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“The need to approach others with enthusiasm for difference is absolutely critical to any change. I’m the toughest of fighters. I love a good fight, and I love to win. But I think what I have learned is that you have got to approach differences with this notion that there is good in the other...
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If someone had said that to me when I was a teenager, I wonder what I would have thought.  In those “ancient” of days we still had landlines, email was just beginning, and we were still more than a decade away from the invention of the world wide web.  What technology will be different and...
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This year Roycemore has launched a new initiative to include design thinking in our curriculum. We are embracing this process for students as a further step in our educational philosophy that embraces a combination of both pragmatic and progressive pedagogy that we believe provides students with both fundamental academic knowledge and skills as well as...
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Over the summer a robin decided to build a nest in the eaves on our porch. We have a swing on the porch and would often sit there in the late afternoon or evenings as we watched the robin build her nest.  Before long, the robin had laid her eggs and spent enormous amounts of...
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American recently paid RESPECTS to two incredible human beings whose funerals were on back-to-back days.  While Aretha Franklin and John McCain come from very different backgrounds and experiences, they both stood for some of the same values.  Franklin was known as The Queen- and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll...
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The following speech was given by Board Chair, Tom Ellis, during the June 8th graduation ceremony as a tribute to Edith Eisner. Mrs. Finley Odell, the Class of 2018, and all in attendance today, it is my distinct honor and privilege to take a few moments in our program to recognize Mrs. Edith Eisner and...
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The following tribute was given by Head of School, Adrianne Finley Odell, at the 101st commencement exercises on June 8, 2018. And now, a tribute to the Roycemore Class of 2018. In my first year as Head of School, I feel fortunate to have had a group of seniors that has so much talent, so...
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This is a big sports week. With the Super Bowl on Sunday and the start of the Olympics on Thursday, there is a lot to engage with for the sports fans among us. My favorite aspects of high level athletics are the human interest stories behind the competition. Any individual who has achieved success at...
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Over the weekend during a long, snow-filled journey from Evanston to Columbus, Ohio, with my daughter who has been “home” for break, we had the opportunity to have one of those rare conversations that mothers and daughters aren’t often able to have once children are in college. We were on our way to Columbus, my...
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Roycemore School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. We rely on them as a resource to connect with fellow independent school professionals around the world, for benchmarking data to help us run the school professionally, for professional development, and more. This past week, NAIS hosted its 30th Annual People of Color Conference. You...
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