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Green Haze

As an upper school English teacher, I am fortunate to read so much writing, in all genres, from our students. I am repeatedly impressed and moved by the depth of thought, intentionality of craft, and creativity of language these 14- through 18-year olds share with me. Then there is the bravery students display when they…

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I Learned and I Taught at a Place That I Love

I’ve been given the opportunity to reminisce about the time I spent at Grosse Pointe University School as a student and at University Liggett School as a teacher. I had a close affiliation with GPUS and ULS for 47 years. I’ve written this from a very personal point of view. I hope I haven’t given…

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Where I belong

Almost exactly 31 years ago I moved to Grosse Pointe not knowing anyone outside of my in-laws, and without a job, was becoming a bit restless. My husband told me to reach out to Muriel Brock, who he had worked for during his days as a Liggett Day Camp counselor, to ask about subbing positions….

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Why “Teaching to Test” Fails our Students

My friend and colleague Therese Chouinard showed me the documentary “A Touch of Greatness” on YouTube a few years ago. The documentary highlights the career of Albert Cullum, an elementary school teacher who – in the 1960s – showed that children learn through robust experiences, through projects, and through play. The key, as Cullum says…

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A Promise Kept

The Players at University Liggett School gather each spring to plan the theater season for the upcoming school year. This is a thoughtful process of goal setting, idea generation, and conversation about the kinds of shows the group hopes to produce. Last May was an extraordinary time. Unprecedented challenges faced live theater across the state,…

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Lead first, ask questions later.

From a small rural Massachusetts village, I was the first in my family of five siblings to attend college. That was Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire. Chemistry became my major. Upon graduation in 1958 I began my NROTC commitment and spent the next two years (much of it seasick) aboard a US Navy minesweeper as…

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I invested in Liggett because it invested in me

Over my 43 years teaching at University Liggett School, I have worked for 7 heads of school and for 12 division heads. It all started in 1972 when the head of school Ray Robbins took a chance on a rookie teacher fresh out of grad school, with no teaching experience, and gave me a job…

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Alongside students as they prepare for “what’s next” is a great place to be

Recently I was going through some papers and came across a photo of my first group of college advisees at the 1995 Holiday Festival.  (Shout out to Class of 1996 members: Mike Howe, Elizabeth Broderick, Brian Legree, Lauren Copeland, Sara Mitchell, Kristin Wright, Kathy Leleszi, Tommy Delisle, Brendan Thomas, and Aaron Montgomery, all from the…

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From Ireland to Grosse Pointe Woods on the journey of a lifetime

I joined the Liggett School in 1968 as the Girl’s Athletic Director and P.E. teacher. Frank Sladen was head of the school at that time. The school had just moved to Briarcliff in Grosse Pointe Woods a few years before from Indian Village in Detroit. At that time Liggett was an all girl’s school. When…

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Unlocking imaginations for 33 years

How have students changed since you began teaching? Students have changed quite a bit in my 33 years at ULS. When I started teaching here the students were closer in age to me and I found them to be mature for their age. I think it had more to do with my perception of their…

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From The Darkness

There is a term in the theater to describe the stage space when there are no performances or rehearsals scheduled. The space is dark…our stage has been dark for 192 days. The Liggett Players were lucky to have the opportunity to complete the season last year. Strong performances in the fall show turned into an…

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An important message from our Head of School Bart Bronk to our University Liggett School families

Dear University Liggett School Community: It is with a tremendously heavy heart that we have watched events unfold across the country this past week. A nation already severely impacted by an unprecedented pandemic now grapples with significant and widespread outrage and unrest, fueled by the ways in which George Floyd’s senseless and tragic death, and…

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College admissions has changed, some of it for good

As I begin this blog post, it is May 1 and seniors are in their virtual classes wearing a shirt from the institution they will attend next year. May 1 has long been the final deposit date for most colleges and universities. I am grateful for this small sign of normalcy since nothing else about…

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Getting to Know You

Flipping through international student applications, Marina Harvey recognized the time was right to host an international student in her own home. She shares the joys of sharing her family with German student Amelie, a current junior at University Liggett School. Just before the start of this academic year, ULS parent and associate director of admissions…

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The ARP Starts Here…and Never Truly Ends.

Our documentary, “Making School Matter – University Liggett School & The Academic Research Program” aired on Detroit Public Television (DPTV) on January 27th, the same night we hosted a screening event of the film in our auditorium. It was a wonderful night of celebration, as our community gathered to watch the half-hour film that follows…

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The Knights’ Forge Innovation Lab turns concepts into creations

“There’s nothing like the smell of sawdust in the morning to get you excited about school!” That is something a Middle School student said this past month when walking into the Knights’ Forge Innovation Lab. Entering its second year, the Innovation Lab has been an amazing addition to the Liggett Learning Community. Thanks to the…

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On Snow Days

This week’s unexpectedly intense snow event, which broke state records for the entire month of November, provides an opportunity (perhaps earlier than we all anticipated) to share more about the process by which we make a decision whether to close school. As you know, we communicate such decisions via emergency email, text, phone call, and…

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www.awesomewebsite.com

…well it could be! Welcome to University Liggett School’s new home, online, and more specifically — the University Liggett School blog. Along with the launch of our new website, we have reinvigorated our commitment to utilizing this channel to share current, fresh perspectives — more frequently, and from a wider variety of community members. A…

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