A Message from the Head of School - Personnel Changes for the 2018-2019 School Year

Janet Street, current Director of Student Services, has accepted the role of Director of Outplacement effective July 1. Janet taught for sixteen years at the School in third, fourth, and sixth grades and served as director of summer camp. She also has trained and supported teachers as an Orton-Gillingham instructor with the Dyslexia Resource Trust and has presented at both the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and the Annual International Dyslexia Association conferences. Janet brings to this position a deep understanding and appreciation of the dyslexic learner. She personally experienced the outplacement process as a proud alumni parent. Janet has a B.A. in finance from the University of Denver, a masters degree in school counseling from Georgia State University, and a masters degree in independent school leadership from Mercer University.

Josie Calamari will assume the role of the Dyslexia Resource Trust Director of Teacher Training effective July 1. Josie taught for eight years at the School then joined the Dyslexia Resource Trust as a teacher training coordinator. Most recently, she has been Schenck School Director of Outplacement. Josie has a B.A. in history and a masters degree in reading education from The University of Georgia. She has served on the IDA-GA Board of Directors and is a Fellow-in-Training with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. Through her work with the Dyslexia Resource Trust, Josie will continue David Schenck's pioneering vision of helping dyslexic learners and the teachers who support them.

Janet and Josie are collaborating to ensure a smooth transition. We congratulate them both on their new positions!

Important Information for Parents of Outplacing Students

50 Tips for Moving On will be presented three times:

  • Wednesday, May 2, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Fuqua Family Dining Hall
  • Wednesday, May 2, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Teacher Training Center
  • Friday, May 4, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Fuqua Family Dining Hall

The same program will be presented each time, so please pick the session that best fits your schedule. The information shared will be invaluable for outplacing parents, so please make plans to attend.

On the last day of school every year we celebrate those students who are moving on from The Schenck School. The Soaring On Ceremony is a very special time for our transitioning families. However, we have very limited space. We ask that only the parents of the outplacing students attend. Younger siblings may come and sit on laps if need be, but seating and parking are limited. Please help make sure all of our outplacing families have room. The program will be held on Thursday, May 24, from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m. Parents of outplacing students will receive more information from Director of Outplacement Josie Calamari.

National Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7 – 11 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. This year's theme is based on the book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff. The Teacher Appreciation Committee has planned daily thank you treats for faculty all week. Click here for a flyer with the schedule, and look for an email from your room parent with class-specific details. If you have questions, please contact one of the Teacher Appreciation Committee members, Leanne Barton, Saranell Hartman, or Melinda Servick. Let's show our wonderful teachers how much we appreciation them!

Mark Your Calendar: Registration Dates for Summer Brush Up Tutoring, Study Lab, and Phoenix Fun

This year, Summer Brush Up will be held Monday, August 6, through Thursday, August 9, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. each day. Registration will be online beginning Thursday, May 10 (conference day), so that you have a chance to speak to your child's teachers about this program prior to signing up. The link for registration will be found on the Tutoring page of the School website.

Registration for Study Lab and the fall session of Phoenix Fun After School Activities opens June 15. Please mark your calendar, as space is limited! When registration opens, links for each program will be found on the Study Lab and Phoenix Fun pages of the School website. Contact Director of Student Services Janet Street with questions about any of these programs.