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March 2012 Volume 30 Number 6

A news publication of The Lovett School

21st Run ’n Lovett on April 21

STAR Student Names STAR Teacher

The Alumni Association’s annual spring event, Run ’n

“Claire is one of a handful of students who have left footprints in my

Lovett, takes place at Kilpatrick Stadium on Saturday,

teaching career. She really makes my teaching enjoyable.” What a won-

April 21. The 2K is at 8:30 am and the 5K at 9:00 am.

derful tribute for a teacher to pay a student! That’s the way our STAR

Raffle baskets will be filled with great gifts and

teacher, Betty Hu, thinks of this year’s STAR student, Claire Beskin.

coupons valued at $350 to $650. This year you may

Claire was named Lovett’s 2012 STAR student in December, recogniz-

register for the race and buy raffle tickets online by

ing her outstanding academic record and the highest SAT scores in the

going to the registration link at <

class. She, in turn, named Ms. Hu as the teacher who has made the most

alumni>. Charges will be added to your student’s

significant contribution to her development as a scholar and thinker,

account. If you would like to donate items or gift

citing the special effort she makes to help her students not only to gain

certificates for the baskets, or if you would be interested

fluency in the Chinese language, but also to appreciate and understand

in sponsoring, please contact Starr Pollock or Anne

the ancient and modern culture of this rising world power.

Fuentes in the Alumni Office. Lovett alumni appreciate the many sponsors

Claire Beskin, STAR student

Claire said it was “hard to choose just one teacher because she has had so many superb teachers in her career at Lovett.” However, in recognizing Ms. Hu’s influence in her life, Claire

who have made this race possible. As of press time,

points to her crucial role in helping her develop her passion for Chinese: “Ms. Hu has encouraged me to pursue spe-

Run ’n Lovett 2012 sponsors include: Larry Jackson

cial programs, like the Han Ban Summer Bridge Program, the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, and

Numismatics, Inc.; Heritage Plastics; Zeliff Wallace

the Georgia Chinese Educators’ First High School Chinese Speech Contest.” Ms. Hu has pointed the way, and Claire

Jackson Investment Counsel; Interstate Truck

has taken full advantage of every opportunity, winning first place in the speech contest and traveling to China on

Equipment; Empire Distributors; Rush Truck Centers;

two fully funded scholarships, one from the Chinese government and one from the U.S. State Department.

Altec Industries; Arrow Exterminating Co.; Wilmington

Undoubtedly, Claire has an abundance of self-motivation and self-discipline to complement her native intel-

Trust; Inmark, Inc.; Argo; Brand Mortgage; Hailey

ligence, but she would say a large part of that motivation comes from the inspiration of teachers like Ms. Hu. “I

Realty; Raulet Property Partners; Georgia Development

admire how much work she puts into every lesson, how hard she works to help her students.” For Ms. Hu, teaching

Partners; Van Winkle Associates; Calahan Family;

is not just a job, it is a passion—“when you see students like Claire, so passionate, so highly motivated, it is inspira-

Chapman Family; Dunlap Family; Harlan Family;


Higgins Family; Huger Family; Jones Family; Knotts

Claire is not yet sure what careers she might discover for herself, but she can see herself in 10 years working in

Family; Mefford Family; Millard Family; Mills Family;

the Foreign Service, engineering, or international business. Whatever she does, she will certainly live for a time in

Mitchell Family; Oyler Family; Tinkler Family; and

China. Ms. Hu says she does not want “to be the last Chinese teacher to teach this student. Claire is an exceptional

Wade Family.

human being, and I truly believe she will make her mark on the world.”

Through the gererosity of these and many

The statewide Student/Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program is sponsored by the Professional As-

more sponsors since 1999, as well as energetic race

sociation of Georgia Educators. Claire and Ms. Hu were honored, along with the other Atlanta STAR students and

participants, alumni have been able to grow their

teachers, at a luncheon in February at the Loudermilk Center downtown.

Reunion Scholarship Fund to more than $480,000. The scholarship, part of Lovett’s endowment, benefits

New Award to Honor Lovett Staff Who “Lead By Example”

student financial aid at the school.

Nominations now being taken

Pancakes for Parkinson’s Join us on Saturday, April 21, during Run ’n Lovett,

A new award, the Headmaster’s Leadership by Example Award, will be granted to one very special staff person in June 2012. And you can help us select that person! The award will be given annually to an employee who contributes to the Lovett community, in both their

from 8:00–10:00 am for a delicious pancake breakfast.

official and unofficial duties, by being a positive and supportive influence of good character. The recipient will be

It is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children seven and

one who displays an unselfish concern for others and leads by example through a life of integrity, high character,

under. All proceeds from this event will be donated to

modesty, and respect for others. The recipient will receive both a cash award and a stipend to help support school

the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

programs that promote character and leadership. Who at Lovett do YOU think best exemplifies good character and leads others through their example? Perhaps a coach who always puts her players first? A classroom teacher whose values shine through in his lessons? A mem-

Partnership with the High

ber of the maintenance staff who is always helpful, friendly, and approachable? To nominate a Lovett staff member for this award, please send an email to, briefly outlin-

Listen to John Maeda Speak

ing a description of your nominee’s personal character and your thoughts on why he or she should be considered

Through Lovett’s partnership with the High Museum

for this award. Any and all Lovett employees are eligible. Nominations are due by April 15, 2012.

of Art, our community has been invited to hear John

This award was established in September 2011 by four sets of Lovett parents who recognized the importance

Maeda present “STEM to STEAM: The Meaning of

of attracting, developing, and retaining great faculty and staff, particularly those who teach by example with words

Innovation” on Monday, March 19, at 7:00 pm in the Rich

and deeds of good character. We thank them for their generous support of the school and our staff.

