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Taking Aim at Some Biblical Values

Posted by Faculty Contributor on December 04, 2015

By Hank Hopping, Dean of Students at McCallie

From the Book of the Old Testament prophet Micah: What does the LORD require of you, but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

The prophet Micah lived at about the same time in history as his much more famous prophet buddy Isaiah, but today Isaiah gets all the love and is much more frequently quoted. The Book of Micah, by contrast, is a little ol’ book in the OT, the 33rd of 39 Books, and only 7 chapters long. Micah is most well-known among Biblical scholars for a couple of prophesies, one connected to the fate of Judah and one to the birth of Jesus. But don’t underestimate the power of Micah’s words.

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Topics: bible, Campus Life, civil war, First Person, humility, justice, leadership, mercy, micah, old testament, O Captain! My Captain!, Upper School Life

Monitoring Builds Better

Posted by Faculty Contributor on September 30, 2015

By Richard Henderson, McCallie Strength Coach

The human body has a predictable response to specific amounts of training also known as the dose-response effect. This term often is used by medical scientists when discussing the amount of medicine needed to achieve a specific physiological response. For example, generally speaking two Tylenol will relieve the symptoms of headache. This is the specific dose needed to relieve the pain.

There is similar cause-and-effect response in the training setting. The body’s response to planned quantified stress through a certain number of repetitions, load, speed, etc., is relatively predictable.

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Topics: athlete, Campus Life, conditioning, First Person, fitness, health, high school athletics, monitoring, process, Posts from the Ridge

Striving for Honor

Posted by Faculty Contributor on September 01, 2015

The following is a slightly-abridged version of a speech given by math teacher and Senate advisor Jim Carlone '88 to the Upper School student body on August 26, 2015. The Senate is the student body charged with upholding McCallie's Honor Code, adjudicating guilt and recommending punishment.

One of McCallie's students sign The Book of Honor, a tradition going back two decades. More than 1,000 student and faculty signatures have been collected in the book, as they express their intent and aspiration to abide by the Honor Code.

 

Good morning. Today, I am going to talk to you for a few minutes about the Honor Code and the Senate. When McCallie alumni are asked what they remember most about their time here, they inevitably choose one of three things: their relationships with their teachers, the bonds they form with their fellow students, and the Honor Code.

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Topics: boys, character, cheating, duty, First Person, honor, honor code, lying, mccallie, plagiarism, responsibility, Posts from the Ridge, stealing, O Captain! My Captain!, truth

Practicing What I Teach

Posted by Faculty Contributor on July 09, 2015


By John Lambert

Since 1969, I have spent my life in schools, cycling through roughly the same yearly schedule of fall beginnings and summer endings. One might imagine that this routine could become tiresome but for me it never has. As a student and then a teacher, school communities have nourished and fascinated me, providing as they do a template by which to gauge a whole range of human experience. In August of 1986, I entered my first McCallie classroom. I was 21 years old and looked, it would seem, much younger than that. Dean Sholl’s wife, Penny, likes to tell the story of the day I was moving into North Hutch where they lived with two small boys; she offered to help me out, mistaking me for a lost boarder who had arrived on campus a few days early.

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Topics: dickinson, emerson, English, English teacher, Featured, mccallie, poetry, spotlight, O Captain! My Captain!, teaching, thoreau, Upper School Life, whitman

It's Not All About the Benjamins

Posted by Faculty Contributor on October 17, 2013

by Jeff Kurtzman, McCallie School Director of College Guidance

These aggregate scholarship figures disguise the authentic amount of money students can actually use, the average amount available to each student individually and the real value of the scholarships being counted.

 $8 million.
$10 million.
$13 MILLION!

Every school year, usually in May, many schools publish dollar figures like these to represent the amount of college scholarship money earned by their senior class. Unfortunately, these numbers are misleading at best and disingenuous at worst. Why? Well, there are many reasons, but here are three main ones.

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Topics: Campus Life, Featured, spotlight, Upper School Life

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