From the SAIS President Dr. Kirk Walker
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”                         
Fred (“Mister”) Rogers

At this point, I am confident that all of you have begun a new school year. I hope the start has been invigorating and positive. As we move beyond the opening assemblies and the initial enthusiasms, I would wish for all of you a social-emotional climate that was different from the one with which many of you wrestled last year.
Inspired Wellness: P.E. for Gen Z
By Heather Jordan, Crain Center Fitness Specialist, Hutchison School, Memphis, TN

“So, you teach high school P.E.”

“No, I teach high school  wellness .”
Company Profile: ISM
Many schools prioritize professional development – for their administrators as well as for their teachers. As such, they seek new and innovative programs that can support them in their growth and improve school operations in different capacities. Many schools look to Independent School Management   (ISM), which offers a variety of programs on hot topics such as scheduling, fund-raising, financial planning, and enrollment management. 
SAIS Board of Trustees: 2019 Nominees
The SAIS Board of Trustees proposes the following slate of new trustees for service beginning January 1, 2019:

  • Dr. Autumn Graves, Girls Preparatory School, TN
  • Dr. Brett Jacobsen, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, GA
  • Doreen Kelly, Ravenscroft School, NC

The membership will have the opportunity to vote on these trustees at the annual business meeting, which takes place during the SAIS Annual Conference, during breakfast on October 15. Register for the conference at .
Book Review of "Born to Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Help Keep Them Safe" by Jess P. Shatkin
Reviewed by Julie Reynolds, Language Arts Teacher, Christ Methodist Day School, Memphis, TN

At 18, we can vote, join the armed services, or head off to college. We are adults, right? Well, according to the book , Born to Be Wild Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Help Keep Them Safe  that is not exactly true.
SAIS Featured School: Webb School, Knoxville, TN
Webb School of Knoxville emphasizes a world-class college preparatory curriculum that is continually evolving in light of advances in technology, new areas of inquiry, and opportunities for extracurricular engagement.
It's time to register for the
2018 SAIS Annual Conference!
October 14-16 | Charleston, SC
Join us in Charleston, SC, for the 2018 SAIS Annual Conference! Speakers Shimi Kang, Tim Fish, and Khyati Joshi, and outstanding breakout sessions.
Register today!
Blog of the Week
Nishant Mehta, head of The Children’s School in Atlanta, writes about the power of stories. 
2019 SAIS Calendar of Events

We are offering three new programs in 2019:
  • Auxiliary Programs Conference, January 27-29, Nashville
  • Academic Support Conference, January 27-29, Nashville
  • Independent School Counselors Conference, June 10-11, Atlanta
Registration for the new programs will be open soon. Check out the 2019 SAIS Calendar for more information.
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