As summer draws to a close, I reflect on the rich history and many traditions of St. Paul's School with genuine excitement about the opportunities that lie ahead.
I hope you and your sons have enjoyed these warm months. For our faculty and staff, the summer brought opportunities for professional growth as well as personal time to rejuvenate and refocus on the task of another great year. This summer I traveled to Seattle for the Country Day School Headmaster's Association Conference. I also had the opportunity to present at the International Boys' School Coalition Conference (IBSC) in Montreal.
Our expert faculty represented us well this summer. Middle School teachers Matt Byars and Doug Finkel presented at the IBSC conference. Upper School teacher Caroline Dengler spent time in Canada working on a multi-year IBSC research project. Upper School teacher Justin Quam served on a Georgetown University roundtable at a symposium for graduate students in the humanities. St. Paul's School Director for Global Programs Sarah Walker and Director for Inclusive Community Simon Ponce spent a week in Costa Rica at a global studies experiential education workshop.
We continue to grow our international programming, pursuing our commitment to cultural awareness. This summer students traveled from Maryland Eastern Shore and the southwest United States to Hawaii and Japan. This year, we will offer our Middle School boys two new travel opportunities in Scotland and Iceland.
Our maintenance staff worked tirelessly this summer to improve our campus. Brooklandwood received a much-needed makeover thanks to the generosity and support of our Parents' Association. As you drive onto our grounds, you will notice the exciting progress of the new Upper School construction project.
I'm pleased to welcome new faculty and staff. I'm also thrilled that 40-year veteran Howard Schindler will lead the Upper School as interim head this year. These energetic colleagues are working with administrators across The St. Paul's Schools to make the most of our unique model and our emphasis on cross-campus opportunities.
We have much to be excited about on the horizon, but we know change can be uncomfortable. I feel incredibly fortunate that our school has strong bones. Our mission is sound and good, and we have great people tending to this institution—people who care deeply about our students and the continued success of the school. I share with you my deep commitment to the traditions of St. Paul's. This is a place where character matters, where relationships are at the very heart of all that we do. This is a place where opportunities are abound and healthy risks are encouraged. This is a campus where we grow as educators alongside our boys. Each of our community traditions — the honor-code signing, the senior mural, Kinsolving trips — is emblematic of who we are, what we stand for, and the impact we leave in our community and our world.
I look forward to partnering with The St. Paul's Schools Board of Trustees, President Jeff Huang, and SPSG Head of School Ereni Malfa to continue to strengthen our school community with a clear focus on our Episcopal identity and our guiding values. I hope you and your families enjoyed a restful and rejuvenating summer, and I look forward to beginning a new year.