Reflection by Dave Baad, Head of School   On the calendar over the next month, Christians like me will be celebrating in a blur three periods: Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. Additionally, we here at ESD are wondering about the virtue of joy for the next several weeks. Lots to think about and unpack there. My... Continue Reading →

Civil Discourse

Reflection given by Dave Baad, Head of School   When I open a newspaper or my favorite news websites, when I flip on the television to catch up on politics and other public policy debate, I have often read or heard in the last two years some version of this statement: “We are living the... Continue Reading →

What’s in a name?

Reflection given by Selam Mekbeb-Gillett '20   My name is Selamawit,  better known as Selam, which means hello and peaceful in my native language,Amharic. Now, if you know me at all, you know that I am anything but peaceful! I'm always running around, I never sit still, plus, I've been told that I'm really loud... Continue Reading →


Reflection given by Nikash Harapanahalli, '20 Many here today might not know fully about what I am about to say, and to be honest- neither do I. I’m want to share with you all of a festival that has been celebrated annually for the past four thousand years, so to my right on the table... Continue Reading →

Being a Veteran

Reflection given by Barton Burnett, Upper School Science and Engineering   Good morning! Believe it or not you are looking at what is probably one of the smallest minority groups at ESD. I am one of only two veterans in our entire school that I am aware of. The other veteran is from Canada and... Continue Reading →


given by Ned Dockery '20, Treasurer, Student Council Good morning everyone. I don’t know about y’all, but I’m ready for a vacation. I swear we never get a break… sure, it’s Homecoming Week, but to make sure I don’t have too much fun, my teachers made sure to jam in 5 quizzes and 4 tests... Continue Reading →

Humility- Be You

Reflection given by Chelle Wabrek, Head of Middle School   I think we start with Buzz Lightyear.  On Andy’s birthday, his parents give him a brand new action figure -- a spaceman.  Until that very day, there is not a toy in his room that Andy loves more than Sheriff Woody -- the old-fashioned, tried... Continue Reading →

“Deserve” and Humility

reflection offered by Dave Baad, Head of School   I sit here in chapel most days listening to Reverend Heller ask you to wonder with her. It is a gift to have the time to sit and to wonder and to think. Let’s first pause and be grateful for that. Today I would like to... Continue Reading →


given by Courtney Phelps, Director of Community Service Learning If you are a football fan, like me, you may have heard quite a bit of controversy around the New York Giants. It’s no secret that the New York Giants have lost five of their six games so far. Their losses have not only affected their... Continue Reading →

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