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A lifetime of education

Posted by Jim Tanner on April 15, 2016

Middle School Head Lynn Goss reflects on his career in education. This piece can be seen in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of McCallie Magazine.

Where has the time gone?

Isn’t this the question we continue to ask ourselves as we grow older?

As our children begin their journey to adulthood, we continue to be amazed how quickly the time passes. One day they are starting school; the next they are graduating.

Retirement? Isn’t that something that we often talk about, but we think that it will never arrive?

We won’t ever be that old, will we? Last year, I heard a quote that rang true for me at this point in my life/career. “The days are long, but the years are short.” This statement from author Gretchen Rubin sums up how I feel at this point in my life.

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Topics: Campus Life, character, duty, administration, First Person, leadership, learning, middle school, retirement, Posts from the Ridge, O Captain! My Captain!, teachers, teaching

Mac Caldwell Thrives at U.S. Air Force Academy

Posted by Jim Tanner on December 07, 2015

As the approximately 4,000 United States Air Force Academy cadets stood at their tables awaiting permission to sit and begin their noon meal in late August at the Academy’s campus in Colorado Springs, Colo., McCallie alumnus Mac Caldwell ’12 stepped to the podium with somber news for his classmates.

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Topics: air force academy, Alumni News, character, duty, college, honor code, leadership, military service, responsibility, service academies

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

Debts: Baccalaureate Address

Posted by Student Contributor on May 18, 2015

By James Westbrooks

McCallie School 2015 Grayson Medalist, Walker Casey Award Recipient

We are all looking forward to tomorrow and the opportunity to join the long blue line of impressive alumni. In addition to graduating from a fine institution like McCallie, there is another side benefit: post-graduation gifts.

No one can deny it, we all love pulling the intricate ribbon off a box and tearing open an envelope to see what treasures lie within. We will be excited to find monetary gifts, material goods perhaps in the form of college dorm necessities, and of course the intangible gifts… love and support for the future.

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Topics: baccalaureate, Campus Life, duty, bible, Featured, parents, Posts from the Ridge, The Runway Perspective (Seniors), spotlight, Upper School Life

A Lucky Burden: Valedictory Address

Posted by Student Contributor on May 18, 2015

By David Bowman

McCallie School 2015 Co-Valedictorian

I’ve recently come to terms with the following fact: Wesley and I have faces that, across all grounds and often from considerable distances, attract homeless people. What happened while Wesley and I were driving just outside of McCallie’s gates junior year laid the groundwork for the realization of this oddity. After an exhausting soccer practice that spring, we were craving some grease-covered “Famous Chicken n’ Biscuits” as we often do.

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Topics: Campus Life, duty, class of 2015, Featured, parents, Posts from the Ridge, The Runway Perspective (Seniors), spotlight, Upper School Life, valedictorian, valedictory address

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