Greeting new students and welcoming back returning students, faculty, and families is always an exhilarating experience, welcome to another great year.
The Office Community Affairs welcomes Amanda Friedman, Associate Dean of Community Affairs for grades 9-12. Amanda comes to King from Newtown Public Schools where she was actively engaged in teaching English with a focus on culture, American Literature, and Women’s Studies. She also worked as the Assistant Program Coordinator on a district wide global initiative. Amanda’s role at King will support the continued efforts of the Community Affairs Office with an active role in Diversity and Inclusion, Service Learning and Sustainability. In addition Amanda will teach two classes of Modern World History. Amanda’s office is located in the Upper School and she can be reached at: AKFriedman@klht.org.
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I look forward to the academic year and most importantly the opportunity to deliver and sustain exciting programs of excellence. My optimism is buoyed by the King legacy as we continue to hear both in oral and written narratives. Our story is one of passion and commitment, inspiration and motivation. From the inspiring stories of past speakers such as Liz Murray and Sheryl Wu Dunn to the upcoming presentation by Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed, and Erin Schrode, founder of Teens Turning Green.
Keeniun Brumskill, Associate Dean of Community Affairs for grades 6-8, will officially take residence in the Middle School. This is an exciting opportunity for Keeniun as he will work closely with our middle school program on Diversity and Inclusion, Service Learning and Sustainability. Keeniun will continue his teaching of history for grade 7. Keeniun can be reached at: KBrumskill@klht.org
I am grateful for the work that has been done which has helped me understand where we are and where we want to be. I especially want to recognize and say thank you to our many parent volunteers whose thoughtful and strategic planning are articulated in having a shared purpose in dealing with 21st century problems, globally, nationally and locally. I look forward to hearing from all community members about how we can continue to create a community where ideas and exchanges can take place in an environment that is inclusive and safe for all.
Service Learning and Diversity
For the coming year King will focus on Sustainability, The Greening of King. "Sowing The Seeds To Become Green Champions." Solving sustainability challenges is an enormous responsibility for King. It is not only a moral obligation but also a business mandate. We realize that this responsibility extends far beyond our classroom walls to our communities while remaining grounded in our delivery as we all share in a more optimistic vision.
King has a legacy of putting our ideas and commitment to work for humanity. In the classroom in a collaborative effort through a spirit of partnership of teaching and learning, faculty and staff work hard to address these challenges of the work.
This year we will focus on environmental initiatives that address the use and understanding of power, paper, plastic, social, economic and ethical aspects that reflect the multiple prongs of sustainability. Bringing the balance is the ultimate goal of sustainability, which involves everyone. Thereby thinking about what our actions mean and the nature of all relationships, whether with the environments or with people. The idea of making a more sustainable community to help us all learn how to better live together.
For 2013-2014 King will focus on Commitment, Leadership, Programs, Impact, Challenges and Future plans. Together we will embark on environmental education and environmental literacy.
The Office of Community Affairs looks forward to the journey of knowing what makes a green, environmentally sustainable school in this modern environmental movement. All while promoting sustainable practices that ensure that earth’s finite resources are managed to support our children’s future.
- The Legacy, by David Suzuki
- Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson
- Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What Can You Do About It, by Ana Lappe
- High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 years to Solve Them, by J.F. Rischard
On behalf of the Office of Community Affairs I would like to extend a warm welcome and best wishes for a successful school year. Also note that if you ever have any comments, questions or concerns, I am available for phone calls and meetings (by appointment please) each day before and after school. To schedule a meeting, you may contact me via email at Lleist@klht.org.