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Portraits of Courage

Posted April 4, 2019 in Heads' Blog

Witnessing how our Upper Campus community responded to President George W. Bush’s “Portraits of Courage” exhibit at The Society of the Four Arts has been truly uplifting. This experience has been made possible through a wonderful partnership that includes our Bulldog Outreach Team (led by Katy Thompson, Christi Chane, and Casey Kegelman) and our entire ...

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Palm Beach Spring Break

Spring Break Reflections

Posted March 25, 2019 in Heads' Blog

Spring Break gave me the much-appreciated opportunity to catch up on some reading. With today’s political climate being so polarizing, I was eager to read different perspectives on the causes of and solutions for this polarization which seems to be fueled by members of both major political parties.. Motive Attribution Asymmetry I had previously studied ...

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Leadership in Times of Dramatic Change

Posted February 11, 2019 in Heads' Blog

Last week, I attended the 126th Annual Meeting of the Headmasters Association, an annual gathering of some 100+ leaders of urban, rural and suburban, public and private, day and boarding schools from across the country.   A Fitting Theme   Each year’s meeting has a theme that is selected by the HA’s executive committee, with ...

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The Gift of Quiet

Posted January 7, 2019 in Heads' Blog

By Billy Peebles, Interim Head of School   My wife Penny, our daughter Sara, and I enjoyed such a pleasant Christmas and New Year’s break. It was pleasant in large part because we had lots of quiet, uninterrupted time together— time for talking, walking, listening, reading, and sharing ideas. At one point, Penny and Sara ...

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Whatever Happened to Free Play? – By Sarah Kemeness

Posted October 9, 2018 in Heads' Blog

Sarah Kemeness, Head of Upper School – I recently read an article about free play – what is now a rare activity in which young people are engaged with each other without any parental supervision or support. I tried to remember the last time I had witnessed free play. I checked in with three colleagues ...

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Mandel – Palagye Education Center Dedication – Billy Peebles

Posted September 21, 2018 in Heads' Blog

Welcome friends to this wonderful occasion and celebration! I have been at Palm Beach Day Academy barely a month and have already been won over by this school’s mission and very special and warm sense of community. This is a place that strives literally every day to live into its noble and timeless mission of ...

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Sarah Kemeness Grades Her First Days of School

Posted August 24, 2018 in Heads' Blog

I’ve had first days of school for over forty years, both as a student and teacher. As we get closer to opening day, I wanted to share a few memorable first days. Kindergarten – I’m in the jumper my grandmother brought back from Scotland, Buster Brown shoes, and a perfectly symmetrical Dorothy Hamill haircut. I’m ...

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