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The Story of a Cookie

As more and more evidence emerges about the profound effects of diet, movement, and sleep on our health and well-being, we all need to do everything that we can to educate our children, and ourselves, about how to be well every day. Obviously, your children spend most of their day with us at school,…

Posted by Matt Byrnes in Learning, Thinking, Community on Tuesday February 14, 2017 at 02:13PM
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The Strength of Variable Tuition

We invest in education because we know that learning shapes our children's lives. Given how advances in technology, communication and transportation are transforming borders, cultures, and ideologies across the world, one could argue that it has never been more important that students be part of a …

Posted by Matt Byrnes in Learning, Thinking, Community on Friday October 21, 2016 at 01:35PM
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Dr. José Bowen Talks About the Three R's

Over the last several years, our Student Advancement Office has worked hard to help us enter into meaningful conversations with colleges and universities throughout the country. We began with our College Admissions Series, which led to great conversations with Deans and Assistant Deans of Admission …

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Making Sense of Tragedy

As we try to understand the violent events of the last months - Ferguson, Paris, San Bernardino, Orlando, Minnesota, Louisiana, Dallas, and now Nice - and reactions to them across the country by individuals and groups, I want to assure you that these events are very much on our minds here at Wooster…

Posted by Matt Byrnes in Learning, Thinking, Community on Friday July 15, 2016 at 01:13PM
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Off to Kathmandu!

Namaste Wooster!

As most of you know, I will be leaving on Saturday morning with three Upper School students to travel to Kathmandu, Nepal and make connections with teachers, students, and families at the Rashmi School. Our partnership with the Rashmi School is hopefully the first of many that we…

Posted by Matt Byrnes in Learning, Thinking, Community on Thursday September 24, 2015
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Look What Our Community Built!

In an earlier letter this summer, I mentioned having worked with a number of our students on improving the path to Tiedemann Field during our last work day. I referenced the experience to make a point about students’ work habits, ethic, etc. and failed at that time to also mention that we did get …

Posted by Matt Byrnes in Thinking, Creativity, Community on Thursday September 3, 2015 at 08:41AM
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What I Have Been Reading:


The Martian, Andy Weir

Not just for sci-fi fans. Fun, exciting, and interesting story about what it would be like to survive on Mars.

Sold, Patrica McCormick

The story of a 12 year-old Nepalese girl who is sold into slavery in the sex trade of India. Based upon true accounts. Tough to read, but important to read as well because human trafficking is a real, and growing, problem.

Non-fiction for Fun:

The Boys in the Boat, Daniel J. Brown

Great story and some very interesting history.

An Army at Dawn and The Day of Battle, Rick Atkinson

The first two books of the Liberation Trilogy will teach you a lot about the evolution of our involvement in World War Two.

About School, Thinking, Teaching, Learning, etc.:

Why Children Don’t Like School, Daniel Willingham

Lots of neuroscience well-connected to the life of school, teaching, and learning.

Make it Stick, Peter Brown, et al.

More neuroscience but a deeper dive into how we (and students) can “forget less” if we make some changes to our behaviors, routines, and assessments. Our faculty read this past summer.

Leadership, Innovation, and making things work:

The Hard Thing about Hard Things, Ben Horowitz

How successful start-ups and innovators work.

Things a Little Bird Told Me, Biz Stone

Twitter Founder writes about his journey -- a great read for any teenager or parent of one.

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