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Daily Classes to Start Later Next Year

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on June 06, 2017

Even as summer begins with the excitement of vacations and trips to the pool, planning has already begun for the 2017-18 school year on the Ridge.

With an eye toward helping boys get more rest to improve school performance, McCallie will institute a  new weekly schedule for the 2017-18 school year, moving the start of academic classes to 8:55 a.m. every school day. This last year, classes began at 8:30 on four days a week and 8:55 on Wednesday mornings.

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Topics: school news, parents

McCallie Summer Reading Choices for 2017

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on May 18, 2017

With the end of the 2016-17 school year approaching, it's time to begin thinking about summer reading.

This summer's upper-school-wide book is "The Other Wes Moore" by Wes Moore. It tells the true story of two men who grew up in Baltimore just a few blocks from each other, but did not know of each other until an event put their name in the paper and brought them together. It is a story of how lives can unfold in dramatically divergent ways, possibly because of the smallest of differences.

In addition to reading "The Other Wes Moore," each returning student in the Upper School will need to participate in one other summer reading group. The other summer reading books can be found in the summer reading brochure.

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Topics: school news, summer reading, summer

McCallie to celebrate Class of 2017 at 112th Commencement Weekend

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on May 17, 2017

Years of hard work and study will culminate this weekend for the McCallie School Class of 2017 as this fine group of young men celebrate their graduation at Commencement Weekend. These young men will begin of a new chapter in their lives with a weekend full of events that will allow their friends and family to celebrate this achievement with them.

Commencement Weekend begins Saturday, May 20, with the Baccalaureate service at 5 p.m. in the Chapel. Seniors Mac Patton, Will Driscoll, Barak Goren, Henry Rice, Josh Azan and Walt Buzzini will speak during this service, and Assistant Headmaster Kenny Sholl will reflect on the impact of the Class of 2017 on the McCallie community. The McCallie Men’s Chorus, under the direction of James Harr ’92, will also perform at the Baccalaureate service.

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Topics: school news, commencement

A Message from the Headmaster

Posted by Lee Burns on April 24, 2017

To the McCallie community,


For more than a week, our community has been united in prayer and concern for eighth-grader Jackson Standefer, who has been missing in the Grand Canyon along with his step-grandmother LouAnn Merrell after falling into a fast-moving creek in Grand Canyon National Park. We have remained hopeful that Jackson would be found safe as emergency workers from the National Park Service and others searched around the clock in the area where he went missing.

During this uncertain time of sadness and fear, I have seen our community rally together to love and support one another. Boys have linked arms to pray, cry and comfort one another. Faculty and parents have prayed and been shoulders to lean upon and cry upon.

The search for Jackson and Mrs. Merrell has been unsuccessful to this point, although there are still efforts underway to locate them. Over the weekend, the Standefer family came to a decision to hold a celebration of Jackson Standefer’s life and to allow Jackson’s friends, family and the entire McCallie community to gather in prayer and show our love and support for the Standefer and Merrell families.

This celebration will be held Wednesday, April 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the McCallie Chapel. The entire McCallie community is invited to join Jackson’s family, friends, classmates and teachers. Friends of Jackson and his family from the community and other schools are invited to join us during this time of celebration, remembrance and reflection.

Jackson is a beloved boy with many friends and various activities within and beyond the McCallie community. Friends and faculty talk about the smile on his face, the sparkle in his eyes, and his positive attitude. He is active in the McCallie outdoor program and Young Life and  has been a member of the McCallie crew team this year after playing baseball and lacrosse for McCallie earlier in previous school years. A boy of character and kindness with many talents and interests, he is the embodiment of what it means to be a McCallie boy.

A teacher wrote of Jackson: “I have both coached and taught him as a student. Jackson has a willing spirit and easy smile. When he encounters something difficult, he approaches it with grace and resilience. Jackson has the rare gift of lighting up a room without saying a word. He has a quiet sense of humor and is a joy to teach.”

One of Jackson’s classmates said: “Jackson is always optimistic. He always sees the good in things. He is always cheerful and has a big smile. He loves soccer and watching the Chattanooga Football Club games in town. He is friendly and caring of others.”

I hope you will join us as we celebrate this special and beloved boy and that, as we gather, we find, amidst tears, comfort and strength and the peace from God that passes all understanding. And may we continue to love, support and pray for the family of Jackson Standefer this week and beyond.

Lee Burns ‘87
Headmaster

Parking information for Wednesday evening's service:
The Chapel lot lot will be reserved for parking by the Standefer family for the Memorial service. 

Parking elsewhere on campus will be available until all spaces are filled, at which point satellite parking will be available at Notre Dame High School with shuttles delivering guests to campus. Follow the instructions of McCallie security staff on where to park when you arrive.

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Topics: school news, From the Headmaster

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