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Integrity: A Critical Value for our Future

“To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.”  – Confucius Recent news has been full of examples of questionable integrity.   Three alone have received national attention: The college admissions scandalJussie Smollett caseMichael Cohen   Integrity, one of the core values of Roycemore, refers to “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.”  All three of the above are glaring examples of...
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Daring Greatly – The Palio

From the Head of School“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no...
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Expecting and Accepting Mistakes (Part 2)

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.”  – Dr. Steve Maraboli Acceptance.  We crave it. We thrive in environments that are accepting.  How consistently do we give ourselves the gift of acceptance?  Do we accept others? In a culture that embraces acceptance, there is greater trust, kindness, forgiveness, and joy. Acceptance fosters compassion and respect, two of our core values at Roycemore.   When...
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Expecting and Accepting Mistakes (Part 1)

“The most important learning is the ability to accept and expect mistakes.”  – Fred Rogers Roycemore School recently partnered with Rotary International, Northwestern University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy to show the film Won’t You Be My Neighbor to the Evanston community.  This was the second time I had seen the film and this time I wrote down a couple of quotes from...
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The Beauty of Betweeness

In an interview with psychiatrist and author, Ian McGilchrist, on the podcast The Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam talks with McGilchrist about why the brain is divided in half and some of the age-old questions related to the left brain versus the right brain.  In the interview, Gilchrist talks about “betweenness,” in reference to music: “A note is a simple tone. What does it mean? Actually, it means nothing…It’s the gaps...
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What Just Happppeeeeeened?

It’s a guilty pleasure of mine.  I don’t watch much television, but I do like to watch America’s Got Talent, when it works out in my schedule.  I love seeing individuals reaching their full potential and stretching the limits of what’s possible. Whether it is AGT or Roycemore’s variety show, it gives me goosebumps when I witness excellence.  It inspires me to dig deeper and wonder what’s possible. One of the...
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