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Posted by Scott Wade on Thursday, December 3, 2015
Having been the head of the science department at The Spence School in Manhattan, you can imagine that I pay pretty close … well really close attention to science curriculum. When I was thinking about what I wanted for my kids’ education, this became an important topic. STEM – which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – is in the news more and more, and I had strong opinions about which approaches would best serve my children as they grew up in an increasingly technological...
Posted by Scott Wade on Sunday, November 8, 2015
As I was getting ready for work on Thursday, my daughter walked into my bedroom and announced that she had been awake since 5 a.m. She said “I couldn’t fall back to sleep, but that’s OK … I just had an hour of mindfulness.”  I asked her a few questions and she explained that they have been learning about mindfulness in the Lower School, helping students recognize and accept how they are feeling in the present without feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Wow!  I couldn’t help but wonder how better...
Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2015
Compared to some of my classmates, I wasn’t particularly service-oriented during high school, but Breck’s emphasis on giving back—from visiting weekly service sites to volunteering at school events—had a larger impact on me than I realized at the time. When deciding where to attend college, I chose to accept a scholarship with a strong service component, which required that I volunteer abroad the summer after my freshman year. I decided to work with an art therapy organization in Thailand,...
Posted by Scott Wade on Thursday, October 22, 2015
Last week I was talking with a family interested in Breck for kindergarten. When I asked if they had questions for me, they started with common questions such as: What is your average class size? Where do your students typically go to college?  How many AP classes do you offer?  What is the average ACT score for seniors? After asking these questions, the parents asked, “If you were in our position, what would you ask?” While the first set of questions provides stats to help measure Breck...
Posted by Scott Wade on Wednesday, September 30, 2015
It’s not uncommon during a meeting with a potential new Breck family to get this question: “What’s a typical Breck student like?” When I first got this question, I was tempted to push back and say, “We don’t have a typical student. All of our students are individuals.” But after more reflection, I realized there is a commonality among our students, one I witness almost every day. Just last week, as I was sitting in the Upper School lunchroom, I watched one of our seniors walk over to a...
Posted by Scott Wade on Wednesday, September 30, 2015
I’ve decided that there is no scarier role, or more wonderful, of course, than that of being a parent. The idea that we are the most important role model in our children’s lives can be daunting. There was no manual, no course in school to give us insight and direction as we signed on for this complicated occupation. This comic strip really validated just how important “what we do” in addition to “what we say” impacts our children. Even when we think they are not watching, not listening, they...
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Libbey Castle '12 | Colby College When asked to reflect upon my time at Breck, my immediate reaction is to share experiences that could only be produced by intimate class sizes, the incredible education I came away with, and the remarkable friends that I’ve known since I was three. Yet, a response like that would simply be a parade of superlatives meant to convey through words an unspeakable love for the school. After attending Breck for fifteen years, and graduating dubbed a ‘super-lifer,’ I...
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
“Breck has given me lifelong friends, the skills to tackle many academic and personal challenges I’ve faced, and a superb alumni network that has been helpful as I transition away from college and into my professional life. But I think the most special thing that Breck gave me was the knowledge that there were lots of people who really, genuinely, cared about my success and believed I could achieve my goals. Whether it was the teachers who wrote thoughtful and personalized recommendations for...

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