Summer Greetings from the Head of School

Summer Greetings!


I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful summer weather! We do need rain, as evidenced by our 1784 Field’s resemblance to the Sahara, but I must admit I could get used to this weather pattern. Karen and I are truly enjoying Hingham this summer as we have tried to stay on a regular schedule, walking Pippi around the harbor and through town on most nights…sometimes after a quick stop at Nona’s! The breeze off the water and the changing tides are becoming part of our daily rhythms, and I think we are evolving into a “South Shore” family if that is possible – according to Bobby McKay we can never really be true Hinghamites.


After some weeks enjoying Derby Summer Arts, our family found time to head north. We traveled to Acadia National Park and then to Prince Edward Island where we unplugged, built bonfires and camped alongside red sand beaches. The slower pace of Canada allowed us to recharge and re-energize. Sometimes “forced” family time allows us all to sit back and really appreciate each other’s company. For the past eight weeks, though, there has been no rest on campus at all. In addition to our very successful Summer Arts program and specialty camps, the campus has been busy with workers and tradespeople of all types. When you all return in September, you will notice a re-conditioned Wakeman Building, renovated Lower School hallways, a new music and language space in the Lower School, a new maker-space, a more focused MS/US library collection, additional technology in the classrooms, a new Secondary School Placement Office, new concrete paths, new landscape beds and much more. Some fantastic upgrades that you won’t necessarily notice, but will appreciate, are new phone and internet connection lines, new air conditioning units in various buildings, a new water heater in the campus center, new roofs, new sill plates on two buildings, updated kitchen equipment and more. We have been busy maintaining, adding and reconfiguring facilities and programs. As we get closer to the start of school we will communicate more specifics about new faculty and new initiatives for the year. I did want to bring to your attention one minor change we are adding to the dress code. Please follow this link to the 2016-2017 Dress Code that highlights the change in red.


I would also like to take this time to welcome Kathleen Smith. As you know, Kathleen has joined Derby as our new Primary and Lower School Division Head. Kathleen started on July 1st, and has already partnered with all of us in Administration, as well as having met with a number of parents and teachers. I look forward to her “official” welcome with all of you later this fall.


Ms. Smith and Mr. Houghton will be sending out their August letters (including class rosters) during the week of August 22nd – please look for those and other communications in the coming weeks. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer…I hope to see you on campus soon or maybe even downtown, waiting for an ice-cream cone!
All my best,

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Joe Perry
Head of School
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