August 08, 2019

Mini-Musings 2019-2020 Welcome Letter

Dear McGillis Families,

The summer heat is fierce. I hope these hot days are filled with days at the pool, hammock reading in the shade, playing in streams, climbing trees, opening lemonade stands, and bike rides to ice cream shops. Slow, unplanned days are a gift that will soon depart. I hope our McGillis students enjoy the self-created adventures that stem from their imaginations during these final weeks of summer vacation.

Our adult imaginations are also filled with new and creative ideas as we convene after summer conferences and workshops, free reading on the beach, playing outdoors, researching educational topics, and brainstorming new possibilities for a year that will introduce us to 2020.

In addition to new intellectual endeavors, a new year brings freshness to the school building as well. We are busy painting walls, renovating science classrooms, shifting office spaces, and adding a few other new touches. Important to note is Tim Campbell’s Middle School office will now be located on the second floor of the middle school, in the thick of the middle school action, and Sallie Warmath and the Admissions office is located in the main office area.

As we prepare to open this new year, we have your experience at McGillis on our minds. The McGillis School is a place that embodies community and our core values. Our community shares immense pride in our shared vision and purpose. We also strive to create experiences for our families that not only reflect our values but leave a great impression and fortify our school spirit. Our faculty and staff read The Power of Moments this summer by Chip and Dan Heath. As we officially gather together in our opening meetings, we will consider how we create moments that matter most to you, create pride for us all, and continue to live with you well past your time at McGillis.

In alignment with our values and sustainability efforts, we strive to move towards more digital communications. Please help us to save paper by looking for back-to-school information on Canvas and/or, as well as the weekly Magpie View e-newsletter.

We look forward to welcoming 430 students, including 40 new families and 79 new students, to the 2019-2020 school year on our first day of school, Tuesday, August 27.

Until then,
Jim Brewer