An Open Letter on Behalf of Independent Schools of New England

March 15, 2018

 

The following open letter was featured in the Sunday, March 11, 2018 edition of The Boston Globe. Beth Black, Head of School, signed this letter along with her Head of School colleagues from 176 independent schools in New England.

 

 

An Open Letter on Behalf of Independent Schools of New England

 

We, the heads of independent schools, comprising 176 schools in the New England region, stand in solidarity with our students and with the families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The heart of our nation has been broken yet again by another mass shooting at an American school. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who died and are grieving for the loss of life that occurred.

 

We join with our colleagues in public, private, charter, independent, and faith-based schools demanding meaningful action to keep our students safe from gun violence on campuses and beyond. Many of our students, graduates, and families have joined the effort to ensure that this issue stays at the forefront of the national dialogue. We are all inspired by the students who have raised their voices to demand change. As school leaders we give our voices to this call for action. We come together out of compassion, responsibility, and our commitment to educate our children free of fear and violence.

 

As school leaders, we pledge to do all in our power to keep our students safe. We call upon all elected representatives – each member of Congress, the President, and all others in positions of power at the governmental and private-sector level – to take action in making schools less vulnerable to violence, including sensible regulation of firearms.

 

We are adding our voices to this dialogue as a demonstration to our students of our own commitment to doing better, to making their world safer. Our children’s safety is more important than partisan politics, and we pledge to work with any and all who share our commitment.

 

We stand together for our children and our children’s children to ensure that our country comes together for their right to learn and grow in safe communities nationwide. We know that action is needed now.

 

Respectfully,

 

Dr. Brian D. Bloomfield
Head of School
The Academy at Charlemont

 

Molly Martins
President
The Academy at Penguin Hall

 

Melissa P. Earls
Head of School
Academy Hill School

 

Courtney Dickinson
Founder & Head of School
The Acera School

 

Nicole A. DuFauchard
Head of School
The Advent School

 

Susanna H. Thompson
Interim Head of School
Amherst Montessori School

 

Martina B. Albright, Ph.D.
Director
Apple Orchard School

 

Chris Williamson
Interim Head
Applewild School

 

Amy Gold
Head of School
Arthur J. Epstein Hillel School

 

Marshall W. Carter
Head of School
Atrium School

 

James Hickey, Ph.D
Headmaster
Austin Preparatory School

 

Trey Cassidy
Head of School
Bancroft School

 

Ian Bickford
Provost and Vice President
Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock

 

Conrad Wildsmith
Head of School
Bay Farm Montessori Academy

 

Cindy Laba and Marsha Feinberg
Founders
Beacon Academy

 

Peter Hutton
Head of School
Beaver Country Day School

 

Brendan W. Largay
Head of School
Belmont Day School

 

Rick Melvoin
Head of School
Belmont Hill School

 

Christopher H. Wilson
Head of School
The Bement School

 

Bonnie J. Ricci
Head of School
Birches School

 

Grace Cotter Regan
President
Boston College High School

 

Dr. Ari M. Betof
Head of School
Boston University Academy

 

Judith Guild
Head of School
Brimmer and May School

 

Darren Nicholas
Principal
British International School of Boston

 

John Packard
Head of School
Brooks School

 

Laura Caron
Head of School
Brookwood School

 

Rebecca T. Upham
Head of School
Buckingham Browne and Nichols School

 

Franny Shuker-Haines
Director
Buxton School

 

Chris Gorycki
Interim Head of School
Cambridge Friends School

 

Dr. Ingrid W. Tucker
Head of School
Cambridge Montessori School

 

Jane Moulding
Head of School
The Cambridge School of Weston

 

Tom Trigg
Head of School
Cape Cod Academy

 

Christopher D. Day
Head of School
Cardigan Mountain School

 

Stephen Wilkins
Head of School
The Carroll School

 

Dr. Peter F. Folan
President
Catholic Memorial School

 

Isabel “Charlie” Spencer
Head of School
The Center School

 

Lance Conrad, Ed.D.
Head of School
Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School

 

Gretchen Larkin
Head of School
Charles River School

 

Tamara Schurdak
Head of School
The Chestnut Hill School

 

Jeffrey Clark
Head of School
Clark School

 

Christine Lindeman
Head of School
The Common School

 

William Wharton
Headmaster
The Commonwealth School

 

