November 6, 2018 Fearing Owning Change Today, as those who did not already participate in early voting head to the polls to select local, state, and national leadership, it seems like the most appropriate time to talk to you about change. I know for some, the idea of “change” induces a broad array of emotional—or even physical—responses. Most Americans, according …

Kindness, Open-minded Living, and the Greenwood Way

October 23, 2018 I posted last month about some of the reasons we teach social skills here at Greenwood, both through explicit instruction and through casual integration into various courses and teaching moments that our faculty take advantage of to insert a little extra guidance. Today, though, I want to focus specifically on our communication with one another—students, teachers, administrators, …

Greenwood is Accredited! What now?

October 16, 2018             Greenwood is Accredited! What now? A very happy mid-October day to you all! I’m truly sorry that it has been a couple of weeks since I’ve published something here on the site, but some great things have been happening here at Greenwood! Last week, Greenwood successfully completed our 5-year evaluation from the Florida Council of Independent …

Why is it so Important to Teach Social Skills?

As educators—and most of us parents, as well—the monumental task of guiding young minds to make sense of the world around them can feel overwhelming at times. I’ve commented on multiple occasions that it seems like it was much simpler to be a teenager when I was one (let’s not talk about how long ago that was!); there were far …

Vision—From Good to Great

Last week I spoke with the Greenwood Faculty and Staff about the Vision for Greenwood’s future—where we are headed, and why. For an already established, successful organization that does things well, it is easy to become complacent or to fall into a routine of only doing what worked before. However, we know that no one individual, group, classroom, or grade …

Safety—What’s behind the “Be Safe” pillar of The Eagle Way

In nearly every classroom and/or hallway at Greenwood, a laminated poster titled “The EAGLE WAY” is displayed as a reminder to students, faculty, and staff to uphold the four pillars of what makes us successful as a Team: Be Respectful; Be Responsible; Be Your Best; and, Be Safe. Safety is on everyone’s mind rather often, particularly with the tragic events …

August 28- Accountability and Responsibility, the Greenwood Way

Accountability and Responsibility, the Greenwood Way 2018 is an important year for Greenwood School—every five years, we are evaluated by the Florida Council of Independent Schools on our performance and compliance with standards in 18 different categories, and a successful evaluation results in renewal of the School’s accreditation status. Our staff has been quite busy the past couple months preparing …

Scheduling our Priorities: How not to feel Overwhelmed

The third and fourth weeks of a new school year tend to be when some students, families, and faculty/staff alike start to feel a little bit (or quite a lot, for some) overwhelmed by everything they have to do. We are all at the point where we are starting to get used to the new routine of the new year, …

A Spirit of Growth

A Spirit of Growth Tuesdays are perhaps my favorite days here at Greenwood! Every Tuesday, tee shirts become an official part of the school dress code—but not just any tees. The Greenwood Spirit shirt is more than just a tee shirt with a fierce graphic of an Eagle on the front. It’s a symbolic representation of the opportunities and drive …

Thoughts On New Beginnings

August 7, 2018 Dear Greenwood Family, I want to take a moment to welcome all of you to what I am confident will be a wonderful and productive year at Greenwood School! I am both honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead such an amazing team of educators, students, and families in this 34th year of providing the very …