Theatre at The Woodruff Arts Center. John Maeda is the president of Rhode Island School of Design. John Maeda is a world-renowned artist, graphic designer, computer scientist, and educator whose career reflects his philosophy of humanizing technology. He has worked to integrate technology, education, and the arts into a 21st-century synthesis of creativity and innovation. A recipient of the National Design Award and represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Maeda became president of the Rhode Island School of Design in June 2008. Tickets are free to the Lovett community and can be picked up in the Fine Arts Office.

Lovett Auction 2013—Roaring for Success Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 23, 2013! We’re excited to announce our 11th Lovett Parent Association auction will be held at the Buckhead Theatre. If you would like to volunteer your time or talents, or be a personal or corporate sponsor, please contact our auction chairs Marlyn Chapman at and Cindy Price at You will receive a letter in April with more information about how you can participate and help ensure the success of the auction. Join a committee, donate an item, become a patron, and—most definitely—come and have a great time!

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Headmaster’s Message


Our Callings Thank You to Three Lovett Legends

Frederick Buechner is one of my favorite writers and theologians. When confronting that age-old question of how we In recent weeks, we have honored three people who have given heart and soul to Lovett for decades—Bill Railey determine what we should do with our lives, he has this to say: “The place God calls you to is the place where your (teacher and coach, 1976–2006), Jim Glasser (teacher and coach, 1975–present), and Clara Traver (teacher and Middle deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet” (see Wishful Thinking: A Seeker’s ABC). Buechner believes that our School leader, 1970–present). Collectively, Bill, Jim, and Clara have given our school 112 years of extraordinary service. callings emerge at the intersection of our greatest passions and a significant need. On October 4 at the LionBackers picnic, veteran teacher and nationally renowned wrestling coach Jim Glasser Just in the last couple of weeks, I have had the privilege of seeing or hearing of three Lovett students (a senior, was honored with the announcement that a number of his wrestlers and wrestling parents have established the Jim a sophomore, and an alumnus) who are thriving in large part because they are working at the place where their Glasser Wrestling Endowment Fund, which will support Lovett wrestling in perpetuity. Also made public was the gladness and the world’s hunger meet. news that the multipurpose competition space that will be a part of the new athletic center (which we hope to begin A Lovett senior at the Speech and Debate competition on January 21, who is also a fine actor, was asked at this in the next 24 months or so) will be known as the Jim Glasser Room thanks to a major gift from one of Jim’s former competition to give an impromptu talk on the subject of wisdom. He had two minutes to prepare a two-minute talk. wrestlers and his family. Coincidentally, I was in the room when he spoke—flawlessly—on wisdom. This student cited Winnie the Pooh as his At Homecoming on October 21, we officially dedicated Bill Railey Field—the new multipurpose, artificially first exposure to wisdom and then mentioned the documentary, Waiting for Superman, as a powerful reminder that turfed playing venue being used by our football, lacrosse, and soccer teams and by physical education students, as education must be about more than facts. It must also be about developing understanding, judgment, and wisdom. well. This naming was made possible by several alumni and families eager to express their great appreciation to Bill This student has enormous passion for speaking to powerful, enduring ideas through creative and animating prose for his 34 years of exemplary service as a teacher and coach, as well as their admiration for his being (with 200 wins) and poetry. Our world desperately needs this voice. one of the winningest coaches in Georgia high school football history. In early January, an Upper School student approached me about an inspiring experience she had had at Trinity Also at Homecoming, a reception was held honoring Clara Traver in celebration of her almost 42 years of service House, when she and her mother and members of her church served a meal one Sunday evening to a group of men to Lovett as a teacher, mentor, advisor, and leader in our Middle School. The last two years, I have had the privilege battling addiction and other struggles. She wants to urge additional members of the Lovett community (our Vestry of co-teaching a ninth grade religion course with Clara. I have witnessed first-hand how good she is as a teacher, how regularly serves a meal at Trinity house) to connect with this organization, which does such essential work for the much she loves teaching, and how deeply she cares about her students. At the Homecoming barbecue, we were proud men it serves. This student has an unquenchable urge to serve and this passion, in turn, heads right into the needs to surprise Clara with the news that several donors have made founding gifts to the Clara Traver Endowment Fund, of the many men who are part of the Trinity House community. This student will, no doubt, nourish the passion for which will provide financial aid toward a deserving Middle Schooler, as well as to a student in Breakthrough Atlanta, service in others by the potency of her own example and in so doing, will lift our collective capacity to meet the needs a program that is a great passion for Clara and on whose advisory board she serves. of those on the margins of our society. Our school family is enormously proud of Jim, Bill, and Clara, and so very grateful for all they have given our In late January, I spoke to a Lovett alum from the Class of 2009 who is majoring in physics. His love and curiosity school. for physics, mathematics, and the philosophies behind them are boundless. He is eager to apply his learning to consulting or entrepreneurship in order to help solve the many problems requiring the analytical skills of these important disciplines. In a world of increasing complexity, my bet is that this young man’s yearning—his call—will be instrumental in addressing matters that are currently so very perplexing. Billy Peebles | Headmaster Let’s all of us—students, faculty, parents, and alumni—work to uncover and nourish our passions and to match those passions with the many needs confronting our world.

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Billy Peebles | Headmaster

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Notes from the Infirmary: Allergy Season Lovett Lines readers!

