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A Christmas List Worth Wanting

Posted by Lee Burns on December 11, 2014

The following talk was delivered by Headmaster Lee Burns '87 to the Upper School student body in Chapel on December 10, 2014.

Photo from Candlelight 2014 by Lawson Whitaker
 

I want to begin by thanking the 150 or so of you who participated in Candlelight this past weekend. Your music was beautiful, and it helped me to begin to prepare my heart and mind for the holiday season. December is a holy time for Jews and Christians, and If you are celebrating Hanukkah or Christmas in the upcoming days, I hope it is a special time for you and your family.

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Topics: christmas, Christmas story, wish list, Featured, First Person, Posts from the Ridge, spotlight

Ferguson: Its Implications for Us

Posted by Lee Burns on December 02, 2014

Headmaster Lee Burns '87 delivered the following remarks to the Upper School student body and faculty in Chapel on Monday, December 1, the first day of classes following Thanksgiving Break.

I hope each of you enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving. I want to take several minutes to share with you some thoughts about an important event that happened while we were on break and some potential implications for us as a community.

Around 9:15 last Monday evening in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch held a press conference to announce that the Grand Jury, a panel of 12 ordinary citizens, determined that there was not enough evidence to justify that charges of murder or manslaughter be brought against police officer Darren Wilson, who had shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on the afternoon of August 9, 2014.

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Topics: ben watson, ferguson, Featured, First Person, Posts from the Ridge, spotlight

The Legacy of a Leader: Dr. R. Kirk Walker '69

Posted by Robert W on June 09, 2014

 One of the most meaningful traditions at the McCallie School happens during Commencement exercises. As the names of the graduates are read, they receive their diplomas then walk across the stage to shake the hand of the headmaster as he welcomes them into the ‘long blue line of McCallie Men.’

May 18, 2014, marks the final McCallie Commencement for Headmaster R. Kirk Walker ’69 as he sends off the Class of 2014 with the tools to tackle the next stage in their lives, an encouraging word and the promise of a lifetime of brotherhood. He is retiring at the end of this school year.

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Topics: boarding school, Chattanooga, Dr. Kirk Walker, Featured, Independent School, McCallie School, Posts from the Ridge, spotlight

The Battles for Chattanooga

Posted by Robert W on January 02, 2014

As historians, reenactors and tourists from all over converged on Chattanooga this fall for the Civil War Sesquicentennial in Tennessee, McCallie Magazine commemorates these historical events that transpired in our own backyard. What follows is a summary of the Battle of Missionary Ridge, intended to provide a sense of the historical significance of the location of McCallie School.

"Battle of Missionary Ridge," copyrighted 1886 by Kurz & Allison Art Publishers, held at Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

 

In 1863, 150 years ago, the population of Chattanooga was 2,500. As it does today however, Chattanooga served as a gateway to Atlanta and the Deep South, as well as to Knoxville, Nashville and points North, East and West. It was a major railway hub in the Railroad Age; thus it held immense importance to both the Confederate and Union armies during the U.S. Civil War.

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Topics: Alumni News, Battle of Missionary Ridge, Civil War Sesquicentennial, Battles For Chattanooga, Featured, McCallie School and the Civil War, Posts from the Ridge, spotlight

Creative in the Cold

Posted by Robert W on December 16, 2013

(Upper School English teacher Erin Tocknell used a study grant to spend part of her summer in Iceland.)

I became interested in Iceland after reading “The Geography of Bliss,” which a student-led group had chosen for their McCallie summer reading. American author Eric Weiner devotes a chapter of the book to describing Iceland as a place steeped in creative energy. As a writer and teacher who spends her days trying to awaken such energy in her students, I was intrigued. What makes Iceland’s populace one of the happiest in the world? What drives so many of them to create?

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Topics: English teacher, Erin Tocknell, Featured, Iceland, McCallie School, Posts from the Ridge, spotlight, O Captain! My Captain!, Upper School Life

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