2019

  • Have A Great Summer

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    You did it! A minimum of 350 trips from your home to school and back. Somewhere in excess of 100 books read, problems solved and lunches packed. Attendance at project shares, class plays, athletic events, performances and, of course, “Cinderella.”
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  • Have a Great Summer

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    You did it! A minimum of 350 trips from your home to school and back. Somewhere in excess of 100 books read, problems solved and lunches packed. Attendance at project shares, class plays, athletic events, performances and, of course, “Cinderella.”

    Have a great summer and thank you for making the past year great for our Shorecrest community.
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  • Commencement Weekend 2019

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    On Sunday I will have the opportunity to fulfill one of the greatest responsibilities and honors a Headmaster enjoys. I will present the Class of 2019, and join our Board Chair, Dennis Leary, in the presentation of a Shorecrest diploma to each of our 72 seniors. While the focus of Baccalaureate and Commencement is on the students and their families, the achievements that we celebrate are a source of pride and joy for our full community. Being a part of the annual Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies is a reminder that we have a bright future ahead. Year after year, the senior class steps up - and as individuals and as a group they leave a legacy and raise the bar of achievement for future generations to meet and exceed.
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  • Summer Plans

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The gap between the end of May and mid-August causes many students to fall back in the skill development from the previous school year. Without regular practice and review of new skills, we cannot expect students to make the steady gains we desire for them. This is true in academics, athletics and the arts. Students who engage in both practice and enrichment have an advantage.
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  • Didn’t See That Coming

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    During a recent visit with Shorecrest alumni in Washington, D.C., I met alumni who market for the federal government, work in the presidential archives in the White House, attend Georgetown and George Washington Universities, work in Department of Energy, coach teachers and administrators in charter schools for underserved students, promote partnerships for the National Football League Players Association, and research for Senator Rubio. Many are into their second career. Some are seeking new opportunities. Everyone seemed enthusiastic and optimistic.
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  • Looking for Mr. Dickcissel and Other Unexpected Beauties

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Recently I showed up at the Ranger’s House at Fort De Soto, and before getting out of my car, I knew something special had happened. When more than 10 birders are gathered in the same place, they are either on a field trip with a group, or there has been the sighting of an unusual bird. In this instance, someone had seen a Dickcissel, a bird not commonly seen at Fort De Soto. Some migrate through Florida when heading from South America to the central states to breed. Despite all my years as a birder, I had never seen one, and I did not see one that day.
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  • Added Value

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The Class of 2019 is being accepted into an impressive list of colleges and universities. The momentary high of being accepted is heightened by the knowledge that our students have learned how to write, how to study and how to complete heavy work loads with excellent results. One can accept or turn down a college acceptance. The habits of mind students learn over the years at Shorecrest can be applied anywhere. It is tempting to give the acceptance list more attention than the success rate of our students once they enter school. Obviously, many factors contribute to the future successes of our Shorecrest grads; but I know that the skills and habits of mind they learned while attending are important and a wonderful added value to our graduates and their families.
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  • Positive Energy

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    It is one thing to meet a grumpy, complaining adult and then another to see the same traits in a child. The first is unfortunate; the other is unequivocally sad. It takes a great deal more energy to be angry than happy. One drains the energy out of us, the other charges us up. One repels while the other attracts. The anonymous quote, “Energy is contagious: either you affect people or you infect people,” rings true to me. Surrounding children with positive people in their school environments, homes and extra-curricular activities is vital for healthy development.
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  • Awards Season

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The Upper School recently held its annual Honor Society Tapping Ceremony. It is a time when students are inducted into national and international honor societies that celebrate outstanding achievement and participation in academics and arts. Honor is a key requirement for many of the organizations. Like some of our students, I was never inducted into an honor society during high school. I am aware of what it is like to see “everyone else” be honored. We were taught to celebrate the successes of our classmates. We were also counseled to set goals and work to earn the right to be admitted into those societies, other organizations and teams that were important and meaningful. Those lessons are more meaningful today than ever before.
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  • Relay For Life