Allergy season is upon us. If your child has seasonal allergies, begin treatment now so the medication will be in their system as pollens begin to fall. The Infirmary does not keep over-the-counter allergy medicine in-stock. We do have

Recycled Uniform Sales

a decongestant, but literature does not show decongestants to be effective in younger children. If your child will need The Recycled Uniform sales are a great way to get a bargain for all your uniform needs. We are located in the lower antihistamines at school, please bring the medicine to the Infirmary and we will keep it for your child. A cough and level of the Fuqua Center in the LPA office. We always appreciate gently used uniform donations throughout the runny nose can be a cold or an allergy. Red eyes can be an allergy or an illness, such as a cold or conjunctivitis. Your year. Donation bins are located on the Lower School front steps, outside the Campus Store, and in the Middle School doctor is the best resource to help you decide if your child has allergies, a cold, or an illness. If your child has asthma entrance foyer. Our sale dates for the school year are as follows: symptoms with allergies, please make sure we have an inhaler in the Infirmary for them to use if needed during the Wednesday Sales Final Sales school day. December 7, 8:00–10:00 am May 2, 8:00 am–2:00 pm Our Infirmary site on the Lovett website has links for information. Please visit our site under Parent Resources. If January 4, 8:00–10:00 am May 3, 8:00 am–2:00 pm there are other links you would like us to add, just let us know! We will be happy to put other links there for parent February 1, 8:00–10:00 am use. Have a safe and healthy Spring in our wonderful city. February 29, 8:00–10:00 am April 4, 8:00–10:00 am

Green Corner Stay tuned for updates on sustainability initiatives going on within the Lovett community! As always, all proceeds go directly to the school through the LPA! Come visit us monthly and enjoy great buys!

Earth Week

Green Corner The Lovett community is getting ready for our upcoming

Stay tuned for updates on sustainability initiatives going on within the Lovett community

Earth Week festivities. To kick off the week, we will

be having our final Walk to School Day of the year on

E-Waste Drive Coming Soon

Friday, April 13. Throughout the following week there Lovett’s Green Team will be hosting it’s Fifth Annual “E-Waste Drive” during the week of January 9–13. Over the will be various events in the Lower, Middle, and Upper holidays, many of us get updated and more advanced electronics so the E-Waste Drive is a perfect place to bring Schools to celebrate our planet, focusing on the theme your used items, instead of just disposing of them in the trash. Many electronics contain harmful materials that are of water. On Wednesday, April 18, speakers from The hazardous when put into landfills. The vendor that takes care of our e-waste destroys all data, so computer hard Ocean Foundation will work with each of our divisions. drives do not need to be cleaned out. Alexandra Cousteau will present to the Upper School Alexandra visited with Upper School Items that we will be accepting include personal computers, laptops, Cousteau cell phones, microwaves, keyboards, about her water conservation efforts and she will also science teacher Jennifer Reynolds earlier this year.list, printers, copiers, and fax machines. Televisions will be accepted with an additional charge of $10 each. For a full speak that evening at an event open to the greater Atlanta Alexandra will return to Lovett in April for Earth Week. please check the Lovett website. community. Sam Lardner will perform his “Oceans are Please do not bring washers/dryers, power tools, vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, freezers, tires, blenders, or Talking” concert for the Lower School students and Frances Kinney will visit classrooms and teach Middle School dehumidifiers. students about migratory sea life. Other highlights of the week include the tenth grade RAFT trip, an outdoor Stay tuned for more information about drop off locations! If you have any questions, please contact Betsy Metcalf barbecue, plant sale, and the annual Spring Arts Festival. We hope everyone will participate in, and enjoy, the week! at

Campus Campus Store Store Spring is in the air! Stop by to see what’s new in our Siempre Verde merchandise has arrived! Please gift assortment. While here you can check Easter off stop in to see the great shawls, scarves, jewelry, your list by having us help you put together your Easter bags, coffee, and more brought back from the baskets. most recent student trip to Ecuador. All proceeds from this merchandise go to the community and

Looking Ahead

school in Santa Rosa, Ecuador.

Semi-Annual Sidewalk Sale

Monday, March 19–Friday, March 23 Please join us for the very popular “12 Days of Markdowns will be as high as 75 percent off the Christmas” event from Thursday, December 1, original price for all merchandise categories. through Friday, December 16. Each day we will feature a special offer on one merchandise

Annual Uniform and Spirit Wear Sale

category. Please check out our website for further Monday, April 16–Friday, April 20 details. All current families will receive 20 percent off on all uniforms and spirit wear purchased during these dates. Want to be the first to know about these type of Sizes and quantities will be limited due to the end of events? Send an e-mail to the school year. However, rain checks will be (Subject: Subscribe to Campus Store Emails) to issued for all sizes that are not on hand during the sale. receive emails regarding sales, new merchandise, New families will receive the same discount in August. and special events in the store. Once on the list, Please be watching for our Uniform Order Form. you can opt out at any time. This will be available on the website beginning Monday, April 2. Parents will be able to submit their order Have you done your holiday shopping yet? Did you via fax or email to the Campus Store. We will pull your know that in addition to the merchandise we carry, order, write up any items for a rain check, and have it there are many items that we can order especially all ready for you to pick up during the sale. The order for you? form eliminates the need to wait in line, making it easier Monogrammed bags, towels, etc; to run into the store during carpool to pick up uniforms. Engraved jewelry, frames, and jewelry boxes; Tervis Tumblers—personalized, NCAA schools,

