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Welcome to 12th Head of School Alixe Callen!
Posted 07/07/2017 11:00AM

Greetings from the Hilltop

Greetings from the Hilltop!


Greetings from the Hilltop

July 7, 2017 • Greetings from the Hilltop


Welcome to our new Head of School!


We are proud and thrilled to welcome Dr. Alixe Callen to school this week. Alixe began her tenure as St. George's 12th Head of School on July 1, and she and her family are settling in joyfully on the Hilltop. Keep an eye out for a letter from Alixe early next week.


Meanwhile we're welcoming all members of the SG family who are on or near Martha's Vineyard to drop by to meet Alixe at the Edgartown Yacht Club at One Dock Street on Thursday evening, Aug. 3. Contact Director of Special Events Ann Weston for more details and to R.S.V.P. at We look forward to hosting a series of welcome events for Alixe in a variety of locations throughout the 2017-18 school year.

Merck-Horton Center honored with award at Harvard


Our highly regarded Merck-Horton Center for Teaching & Learning was the recipient of another notable accolade this week when the Harvard-based Research Schools International presented center Director Tom Callahan with a special award recognizing St. George's "pioneering work in connecting research and practice in education." The award was presented at a symposium that gathered together approximately 15 of RSI's partner schools from around the world in Cambridge last week. Read more here.

Coach Ron Miller 1941-2017


Coach Ron Miller, who served as our assistant football coach for 11 seasons from 2006-2016, passed away on June 24, 2017. "Coach Ron was a great friend, mentor and coach to many of us," noted Dean of Afternoon Programs and head football coach John Mackay. Coach Miller will be remembered for the enthusiastic support and encouragement he provided so many of our student athletes, his friendly demeanor and his unwavering devotion to our school. "[My father] was especially proud of the achievements of the students off the field as well as on the field," Coach Miller's daughter, Rhonda Miller Bryant, wrote on our Facebook page. "August to November was his favorite time of year — and mine too, because I knew he was doing what he loved, surrounded by people he loved."

Providing an important sanctuary

Rob Ross '90, who tells the very poignant story of the loss of one of his four sons on, wants our community to know and spread the word about the organization he and his wife, Serena, have established to help families in mourning. Walking Forward Together, a nonprofit organization based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is staging its first event tomorrow in order to raise funds and awareness about issues surrounding infant deaths. "Our sanctuary in Lancaster is a calling and a quest," Rob said. Visit the website for more details.

Take a ride with Buddy Reed '13


Our candy-loving alumnus, Buddy Reed '13, was the featured athlete on a local television station's "Carpool Conversations" segment last week. Buddy is now an outfielder with the Fort Wayne, Indiana, TinCaps, a Class A minor league baseball team based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and affiliated with the San Diego Padres. Check out the fun interview on the station's website.

A boon for Camp Ramleh

The end-of-year Camp Ramleh Yard Sale broke a new record this year. Open two days and stocked primarily with students' no-longer-wanted clothing, household items and furniture, the sale earned a whopping $9,093.92 for our summer camp for underprivileged children from Newport County.

SG Trivia Question

We stumped you! The first woman elected to the St. George's Board of Trustees was Blanche Gibbs, daughter-in-law and former executive secretary to Katharine Gibbs, founder of the well-known secretarial schools. Mrs. Gibbs served on the board from 1971-1979. Honorable mention, however, goes to Bill Wulsin '72 and Bill Dean '73, who both answered "Grant Guyer's mom." Indeed, Carol Guyer, mother of Grant '73, was just the second female elected to the SG Board of Trustees. She served from 1971-1973.


This week's trivia question: A talented photographer and St. George's alumna is now Senior Visual Editor at Vogue magazine. Who is she? (Extra points for supplying her grad year!) The winner will receive a coupon code for $10 off a purchase from the St. George's Bookstore.


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