Bursting with Pride

I can vividly recall an event that happened to me as a parent over 15 years ago.  My oldest daughter, Amy, was about to play a piece on the piano in front of over 300 people.  Although she was a freshman in high school at the time, she was a petite, small young woman whose…

It’s Getting Chili!!

While standing at arrival this morning, I was happy to have my blazer on because there was definitely a chill in the air!  My thoughts immediately went to an upcoming Millwood event – our Bobcat Blast and Fall Festival.  Translation:  a day of Family Fun on our Millwood campus! Just imagine a beautiful fall day,…

September Snow

You may have heard that Billings, Montana had a huge snowfall last week!  Here in Virginia, we are all so happy that some precipitation, in the form of rain, has finally come our way.  It is not uncommon at Millwood to hear music about snow and snowmen in September…but why?  Our students are hard at…

It’s a New Dawn, It’s a New Day

The sun is shining; the sky is very blue; and there are beautiful puffy white clouds in the sky!  I hear the sound of the leaf blower on the playground as I walk across the black-top on my way to Robinson Hall.  This is the scene that greets me most mornings during my morning rounds….

Pure Joy

I am so extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with children for the past 43 years.  There are only a few things that bring me more pleasure than when I’m working with students.  I do have my favorites….I must be honest! The JK’s and K’s are my favorites because they are…

Fun in the Sun Or in the Classroom!

In just a few short weeks, we will all be asking each other, “How was your summer?”  Most responses will include a variety of adventures and vacations.  Being the consummate student, it always thrills and interests me to learn what everyone learned on their summer vacations!  I certainly learned quite a bit during all of…

Oh, The Things Our Students Teach Us!

Public speaking is a skill that we take very seriously at Millwood School.  Although we have always emphasized it, last year we took it one step further.  We are using a simple text, Well Spoken, by Erik Palmer as the basis of our JK-12th grade curriculum.  We have created a scope and sequence and different…

The Gift of Failure

Each spring before leaving for summer vacation, I identify summer reading for all Millwood School faculty and staff.  This now long list is what we call our “Shared-Knowledge-Base.”  The list of books, CD’s, and videos is filled with solid educational research and/or philosophy and is the backbone of many of the things we do at…

Life in the Slog Lane

During my morning slog (slow-jog), I mean run, I heard loud, fast footsteps coming from behind me on the path. The path was quickly coming to an end and dumping into a cul-de-sac. As I entered the cul-de-sac, I gave wide berth to the fast runner behind me. As he passed, he slowed down just…