A Message from the President
Whether you are a parent considering our lower and middle divisions for your child, a prospective upper division student exploring Stevenson as the place to bring your talents and dreams, or an alum or other friend of the School, I welcome you to our virtual home—which has taken on new significance since last March, when we moved to remote instruction owing to the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our School’s namesake, the 19th century Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, once observed: "Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well." In the wake of our world having been dealt what is proving to be among its poorest hands in this century—with its full intensity still unfolding—we take a small, sober measure of consolation in reporting that our learning community has implemented a remarkable pivot to the “new normal” given these radical new conditions.
Our students have pursued their studies without interruption using a combination of materials distributed in advance and electronically; synchronous and asynchronous classes delivered through a variety of integrated platforms; and extensive one-to-one support from their teachers and other School staff provided by electronic means. By reconstituting significant School rituals and practices across all three divisions—including grounding experiences like regular advisory meetings, weekly assembly, and lower grades’ morning meeting—in virtual forms, we have sustained our sense of community.
Tremendous credit for this transition, of course, is owed to our dedicated teachers and the staff members who tirelessly support their work. Our team’s efforts have been unrelentingly spirited, creative, optimistic, brave, and collegial. Our surveys of students and their families have provided valuable feedback, guiding our continual improvement, and confirming our success. Every day, our goal is not simply to muddle through, but to excel.
In times of great calamity, wise people train their focus on matters subject to their control, and act in concert guided by their shared values. Across our three divisions, our students, teachers, parents, trustees, and alumni have chosen to remain committed to one another, our School, and our core values of safety, trust, respect, belonging, and inclusion.
Ours is still a community in which every day, we do our best to joyfully mind the gap between what we are and what we wish to be, and to do our world some measure of good as we help each other get better. In this light, we can’t wait to reconvene.
Information about our approach to remote instruction can be found here. Information about our planning for a safe and socially responsible return can be found here. Please take a deep dive into these resources, and the rest of our website, in order to learn more about our School—both in its current iteration and what it will soon again be.
We wish you and your loved ones peace and good health. We look forward to seeing you in person soon.
Dr. Kevin M. Hicks '85, P ’29