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Bus!

My good friend Rob used to tell of a day, not unlike Tuesday, when he was on foot out in blustery rainy weather, waiting at a long traffic light to cross a busy street. He heard a garbled uttering and saw a person crouching next to a shopping cart full of who-knows-what, sheltering himself from the […]

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Exclamation Points and ALL-CAPS

The Giants got CRUSHED 7-2!  The Royals’ bullpen is UNHITTABLE!  The Giants’ pitchers are too old!  The Giants’ bullpen is too susceptible to IMPLOSION!  The Royals’ stadium is too LOUD!  The Royals are too fast, too quick, too relentless!!! Perhaps all or some of these statements are true. If last night’s Game 2 of the World […]

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mindLESSness

In reading Alex Soojung-Kim Pang’s The Distraction Addiction, I find solace that I am not the only adult challenged by the myth of productive digital multi-tasking. As an educator, I see our students struggle too. While our emphasis on boys-only classes offers fewer distractions of one kind, the introduction of classroom devices offers more of another, […]

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Getting it Right and the SAT

My first grade son is starting to get pretty enthusiastic about applying numbers to sports, along the lines of “what does it mean that a team is ‘down 3 possessions’?” when we are watching college basketball on TV and a team is losing by 8 points. Channeling the instincts of his mother (the Math teacher), […]

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Not the Flat Route…

As many of you know, the flattest and often quickest walking route from the Pine/Octavia campus to the Broadway campus is along Pine Street to Webster Street. Recently I was walking to Broadway from my office with our President, Dr. Ann Marie Krejcarek, and the Head of the girls’ high school, Rachel Simpson.  At Laguna […]

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Good for Nothing

On my one visit to India, I have a vivid recollection of the way my wife’s Uncle Ram muttered “you stupid-idiot-good-for-nothing-nincompoop” under his breath at other drivers on the packed streets of Chennai. “Good for nothing”. The kind of thing my grandmother might have said about the whipper-snapper kids next door. “Good for nothing”. This week we […]

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Mater Admirabilis

The Feast of Mater Admirabilis is Monday, and Sacred Heart schools around the world are celebrating it this week.  “Mater” commemorates the fresco painted in 1844 by Pauline Perdrau, an RSCJ novice, at the Trinita dei Monti (formerly a convent of the Religious of the Sacred Heart that sits at the top of the Spanish Steps […]

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Digital Footprints

Since the dawn of time, teen-agers have made bad decisions as they strive for independence, look for identity, push boundaries, explore relationships and seek peer validation. Developmentally, teen brains are not fully wired for consequences…research tells us that the frontal lobe (the area of the brain that “puts the breaks” on impulses) doesn’t fully develop […]

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Overnight

“Our education would be quite a failure if we turned out nonentities without color or character or individuality.”        – Janet Erskine Stuart For years, Mr. Sergio Vasquez, our Campus Minister, and Mr. Ren Marquette, our Dean, have kicked around the idea of an all-school camping trip.  I was always the “wet sock” […]

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Words from an Alum

Nikesh Patel (SHB ’02 SHHS ’06 Stanford ’10 Oxford ’12 Boalt ’15) had the following to say to our senior guys today at their Alumni Lunch: “I wasn’t always expecting something from The Hall when it came to staying in touch.  As future alums of the school, I don’t want you to think that this […]

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