This Friday (21st) is Culture Shock, with workshops for and by students all day. A reminder that there is a parent evening Thursday the 20th, from 6:30 to 8 pm in the Great Hall, for you to get a taste of what students will experience the following day.
Last week we welcomed 20 exchange students and faculty from our partner school, Sainte-Marie La Verpillière, in Lyon, France, with our students hosting home stays for several weeks. The French students are spending some time in classes and also having adventures in the area. This long-standing cultural exchange is now going on 20 years.
Last week we launched the forecasting process for next year with a Curriculum Fair on Monday. I was impressed with the level of student interest and engagement - talking with teachers and with one another about course offerings for the coming year and filling in their worksheets. There is a lot of information both about the forecasting process and about individual courses on the Upper School Course Offerings page on our new website. Students will begin the online selection process next week. The final, signed course request report will be due on May 18.
Faculty hiring season is in full swing, with current searches ongoing for Director of Residential Life, the History department, and a new position of all-school Registrar. We recently filled a Religion department position and an English position. This is all in the normal course of things this time of year. I hope in a few weeks to be able to give a more complete picture of new staff, but we are fortunate to have outstanding candidates for all of our openings.