Upper School Notes – June 13, 2018
Greetings Upper School Parents,
Congratulations — we made it!
Last week, we celebrated the end of the 2017-2018 school year with culminating events that highlighted the accomplishments of the members of our community. The Class of 2018 is a special group for so many reasons. This group of Huskies is headed to a plethora of colleges and universities across the nation including Colgate, Cornell, Rice, Bucknell, UCLA, UVA and Virginia Tech to name a few.
Commencement 2018 was truly special. The speeches from Salutatorian Karolena Salmon and Valedictorian John Moxley were powerful, and the messages from our Headmaster John Thomas and alumna, The Honorable Senora Lorena Castillo de Varela, were relevant and inclusive. The event was festive and emotional from start to finish.
This has really been an exciting year for me personally, and I know that I speak for others when I say thank you for your unwavering support.
Thanks for partnering with us this year. Enjoy your summer.
Quotes of the Week
“We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.”- Carol Burnett
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” – Albert Einstein
“In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” – Tom Bodett
“Be bold, be courageous, be your best.” – Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
What Should High School Students Do Over the Summer?
Summer Learning Resources Now Available
Please be sure to visit the Preparing for the 2018-2019 School Year tile on the Resource Board, here, for links related to preparation for next year. Information about required summer reading and recommended resources for enrichment and skill maintenance are now available as part of this checklist.
Upper School Closing Ceremony Photos
Images from the Upper School Closing Ceremony are now available to view and download:
Upper School Closing Ceremony
Commencement photos will be shared in a separate, year-end message as soon as they become available.
Welcoming New Faculty and Staff for 2018-2019
Please join us in welcoming the following new Upper School faculty and staff for the 2018-2019 school year:
Flint Hill is proud to announce Gene Schwartzman as the new Upper School science teacher. Gene has worked for 10 years as a software engineer, including contractor for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the Internal Revenue Service and a home banking company. He has been a teacher for 19 years and has taught a number of computer science classes, including Exploring Computer Science, Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in computer science. He played and coached soccer for several years and is currently a percussionist in a world fusion music band, specializing in music from the Middle East and Mediterranean regions.
Flint Hill is proud to announce Christopher Lomax as the new Upper School assistant director of College Counseling. He is excited to join the Flint Hill community and be a resource for its students. Christopher received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Mary Washington and will complete his master’s in collegiate athletic administration from Coker College, in October. Over the past four years, Christopher has worked in undergraduate admissions at the University of Mary Washington. He also spent three years serving as an assistant varsity basketball coach in his local community.
Flint Hill is proud to announce Cassie Rudden as the new Upper School History teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. Cassie worked at St. George’s School for five years as a history teacher, dorm parent and coach. She moved to Washington in 2017 and worked at Bullis and Flint Hill as a long-term substitute and coach. Cassie graduated from Holy Cross with a degree in history and then received a master’s degree in education from Lesley University. She has taught United States History, Modern World, Human Geography, and European History.
Diana Parente will join Flint Hill as director of athletics. Diana grew up in Northport, Long Island, where she was a four-year varsity soccer player at St. Anthony’s High School. She went on to attend Syracuse University, where she played soccer and received a B.A. in political science. Diana always dreamed of combining her passions for education and sports, which is what prompted her to earn her master’s in social studies education from New York University. After receiving her degree from NYU, Diana became a New York City Public School teacher and soccer coach for both her high school and the Public Schools Athletic League’s Big Apple Games. While teaching, Diana became a leader in her school’s community and went on to receive a second master’s degree in educational leadership from NYU. The culmination of her experience and education led Diana to accept the position as director of Title IX operations athletics for the New York City Department of Education, where she was tasked with creating more opportunities for female student-athletes and work on proportionality numbers. After a year in that position, she was promoted to the deputy director position of the Public Schools Athletic League, where she was in charge of overseeing 535 high schools and 56,000 student-athletes. After four years with the Public Schools Athletic League, Diana accepted a job with the District of Columbia Public Schools as the executive director of athletics and oversaw all 115 DCPS schools for interscholastic sports for Grades 4-12.
Flint Hill is proud to announce Nikki Brugnoli as the new Upper School/Middle School Art teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. An artist, educator and curator, Nikki received her BFA from Seton Hill University in 2004 and her MFA from The Ohio State University in 2007. She serves on the faculty at George Mason University and is the assistant graduate programs coordinator and graduate advisor in the School of Art. In addition, she helps coordinate the Visual Voices Visiting Artist Program at GMU. Nikki is the exhibitions coordinator for the Art Lab at the Lorton Workhouse in Lorton, Virginia, and serves on the Hillyer IA&A Advisory Council in Washington. Nikki has also taught at The Ohio State University, the Northern Virginia Community Colleges and The Renaissance School in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2016, she co-founded The Portable Art Museum with fellow District of Columbia artists and academics, Maria Barbosa, Helen Frederick and Josh Whipkey. This group aims to critically and creatively engage in discussions about contemporary art and cultural issues discovered within different communities.
Gregory Henderson will join Flint Hill as the new Upper School learning specialist for the 2018-2019 school year. Gregory is a native Washingtonian and has worked and volunteered with youth in the District of Columbia for more than 15 years. Gregory formally served as the director of summer studies, student engagement coordinator and space use coordinator at Georgetown Day School (GDS). At GDS, Gregory also served as assistant auxiliary director and director of after-school programs. He served as director of strategic partnerships and middle school director for a non-profit organization, Kid Power Inc., and is currently an active board member. Prior to this service, Gregory served as a teacher of social studies and African-American history, as well as a basketball coach, football coach and tennis instructor at Sousa Middle School. Gregory has a Bachelor of Science in sociology and a master’s degree in special education.
Flint Hill is proud to announce Charlotte Formengia as a the new Upper School counselor and Human Development teacher for 2018-2019 school year. For the last 10 years, Charlotte has completed numerous positions educating students on social-emotional needs, academics, nutrition and wellness. Her favorite role thus far has been working as a school counselor. She is honored to have the opportunity to be the voice for students, advocating and empowering them. She enjoys building relationships and giving them tools they need to flourish in their own lives. In particular, her work as a school counselor in West Africa reminded her of the importance of building a strong community which involves trust, warmth and respect.
Director of the Upper School