A message from Holland Hall’s Head of School

Posted on: Apr 15, 2020

April 14, 2020

Dear Holland Hall Families,

Today marks the end of our 15th full day of remote learning. We continue to move our students’ learning forward and to provide as much structure and guidance as possible to families supporting student learning at home.

As one would expect, we are committed to getting better every week, every day. There is so much to be lauded in the herculean efforts of our teachers and students. As we begin to orient and plan for the end of the school year, let’s remain constant and steadfast in our encouragement of them.

The local and national news remind us to prepare, soon, for some of our more challenging days for COVID-19. I continue to encourage us all to mind the philosophy of the Stockdale Paradox and keep it close to heart. What’s to be and is out of our control, will be. Let’s focus, now, on what we can do for our community members today, and then tomorrow.

To that end, I want to thank some key seniors and Ms. Fondren-Bales for what was an astonishingly fun experience for our seniors last week. On Wednesday, each received a special visit — albeit distanced — from a member of the admin team, complete with a specially designed “Senior Skip Day Champions” shirt. Even more importantly, each had a personal note from Ms. Fondren-Bales, Dr. Berglund, or Ms. Udwin. And so much more is to come to celebrate this remarkable group of students.

As I shared in my message last week, we are committed to Remote Learning through, at least, May 1. As that would have also been the last regular academic day for seniors, May 1 will be their last day of remote school. There will be no exams for regular classes, although senior AP students will be preparing for those tests. Seniors, however, should remain close at hand. Should changing parameters around county health requirements emerge, we’ll return briefly — for some sense of closure with the classroom and with your teachers. So many of you have asked for that.

One final note: Our school year has always reached a conclusion across bridges and stages. Keep a watch out in the weeks to come as we share how these important transitions might be accomplished this year. Too, another survey will be in your hands by Thursday with some important questions along these lines.

Please take good care.

In community,

J.P. Culley
Head of School