Eickelberg. We have added this section because our division heads are experienced and insightful educational leaders whose philosophies and visions complement one another and support our school’s core values of caring deeply about academic excellence, character development, community, diversity and inclusion, and passion for learning in a child-centered environment. Their voices here will provide more context and food for thought - as well as fodder for conversation, hopefully - for our community. We also hope that their words will give you a window into how each division of our school supports EMS’ core values in a manner that is authentic to the development ages and stages of its students.
Our division heads will lead our faculty in articulating EMS’ core values in action next Tuesday, on our annual Faculty Study Day. This year, all faculty and staff will be working on our self-study, which is a major part of our decennial New Jersey Association of Independent Schools’ re-accreditation process. In the roughly 150 page self-study document, we describe our current practices and beliefs in order to paint an accurate picture of how EMS lives its mission. This document will then be reviewed by eight to 10 peer educators from other NJAIS schools, who will be on campus in November. They will visit with faculty, staff, trustees, students and families, and observe our school in action to see how well our day-to-day operations mirror what we have written. That visit will result in a report that will operate alongside our strategic plan and form the road map for the school’s next five years.
If you have not yet seen it, I also encourage you to watch some of the ways that Tricia, Beth, and Paul work together and complement one another in the video from the State of the School address from February 2.