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    Mastering the Art of . . .

    Posted by Jessica Calandra, Music Teacher on 1/22/19 9:18 AM

    I have spent more than half my life--all the way through graduate school--mastering the art of playing the clarinet. I am good enough to get paid to play clarinet in professional settings, even though I know I have a long way to go to compete with clarinetists like Benny Goodman or Richard Stoltzman.

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    Topics: Arts, Music

    The Unseen Wins at Rivalry Games

    Posted by Kevin Plummer, Head of School on 1/8/19 1:48 PM

    Army/Navy. Duke/North Carolina. Lehigh/Lafayette. Harvard/Yale. Deerfield/Choate. Haverford/Episcopal. Tampa Prep/Berkeley Prep.

    Rivalry games! These are the games where schools that respect each other have a competitive moment, face one another and, as Michael Buffer says, "Let's get ready to rumble!"

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    Topics: Athletics & Sportsmanship

    11 Bits of Advice from a 12th Grade Parent

    Posted by Garda Collison, Tampa Prep parent on 12/10/18 10:48 AM

    I was recently asked if I had any advice for incoming ninth grade parents, and that got me thinking about parenting advice in general. I know, trick question. You should never give unsolicited parenting advice.  Let me repeat that: Never give unsolicited parenting advice! Absolutely no one will thank you. I do, however, have some things I have learned over the past eighteen years, and thought I would share them more as “life lessons” than unsolicited parenting advice. You decide.

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    Topics: Parenting, Life Lessons

    Get Lost:  The Benefit of Unmapped Moments

    We live in a hyper-structured society. We use alarms, all use the same phone, drive on paved roads, go to work on a schedule, live in cities and suburbs organized on grids, progress through school year by year, followed by college, internship, job, etc.  So sometimes we need to break free from this structure and just get lost. For most people, "lost" has a negative connotation. We need to know what we are going to be when we grow up, we need to be able to always follow along in class, we need to have a life plan, it is considered weak to stop and ask for directions. Lost is bad. Everything with a purpose is good. But I think being lost is healthy sometimes, and frankly, relaxing.

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    Topics: Life Lessons


    Being Earnest . . .

    Welcome to the inaugural year of our school blog, Being Earnest. Yes, Earnest is the name of our terrapin mascot, but this blog is written sincerely and "in earnest" by members of our community including faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and sometimes even students. The authors hope to shine light on trends and topics in education and/or life in general. 

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