One of the most reassuring aspects of my recent announcement about my retirement at the end of the 2022-2023 school year is Davidson Hobson's selection as the next head of school. Over the past five years, I have watched Davidson's continued growth into a consummate independent school educator and professional. He understands independent school admissions, marketing, communications, fundraising and strategic planning as well as anyone. And the results he has achieved in those areas are proof of his expertise. But more than that, because Mr. Hobson has overseen the Admissions Office he is intimately knowledgeable of every aspect and detail of Gaston Day School's academic program and student life. He
knows this school and is our friend.
|The Hobson Family|
On another front, it does look as if the pandemic is gradually subsiding. I don't want to jinx it by saying that and have a new variant arise. But it is awfully nice to be mask optional at Gaston Day. I am still wearing mine inside to stay safe. But for those who feel well protected, it is great to see your smiles. The last two years have been hard and straining for everyone. I appreciate how this school community has handled all the challenges. We could all use some sunshine and blossoms.
I also know that world affairs continue to be so troubling with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
|photo by Ian Greene|
Remember, March is a fickle month for weather. It can be seventy degrees one day and snow the next. I never feel safe about winter weather until April 1. But the jonquils are blooming and my blueberry bushes are budding. Your can feel new life beginning to emerge. Given all that we have come through and experienced, and the ongoing dangers abroad, it feels both overdue and welcomed. Stay hopeful and know that Gaston Day School's future is bright.