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#62-58: StuCo, the Swing, Senior Haunted House, Dancers/Riders/Athletes, Tennis Courts.

#62: StuCo.

From Spearth Day to the dress code StuCo is involved in all aspects of life here at SBS. These elected student leaders are an important part of the community of SBS and the provide the student body with a voice in many of the decisions that have the greatest impact on the student body.

#61: The Swing. Check out the previous post to see exactly why it’s so important to SBS.

#60: Senior Haunted House.

Always thrilling, spine-tingling and a little bit funny, the annual senior haunted house gives the senior class the chance to scare the underclassmen and faculty with intricate plots and just a bit of gore. Accompanied by the annual Halloween bonfire and costume contest, the Senior Haunted House is always a favorite with students and faculty alike.

#59: Dancers/Riders/Athletes.

The words dancer, rider, or athlete are just a few of the ways that our students define themselves. Every Stoneleigh-Burnham girl is complex and multi-talented…and they are what defines the culture of the school.

#58: Tennis Courts.

Whether you’re looking for a way to pass the time…or you’re an accomplished competitor, having tennis courts on campus is a plus. They sit atop a sunny hillside and provide an excellent way to spend an afternoon.


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On the occasion of your graduation.

June 4, 2010 marked exactly six years since the day I walked across the platform at Stoneleigh-Burnham School and received my diploma. Since that day I have (in no particular order), graduated from college, become Associate Director of Admissions, Student Activities Coordinator and big sister/mentor/pseudo-mom to 18 pre-teen girls at Stoneleigh-Burnham School, learned the hard way that you can’t make ice cream sandwiches if the cookies haven’t cooled for AT LEAST a day, figured out that you should always take a change of clothes when visiting old friends and that Boston really isn’t far from Greenfield (even though everyone from Western MA thinks it is). I’ve discovered that if you make funfetti anything everyone will love it and that if your cookies vary from the standard chocolate chip/peanut butter/sugar (or some variation on these three flavors) pre-teen girls won’t like them.

I recognize that these experiences do not make me wise…I still have a WHOLE lot to learn, but I have learned every step of the way and on the occasion of your graduation I would like to share some of what I have learned with you.

First, and foremost, this is not an ending but a beginning. Stoneleigh-Burnham will always be a part of your life and as you leave it behind to begin the next chapter of your life rejoice in the experiences you have had here. You are part of something wonderful and you are prepared to take on the world. Leave with the knowledge that you have made a difference in the lives of your teachers, classmates and friends. Stoneleigh-Burnham will never forget you.

Second, remember to have fun. Often throughout the next few years you may find yourself consumed with schoolwork. No matter how busy you are or how many projects you have, remember to take a few minutes each day to enjoy life. Though it may be a cliche, you are only young once…enjoy the next few years, they won’t be like any others.

Third, remember where you came from. It is easy to get caught up in things as a young adult. Sometimes it can be difficult to know which path is the right one. Remember your roots and where life has already taken you. Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in or to take the path less traveled. You’ll be amazed at the experiences you might have otherwise missed.

Fourth, invite others to be a part of your life. It is easy to get caught up in the college experience. Remember that it is important to include those you care about in your life even when they are far away (whether that’s Greenfield or Korea). It’s easy to forget to call old friends or to send notes to teachers who influenced you, but remember that you wouldn’t be where you are today without their help. Emails and letters remind those you care about that they still matter.

Finally, remember that even you can make a difference. Sometimes it really does take just one person…

Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day he was walking along the shore and as he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer.

He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. He began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn’t dancing, but instead he was reaching  down to the shore, picking something up and very gently throwing it into the ocean.

As he got closer he called out, “Good morning! What are you doing?” The young man paused, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish in the ocean.” “Why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?” “The sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them in they’ll die.” “But, young man, don’t you realize that there are miles and  miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young man listened politely then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean, past the breaking waves and said – “It made a difference for that one.”

-Author Unknown


Congratulations and best wishes to all the 2010 graduates. Go out into the world and make us proud!

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“We leave a little bit of ourselves behind wherever we have been” -Edmond Haraucourt

The first sign that spring has arrived here at Stoneleigh-Burnham has nothing to do with the greening of the grass or the opening of buds on the trees or even the melting of the pond. The one surefire way to know that spring has arrived is to watch the corner of the oval for the swing.

The swing, donated by the Class of 1996, has graced the Stoneleigh-Burnham oval each spring and summer for more than ten years.


I can still remember spending many spring evenings on this very swing with friends and classmates while I was a student at SBS. I have a myriad of pictures on the swing and each one, taken with family and friends, depicts another moment in my life and the history of SBS.

This year, though I am no longer a student, I found myself waiting with anticipation for the arrival of the swing. It holds so many wonderful memories for me. It was our favorite spot…the place we went to talk about life, classes and boys (although now I realize what a silly location this was for whispered conversations).

Now, each time I wander through the oval and hear the whispers and giggling coming from the corner, I know that our students are having the same conversations I did so many years ago. Somehow, sitting on the swing nestled in the corner of the oval, it’s easy to forget where you are, to leave behind classes and homework and for a few minutes just revel in the beauty of the campus and enjoy the wonderful friends and classmates that surround you…

The swing has become for so many students what it was for me. A representation of all things summer. The first indication that warmer weather is headed our way and a wonderful place to confide in friends. With spring break coming to a close, I know our students will be excited when they return and find the swing once again swaying in the corner…I have no doubt that Monday evening, as I leave my office and return home, there will be students gathered on the swing, laughing and talking about their various adventures over the break…and as I listen to their whispers and giggles, I will be brought back to my own years as a student at SBS and, for just a moment, I will be able to hear the laughter and chatter of my own classmates once again because…


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