Dan Corley
Head of School
Community Preparatory School

 

Rick Hardy
Head of School
Concord Academy

 

David Manzo
President
Cotting School

 

Margaret H. Lee and Catherine E. Pollock
Co-Heads of School
Cushing Academy

 

Katherine L. Bradley
Head of School
Dana Hall School

 

Allison D. Webster
Head of School
Dedham Country Day School

 

Margarita Curtis
Head of School
Deerfield Academy

 

Corrine Perkins
Headmistress
Delphi Academy of Boston

 

Joseph Perry
Head of School
Derby Academy

 

Brad Bates
Head of School
Dublin School

 

Dr. Peter J. (PJ) McDonald
Headmaster
Eagle Hill School

 

Andrew Chase
Headmaster
Eaglebrook School

 

The Rev. John H. Finley IV
Head of School
Epiphany School

 

Annmarie Quezada
Interim Head of School
Esperanza Academy

 

Moira Kelly
Executive Director and President
Explo School

 

Rob Wells
Head of School
Falmouth Academy

 

Robert J. Gustavson, Jr.
Head of School
Fay School

 

Edward Kuh
Head of School
Fayerweather Street School

 

Jerry Ward
Headmaster
The Fenn School

 

David Stettler
Head of School
The Fessenden School

 

Maura Spignesi
Head of School
Fontbonne Academy

 

Ben Kennedy
Head of School
Friends Academy

 

Rabbi Marc Baker
Head of School
Gann Academy

 

Dr. Jochen Schnack OSR
Head of School
German International School Boston

 

David Liebmann
Head of School
Glen Urquhart School

 

Ralph Wales
Head of School
The Gordon School

 

Peter H. Quimby
Head of School
The Governor’s Academy

 

Michael Junkins
Faculty Administrator
Great Barrington Rudolph Steiner School

 

Temba Maqubela
Headmaster
Groton School

 

Paul Horovitz
Head of School
Harborlight Montessori

 

Frances Cameron
Administrative Chair
The Hartsbrook School

 

Geraldine Kline
Head of School
High Mowing School

 

Ed Chase
Head of School
Hillside School

 

Phil Peck
Head of School
Holderness School

 

Laura Gauld
Head of School and President
Hyde School

 

Donna Milani Luther
Head of School
INLY School

 

Richard Ulffers
Head of School
International School of Boston

 

Anne Murphy
President
Jackson Walnut Park Schools

 

Susie Tanchel
Head of School
Jewish Community Day School

 

Andrea Katzman
Head of School
Jewish Community Day School of RI

 

Christopher S. Cheney
Head of School
Kents Hill School

 

Mike Schafer
Head of School
Kimball Union Academy

 

Renee DuChainey-Farkes
Head of School
Kingsley Montessori School

 

Robert J. Broudo
President and Headmaster
Landmark School

 

Amy Carroll
Head of School
Laurel School

 

Dan Scheibe
Head of School
Lawrence Academy

 

Michael McCord
Head of School
The Learning Project

 

Deanne Benson
Head of School
Lesley Ellis School

 

Aline Gery
Head of School
Lexington Montessori School

 

Suzanne Fogarty
Head of School
Lincoln School

 

Thomas J. Doherty III
Headmaster
Malden Catholic

 

Fanning M. Hearon III
Head of School
Maple Street School

 

Arvind S. Grover
Head of School
Meadowbrook School of Weston

 

Joshua Abrams
Head of School
Meridian Academy

 

John Kaufman
Head of School
Middlebridge School

 

Kathy Giles
Head of School
Middlesex School

 

Todd B. Bland
Head of School
Milton Academy

 

Julia Heaton
Head of School
Miss Hall’s School

 

Karen E. Bohlin, EdD
Head of School
Montrose School

 

Matt Glendinning
Head of School
Moses Brown School

 

Ed Hudner
Head of School
Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center

 

Eileen McLaughlin
Head of School
Mount Alvernia High School

 

Danielle Heard
Head of School
Nashoba Brooks School

 

Harry Lynch
Headmaster
The Newman School

 

Barbara Rogers R.S.C.J
Headmistress
Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart

 

Beth Black
Head of School
Newton Montessori School

 

Catherine Hall
Head of School
Noble and Greenough School

 

Peter Fayroian
Head of School
Northfield Mount Hermon

 

