Latest Head's Blog Posts

May 30, 2017

Head of School's Charge to the Class of 2017

“Graduates, it is now time for my “charge” to you and on this day of transition, I have two questions: Where have you been? And where are you going? First, let’s talk about where you have been: David Brooks recently wrote a thoughtful article about thick institutions- the kind that leave a mark on you. He wrote, “a thick institution becomes part of the person’s identity and engages the whole person: head, hands, heart, and soul.”Thick institutions have the following...
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May 16, 2017

2016-2017 Points of Pride

Dear CSS Families, Alumni, Past Parents, Grandparents, and Friends, From sun rocks and s’mores on Colorado Expeditions to MS Seminar III and Walkabout to Senior Skip Day and AP tests in the Upper School, the end of the academic year is a time of hard work, reflection, and celebration. We had a great 2016-2017 school year. While it’s impossible to quantify the passion and talents of our teachers and students, please take a quick look at the “numbers” for 2016-2017. #1 We...
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March 10, 2017

Summer at CSS with Full STEAM Ahead

Dear Friends and Families of The Colorado Springs School, Are you looking for a rewarding experience for your Middle School student this summer? We have created something new that will satisfy a child’s natural desire to explore, experiment, and get a little messy!   Campers, are you ready to… hold a brain and figure out who you are and who you want to become? challenge yourself to new heights on a ropes course? explore the dynamic results of coding a robot?...
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February 13, 2017

Hiring Season

Dear CSS Families, Several important members of our community have let me know that their future plans are taking them in new directions next year. We wish them well and are thankful for the time and talent they shared with us during their tenure at CSS. Hiring is one of the most important things I do as Head of School, and we take great pride and care to hire the best for CSS. Faith Madsen has brought optimism, organization, and warmth to her role as Director of Admission. Her...
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December 05, 2016

Tuition Lock Program for 2017-2018

Dear CSS Families, This year, our school has experienced many successes, both large and small. These include a 10% increase in enrollment, accolades from the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Niche, and the everyday successes of our students on our stages, courts and classrooms. It is an exciting time to be at The Colorado Springs School. Now and going forward we are committed to better serving our families and furthering our mission.   Giving your child access to a rigorous and...
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October 19, 2016

The Innovation Lab: Supporting Innovation, Computer Science and Technology Education

Since our founding 54 years ago, The Colorado Springs School has sent forth graduates with the skills, knowledge, and, most critically, the attitudes necessary to navigate a rapidly changing world. This is no simple task. As the pace of change increases in undergraduate education, technology, and the world economy, the “stakes” parents face in selecting educational options for their children have never been higher, and the technical and computer science based tools available (or...
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August 29, 2016

2016 State of the School and Annual Fund Challenge!

State of the School During the recent State of the School presentation, I was pleased to welcome new families and see the familiar faces of many returning parents in the audience. For those of you who were unable to attend in person, I encourage you to view (and share) my screencast of the presentation which displays 14 photos and 14 graphs that convey news of increased enrollment, the CSS advantage, and some basic information about finance at our member-supported institution. We have much...
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August 11, 2016

Going for the Gold!

  Dear CSS Community,   As my family and I are watching and enjoying the Olympics I am thinking about connections to CSS. As I am watching world class athletes like Katie Ledecky swim for gold and Mara Abbott ride an inspiring performance in the women’s road cycling race, I’m struck by the parallels between athletics and education. Both endeavors prioritize effort, growth, and mentorship. Just like students and educators, the best athletes and coaches know that...
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June 29, 2016

2016-2017 Hiring Announcements

Dear CSS Community, 2016-2017 Hiring Announcements  I am pleased to announce new faculty and Board of Trustee appointments and positions for the 2016-17 school year at The Colorado Springs School. Our school is a special place - defined by the rigor and relevance of our programs and the relationships our master teachers forge with our students and families. Please join me in welcoming new members of our Kodiak team and celebrating returning faculty and trustees serving in new...
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May 26, 2016

Head of School's Charge to the Class of 2016

“Class of 2016, my charge to you will be brief- so in a sense, Mr. White, if you consider this to be a race— I will win. You are not a very competitive person and so I don’t expect that this will bother you, in any way. Me winning here, in front of all of these people. Graduates- I have two thoughts to share with you today—and I’ve been inspired by the music and energy of Garage Band, the Upper School student rock band, and the recent Musical, Bye-Bye Birdie. Therefore,...
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More recent posts

May 16, 2017

2016-2017 Points of Pride

Dear CSS Families, Alumni, Past Parents, Grandparents, and Friends, From sun rocks and s’mores on Colorado Expeditions to MS Seminar III and Walkabout to Senior Skip Day and AP tests in the Upper School, the end of the academic year is a time of hard work, reflection, and celebration. We had...
» read more
March 10, 2017

Summer at CSS with Full STEAM Ahead

Dear Friends and Families of The Colorado Springs School, Are you looking for a rewarding experience for your Middle School student this summer? We have created something new that will satisfy a child’s natural desire to explore, experiment, and get a little messy!   Campers, are...
» read more
February 13, 2017

Hiring Season

Dear CSS Families, Several important members of our community have let me know that their future plans are taking them in new directions next year. We wish them well and are thankful for the time and talent they shared with us during their tenure at CSS. Hiring is one of the most important...
» read more
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