Dear Storm King Students and Families;
As I write to you, spring has sprung on the Mountain and the beginning of the last full month of school is nearly upon us. Despite the many challenges we all face each day, there is also much good news to report. The focus of today's communication will be on some of the most recent positive news happening within our community.

First and foremost, our seniors are well into the process of finalizing decisions about college this week, and our placements this year have been outstanding. The Class of 2020 has a lot of be proud of. While all decisions have not been made, here is just a sample of the schools our seniors will attend this fall:
Fordham University
The University of the Arts
Ringling College of Art and Design
Norwich University
Florida International University
University of Chicago
Tufts University
Dominican College
Emerson College
George Washington University
Wake Forest University
DePaul University
Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
University of Zagreb
Glion Institute of Higher Education
Today is also the opening of the School’s annual “Spring Arts Weekend” which features a visual arts show of student work on our school website. I encourage everyone to take the time this weekend to go through the various galleries, savor each piece, and celebrate the talents of our student-artists:
Many thanks to Mr. Carruthers, Ms. Liggett, and Mr. Harnick for their good work throughout the year, and of course, thanks to all of our students for theirs. In the coming weeks, we will continue to celebrate the arts using virtual means featuring student work in dance, music, theater, and the annual poetry festival. 

With nearly a month of virtual teaching and learning under our belts, the faculty and administration are busy reflecting on what is working well and what needs further improvement. Dean of Faculty Jeremy Freeman has surveyed our teachers about their experiences and I wanted to share a few of his thoughts on meeting our goals so far: “We will meet our goal for this year if we can continue to maintain regular contact with our students, engage them, and further improve ways of gathering assessments while covering our previously planned curriculum. The School’s mission lives on in this new, virtual setting where we are striving to continue to provide an environment that enables “academic success and confidence in an inclusive and diverse learning environment that embraces character, balance, and trust.”
We will share more of what Mr. Freeman and the rest of the faculty learned in an upcoming issue of On the Mountain magazine. Sometime between now and the end of the school year, we will also survey our students and parents to find out how online teaching and learning has progressed from their points of view. All of these insights will be invaluable for improving the online academic program and other aspects of virtual school life if we must continue to rely on this model next year.

Of course, what the future holds still remains to be seen. I realize that many of you have questions for which we are still finding answers. Please be assured that we are continuing to work toward the best solutions to conclude this school year, as well as alternative scenarios for next year. We will communicate more information about this in the coming days.
As the storm outside continues, I believe we all must remain focused on what is positive. Events and accomplishments in the lives of our students and faculty like the ones I’ve covered here are small rays of hope for what the future holds. They are also clear signals that teaching and learning at Storm King remain as strong as ever, and that, as a community, we will weather this crisis together. I wish you all a happy, healthy, and arts-filled weekend wherever you are, and look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions, as always.

Jonathan W.R. Lamb, Head of School
To learn more about the COVID-19, please visit the following resources:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

In addition, The Storm King School will post updates and relevant information on our COVID-19 dedicated web page: