Craig W. Bradley

Dear Members of the Hotchkiss Community,
 
Spring has finally sprung in Lakeville, and we are enjoying seeing the magnolia, cherry, and forsythia blossoms and the birds in their full breeding plumage. The bears and foxes have been active and visible on campus, and some big brown trout have been pulled out of the lake. It is as beautiful as you remember it, though, in all honesty, it is too quiet. Without the students, the Hotchkiss campus simply does not feel like home.  
 
Nor will it feel like home when we are not able to welcome alumni back for reunions next month. While we had no choice but to reschedule reunions and other events, the campus will not be the same without you this summer. You are all part of Hotchkiss. We are thinking of you during these days and wishing you well.  
 
As I have recently communicated with current families, here on campus, we are focused on two primary areas: the health and safety of this community as we plan different scenarios for the 2020-21 school year and the continued education of Hotchkiss students from a distance. One of the enduring lessons of this experience is that, though we are working physically isolated from one another, we are not alone -- we are in this together. That togetherness is evident in intensive collaboration with other schools, universities, and scientists as we continue to think through substantive issues such as the availability of testing, contact-tracing, quarantine protocols, and facilities that will need to be in place in order to bring students safely back to campus. 
 
In parallel, we are doing our very best to continue to educate Hotchkiss students from a distance. I believe that each day of formal education in a person's life is consequential. This motivates us to assure the quality and richness of learning that students experience every day at Hotchkiss. They and we, their teachers, have no time to lose. I'll add a particular message to students: the more formal education you receive, the better.  
As I have expressed to them directly, I am very sorry that the great Class of 2020 has lost their senior spring on campus. Despite this disappointment, we are excited for graduation at the end of May, with an in-person graduation ceremony on campus to take place as soon as practicable. We are proud of the senior class and look forward to keeping in touch as they continue their education at excellent colleges and universities.  
 
Following the natural order of school life, we are also excited to welcome a diverse and impressive group of incoming students. This has been the most selective year in memory for Hotchkiss admissions, with a record number of applications and a significant increase in the proportion of accepted students who chose Hotchkiss. These results complement our commitment to remaining accessible to talented students whose families require financial aid in order to attend.  
 
As you know, excellence in education is expensive, and given the personal nature of the Hotchkiss experience, the largest expense in the budget is faculty and staff. Early in the pandemic crisis, we made a commitment to maintain full employment for all Hotchkiss employees through the end of June, even as we offered to refund families for spring room and board.  
 
During the coming months of May and June, I ask that you please answer the call of dedicated Hotchkiss Fund volunteers as they concentrate on fundraising. Your gift will enable Hotchkiss to do its best work under highly constrained circumstances to educate the next generation and assure the enduring excellence of this great school. Thank you for all your support.
 
Please stay safe and well.
 
All good wishes,
 
Craig W. Bradley
Head of School
 
Additional resources
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