The past few weeks have been busy with special guests and activities, with more approaching.
We hosted Claudia Daggett, President of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), as she tours the 230 ISACS schools in 13 Midwest states. She also visited the three other ISACS schools in Iowa (Willowwinds in Iowa City, Scattergood in West Branch, and Rivermont Collegiate in Bettendorf). Together we video conferenced with the Iowa Department of Education to introduce them to ISACS and to discuss the school start date controversy. As you may have heard, the State is trying to mandate that all Iowa schools start no sooner than the week of September 1st. More on that later…
I walked into Mrs. Jones’ Global Studies class to find alumna Leanna Miller beaming on the video screen from Ecuador, where she is studying at a high school and volunteering at an orphanage as a gap year experience. Leanna shared her experience of cultural differences and personal growth.
Thanks to generous donations from the parents of Alex Ye and Board members Bob Daniels, Jim Davis, and John Lass, our robotics club is underway on this year’s challenging project, supervised by teacher Vishal Bakshi.
This year we have nine entries in the Iowa High School Speech competition, directed by Brendan Thomas and assisted by his wife Madeline, Jan Thatcher, Miranda Mallard, and Colin Miller. On Saturday all nine performances earned “1” ratings at the District event to qualify for the State competition on February 7th!
ISACS, India, and Dubai. This week I will attend the annual ISACS Heads of School conference in Chicago. This is a great opportunity for me to network with other school leaders as we share our successes and challenges, and hear from top speakers about developments in education.
From Chicago I will be flying to India (Chennai and Bangalore) and Dubai on a recruiting trip, accompanied by my wife Andrea, International Admissions Director for India Priya Chhalliyil, and Board member Marc Freeman. We want to attract students from all over the world, and have excellent contacts and potential in those cities.
This is a very busy time of year for Maharishi Upper School students, as the basketball, speech, Destination Imagination, and robotics seasons all overlap. We appreciate your support for our Pioneer teams in all these competitions, and hope to see you at these events:
* February 7, State Speech competition, Cedar Rapids
* February 21, All-State Speech Festival
* February 27-29, Speech Showcase performances, Spayde Theatre
* Home Basketball Games:
- January 30 Burlington Notre Dame
- February 3 Danville
- February 10 Van Buren
* February 16-17 No School. Faculty Retreat and WPA.
Stay warm and well, and enjoy the season.
Dr. Richard Beall, Head
804 Dr. Robert Keith Wallace Drive
Fairfield, Iowa 52556
641-472-9400 ext. 5080