December Letter from the Assistant Headmaster
December 12, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

December finds us halfway, at least in terms of grading periods, through this year. Whether your child is a lower mid or a senior, halfway through has different meanings. Regardless of where your child is on the road to an education, the halfway point is a good place to take stock of how the learning is going and what progress has been made.

Certainly, grades offer an indication of a child’s performance, work ethic, and ability. Still, this is only part of the proverbial equation as we consider what our students learn and how the Taft experience shapes them into the adults we and you hope they will be. Given that, now is a great time to also consider another important measure of your child’s progress here at Taft.

Namely, The Taft School Portrait of a Graduate provides some important and aspirational goals we have for our students and your children. You will note that the Portrait tenents focus on what a good adult looks and acts like.

As one would expect, lower mids and seniors are at different points in their progression to adulthood. Each benefits from taking some time in December to think about how the year is going relative to these goals and learning objectives. If you get the chance, this might be a helpful way to talk through grades, life at Taft, and where we are on the journey to becoming self-reliant, capable, and fulfilled adults.

Have a wonderful holiday season and I wish you all the best of luck in the new year.


All the best,
Jeremy LaCasse
Assistant Headmaster
Taft School | 860-945-7777 | info@taftschool.org | www.taftschool.org