I had a chance recently to look back at the remarks I shared with our faculty and staff at Ellis during our opening meetings last August. They included these wishes for the 2022–2023 school year:
I have one overriding wish for our students this year. It is that they all feel excited about being Ellis girls, they feel excited and confident about doing challenging things, they feel connected with each other and with us.
As I reflect on this school year, I am delighted by the many ways in which those wishes have come to fruition. This has, in so many ways, been a wonderful year of joy, growth, and connection at Ellis. All our programs have been in full swing—in athletics, performing and visual arts, field trips, guest speakers, and community celebrations with families and alumnae on campus. Our students have learned and grown in so many visible ways, as scholars, friends, athletes, artists, and community members. They have made us proud as they have welcomed new friends into their cohorts, hosted prospective students in their classrooms, confidently shared their learning in classroom presentations and assemblies, competed fiercely yet graciously on the athletic fields, and volunteered in the larger Pittsburgh community.
This time of year provides us with such wonderful moments to celebrate all the ways in which our students have grown, and to thank our amazing teachers and staff who have nurtured that growth. It’s also a time when I like to thank all our families for sharing your amazing children with us. It truly does take a village to raise healthy, strong, vibrant young women. I am grateful we are in this village together.