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Our Simple Yet Secret Recipe

Posted by Lee Burns on May 09, 2016

By Headmaster Lee Burns '87

Locked in a vault in Atlanta is the secret formula for Coca-Cola. Kentucky Fried Chicken likewise has its secret recipe of eleven herbs and spices to give their chicken its distinct flavor. From Apple’s code for its operating system to Google’s search algorithm, successful companies have carefully-guarded, proprietary information, processes and products that account for much of their success. In short, they each have a secret formula or recipe.

What’s McCallie’s secret recipe?

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Topics: boys, faculty, First Person, mission, priorities, relationships, Posts from the Ridge, rules, O Captain! My Captain!, teachers, values

The Stories That Shape Us: Christmas 2015 Reflections

Posted by Lee Burns on December 11, 2015

 

Headmaster Lee Burns '87
 

Transcript of Chapel talk given by Lee Burns '87, McCallie Headmaster, on December 10, 2015

On July 27th, I happily noticed on my calendar that I had a meeting with sophomore Benjamin Stipanov. I look forward to and enjoy meetings with students, especially ones that students take the initiative to arrange.

Benjamin brought in a large bag. I had no idea why he wanted to meet or what was in the bag, but I was curious.

“Remember what you said during your chapel talk last December?” he began. I did recall my chapel message, and I was delighted that he seemed to as well. I know from personal experience that teenage boys aren’t always apt to enjoy, appreciate and remember formal and sometimes preachy talks by adults, so I was surprised.

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Topics: atari, boys, Campus Life, christmas, First Person, inspiration, mindset, motivation, Posts from the Ridge, O Captain! My Captain!

The McCallie Teacher

Posted by Kenny Sholl on November 12, 2015

By Kenny Sholl, Assistant Headmaster at McCallie School

Over the course of his 32-year career at McCallie, Kenny Sholl has been a teacher, a coach, a dorm head, and an administrator.
 

For the last 20 years I have had the tremendous honor and immense pleasure to visit and observe our teachers on the Ridge as they work with boys in their classroom environments. While they are very different individuals teaching a wide range of content and skills, over the years I picked up on some incredibly effective common themes that our teachers practice and share with their students on a daily basis.

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Topics: boys, Campus Life, A Word to the Wise, excellence, First Person, learning, teaching, Upper School Life

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

From McCallie to College

Posted by Jim Tanner on July 10, 2015

The McCallie School Class of 2015 — like most graduating classes in the past 110 years — was made up of an impressive group of young men ready to depart for college and adult life. But for Director of College Guidance Jeff Kurtzman, this group of seniors made a special mark.

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Topics: boys, Campus Life, college guidance, college prep, columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, class of 2015, college acceptance, harvard, mccallie, MIT, princeton, Posts from the Ridge, The Runway Perspective (Seniors), seniors, stanford, UNC, UPenn, Upper School Life, UVA, Vanderbilt

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