Book Buy Back

or just for fun prints; Seniors: Wednesday, May 9 Nams Cookies—personalized labels on candies Upper School: Thursday, May 17, and or cookies; Friday, May 18, 9:00 am –2:00 pm Gaming systems (XBox, Wii, Playstation) and Middle School: Thursday, May 24, and games; and Friday, May 25, 10:00 am –1:00 pm Personalized stationary and paper products. This year’s list of hardcover books being bought back As always: will be available for viewing in the store and on the All proceeds go back to the school. website beginning Friday, May 4. We offer complimentary gift wrap on items Book Buy Back Forms can be picked up in the purchased in the store. store anytime after May 4. This form must be used for Our prices are lower than retail. all of the books a student is returning. Books will only There is no sales tax be accepted for Buy Back on the specified dates and times above. Our textbook vendor, Classbook, will The Campus Store is open Monday through be on hand to buy back books that will be used next Thursday, 7:30 AM –4:00 PM, and Friday, year. Students who return books at Book Buy Back will 7:30 AM –3:30 PM. receive a receipt when they sell back their books. All

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Around Lovett Thank You! Thank you to everyone who completed an online volunteer form in January. We are grateful for your willingness to chair one of our committees and are very excited about this new leadership team. We would also like to thank Kim Blass and Sandy Redella, who have played a key role in helping us secure volunteers. Kim Blass, director of strategic communications, has been instrumental in helping us go green by facilitating our online forms and parent emails. And we couldn’t accomplish anything without Sandy! As director of community relations and our liaison, she has guided us so patiently through every objective, from the Riverbank Picnic to slating a new board. She always has an open door, a big smile, and a perfect solution! Also helping us spread the word about LPA activities is Vanessa King, who manages all of our news for the Lovett Lines. Coordinating deadlines with more than 20 committees is no easy task, and we are thankful for her organization and kind reminders. Many thanks, too, to parent participation chairs Laura Law, Sunny Roesel, and Cathy Torie, who have worked hard to educate the Lovett community about our various fundraising programs. As a result, we’ve earned almost $8,000 to date from Publix, Georgia Natural Gas, Target, and OneCause. These dollars help fund grants to each of

Franki Kimche-Gilstrap, Grade 2, won the Dining Hall’s January Recipe Competition. She served Franki’s Mighty Melts.

the school divisions so, if you already do business with any of these merchants, please consider participating in their money back programs. In most cases, it’s as easy as swiping a card! Perhaps no one has done as much to get the word out as mailings co-chairs Debra Buster and Nancy Anderson, who, after many years of serving on this committee, will soon stuff their last Lovett envelopes. We will miss their wickedly funny emails but look forward to seeing what they pursue next. It continues to amaze us that in the LPA alone, close to 400 volunteers (many serving on multiple committees) come together to enrich our community. Although it is not possible to thank each of you by name here, please know that your time and efforts are very much appreciated.

tition was second grader Franki Kimche-Gilstrap. She submitted a few recipes for the contest and her Mighty Melt was selected! She served her class from behind the great time with all her classmates. It was announced in the Lower School morning bulletin that Franki was the win-

Senior Supper The Senior Supper Committee plans the wonderful kickoff event for the senior class each year. The supper was held for the Class of 2012 and their parents on August 24 in the newly renovated cafeteria prior to college night. Shane’s BBQ catered the dinner and it was enjoyed by all. A slide show of the class JOE trip was playing outside the cafeteria and by the theater. There were also large panels with pictures of all the seniors when they were young and how they look today. Everyone enjoyed seeing how everyone has changed! This is a wonderful event to get the seniors excited as they start their senior year. Angie Major, Julie Millians, and Terri Dalton co-chaired this fun event, which is always planned and executed by one senior parent and two junior parents.

ner and she even told the students over the PA system how good her recipe was and to try it for lunch today! Lots of good buzz was going on during Lower School lunch. Congratulations, Franki!

The Leaders of the Pack Directors Bring Experience, Enthusiasm to Summer Programs

Lovett Welcomes Educators from around the Country For the fifth summer, Lovett’s American Studies Institute

Thinking about Summer Programs at Lovett? Rest assured. Your little—and not-so-little—Lions will be in good hands with our amazing team of camp directors.

is offering a workshop for teachers. The American Studies

Christian Young: Director of Camp Lovett

Institute, an outgrowth of our Upper School’s acclaimed

Entering her third year as the Director of Camp Lovett,

American Studies program, was founded in 2004 to encour-

Christian is a native Atlantan and graduate of Auburn

age teachers and students to enrich their understanding

University. Her background includes teaching in the Mar-

of America by searching beyond the confines of a specific

shall Islands through World Teach, helping the nonprofit


Childspring International, and spending college summers

The theme of our 2012 workshop is “The Revolution

as a counselor at Sea Island. Christian also is the director

Will Not Be Televised? American Culture: 1970–Present.”

of ASAP and the mission trip coordinator for service learn-

Held June 7–8, 2012, on Lovett’s campus, the workshop ture, politics, music, economics, media, and more. Con-

The January winner of the Dining Hall’s recipe compe-

serving line wearing a chef’s hat and apron. Franki had a

Evelyn Achecar and Beth Ward | LPA President Co-chairs

offers sessions on recent revolutions in American art, litera-

Dining Hall’s January Recipe Winner

ing at Lovett. Media coverage of Occupy Wall Street, 2011, part of the revolution in journalism

firmed speakers including Rutgers University’s William

Buddy Warren: Director of Sports and Games Camp, Jr. Whether in the classroom or on the athletic fields, Buddy loves interacting with and instructing children. In his

Jelani Cobb; Emory University’s Merle Black and Jeffrey Rosensweig; and National Public Radio’s (and Lovett alumna) Mary Louise Kelly; as well as Lovett’s own Jordan Clark and Stutz Wimmer. The workshop is geared toward secondary school teachers, but all educators, graduate students, and those with an interest in the subject matter are welcomed. For more information on the American Studies Institute, including workshop details, please visit our website at <>.

second year as the director of Sports and Games, Jr., Buddy also teaches middle school physical education and coaches varsity football, middle school wrestling, and 8th/9th grade baseball at Lovett. He is a lifelong educator, having worked at high schools across the metro Atlanta area. Kenyon Boatfield: Director of Sports and Games Camp

We hope to see some of you in June!

