By Anastasia Zink, Assistant Dean of Students, Upper School
I traveled up to Boston a day early to attend a TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) pre-conference on discipline. The format of this extended session focused on discipline issues shared by a majority of the schools in attendance. We broke into small groups and tackled a few sticky scenarios based on real-life situations. It was really interesting to hear how other schools would approach the same problem. The biggest take away I had from this session was the different policies each school had on suspending their students. I was surprised to hear that several schools never send their students out on suspension. Length of student suspensions has been a focus for us in the Deans Office in the past year.
A second session that had impact for me was the keynote speaker. Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness addressed the conference on the sources of happiness. I was pleased to see that, according to his research, married, empty nesters are the happiest people on earth. I am pleased that I fall into this group and heartily concur that I’m pretty darned happy!