Upper School Archive

March 10, 2017

George Washington's Leadership Lessons

       “George Washington’s Leadership Lessons” by James C. Rees, former Executive Director of Mount Vernon is the book that I am sharing with all of the classes in their class meetings. Like the author, I believe that people are not born being leaders. Leadership is... » read more
August 30, 2016

Opening Day Speech

  August 29        Opening-day speech :  Wisdom Good morning! Good see everyone, good to be seen!  I am excited you are all here. We have had a great summer and the campus was busy with Starz, Broadway Bound and the sports camp and many of you were... » read more
November 23, 2015

David and Goliath

  Each year I discuss a book with all of our students in their class meetings.  This year the book is "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the ART of Battling Giants" by Malcolm Gladwell.  The author draws upon the latest research in history and psychology to get us to rethink... » read more
August 27, 2015

New Student Orientation Speech

  NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION SPEECH Subject:  Why Latin is important… Good afternoon, good to see everyone, good to be seen.  I want to welcome you all here, I am very excited about this year and this class.  I know that starting in a new school can be stressful, rife with... » read more
June 02, 2015

2015 Graduation Speech

  2015 Graduation Speech Parents, relatives, faculty, staff, friends, guests and especially the class of 2015.  Good to see everyone, good to be seen.  I am especially honored to speak here today.  This has been an outstanding class.  You have only to look at the hardware... » read more
December 01, 2014

Six Questions of Socrates

  SIX QUESTIONS OF SOCRATES                   Each year I discuss a book with all of our students in their class meetings. This year the book is “The Six Questions of Socrates” by Christopher Phillips.... » read more
September 11, 2014

Mr. Connolly's School Meeting Address - September 11, 2014

Good morning, good to see everyone, good to be seen. September 8, 1814, excerpt from the then weekly newspaper, the Maryland Gazette reporting on events on the Eastern Shore. “Last Sunday evening, the crew of the (British) frigate landed in (Worton, Kent County) and burnt Waller’s    ... » read more
August 26, 2014

First Day of School

  Schoolwide Announcement.: “On Moses’ Fostering of Community.” Good morning; good to see everybody; good to be seen. For any school to be a good or even great school, it has to be a community.  This is one of the things we are trying to do here; build a community And how do we go about... » read more
April 09, 2014

The Final Four and More

Last night while watching the NCAA Championship game, I was thinking about Connecticut, a smaller team, and a team that had been put on probation. A team whose majority of players had decided to stay at UConn. I was watching and I was thinking about their commitment, and their toughness and... » read more
February 11, 2014

Address to Students - School Meeting, February 6, 2014

Good morning, good to see everybody, good to be seen.  Obviously I didn't know Martin Luther King but from all that I read, I'm sure that he would be uncomfortable to have a day named after him. Because he, more than most, knew that the Civil Rights Movement was possible because of thousands... » read more
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