Kenyon knows kids! In his work as a fifth grade assistant teacher and Lovett’s assistant strength and conditioning

Congratulations to the Lovett Equestrian Club This small but determined club worked hard this fall and winter to earn enough points to qualify for the IEA Regional competition! The competition will be held at Chicopee Woods in Gainesville, Ga., on Saturday, March 3. If Lovett wins Regionals, they will have a chance to go to the IEA Zones in Johns Island, S.C., in late March, and in turn, go to the IEA Nationals in Syracuse, N.Y., in April! Way to go Astrid, Leila, Emily, Ellie, Caroline, Whitney, Elizabeth, and Haley! Good luck at IEA Regionals!

coach, Kenyon knows the Lovett community, from Lower School children to Upper School football players, from campers to counselors. This will be Kenyon’s 11th summer working with Sports and Games Camp and his 8th as the director. Liz Kennedy: Director of Camp Rocks Liz may be new to Camp Rocks, but she’s no stranger to

Evening Education Series Returns in March

working with children. Liz has worked at Lovett since

Go back to school with the 2012 Evening Education Series at Lovett! Beginning

2006 as a Lower School physical education teacher, the

Monday, March 12, classes meet one night per week for three consecutive weeks on

head coach of the girls’ varsity basketball team, and an

Lovett’s campus. The program features eight diverse offerings, from ceramics to art

assistant junior varsity softball coach.

history and cooking with herbs to Abraham Lincoln. Net proceeds of Evening Edu-

For more information about Day Camps or the other

cation benefit need-based financial aid for Lovett students. To view class offerings or

exciting Summer Programs at Lovett —including Fine

to register, please visit <>.

Arts Camps, Siempre Verde, Specialty Camps, Sports Wes Durham will be part of “All-Access Pass.”

Camps, Study Skills, or Summer School—please visit <>.

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Lower School News Bettering our Community

Months have passed since Martin Luther King Day. Frequently around that time of year, we focus on diversity, inclusion, and generally the way we treat others and ourselves. But in the Lower School, the concepts of inclusion and wellness are ever present. When asked in guidance classes to come up with slogans for our Lower School Theme of One by One, fourth grade students had the following ideas: taking action causes a chain reaction, anyone can make a difference big or small, believe in yourself, stop littering, don’t give up, go green, play fair, and always have hope. Ms. Langsfeld and Ms. Wright’s second grade class thought long and hard about ways “We love others as we love ourselves.” Among the ways are: eating when hungry and giving food to the hungry, caring for myself when I’m hurt and caring for others when they are hurt, playing by myself when I have nothing to do and playing with others when they have nothing to do, and recycling to save our earth and helping others to protect our world. The vision of children encourages all of us to keep diversity, inclusion, health, and wellness in the forefront. Let us all look for ways to make our community the best that it can be.

Elisabeth Awamleh | Lower School Counselor, K and Grades 2 and 4

2012: The Year of the Dragon

On February 1, our annual first grade dragon parade occured, and we celebrated 2012—the year of the dragon! Fourth and third grade students recited two Chinese poems from memory, and second grade students sang the Chinese New Year song, wishing everyone Happy New Year! At the end, all of the Lower School students faced their teachers and sang “Greeting to Teachers,” to pay respect to their teachers. After the parade, first grade students learned the Chinese New Year story about the Zodiac, as well as Chinese calligraphy. Kristie Walden | Chinese Art and Culture Research Teacher

Anna Eiland working on a painting inspired by her visit to the High Museum

Picasso to Warhol January 20 was a big day for the entire fourth grade. Students, teachers, and chaperones enjoyed a visit to the High Museum of Art’s exhibition Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters. Fourth graders had been studying modern art in Mrs. Schneider’s art class prior to the visit. A special focus of that study was Pablo Picasso’s 1932 painting, Girl Before a Mirror. Students created their own acrylic interpretation of Picasso’s painting and presented their work to the class. In addition to Picasso and Warhol, the High exhibition included famous works by Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Jackson Pollock, and Alexander Calder. After touring the main exhibition, the group visited the special showcase of Lovett students’ artwork, which was on display at the High through February. The visit is one example of Lovett’s extensive new partnership with the High Museum. This close collaboration permits unique access to the many resources of the High and further integrates the visual

Scenes from the Chinese dragon parade

arts into Lovett’s curricula.

