At our recent Town Hall, I referenced the top questions that I have been asked over my five years as Headmaster. In addition to the likelihood of a hockey rink on campus, and what keeps me up at night, I am often asked, “What is different about a Crescent education?” There are many ways to answer this question, including the quality of our faculty and staff, the focus of our administrators to lead in a time of change, the commitment of our parent community to support the school as partners, and the contributions of our students to enhance school life for all. The list goes on. Sometimes these features are called our “secret sauce.” However, there is not anything secret to how great schools operate in support of their mission. Rather, it is made explicit in how people show up each day.
Over the summer, many Crescent staff (including me) read The Focus Effect – a book co-authored by Crescent alumnus Dr. Greg Wells ’89 and his associate Bruce Bowser. Greg has been a huge asset in developing Crescent’s health and wellbeing strategy and helping us respond to the question: what if school was a place where boys/staff come to be well?
For 105 years, Prize Day has marked the culmination of the year at Crescent School. It is a unique tradition, bringing us together as a community to showcase our boys’ accomplishments along their path from promise to character. Crescent is proudly a school where boys can discover who they are, where they can learn to lead others, and where they can leave their mark – to make mistakes, learn from them, and emerge stronger for the challenges in life. Indeed, every one of our boys holds the promise of being a Man of Character.
One of my joys as Headmaster is to see and hear countless stories of our boys living their character. Our boys are strong students but just as importantly, they are also good people – something I was reminded of again this week.
As we strive to increase diversity in Crescent School’s human composition, we are also making an effort to become increasingly diverse with respect to our pedagogy and learning programs – to position “difference” as a strength, not a limiting factor, in the overall Crescent school experience.
Last week at assembly, I wished our boys and staff a Happy New Year and thanked them for a great return to school. I drew special attention to the fact that the start of a new year often provides us with an opportunity to pause and consider the various parts of our life that we aim to change – spend more time with family, go to the gym twice a week, focus on what brings happiness, eat less junk food – rarely, however, do we place as much emphasis on our habits we should continue.