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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!

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

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

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

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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