Middle School News Spelling Bee

Reading Strategies

On January 11, the Middle School held its annual

The Reading Strategies class is part of the sixth grade

Spelling Bee with two rounds of spelling competition.

rotation. During the six-week class, the emphasis is on

All students, Grades 6–8, participated in classroom bees

pleasure reading, comprehension, reading strategies,

during the week of January 3, with the winner from each

and test-taking skills. Motivating both students who

English class moving on to the Middle School Spelling

love to read, as well as reluctant readers, lessons involve

Bee. After a written test, the top 12 spellers from this

collaborative learning and interactive activities. To help

group competed in an oral spelling contest. Our first

students understand reading for a purpose, strategies for

place speller, Victoria Powell, and second place speller,

summarizing are shared, as well as strategies to develop

Alex Marshall, moved on to the Georgia Independent

vocabulary, which are reinforced through the use of a

Schools Association (GISA) Area Bee held at Woodward

thesaurus game.

Academy on February 9.

Civics Alive

Please congratulate these students for winning their class bees and participating in the Middle School

The eighth grade Civics Alive class celebrated our

Spelling Bee.

20th/21st century presidents and first ladies with a

Sixth graders: Mikalah Jenifer, Richard Nolen, Robert

special day. Students presented their creative and

Jordan, Kayla Adams, Claire Hadley Benton, Holden Brooks, Abby Shlesinger, and Grant Stallings.

Alex Marshall and Victoria Powell

informative digital Homepages in their classes. After lunch, the students, dressed in the costumes and

Seventh graders: Kathleen Helms, Max Russ, Nicholas

identifying accessories, processed to “Hail to the Chief”

Klavohn, Julia Koh, Sam Rollins, Camryn Bragg, Ryan Pate, Clare Henderson, and Ted Quarterman.

music into the school assemby in chronological order.

Eight graders: Victoria Powell, Alex Schmidt-Fellner, Charlotte Lee, Emma Pollard, Alex Marshall, Matthew Boutté,

The sixth and seventh grade applauded, participated in

Mary Stewart DeLong, Kaitlin Scott, Caroline Akin, and Brooks Layson.

a trivia game, and enjoyed the creativity of the eighth grade. Hats off to our nation’s leaders!

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Upper School News Graduation News

College Counseling

Lovett’s 51st commencement exercises are right around the corner, and things are

Looking Ahead to College

beginning to fall in place for the momentous day. In response to safety concerns due

Lovett will host a program for parents of students in Grades 9 and 10 on the college

to overcrowding, we have moved to a ticketed admittance this year. Below are details

search process on Wednesday, March 14, at 7:00 pm in the Hendrix-Chenault Theater.

about the ticket system and dates associated with it.

Headmaster Billy Peebles, Upper School academic dean Marsha Little, and director

February 1: Each senior was given eight tickets to the commencement exercises.

of college counseling Pam Fetters will address issues and answer questions related to

By March 12: Return any tickets the family will not use to Mr. Billingslea.

Lovett’s philosophy regarding the college search process, course planning, and Lovett’s

By March 12: Complete the application on the senior webpage if you wish to enter the

college counseling program. For more information, call Pam Fetters at (404) 262-3032,

lottery for more tickets.

ext. 1268.

March 15: Lovett will conduct the lottery to distribute the surplus tickets, two at a time, until we have satisfied all requests or we have expended the tickets. For more information regarding commencement and all senior events, please con-

The College Counseling Office will also be open for questions during Upper School conference day on Wednesday, March 21. Feel free to stop by, introduce yourself, and give us your email contact so we can notify you of events.

sult the senior page on the Lovett website at <> or contact Mr. Billingslea or Mr. Salmon with any questions.

Headmaster’s List Grade 9: Varsha Anbil, Mary Winslow Anderson, Abby Benton, Caroline Blackmon,

Erdoes, Katrina Hazim, William Henagan, Mitchell Hightower, Carson Holden, Chelsea

Chloe Burns, Sarah Carpenter, Bennett Diaz, Emily Drake, Sehar Ebrahim, Jake

Kim, Annabel Kupke, Melissa Li, Ellie Mann, Chris Martin, Julian McIntyre, Anna

Fulwiler, Nick Gambardella, Sonia Gupta, Wes Haley, Madison Hardee, Melissa

Perkins, Saneel Prabhu, Alexandra Quick, Craig Rollins, Maggie Sinkler, Caitlin Smith,

Houghton, Harrison Katapodis, Isabelle Leonaitis, Kate Marino, Bryn McCarthy,

William Smith, Lizzy Wesley, Alston White, James Wilby, and Tianyi Zheng.

Chapman Monroe, Alex O’Shaughnessey, Lauren Reeves, Ben Richards, McKenzie

Grade 12: Daisy Adams, Tess Adams, Cameron Armstrong, Hope Barker, Mary

Richards, Will Russ, Cros Saint, Clark Sanderson, Lindsey Watson, Alec White, and

Catherine Battle, Claire Beskin, Elwyn Bridges, Danielle Currin, Caroline Deisley,

Rachel Wong.

Zainub Dhanani, Peter Diaz, Patrick Emerson, Katie Fee, Grant Fergusson, Lauren

Grade 10: Katrina Binkley, Annie Boydston, Chris Bruns, Foster Coleman, Frankie

Formica, Megan Fricke, John Hale, Maddi Hartley, Hannah Hempel, Marcus

DeBorde, Clara Easterlin, Aggie Fricke, Whitney Granberry, Elena Hartley, Robert

Jackson, Camille Kapaun, Amina Khan, J.B. Lamb, Brittany Landon, Jay Mainthia, Arun

Houghton, Vivian Ilonzo, Alex Kenan, Samantha Keng, Caroline Kenny, Savannah Lee,

Marsten, Dylan McIntyre, Grace Meade, Ty Mitchell, Emmala Moffett, Mary Morel, Nils

Eddie McCrady, Jake Mercer, Carson Morris, Sade Oresegun, Halle Payne, Janie Price,

Okeson, Nicolaos Panos, Elizabeth Ridgeway, Lorin Rogers, Kelsey Roof, Gracie Salmon,

Jessica Pritchard, Lindsey Reid, Natalie Sanders, Anisa Threlkeld, David Wiens, and

Bryan Sanderson, Kelly Scalf, Brooks Schoen, George Spencer, Caroline Szyperski, Colin

Mary Martha Wiggers.

