ST. RICHARD’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL
St. Richard’s Episcopal School’s Annual Publication
From the Head of School Happy New Year and welcome to the 2020 edition of The Dragon magazine! The end of 2019 brought a successful conclusion to The Campaign for St. Richard’s as we exceeded our campaign goal of $5.5 million, the largest in school history. We formally dedicated the new wing in December and thanked our many generous donors, including the Brougher family (article on page 12). For those who were not able to contribute, later this spring we will be seeking your support for furnishings and landscaping. Now six months into my return to St. Richard’s, I’m pleased to report the faculty and staff are stronger than before, the students remain delightful, and the greater community is actively striving to strengthen our ties with one another. Every day I’m reminded why I treasure this special school. If you’ve not visited St. Richard’s in a while, stop by and tour our new space. You’ll see many familiar faces while enjoying the new educational possibilities The Campaign for St. Richard’s created. Gratefully,
David B. Amstutz, Head of School 2
The Dragon Editorial Staff: Abby Williams - Editor and Writer Lisa Hendrickson - Editing, Layout
Greetings from the Board Chair As a new SRES family nine years ago, we were constantly amazed to meet parents of children who had graduated many years before, but who continued to give of their time and treasure to the school. “Why do they stay involved?” I would wonder. Almost a decade later, I have been crafting our answer. This school has been truly special for our entire family. While our son has received a wonderful education, traveled to France and forged many special friendships, my husband and I have also found a wonderful community. Our family belongs at St Richard’s. I initially became involved because I wanted to ensure that our son would have an intellectually challenging experience in an emotionally nurturing environment. And I have remained involved because now I want to make sure generations to come have the same opportunity.
Aaron Dziubinskyj, Mathias and Rosalia Morquecho
To all of you who have made and will continue to make this school a very special place: Thank you. Sincerely,
Rosalia Morquecho, Chair, Board of Trustees
A Glimpse Inside Our New Building More Space and Movement in the Brougher Family Early Childhood Center Ask any of our Early Childhood teachers about the impact of The Campaign for St. Richard’s, and you will quickly hear of their great appreciation for the increased space. And while that’s a good reason to be excited, there’s more behind that appreciation than one would expect. Having a larger space allows for increased movement, and research supports its positive effects on children. Movement helps boost balance, motor and brain function and increases blood and oxygen flow, positively affecting cognitive development, physical health, and mental well-being. (Source: “Learning in Motion: Bring Movement Back to the Classroom, Marwa Abdelbary, Teacher magazine, Aug. 9, 2017) The increase in space also offers teachers the ability to expand student learning opportunities. As Mrs. Tammie Read notes, “This year I will be able to have the International Space Station and the Mars portable habitat we construct and still be able to keep all our sitting areas and work areas!” 4
While movement is important, finding time to relax is equally important for the growing Dragons in our Early Childhood program. A signature feature of the four new classrooms is a themed reading center with comfortable seating. One of our students excitedly told her parents, “It feels like I am reading on a cloud!”
Budding Scientists and Engineers in the Creative Commons The new Creative Commons has greatly benefited our budding scientists and engineers, as evidenced by our three VEX Robotics teams, one of which is an all-girl team. There are more participants than ever before, and the space has provided plenty of room to build and to prepare for upcoming competitions. This spring, you will also find our Girls Who Code Club collaborating on the drafting tables in the Creative Commons. Our young engineers also are able to move seamlessly from their classrooms to the Creative Commons as they problem solve and develop obstacle courses to test their designs within their competitive teams.
Community Time in the Creative Commons Along with the expanded curricular opportunities our new space offers, community-building has an entirely different feel within the open area and natural light of the Creative Commons. Faculty and staff enjoy weekly complimentary afterschool yoga classes, and a small cohort is exploring mindfulness training with Dr. Antwione Haywood, SRES parent and assistant dean for medical student training at IU School of Medicine. Early Childhood families enjoyed the Pumpkin Carving Dinner in October, and new families were treated to breakfast or lunch in the new space during their transition to SRES. Of course, no building campaign would be complete without an official dedication and blessing, which took place in the new space on December 18.
