head of school’s letter To the Vermont Academy family, Welcome to an early summer edition of Vermont Academy Life. We will be working towards a twice per year publication schedule going forward, and you can plan on receiving the next edition in November and another in May of 2014. In this issue you will find our “Year in Review” photo spread with some captions from yours truly, an article about our vibrant new Writing and Speaking Across the Curriculum program, an insightful look into our Freeskiing program and some of its participants, and a look at our Belize program through journals of the students on the trip. As you will see, we remain very busy around here! I’d like to take this opportunity to provide some follow-up about our decision to cancel the football program for next year. I want to thank everyone who contacted me by email or phone after the announcement. I have tried to respond to each person directly, and if for some reason I did not get back to you, please reach out again. Responses were varied, but the clear majority went along these lines: disappointment about losing a long-standing, historical program; appreciation for looking out for the well-being of the school as a whole; and an anecdote or two about experiences playing or watching games here at VA. I want to reinforce a few points. We will continue to celebrate the great memories that alumni have from their years at Vermont Academy. At alumni events and reunion weekends, we will continue to honor those who have accomplished great things in the athletic arena with our Athletic Hall of Fame. We will continue to evaluate the sustainability of all of our programs, strengthen those that need attention, and cut those that are not working. In sum, we need to be responsible about running this institution and to make responsible decisions accordingly.
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Sean P. Brennan Head of School
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