Heading Off For Long Fall

  Dear Parents, Everyone headed out on their Long Fall trips this morning, after a full day of getting ready yesterday. It’s lovely here in Vermont and the weather looks good all week. Some groups are hiking the Presidential Range in New Hampshire, some are paddling down the Connecticut River,... Read More

Summer Musings

Dear Putney Parents, After a brief lull, the campus is full of teenagers again. The Summer Arts program is up and running, with studio and performing arts of all kinds and a side dish of robotics. Each of the three-week summer sessions feels like a pop-up Putney, with Sing, camping,... Read More

Spring Has Finally Come To Putney

Dear Parents, I would like to welcome the parents of newly enrolled students for next year to the Putney parent community. We have new families in fifteen states, and are adding Denmark and Poland to our already long list of nations. Spring has finally come to Putney for real. The... Read More

Student Leadership

Dear Parents, Putney takes student leadership seriously, as you know. Teenagers are asked to take unusual responsibility here, both for themselves and for the workings of the community – and that isn’t easy. We are heading into the time of year when we elect and appoint students to a whole... Read More

Happy New Year

Dear Parents, Happy New Year!  As I write, we are gearing up for what is being predicted to be a few days of serious cold and a fair amount of snow.  Already it is blowing horizontally outside my window.  We try to find the middle ground between moaning about the... Read More

Giving Thanks

Dear Parents, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I know that many of you live in places that do not celebrate the U.S. version of Thanksgiving, but almost every culture has some ritual of giving thanks. Often it is connected to the harvest, but in every case it focuses the... Read More

Expedition Behavior

Dear Parents, As I write, students and adults are heading out on Long Fall trips. Monday was a day of packing backpacks, learning how to set up tents, doing swim tests, and beginning the process of creating a working group out of the 10-12 people who will spend this time... Read More

Returning Thoughts

Dear Parents, As August begins we are gearing up in earnest for the arrival of your children, even though the campus is still busy. We have summer programs students here until August 4th, and the following week the whole campus is given over to adults. The Vermont Jazz Center’s annual... Read More

Teaching Internal Debate

Dear Parents, The campus is in a rare week of quiet, as end-of-year meetings are over and the summer programs have not yet begun. We have a fair number of students still here with us—working on the farm, in maintenance, or in the KDU.  Since we are not staffed to... Read More