As the Clerk of the Board of Trustees, I write to announce that Tori Jueds will step down as Head of School at the close of the 2020-21 school year. Tori has accepted the opportunity to lead the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, a Nursery through Grade 12 day school founded by progressive educator John Dewey. I would like to convey our deep gratitude for Tori's passion for Westtown's mission, strategic thinking, and deep commitment to respect, equity, and inclusion. We wish her the very best in this exciting new endeavor. She will continue in her role at Westtown until June 30, 2021. The Board of Trustees will immediately begin the discernment process for the timetable and search for the next Head of School.
Notwithstanding the relentless winter weather, it is time to look ahead to warmer days! This letter describes our current thinking about pandemic mitigation, academic preparedness, and social-emotional wellness for the 2021-22 school year at Westtown. Although much remains unknown and unpredictable, we see many reasons for optimism. We hope that the following information will be useful to your family's planning and conversations, especially as we partner together in support of your children.
The start of the new year has been filled with so much good work. Our goal of working to become an Anti-bias Anti-Racist community requires all of us doing our part in our respective classrooms, offices, divisions, and departments. 2021 opened with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a historic inauguration of the first BIPOC woman Vice President, and our community honoring the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Winter is here and this year, more than ever, we are hunkering down at home. When it’s cold outside, what better accompaniment is there to your favorite blanket, chair, and hot beverage than a good book? Whether you like to read alone or gathered with your family, we have some great suggestions from our in-house experts —our librarians—at Westtown School. Read more!
Perception determines and drives our approach, attitude, and actions in any given situation. The current global pandemic we are facing —and our varying responses to it— is a testament to the power of perception and how it impacts our experience, our behaviors, and the choices we make moment to moment. Read more!
In response to the violence of systemic racism that we have witnessed this year, Marissa Colston, our Dean of Diversity & Inclusion, offers ways in which all of us can engage in nonviolent action. Read more!