Elizabeth Pasciucco
President
Notre Dame Academy

 

Bill Perrine
Head of School
Oak Meadow School

 

Margaret Douglas
Head of School
Odyssey Day School

 

Sarah Herman
Head of School
Our Sisters’ School

 

Cynthia A. Harmon
Head of School
The Park School


Tracy Bradley
Head of Schools
Park Street School/Park Street Kids

 

Rob Kelley
Head of School
The Pennfield School

 

John G. Palfrey
Head of School
Phillips Academy

 

Lisa MacFarlane
Principal
Phillips Exeter Academy

 

Betsye Sargent & Barbara McFall
Heads of School
The Phoenix School

 

John “Muddy” Waters
Head of School
The Pike School

 

Susannah Wells
Head of School
Pine Cobble School

 

Diana Owen
Head of School
Pine Point School

 

Dr. Timothy M. Johnson
Head of School
Pingree School

 

Margaret Bagge
Head of School
Pioneer Valley Montessori School

 

J. Timothy Richards
Head of School
Pomfret School

 

Vince Watchhorn
Head of School
Providence Country Day School

 

Emily Jones
Head of School
The Putney School

 

Michael Barclay
Head of School
Quest Montessori School

 

Mallory Rome
Head of School
The Rashi School

 

Ned Parsons
Head of School
The Rivers School

 

James Tracy
Head of School
Rocky Hill School

 

Kerry P. Brennan
Headmaster
The Roxbury Latin School

 

Marie P. Leary
Head of School
The Sage School

 

Alex Zequeira
Headmaster
Saint John’s High School

 

Tom Nunan, Jr.
Head of School
Saint Joseph Prep

 

Jennifer Borman
Head of School
School One

 

Mark Stanek
Head of School
Shady Hill School

 

Clair Ward
Head of School
Shore Country Day School

 

Frank Schwartz, Ph.D.
President
Showa Boston Institute

 

Rebecca Lurie
Head of School
Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston

 

Gigi DiBello
Head of School
Sophia Academy

 

David Tinagero
Headmaster
St. Andrew’s School

 

Alixe Callen
Head of School
St. George’s School

 

Edward P. Hardiman, Ph. D.
Headmaster
St. John’s Prep

 

John Warren
Head of School
St. Mark’s School

 

Mike Hirschfeld
Head of School
St. Paul’s School

 

Scot Landry
Acting President
St. Paul’s Choir School

 

William L. Burke III
Headmaster
St. Sebastian’s School

 

Houry Boyamian, M.Ed.
Principal
St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School

 

Sally L. Mixsell
Head of School
Stoneleigh-Burnham School

 

Martha Torrence
Head of School
Summit Montessori School

 

John H. Quirk
Head of School
Tabor Academy

 

Christian B. Elliot
Head of School
Tenacre Country Day

 

Don Grace
Head of School
Thacher Montessori School

 

Ted Koskores
Headmaster
Thayer Academy

 

Dr. Mary Halpin Carter
Head of School
The Derryfield School

 

Walter Hubley
Head of School
The Woodward School

 

Peter Saliba
Head of School
Tilton School

 

Susan Diller
Head of School
Touchstone Community School

 

Timothy Delehaunty
Head of School
Tower School

 

Linda Echt
Interim Head of School
Tremont School

 

Rosann Whiting
President
Ursuline Academy

 

Mara D. White
Director of School
Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay

 

Robert Schiappacasse
School Director
The Waldorf School of Lexington

 

Antonio Viva
Head of School
Walnut Hill School for the Arts

 

Timothy Bakland
Head of School
Waring School

 

Teri Schrader
Head of School
Watkinson School

 

Geoffrey Wagg
Head of School
Waynflete School

 

Allison Gaines Pell
Head of School
The Wheeler School

 

Timothy Breen
Head of School
The White Mountain School

 

Brian P. Easler
Head of School
Wilbraham & Monson Academy

 

Robert W. Hill, III
Head of School
The Williston Northampton School

 

Sarah Pelmas
Head of School
The Winsor School

 

Edward A. Cooper
Head of School
Wolfeboro

 

Walter Hubley
Head of School
The Woodward School

 

Ron Cino
Head of School
Worcester Academy

 

Brother Daniel Skala, C.F.X.
Headmaster
Xaverian Brothers High School

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