Tucker, Katy Underwood, Hugh van Heesewijk, Kelly Williams, Alex Wilson, Cyrus

Grade 11: Kyler Allen, Elizabeth Bogue, Kathleen Connell, Isabelle Culpepper, Corey

Wilson, and Maggie Wolters.

Scholars List Grade 9: Jack Barnes, Peyton Bell, Alexandra Blitch, Reilly Bradford, Mac Budd, Hannah

Grade 11: Forrest Bell, Charlie Biggerstaff, Taylor Brown, Kathleen Buffington, Brian

Bulvin, Allison Burns, Vallie Candler, Rhodes Denny, Emily Drewry, Andrew Duncan,

Dalton, Heather Degenkolb, Shahla Delawalla, Leslie Espenschied, Will Ewing, Guy

Harrison Hackett, Max Hart, Jack Holder, Campbell Jones, James Kolsby, Katie Lathi,

Fulwiler, Cole Hagood, Cody Harrison, Preston Hill, Darius Hollis, Gayle Jenks,Hannah

Molly Lautares, Murphy Lee, Gracie Letter, Caty Lindauer, McRae Mayfield, Clara

Johnson, Anna Kate Jones, Madison Lathi, Jennifer Li, Michael MacDonald,

McCollam, Amanda McDaniel, Eli Mercer, Mirabel Michelson, Mary Bryan Pope,

Mitchell Marino, Charlotte Matthews, Grace McCollam, Kimberly McDonald, Astrid

Dorothy Rau, Nick Sear, Camille Ward, Emma Ward, and Sydney Wargo.

Michelson, Lauch Monroe, Rob Montgomery, Jamila Moses, Geoffrey Neville, Marie

Grade 10: Ziad Ammar, Lindsey Barnes, James Belsak, Jay Bland, Hunter Branch, Deen

Northington, Alexander Panos, Kelly Peterson, Reid Pickett, Sean Reagan, Michelle

Brooks, Charlotte Bunch, Matthew Cartledge, Farah Charania, Carson Cook, Kennedy

Ridgeway, Anna Sewell, Ella Simmons, Jonathan Song, Suzannah Tarkington, Emily

Crenshaw, Virginia Dalton, Caroline Edwards, Lydia Flock, Riley Frazer, Saqlain

Valentino, Abigail Van Horn, Cooper Ward, Arthur Winborne, and Laura Wymer.

Golandaz, Cameron Greer, Grace Horlock, Charlie Ingram, Audrey Jackson, Patrick

Grade 12: Sam Bailey, Coleman Barrie, Katie Bazzel, Carrie Boyd, Robert Currie, Alex

Keough, Noor Khan, Andrew Kring, Tommy Lanier, Wesleigh Lourie, Suzanna Mayer,

Davison, Alex Fitzpatrick, Lee Martin Frazer, Winbriel Gandy, Lindsey Green, Frances

Connor McCarthy, Austin McCartney, Daijha Mossen, Parker Rocco, Kimberlin

Hattink, Tate Haverty, David Heyer, Brandon Hodges, Hannah James, Ansley

Rogers, Frances Salmon, Linzy Scott, Olivia Strader, Ashley Taylor, Sarah Teichner,

Kenney, Tate Mabon, Emma Major, Madeline Martin, Taylor Morris, Frances Neal,

George Timberlake, Christopher Torie, Grant Towles, Cecilia Ward, Bryce Watson,

Marcy O’Halloran, Kendall Payne, Chris Rezek, Andrew Rockoff, Avery Schroeder,

Christopher West, Rachael Western, and Anna White.

Max Silbiger, Sade Sims, Carlyle Vincent, Jessie Wolfe, and Jordan Wolfe.

Fine Arts News Friends of the Arts

Why the Arts?

The February production of the Upper School musical, My Fair Lady, directed by

An excerpt from Academic Preparation for College, published by the College Board

Jay Freer, Fine Arts director, was a great hit and showcased the talents of our choral

and other educational sources

students. Many thanks to the cast, crew, and faculty that made the show possible! A special thanks to Beverly Ashenden and Francis Flock for coordinating the volunteers

The arts—visual arts, theater, music, and dance—challenge and extend human

and making sure the cast and crew were fed each evening. Thank you to Margie Erdoes

experience. They provide means of expression that go beyond ordinary speaking and

for taking all of our cast photos, and many thanks to all of the FOTA parents for your

writing. They can express intimate thoughts and feelings. They are a unique record

volunteer commitment. The staff, teachers, and students all appreciate your efforts.

of diverse cultures and how these cultures have developed over time. They provide

Coming soon to your email is our very own Lovett Fine Arts newsletter sponsored

distinctive ways of understanding human beings and nature. The arts are creative

by FOTA. This informative communication will feature many exciting articles, photos,

modes by which all people can enrich their lives both by self-expression and response

video clips, and schedules of all the arts activities your children are involved in at the

to the expressions of others.

school and around the community. We will also feature Fine Arts director Jay Freer’s

Data reveals a correlation between arts education, including music, and SAT scores.

recommended reading corner, highlighting topics relating to the arts. If you are a FOTA

Students who were involved in arts education achieved higher SAT scores. The longer

member, you will automatically receive this. If you are not a member, you can sign

students were involved in arts education, the higher the increase in SAT scores. This

up by sending Jinny Keough an email at requesting to receive the

study also correlated arts education with higher scores in standardized tests, reading,


English, history, citizenship, and geography. Nationally, students enrolled in fine arts

Lynn Powell | FOTA President

courses score from 6 to 11 percent higher than students not enrolled in any fine arts courses.