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    On Friday, March 29, at 9:10am all students, faculty and staff will participate in our traditional opening lap to begin our Relay day. Later that afternoon, as school dismisses, teams will be setting up their fundraising and entertainment activities. If you are reading this message on Friday afternoon, I hope you will either stay and let your family participate in some of the activities or come back and enjoy the team events and the community-wide opening ceremony at 6pm or the thoughtful Luminaria Ceremony after dark around 9:30pm.
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  • No Devices During Meal Time

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The word “no” can make some people grit their teeth. Add the word “devices” and the phrase “No Devices” has the potential to appear to be a violation of human rights. How can anyone stay in touch with friends if they are not on a device? How can parents be assured their children are safe if the child does not have access to a device? These sentences are not written with an intent to be sarcastic. The “need” to be connected to others with the use of a device has become a way of life for many people. I am currently reading a new book “iGen” by San Diego State University Psychology Professor, Dr. Jean Twenge. Dr. Twenge researches long-term studies that help identify how various generations of people such as Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials and now, iGen, differ from each other.
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  • Ten Days

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    A great deal will happen in the coming 10 days. I hope the change of pace that Spring Break provides allows all members of our community to recharge and prepare for the important and exciting weeks being planned by faculty and staff at Shorecrest.
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  • Knowledge for the Future

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    If one can be humble for even a moment, it is simple to see that what we knew or believed just four years ago may be very different today. The rate of change in knowledge, technology and global events involving the estimated but growing 7.7 billion people living on Earth makes it impossible to know everything. Why, then, would any teacher, school or university evaluate students on information that will be obsolete in a decade, a year or even a month?
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  • Black History Month

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Black History Week was started in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson. In 1976, President Gerald Ford designated February as Black History Month. Ford noted the need to ensure that the contributions of African-Americans were recognized at a time when history books, schools, media and society did little to acknowledge their contributions. Many Shorecrest classrooms have highlighted the significant and important contributions of black people from around the world and throughout history.
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  • Fortunate

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    We are fortunate. Recently I reflected on the challenges faced by families and schools that are not as fortunate as we are today, and it caused me to think back. There was a time when Shorecrest did not have the resources to offer faculty and staff a retirement program. There was a time when Shorecrest did not have the resources to build a new Innovation Center and Community Commons. During those days the administrators, faculty, staff and families who led our school were committed to academic excellence. Academic excellence was where they put their energy and resources. We were fortunate that those Board members, teachers and administrators had vision.
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  • Play

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    We can learn a lot from watching people play. The children on the playground are my favorite. It is well known that children learn a great deal about themselves and others when they play. The common expression, “Learn to play nicely in the sandbox,” wisely implies the value of childhood play in building relationships and working with others.
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  • Striving to Be More

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Student and parent feedback, re-enrollment, and faculty/staff retention are three of many ways we learn how our families and the community feel about the quality of the overall educational experience at Shorecrest. Niche.com, a school and community ranking platform, has also become a source for consistent information about our school's performance and reputation in the community.
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  • Food Glorious Food

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    I am pretty sure there is a song about that!
     
    During the past week, representatives from SAGE Dining Services met with about 100 parents and guardians to answer questions about the Community-Inclusive Dining Program that will begin in March. Our community, like most other communities who have transitioned from a retail “fast food” approach of food service to a full Community-Inclusive nutritional choice program, have had questions about allergies, choice and value. Last week in Ebytes we published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and a video describing the Community-Inclusive program benefits.
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  • Rising Up!

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Last week I noted the importance of focusing on a priority. Mine is the completion of the second floor of our new facility. While there are other goals that are important for the advancement of the school, few others will affect every child like the second floor of our new Innovation Center and Community Commons.
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  • Prioritizing Great Ideas

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    One of the pieces of advice I carry with me from the past year came from Morten Hansen’s book, "Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More." The opening chapter advises us to Do Less, Then Obsess. In short, select a priority and focus on it.

    Over the holiday, a friend and I were discussing the amount of advice football coaches receive from fans, players, alumni and broadcasters when he started laughing and said, “You probably get more advice than they do because you play every day not just once a week.”  
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