At this time of the year, I find myself slightly out of breath as we work our way rapidly toward the conclusion of another school year. While the pace of life in May offers little time to reflect, the end-of-year ceremonies provide meaningful opportunities to express our heartfelt gratitude and say a fond farewell to a variety of people who have made a difference in the life of the school.
On June 9, we will bid farewell to the members of the Class of 2007 as they bring their St. Margaret’s career to a conclusion at the 21st commencement exercises. On so many levels this has been a great class and their leadership has impacted virtually every aspect of school life. Those of us who have had the privilege of knowing them will long remember their many contributions in the classroom, the arts and athletics, and in their multidimensional leadership roles. This year’s commencement will also bring to a glorious conclusion the careers of our first class of Tartan Scholars, five young women who have truly distinguished themselves in their four years at St. Margaret’s. We wish them and the entire class the very best as they move on to the exciting new experiences that await them.
The end of every year always brings with it the inevitable departure of members of our faculty and staff who have given tirelessly of themselves throughout their careers at St. Margaret’s. Of special significance this year is the retirement of kindergarten teacher Margaret Thornton, who brings her St. Margaret’s career to a conclusion after 25 years of faithful service. All of us, along with the many students she has had an effect on over her extraordinary career, wish Mrs. Thornton the very best as she moves on to the next chapter in her life. She will be missed!
As the year comes to a conclusion, I will also acknowledge the changing of the guard in two highly critical leadership positions in the school. For the past three years, the St. Margaret’s Board of Trustees has flourished under the exceptionally strong leadership of Jeffry Stoddard, who brings his seven-year career on our board to a conclusion in June. Among other things, Jeff has been central to the continued growth and expansion of the school campus, and his leadership will long be remembered as a pivotal time in the history of St. Margaret’s when the school and the board took significant steps forward.
Also stepping down from her leadership position is PTF President, Margarita Solazzo. As most of you know, the PTF occupies a prominent position in the life of the school and Margarita has given tirelessly to the PTF and to all of us throughout this current school year. Her thoughtful, caring approach and her boundless energy and enthusiasm have enriched the PTF and improved the quality of the St. Margaret’s experience for all of us. We are deeply grateful.
Best wishes to you and your families for a happy, healthy, and rejuvenating summer.
Marcus D. Hurlbut