April Letter from the Assistant Headmaster
April 17, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

A couple of weeks ago, The New York Times ran an article titled “High School Doesn’t Have to Be Boring” by Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine . While the title doesn’t have much to do with Taft, the ideas Mehta and Fine convey about what makes for an engaging high school experience describe Taft in nearly every way. For example, “Instead of feeling like training grounds or holding pens, they felt like design studios or research laboratories: lively, productive places where teachers and students engaged together in consequential work.”
 
The article notes that, “Teachers need both more freedom and more support. They need longer class periods, opportunities for collaboration and teaching loads small enough to allow them to form real relationships with students . . . Finally, teachers need parents who ask, ‘What is my child curious about?’ rather than ‘How did she do on the test?’”
 
Taft, in so many ways, fits all that this article describes, right down to our parents and your support for your children and our students. As a community of learners, Taft faculty members strive to model lifelong learning. As important, the faculty is continually looking for new and effective ways to help our students learn. The article ends with a note, “What we need to do is to trigger [students’] instinct to contribute.” If that is the goal, Taft students contribute in so many ways and Taft enables and aids that good work.
 
We have but a few weeks left in the school year. We have a lot to do and our students, your children, stand to gain a great deal from our mutual efforts. As ever, I appreciate any and all feedback and have a great day.

All the best,
Jeremy LaCasse
Assistant Headmaster
From the College Office
The College Counseling Team is hard at work developing our end of the year curriculum for the Upper Mids. We are excited and grateful for this dedicated time with our students to ensure that they will finish the school year with a well-defined plan for the summer months. If you have questions about the program on May 28 and 29, please let us know.
From the Deans Office
Important End of Year Moving/Storage Information

Taft does not provide storage for students over the summer. Two services are provided for students at the end of the school year. UPS comes to campus and will ship boxes for students. In addition, Dorm Room Movers will store or ship student belongings. For more information go to www.dormroommovers.com , or contact UPS at 860-676-0660.
From the Development Office
On April 30, Taft will host a reception in Washington, DC. Please find information here .   
 
 
As always, the calendar of upcoming parent events is available here .
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