Like all of you, I am very excited that Andy Deyell has been named the next Head of Elmwood Franklin School. Andy will officially take charge on July 1, 2014. My role here will shift from the interim leader of the school to one of support for Andy as he transitions into his new position as Head of School. I will support Andy throughout the summer months on into the fall and will conclude my stay at Elmwood Franklin in December 2014.
In today's busy, nonstop world, what better way to slow things down and spend quality time together than to prepare and enjoy a meal or dish with your family. With that as our focus we are looking to compile an Elmwood Franklin School cookbook full of fun, delicious, and nutritious recipes that the whole family can make and enjoy together.
I am happy to announce that at the last board meeting Andrew Deyell was unanimously selected by the Board of Trustees to be the next Head of Elmwood Franklin School. Prior to the Board voting, the Search Committee unanimously recommended Andy be appointed. The Board also received input from our current interim Head of School Fred Acquavita. Fred stated that based on his 45 years of experience working with a range of successful heads, if we extended the search and "if there were 100 applicants for this job, Andy would be in the top five no matter who applied." Additionally, several Board members who have taken part in our recent searches strongly believe that Andy meets or exceeds our top candidates in the past.
It’s not spring yet, but Reggio Emilia is blossoming at Elmwood Franklin. I invite all parents to join Sarah Duddy and me for a conversation on the future of the Reggio Emilia program in Prep at EFS. Choose from two sessions: Tuesday, April 29 at 8:30 a.m. or Wednesday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. Both will take place in the library. In preparation for our discussion, please read “The Hundred Languages of Children,” a short piece of writing by Loris Malaguzzi, a founder of the infant toddler nursery school program of Reggio Emilia, Italy. A copy is included as part of this letter.
“Here’s the truth: academic rigor—which is important—is not a sufficient condition for success in life.” Those are perhaps surprising words coming from a renowned educator. Dr. Keith Frome appeared as part of the EFS Parent Council Speaker Series on February 13, speaking about the hits and misses of the school reform movement and what the kindergarten to eighth grade educational model has to show the world. Excellence in academics, while a worthwhile objective, is not the sole determinant in students’ achievement in life, he contended. There is something else—something less intellectual and decidedly more human—that is the main driver of success.
Do you know that Elmwood Franklin has the only official young maker club in Buffalo? Do you know that it will be a featured presenter at Buffalo’s first maker faire in March? Do you even know what a maker is?
Physical education is as much about fitness as it is about sports. So while the basketball team is practicing in the gym, some seventh and eighth graders take the opportunity to travel over to Terrie’s Workout Center on Hertel Avenue for a ten-week session of all kinds of fitness activities, from spinning to yoga, strength training, cardio, boxing and more.
Nick Cappuccino, a junior at CUNY Hunter College in New York City majoring in Russian and double minoring in geography and German, is currently spending a grant-funded semester abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, studying Russian and Tajik. A true polyglot, Nick has also studied Persian Farsi and Turkish.