From the Head of School
Dear Benjamin School Parents,
I am sitting at my laptop on January 1 thinking of our collective return to school on Tuesday, the 5th. Although you will not receive this letter from me until after that time, I am continuing my tradition of writing on the 1st to wish each of you a very Healthy and Happy New Year, much success to you personally, and the very best to your children--our students. With your continued support and partnership, we are emerging from an enormously productive and exciting first half of school year 2015-2016!
At a school like Benjamin, it is clearly impossible to describe in a single letter the depth and breadth of our programs or the multitude of ways in which our students succeed as a result of such an enriched independent school experience. The best I can do in a communication such as this one is to pluck from a seemingly infinite geyser of examples some that represent the competitive achievements of your children.
So far this academic year, the following colleges and universities have offered athletic commitments to 13 seniors, 1 junior and 2 sophomores.
|University of Florida
Wake Forest University
University of Connecticut
University of North Carolina
|The Ohio State University
University of Maryland
In this enumeration, 11 senior student-athletes will have signed Division 1 athletic scholarships by the second national signing week of February. This marks a record for TBS! Also, many of our athletic teams so far this year won district championships, advanced to or won FHSAA regional tournaments, made appearances at state playoffs, were listed in the Palm Beach Post Top 10 (as high as #2), and had individual athletes selected for special teams for football (1st Team SFC, Honorable Mention, and All-American Team). Winter teams also are projected to do extremely well at these levels.
Since the college admission season has just begun, please understand that certain schools, such as the University of Miami and the University of Florida, for example, are yet to announce their freshman acceptance list. The following are among the many colleges and universities already offering admission to our Senior Class.
|The University of Alabama
Arizona State University
The University of Arizona
University of Central Florida
College of Charleston
University of Colorado at Boulder
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
FAU Honors College
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida State University
Indiana University at Bloomington
Louisiana State University
University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
University of North Florida
Pace University, NYC
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida
Southern Methodist University
The University of Tampa
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The Ohio State University
West Virginia University
I am thrilled to announce that Dr. Kristen Sheehan has accepted our offer as the permanent Head of Lower School! Those of you with children in that division are well aware of the expertise, intelligence and clarity of judgment that she has brought us since assuming her new leadership responsibilities. Language arts, math, science and Mandarin have adopted innovative changes to their already stellar programs. Dr. Sheehan has been invited to serve on the Executive Committee of the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), a very prestigious honor for her and TBS.
Our MIddle School Head, Chuck Hagy, continues to work with the ADL to eliminate bullying and bias in those grades. A No Place for Hate designation was recently bestowed on that division at a very moving assembly. Channel 5 News has aired details on our anti-bullying programs. The Middle School has partnered with the Palm Beach Symphony in offering Masters classes to students in that division’s Strings Program. Mr. Hagy’s focus on the arts as a medium for other subject area acquisition continues to tie us to the Center for Creative Education in West Palm Beach in increasingly innovative ways.
The Upper School student newspaper, The Pharcyde, has been recognized ten times this year, the most we have ever achieved, by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the most rigorous and highly regarded of the nation’s awards programs. This same organization awarded 1st Place for Portfolio Illustration to the Upper School Geodes Literary Magazine. Our Upper School engineering certificate program continues to expand in both the computer and maker arenas. The Benjineers Club, already having won last year in regional and national competitions, continues this year to compete successfully online and will travel again for regional and national events. Our national search for a new Upper School Head is moving steadily forward with excellent candidates visiting our school this month.
If you have stayed with me until this point, congratulations and thank you! As I intimated earlier on, our program runs deep and wide, not to be forged in a single effort. However, I always appreciate the opportunity to have you skim along the top with me, to have you look back and forward as we travel together through these invigorating times of your children’s education at The Benjamin School. The ride of 2015-2016 is only half-over, and I look very much forward to exploring the rest of it with you as the horizon keeps coming into view before us.
Again, this is a journey we take together. Neither you, nor your children nor their teachers can arrive without the other. Independent school parents, by definition, commit to this partnership for the greatest benefit to their children. As faculty and administration here at Benjamin, we pledge our support in every way as you invite us to participate in this most critical expedition of preparing your children for their future.
With every good wish to all of you for 2016, I look forward to seeing you often as we navigate this adventure together.
Robert S. Goldberg
Head of School