Green = Environmental Action An increasing number of people are associating the color of St. Richard’s school blazers with the school’s environmental and sustainability efforts. St. Richard’s recently was recognized as an Indianapolis Thriving School, and the list of environmental accomplishments is growing quickly. The Green Team, a partnership with Trinity Episcopal Church (TEC), supports all-school participation in Indy Do Day, organizes campus litter clean-ups as a Keep Indianapolis Beautiful adopt-a-block school, schedules and implements all-school events for Earth Week (including e-waste recycling), and promotes and supports sustainability and earth education in the curriculum. Other joint SRES and TEC efforts include a campus energy assessment focusing on water-quality testing and improvements, installation of LED lighting and occupancy sensors, insulation enhancements and more. 6
Grade 3 teacher Ms. Stacy Graber leads the school in implementing The Crayon Initiative and ColorCycle recycling initiatives. More than 20 pounds of donated markers and 10 pounds of crayons are already on their way to being recycled for use in children’s hospitals. These efforts also have been incorporated into the Horizons at St. Richard’s summer program, which serves underserved urban children, through a curriculum that includes sustainability, nature experiences, local resources, and health and wellness activities. Beyond the Green Team, our Dragon Café offers an increase in plant-based foods and has reduced the use of sugar in food preparation. Inspired by Grade 7 student Alex Rose’s project to collect and recycle plastic cups two years ago, this year the school moved toward eliminating single-use cups, throw-away containers and plastic silverware. This effort was based on research by Grade 3 on the amount of waste being produced on a daily basis.
The Student Government Association also made its mark by raising funds for a new water fountain for the Middle Division that includes a station for filling the reusable water bottles that the school now provides to all students. St. Richardâ€™s teachers are constantly enhancing curricular opportunities. Grade 4 students recently Skyped with an engineer/farmer in Tennessee to learn about soil regeneration practices. The new technology in the Creative Commons allowed for a highly interactive session. Lower Division science teacher and curriculum coordinator Mrs. Noelle King says, â€œI feel strongly that the actions of the Green Team directly tie into the SRES pillars of civic responsibility and leadership within our school and church communities and immediate neighborhood community. Student and staff-generated sustainability initiatives model the type of thoughtful and responsible actions we hope SRES graduates will take with them into adulthood.â€?
Kindergarten students took part in the traditional annual tree planting.
The green blazer is symbolic of the high standards of behavior to which our students aspire every day. One also could now argue that the green blazer represents the important commitment SRES is making to protecting and sustaining the environment and to modeling this effort for future generations. 7
Alumni Spotlight: Culver Students Three St. Richard’s alumni who now attend the academically rigorous Culver Academies say their transition to high school was seamless, thanks in large part to their experience with the SRES Pillars for Success: Classic Curriculum, Global Readiness, Civic Responsibility, Leadership and Faith. All three have received merit scholarships to attend the prestigious boarding school. Jenna Springer, SRES Class of 2018, was awarded a full merit scholarship to Culver based on her accomplishments in academics, community service and leadership. Now in her sophomore year, she plays lacrosse, holds leadership positions (including serving as secretary of Culver’s Black Student Union) and actively participates in community service.
Madison Miller, Class of 2018, says she’s incredibly grateful for the donors who made her dream of attending Culver a reality. A year-round athlete, the sophomore is a member of the volleyball, basketball and track and field teams. Like Jenna, Madison is an active member of the Black Student Union and says she has enjoyed the many opportunities to connect with other students on campus.
“The rigorous work ethic that I acquired at SRES helped me take on Culver’s classes,” Jenna says. Junior Evan Bowser, Class of 2017, participates in soccer and rowing and is a member of the drill team. In addition to performing with the team every two months, Evan takes part in community service activities and serves on the Diversity Council—all while maintaining his Silver A and Gold A status for earning a 3.4 or higher grade-point average for more than two terms.
“At SRES we had a really hard grading scale and that always pushed me to do my best. At Culver it’s easier now that I am used to having to push myself so hard, it just comes naturally.” —Evan Bowser
Above: Jenna Springer Right: Jenna, Evan and Madison at Culver Far right: Evan and his father, Bob Bowser
7 1: Class of 2019; 2: Annual Constitution Day Assembly; 3: Volleyball IISL Champions 4: Grade 5 French Exchange; 5: Regalia 2019; 6: Episcopal School Sunday 7: Halloween at SRES; 8: Hughes Family Ribbon Cutting; 9: Soccer IISL Champions 10: Seeing Double in Junior Kindergarten; 11: Grandparent and Special Friend Day
Why We Give Back The Brougher Family Early Childhood Center, located on the first floor of the new building, was made possible by a family with deep ties to St. Richard’s and the surrounding neighborhood. Kelly and Joe Brougher, parents of Blair (2006), Logan (2007) and Luke (2010), say: “Our children were fortunate enough to attend St. Richard’s, and we wanted to make sure that St. Richard’s remains competitive in the future so that more children have that opportunity.” Joe and Kelly add that they’re especially interested in supporting the school’s science curricular opportunities, and that the four new, larger classrooms, two labs and Creative Commons are already making this possible. Joe spent more than 20 years driving past the school—and often picking up or dropping off his children—on the way to his nearby office. The former president of International Medical Group, a worldwide leader in designing, distributing and administering global healthcare benefits, Joe now spends his time with Kelly at a lake house in Trafalgar or skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Joe and Kelly say they cherish the memories of the time their children walked the halls of St. Richard’s, 12
Kelly, Luke, Blair, Logan and Joe Brougher
including watching them play athletics and attending the talent show. Knowing that each child has remained close with classmates, their support of the school and its classic curriculum are unwavering. “All three of our children say their educational experience at St. Richard’s did more to prepare them for college than any other experience they had, which is extremely powerful,” says Joe. SRES is thankful for the entire Brougher family and appreciates their investment in the school and making it a philanthropic priority.
