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October 4, 2021

Last week I experienced another Spirit Week as a Benjamin Buccaneer. I enjoyed kicking off the Homecoming football game with a series of spirited festivities, activities, and friendly competition. 

Faculty held their own during the student vs. faculty kickball game at the upper school. I was impressed by the performances of Head of Upper School Fletcher Carr, English teacher and alumna Mrs. Steiner ‘90, and Senora Tejera-Mede as they battled it out each inning.  

Throughout the week, it was wonderful to witness all three divisions coming together in solidarity and showing their Buccaneer pride, including our lower school students who had the opportunity to participate in Spirit Week for the first time. Their excitement seeing the “big kids” come to the lower/middle school campus for a handful of events was contagious. While our school spans three divisions, we are all still connected as one Buccaneer family. 

I enjoyed my time watching our Bucmates Club, a group of “15-Year-Club” members, interact with younger students at morning drop-off. Our 3rd grade was also treated to a visit from two senior cheerleaders and four varsity football players who spoke to the class about their experiences as student-athletes, and encouraged them to come to Friday night’s Homecoming game.

The Homecoming game against American Heritage, Delray, was full of school spirit and ended in a Buccaneer victory! It was great to watch the exciting athleticism and sportsmanship on the field along with the community and conversation found in the Alumni tent and along the sidelines. Seeing so many former Buccaneers return to their alma mater for these annual events is a testament to the lifelong affiliation and fondness former students have for TBS.

Once a Buccaneer, always a Buccaneer.
 
September 11, 2021

The rhythm of the fall semester is upon us. Athletic teams are deep into their seasons, rehearsals for the play and Variety Show are underway, and classrooms are filled with energy and enthusiasm as students and teachers share ideas. 

New lower school students have been enjoying pizza lunches with Dean Peterson at Robyn’s Nest on the lower school campus. Overhearing the joy and camaraderie of our new Kindergarten students as they played Buc trivia over lunch was heartwarming. Dean Peterson asked students to raise their hands if they had come from a different state. After all those with raised hands announced where they had hailed from, one new child raised their hand to declare that they did not come from a state. While this elicited a quiet chuckle, I was quickly humbled when they followed with, “I came from Germany!” 

Meanwhile, in the middle school, courageous and talented young athletes have not only joined some of our varsity teams, they are contributing profoundly to their success. Benjamin 8th grader Gabbi DeGasperis broke the school’s girl’s golf record at the Palm League Championship this week. 

At the high school level, students are experiencing success in a variety of disciplines. Seniors Gerald Bissell, Joey Slyh, and Grady Wolf were named National Merit Semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. They join a small nationwide group of award winners and represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.
 
August 23, 2021

What a wonderful first week of the 2021-2022 school year. This promises to be an exciting year of learning and opportunity for our students, faculty, and staff. I enjoyed my mornings greeting many of our younger Buccaneers at drop-off and pick-up and witnessing first-day jitters quickly turn to end of week excitement.

Participating in the annual “Senior Clap-In” where the Class of 2022 assumed the mantle of leadership for the School was another highlight. I’m excited to see where their journeys take them beyond Benjamin as they will undoubtedly matriculate to a wide variety of impressive colleges and universities across the country.    

As I reflect back on a week well done, I’m reminded why the beginning of a new school year is an annual highlight. Truly nothing matches the excitement and promise of new beginnings unfolding.

Here’s to a fantastic year ahead!
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