From the Heart, Community Voices

Community Voices

From the Heart


August 18, 2022

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This week’s From the Heart author is Tim Horner, Head of School.

Dear Academy Families and Friends,

This year, I think I was more excited and anxious for the first day of school than any of our students. With a whirlwind of activity, the day progressed quickly and left me appreciating the culture of our school.

I define culture as a self-perpetuating manifestation of the community. Faculty and students determine culture, illustrated and reinforced as much in the small, unseen moments as the large experiences of traditions:

  • A student exiting their car with haste for a prolonged hug with their teacher
  • A teacher escorting an anxious student to their classroom on the first day of school
  • A returning student greeting a new student at their car and walking them to their classroom
  • A student greeting a faculty member in the hallway and offering to help carry what the faculty member holds
  • Seventh Class students warmly inviting me into their four square game
  • A student defining the Academy as home

I am proud of our Academy culture. For this reason, future issues of Thursday Mail will include many voices – students, parents, faculty, staff, Trustees and alums. I know you will enjoy hearing the words of those that exemplify our community!

In partnership with you for the sake of this extraordinary school,

— Tim Horner