Blog Archive

Feb
08
2016

Rigor, not Mortis: Supporting Students in the Hard Months>>>
by John Heaton

It’s predictable and it happens every year.  Our friends at Independent School Management (ISM) have studied and documented it.  February and March tend to be hard months for students, teachers, and parents alike. The trend goes this way:  In late August and September, spirits are high as ...

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Nov
16
2015

Nov 16 – Taking the Next Step
by John Heaton

It’s the time of year in which our seniors are applying to colleges. At New Covenant we’ve always taken the approach that a college is a fit to be made, not a trophy to be won. Parents and students alike suffer from a bit of anxiety as they investigate their options for that next step. ...

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Nov
09
2015

Nov 9 – Benign Technology: Thoughts on Social Media
by John Heaton

On Monday, October 26, Dr. Jennifer Cline presented research on social media during professional development with our faculty. Later that day she summarized her presentation for parents in our school community. What follows is a brief overview of her remarks as summarized by Headmaster, John ...

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Nov
09
2015

Nov 9 – Speak Up | Grow Up
by John Heaton

"...speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way…” St. Paul Speaking up is part of growing up. This came through loud and clear at a recent parent meeting with Dr. Jennifer Cline, a clinical psychologist who has done research on social media and its effects on young people. She ...

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Sep
14
2015

Sep 14 – Next Level Placement in Athletics: Do’s and Don’ts for Playing at the College Level, pt 2 >>>
by Kyle Alexander

Part II of a series by Kyle Alexander, Athletic Director So you want to play in college? Previously, Athletic Director Kyle Alexander published the first in a two-part article, listing do’s and don’ts for parents of athletes who want to play at the college level. Here's a summary: * Do ...

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Sep
14
2015

Sep 14 – The Butting Order: How Middle School Students Rank Themselves in School >>>
by John Heaton

Last week’s middle school retreat was a great success, with beautiful weather (after Thursday’s rain cleared to sunshine on Friday) and very happy students. We were joined by former parent and long-time friend of the school, Brian Donohue, who spoke to our students in four sessions, teaching ...

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Aug
24
2015

Aug 24 – So You Want to Play in College? Do’s and Don’ts for Playing at the College Level, pt 1 >>>
by Kyle Alexander

This is the first in a series of articles from our Athletic Director, Kyle Alexander. Do's and Don'ts for Middle and High School Athletes Many young athletes dream of someday playing college athletics. There is something very natural in a young person’s desire to excel at the sport he or she ...

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Aug
24
2015

Aug 24 – Present in the Moment: How Technology Degrades Your Child’s School Experience >>>
by John Heaton

It’s 3:15. School’s out for the day, and practice doesn’t start for another hour. Students grab their stuff, but most importantly, their phones. The earbuds go in, the music turns on, and the texting begins. Am I concerned yet? Not really. I don’t mistrust our students; they’re good ...

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May
04
2011

Modern Texting
by John Heaton

The following is the headmaster's response to William Quillian's "The Christ Experience" published in the News & Advance, Sunday, May 1, 2011 The question of Jesus' resurrection ultimately turns on one's view of the text of Scripture. Mr. Quillian's view of the text offered in his recent ...

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Feb
09
2011

Headmaster’s Blog – Tasting Things as They Really Are
by John Heaton

"A man is wise when all things taste to him as they really are." Josef Pieper quotes this anonymous axiom from the middle ages in his little book on the Virtues.  A strong proponent of the natural law tradition, Pieper teaches us that conformity to reality - reconciling our lives to the way ...

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