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March 2012 Volume 30 Number 6

A news publication of The Lovett School

INSIDE Page 1 STAR Student Names STAR Teacher Page 1 New Award to Honor Lovett Staff Who “Lead By Example” Page 3 Lovett Welcomes Educators from around the Country

The Lovett School Communications Office 4075 Paces Ferry Road, N.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30327-3009 (404) 262-3032

The Lovett School admits students of any race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Lovett School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin in administration of its employment practices, admission policies, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Fine Arts News

Athletics News

Upcoming Events The Lower and Middle School Bands will present their 20th Annual Prism Concert on Sunday, March 18, at 3:00 pm in the Hendrix-Chenault Theater, with guest appearance by the Lovett Upper School Band, conducted by Garett Arrowood, Charissa Gransden, and Stutz Wimmer. Please join us for a wonderful afternoon of great music. The Singers, Lovett’s select vocal ensemble, will present their annual voice recital on Sunday, March 18, at 5:00 pm in the Alston Memorial Chapel. This recital will display the outstanding solo and ensemble talent of these students, all of whom study voice privately through Lovett’s Applied Lessons Program. Vocal teachers Timothy Miller, Robert Ray, Kimberly Rosquist, Leslie Thomas, and Nancy Soper have instructed these students in a varied repertoire of music, including art songs and standard vocal literature. Mark your calendars for a great Upper School theatrical event! Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee tells the story of a Tennessee science teacher who dared to teach Darwin’s theory of evolution to his class,

2012 Wrestling Area Duals Champs

despite the state law against it. The subsequent trial is a piece of American history, articulately dramatized in this


popular classic. The play will take place in the Woodward Theater—transforming the black box into a great Southern

Lovett’s wrestling team is Area Duals Champions, and

courthouse. Don’t miss the excitement on March 29, 30, and 31, at 7:00 pm. It’s limited seating and tickets are available

they went on to finish second at state in Duals.

in the Fine Arts Office—free to faculty, staff, and students, and $5.00 for all others.

At the AA West State Sectionals, two Lions, Kyler Allen (106) and Corey Erdoes (182), claimed first-place

Spring Arts Festival

honors in their weight classes. Spencer Lee (132) and

The Lovett Spring Arts Festival 2012 will take place on Thursday, April 19, will feature Atlanta artist Mark

Patrick Emerson (195) were also finalists in their weight

Boomershine, and will incorporate the theme “All Creatures, Great and Small” in the day-long focus on the arts,


including painting, pottery, music, and dance. Children will hear from Boomershine on what inspired him to become a professional artist, and then will be assisted by more than 40 parent volunteers at 17 art stations on Denny Field. Mark Boomershine was born in Atlanta in 1971. Educated at the University of Alabama, Boomershine studied

In all, Lovett advanced 11 of the 14 weight classes from Sectionals to the GHSA Traditonal State Championships at Gwinnett Arena.

both Business Management and Fine Art. The use of both the left and right brain led the artist to explore all things graphic. Boomershine has traveled the world exploring vast cultures and how they represent themselves artistically. He gravitated toward the power of the pop art movement and uses simplistic images offset by meaningful words about the artist’s subject. The result brings to life both the imagery and insight in the individual being painted. Through his techniques, motivated by the palette and provocation of pop art, the viewer is able to experience a total immersion in the multidimensional quality of each subject.

Lovett Screenwriters Explore Sundance Every year, Robert Redford hosts the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, a beautiful, rustic ski town nestled in the Wasatch mountains of Utah. “Sundance” has become synonymous with “Independent,” and home to the freshest, most creative independent films of the year. In January, Lovett’s screenwriting teacher, David Silverman, led a group

Girls Basketball

of four students (Sam Bailey, Danielle Currin, Fraser Jones, and Arun Marsten) to Park City to take part in what

Coach Liz Kennedy presents balls to Christen Johnson (left) commemorating her 1,000th Lovett rebound, and to Tatianna Jackson (right) for her 1,500th point. Both milestones were reached came earlier in the season in a win at Blessed Trinity.

is now an annual tradition for both Mr. Redford and the Lovett filmmaking community. The weekend served as great instruction, great inspiration, and a great reminder that movie-making is an incredible collaborative art with tremendous power to tell stories that move people. Each of us left Utah hoping to return again next year, and maybe one day with a fresh story in tow.

Summer of Rock

Football Meetings

Summer of Rock is a rock and roll camp that is hosted by The Lovett School. We accept individual musicians, as

The football informational meetings will take place on

well as pre-formed bands from beginners to advanced from rising Grades 3–12. Study with some of Atlanta’s top

March 25.

professional musicians in master class format and develop your skills on guitar, bass, drums, vocals, piano, and brass/

2:00–2:30 pm: Parents of rising 7th/8th Grade Students

woodwinds. Prepare your songs all week for the blowout performance at the end of the week! For more information

2:30–3:00 pm: Parents of rising 9th Grade Students

and to reserve your child’s spot, visit the Lovett School’s website and click Who We Are>Summer Programs.

3:00–3:30 pm: Parents of rising 10th Grade Students

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