Messages from Marjo

Head of School Marjo TalbottMarjo Talbott
Head of School

A Season for Traditions

Students K-12 perform at last December's All-School Assembly.

’Tis the season for many wonderful traditions. One of my favorite Maret moments is reading recipes from the Kindies on “How to Cook a Turkey.” Two examples from this November: “Get it at the store. Warm it up, maybe in the toaster. Put some salt on it.” And, “Find it inside the forest and catch it with a net. Drive back home. Cook it on a plate in the oven on warm (50º) for one hour.”

Over the next two weeks, we will be treated to delightful music traditions—including the Band and the Choral concerts, as well as my favorite, the All-School Assembly, when all of our students gather in the New Gym for celebration.

It is a comparatively new tradition for me to meet in the fall with each of the Grade 9 advising groups. We share blueberry coffee cake and, as an ice-breaker, introductions: first, middle, and last names, including any nicknames. What do we like (or dislike) about our names? What are their origins or the stories behind them? Students often are surprised to learn that my legal name is Mary Josephine, for (respectively) my aunt and my mother; they are also amused that my grandson calls me “JoJo.” At the latest of these gatherings, some students noted their names are rooted in African, Hindu, Jewish, or Irish traditions.

Another exercise for the group is to reflect on our theme: Explore . . . Persevere . . . Grow! I asked everyone to consider, “What do you most enjoy exploring?” For me, I wanted to learn how to cook an 18-pound Thanksgiving turkey perfectly. The ninth graders responded with their own (wonderfully eclectic) interests and passions, which included playing football, therapeutic horseback riding, learning the guitar, participating in jam sessions, listening to Indian music, Hip Hop, and the Robotics Team.

I love the moments in my day when I can witness the incredible work of our students and faculty and listen to their hopes, stories, and traditions.

Best wishes to you for Happy Holidays!

Marjo Talbott
Head of School