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Head's August Message

August 1, 2015

Abbott_091012_228.jpgIt has been wonderful in the past few weeks to see our student-athletes and coaches back on campus, and I am eagerly awaiting the first day of school on August 31 when I can look out from the podium at morning assembly into the faces of our student body. But it hasn’t been a lonely summer.

As you know, on any given day during the school year, 600 students and 150+ faculty and staff fully maximize our campus. It’s logical to assume that between graduation at the end of May and fall sports practices at the beginning of August, the campus would settle down. But logic has its limits.

Between June 1 and July 24, more than 350 students and adults coached, educated, supported and befriended nearly 1,400 elementary and high school kids through seven programs. Not only were many JBS students able to take a turn at being the teacher, many young children – and their families – were able to have an early and positive Burroughs experience.

  • Bomber Boys Sports Camp, in its second year, ran June 1-12.
  • Bomber Girls Sports Camp launched this summer, June 1-5.
  • Bomber Basketball Skill Clinics, in its second year, filled the field house with JBS students and others from around the St. Louis area, June 8-July 10.
  • Burr Oak, our 64-year-old day camp, offered three sessions, June 8-17.
  • The JBS Strength & Conditioning Camp was offered to all JBS students, June 8-July 24
  • Aim High, our 20+-year-old educational and enrichment partnership with St. Louis public schools, ran June 12-July 17.
  • August Days, our 48-year-old summer camp for underprivileged children from the Youth and Family Center, was on and off campus July 13-24.

Beyond the day-to-day use of athletic, classroom, studio and dining facilities, Haertter Hall gathered no dust as it was the venue for

  • Sing for Siteman, an annual concert of vocal performances to benefit cancer research (June),
  • the opening of the “All Hands on Deck” exhibit featuring lithographs by St. Louis artist Damon Davis (July),
  • Arch City Theater Troupe’s annual musical revue raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (August), and
  • coming this weekend … Performing for Pencils, a talent show that features high school students and benefits area kids in need through the collection of school supplies (and donations).

And with considerable pride and gratitude, I have to mention The Equity Exchange which brought three dozen educators and administrators from public and private schools to Burroughs to engage in advanced discussions around diversity, inclusion and multicultural education. Spearheaded by our own Daniel Harris, this week-long intensive at the end of July delivered strategic solutions for participants to take back to their schools in St. Louis and across the country. After a wildly successful launch, The Equity Exchange promises to be an extra-ordinary resource for years to come. And, FYI, as Daniel was in the final planning stages of The Exchange, he was leading our girls and boys track teams to first and second finishes at the state meet; he has since been named Missouri's girls track and field coach of the year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association.

So as children everywhere are being asked, “What did you do this summer?” the Burroughs campus has an interesting story to tell just before we begin our 93rd year.

—Andy Abbott