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Author Archive: John Rigney

Boys Varsity Soccer vs. STM Ends in Disappointing Tie

October 7, 2010 Hyde School, Woodstock – 1 St. Thomas More – 1 This past Thursday, the boys varsity soccer team took on St. Thomas More’s team for the second time in two weeks.  It was a pitched battle as many games have been as of late.  Hyde possessed the ball well and attacked space […]

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John Rigney: My Morning with Bruce – Belt Buckle Run #1

I spent the morning with Bruce Springsteen. Or at least I spent an hour with him singing me along as I ran. If you were to Google “Belt Buckle Run” you wouldn’t come up with much.  If you are looking for a bizarre race, run where ever you are, then just follow the link for […]

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Self-Reflection – So What?

As a teacher here at Hyde I work with peers, parents, and students in a process of self-reflection. We practice this with our athletic teams, in our classes, with our families, and as individuals.  When done well, it can be both very difficult and extremely rewarding.  The net result however is neither the difficulty nor […]

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Aaaarrrrggghhh!

“Aaaarrrrggghhhh!” I heard this loudly from over 50 yards away and looked up to see a student walking to across campus. I couldn’t help but comment and ask why the long groan? The response… “I have so much homework to do.” This was followed by a laugh, knowing she’d been caught complaining a copse of […]

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Anna Karenina & Mike Dawes: a Great Text and a Great Man

This past fall I blogged about Konstantin Dmitrievitch Levin, a central character from Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. In the blog, “Kostya” or Levin, faces his own mortality through the illness plaguing his brother, Nikolai. Nine months later I revisit Levin as he and I both reflect upon a life of purpose. In the closing pages […]

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Escaping the Heat, Making A Good First Impression

A firm handshake and good eye contact are hallmarks of the Hyde greeting. As part of orientation and to escape the stifling heat today, Summer Challenge students walked around school and practiced their greeting skills with the staff. In life, it pays off to be nice to the people who feed you or hand out […]

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It Takes a Village….

Seventeen days ago my wife Kirsten and I welcomed our third child, Abel, into the world.  He is a miracle of toes and fingers and goose noises with the occasional squinty open-eye trying to catch a glimpse of the world.  Abel is not our first child however, he is our third. He joins his older […]

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The Buzz of Activity and Anticipation – Preparing for Summer Challenge

I raise bees and have for the last six years. I love this because of the potential of each hive whether that comes in the form of pounds of honey or lessons learned.  Bees are fascinating and provide endless opportunities from which to learn about their nature and about one’s own. No beehive is exactly […]

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Back in the Saddle Again…

I have a love hate relationship with running.  I love the feeling after the fact, the “runner’s high” and the personal pride.  Often times however, I loathe the effort it takes (for me at least) to get the ball rolling get the shoes on and get out the door.  Especially as I’ve gotten older and […]

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Stand & Deliver – In Honor of Jaime Escalante and Other Great Teachers

What makes great teaching has recently been the source of debate in the New York Times and our national conversation.  Tied directly to this is the question of what makes great education.  Views vary but over time there have been great teachers who have provided evidence as to what qualities make up both, teachers who […]

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The Sandra Bullock Trade

The New York Times ran a compelling op-ed by David Brooks on Tuesday about the tragic circumstances of Sandra Bullock’s life: winner of the Academy Award at the start of the month, the uncovering of her adulterous husband at the end of it.  What I most appreciated about the article is that it highlights our […]

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If You Build It, They Will Come

Two new schools appear on the horizon as the latest manifestation of Joey Gauld’s dream. A third Hyde Leadership Charter School has been chartered in Brooklyn, NY, and a member of HAPA brings the Hyde template to Orlando, FL. Read more about Hyde-Brooklyn. Read more about Central Florida Leadership Academy.

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Central Florida Leadership Academy – HAPA Pitches In

Central Florida Leadership Academy – HAPA Pitches In When the Litchford family (Andrew, Bath, ’07) graduated from Hyde, Jody Litchford, Andrew’s mom, was sure of two things: 1) by attending Hyde all the members of her family had been blessed with real growth through invaluable life altering experiences; 2) there were thousands of students in […]

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Hyde-Brooklyn – Our Newest Field of Dreams

Dr. Sandra J. DuPree is building it and she can’t wait to see 66 Kindergartners, 66 first-graders and their families learning to be a Hyde community when the doors open next fall. Dr. DuPree oversaw the process, initiated by the Hyde Foundation, of writing an application for a Hyde charter school in Brooklyn, New York. […]

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Winter Reflections

This week’s guest blogger is faculty member Laura Michaels.  Graduating from Franklin & Marshall, Laura joined the Woodstock team two years ago as a Spanish teacher.  She has since taken on numerous challenges including media liaison, Habitat for Humanity Spring Break coordinator, and wilderness guru. Laura took some time this busy week to take a […]

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