Development News The annual G3 Dinner, sponsored by the Foundation Board and held at Woodstock Club on October 1, 2019, raised $31,000. Along with a generous $30,000 match, we raised a total of $61,000. At the dinner, in addition to the lovely entertainment provided by Steve Greist and Abby Miller (both Class of 2002), Mrs. Tammie Read spoke about her renewal opportunity grant from the Foundation Board that will enable her to share with Junior Kindergartners her knowledge and experiences from her recent trip to the Kennedy Space Center. In other development news, we exceeded our campaign goal of $5.5 million, thanks to our many generous donors led by Campaign Chairs Mr. Bob Marchesani and Dr. Marlene Marchesani. (Visit the SRES website
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to see a complete list of donors.) “St. Richard’s provided our three children with a rigorous and values-based education. We wanted to ensure that opportunity continues and expands for those who attend the school today and in the future,” say the Marchesanis. 13
Greetings from Trinity Episcopal Greetings, Saints! That’s how our Bishop, the Right Rev’d Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, greeted the St. Richard’s community at chapel recently. She reminded us that, regardless of our faith tradition or experience, we are all created and called to goodness by a loving God—to be saints throughout our everyday lives. As a parent of three Dragons, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church and a SRES board member, I am particularly blessed to have a multifaceted view of this wonderful school. St. Richard’s is committed to the well-being of the whole student—in body, mind and spirit. This is illuminated not only in chapel experiences, but in student-centered teaching, personal care by administrators and faculty, excellence in athletics and academics, and general attention to giving children what they need to be curious, kind and engaged global citizens. Trinity Church is a proud partner of St. Richard’s. We share considerable history, property and staff. More importantly, we strive to share classic Episcopal values: balancing a deep love for tradition with passion for critical inquiry, intellectual formation, diversity in all forms and care for the world around us. 14
There is a beloved chapel hymn, “I sing a song of the saints of God,” in which students are reminded that you can meet saints everywhere you go. The refrain exclaims, “And I mean to be one too!” Whether in history competitions, theatre performances, volleyball games or joint services projects, young saints are doing marvelous things at St. Richard’s Episcopal School. Come join us, and be one too!
The Reverend Julia E. Whitworth Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church
Father Ben’s Days: Eclectic and Joyful
Horizons at the Holidays
Father Ben Anthony, SRES chaplain, and his wife, Katherine, made the move back to Indiana two years ago from Sewanee, TN, where he was assistant professor of preaching at the University of the South’s School of Theology. The father of PK student Frances and infant Elizabeth, Father Ben says he especially enjoys some of the “everyday” aspects of his position: helping with dismissal duty, supporting admission events and chatting with parents.
St. Richard’s was pleased to participate in the Magi Tree Christmas project, a joint effort with Trinity Episcopal Church that benefited families from the Horizons at St. Richard’s summer program.
His work as chaplain is as eclectic as it is joyful: leading Lower Division chapel, co-teaching divinity classes, eating with students in the Dragon Café. You never know where you might find him lending a helping hand, leading faith activities or having meaningful conversations with students and teachers. He says his most enjoyable role is welcoming families to St. Richard’s Lessons and Carols. The gifts he received for his installation are proudly displayed in his office and remind him of the uniqueness of the school and the generosity of its families. We are so thankful Father Ben is part of our special community.
SRES students decorated a tree in the school lobby with ornament cards listing the needs of Horizons families. Students shopped for the items after Thanksgiving break, and the gifts then were wrapped and delivered. One hundred and fifty-three students from more than 50 IPS, charter and township public schools took part in the program, which helps to prevent academic “summer slide.” Horizons, at SRES since 1996, continues to be the only Horizons National affiliate in Indiana. In 2019, 100% of Horizons students qualified for free or reduced lunch, 85% returned from the previous summer, and the program maintained a 93% daily attendance rate. Over the summer, each grade level focused on activities that connected academic learning and real-world experience. This project-based approach gave teachers the opportunity to be creative and innovative while tapping into the students’ many talents. 15
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