Thinking Out Loud


  • Deep and Wide

    Spring brings with it so many new and renewable joys in life. In college prep schools it is a time when we work through the wonderful process of enrolling new students and re-enrolling those who will be returning for another academic season. It is also the time when we assess the strength of our faculty for the coming year while examining the qualifications of those looking to work at our school.   Read More...

  • Knowlege Is Power

           “What do you want to do when you grow up, son?” The elder man’s question was one the lad had heard many times before. His reply came out easily.        “Make six figures.” The knowing nods of his peers let him know he had uttered what all of them were thinking.   Read More...

  • The Benefit of Hindsight

    Years ago I had the privilege of living in Central Pennsylvania, home of rolling forested hills, wide cultivated valleys, and an interesting group of people we called Pennsylvania Dutch (although they weren’t from Holland but Germany, hence the name Deutsch). With their 19th century customs, horse ‘n buggies and barns adorned with hex signs, these Amish folks are a distinctive component of our diverse American landscape. Among their quaint sayings is one that has been on my mind this week: “We g...  Read More...

  • Safety First

    It is clearly stated in our mission and palpably evident to anyone visiting our school or fortunate enough to be counted among our students: Ascension Academy is a “safe, nurturing environment” for motivated girls and boys preparing themselves for success in college. If people learn best when they enjoy a secure and welcoming place to work, then Ascension stands out as a haven for intellectual engagement, camaraderie and social development. That may be one of the most important reasons why we ar...  Read More...

  • Not how much, but how many

    Not how much, but how many “How much do you earn?” “How much do you own?” “How much did you win?” Have you ever been asked a question along these lines? They are easy questions to ask, and hard ones to answer. Perhaps it’s because we are reluctant to share such personal information, or maybe because we’re embarrassed by what we might say in response.   Read More...

  • Where Do We Meet People?

    “Where do you go to meet people around here?” It is a question often asked by those new to a community, even a school. While the usual responses will include descriptions of interesting venues, complete with directions to get there, the real question behind the question defies geographical pinpointing. When you stop to think about it, we can only ever meet people in one of three places: The place where we live—where people meet us on our terms and conditions and in deference to our opinions, val...  Read More...

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