Since the beginning of the calendar year I have had thirty-six phone conversations with parents of our youngest and oldest lower school students. Each lasts an average of twenty minutes, and the twelve-hour accumulation of verbal feedback from this segment of the constituency has been incredible. More conversations have been scheduled.
Not only have I been taken by the candor with which those called have responded to the customary questions about student progress and school environment, I have been extremely heartened by how open so many have been about school improvement. Very constructive comments have been made regarding a number of areas in which action can be taken immediately, or thoughtful review can be made to ensure that the Warren-Walker experience remains optimum for students. The comfort level parents have had in bringing even the most sensitive of topics to the table has made this one of the more gratifying experiences in my thirty years as Headmaster. It reinforces the trust that one assumes exists between us, but to have it re-affirmed at this personal level is just plain cool!
Thus far, two things stand out. One is that students look forward to coming to School, and the fact that I’ve been told many would prefer to stay long after the final bell rings speaks volumes. The other is the positive and oftentimes effusive words used when describing their sentiments about faculty – both classroom and specialist. One parent described our teachers as “giving”. I know our teachers are effective and dedicated educators, but to hear they are considered kind and caring, as well, is most gratifying.
Mr. Raymond Volker
Sunday January, 26, 2014
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