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Dear St. Andrew's Family,

In order to explain what I love about teaching at St. Andrew’s, I have to describe an image that often governs my classroom teaching.

You may recall the scene in the film Seabiscuit when Chris Cooper puts a goat in Seabiscuit’s stable to keep the great horse calm. The goat is ultimately replaced by an oversized Montana cow pony named Pumpkin, but let’s put that detail aside for now. You’re probably thinking that I’m about to cast myself as the sage, twangy-voiced trainer who knows just how to access the untapped genius of his racehorses. Not quite.

I’m the goat. You see, I’m not in training; I’m not waiting to run my race. I took the course, I read the book, I spoke up in class, and I wrote the essay. Am I done learning? By no means. Does this mean that I belong on the track with Seabiscuit? Absolutely not. Even though I consider myself a lifelong learner, my job is to help my aspiring ponies reach their potential. By my very goatness, I hope to encourage and inspire them to greatness.

In the stable, it goes something like this: “Hey horse, why the long face? [Bleat.] Don’t be so hard on yourself; I know you can run with this crowd. What are you, 14 hands? [Bleat.] And what a stride you have! You must be a real closer. There’s the bell! [Bleat.] You better get going!”

In the classroom, it sounds like this. Yesterday afternoon when my V Form class was discussing Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, they got stuck on the way the narrator describes bird calls at dawn as “sharp and rudimentary, that stung like sparks or hail.” A prolonged silence followed our reading of this passage, until Michele Zheng ’18 spoke up to argue that the narrator feels this way about the bird calls because “the awakening is the painful thing, the thing that takes courage.” In the narrator’s transition to adulthood, Michele argued, this new state “feels almost hostile for her.” Now, if I hadn’t remembered to be a goat in that moment—if I didn’t keep quiet in the prolonged silence, if I didn’t make a space for my students in the discussion—we might never have heard Michele’s insight.

Waiting out the silence while Michele developed her thinking was really difficult for me. I love this beautiful little book, and would love to join in the class discussion more. But it's not my race to run, and Michele and her classmates are only just beginning to run theirs.

At St. Andrew’s, I see happy goats all around me in my fellow faculty members. Who is more goat-like than Dan O’Connell at cross-country practice, surrounded by his thundering herd of runners? Or Giselle Furlonge inspiring students to lead the school in thinking about equity? Or Joshua Meier, casually munching on a tin can, huddled around a lightbox with a group of budding photographers?

It’s good to be a goat. Bleat. 

Will Porter
English Faculty; Boys Crew Head Coach
wporter@standrews-de.org
In the Classroom
St. Andrew's Board of Trustees Chair Scott Sipprelle ’81 P’08 was on campus yesterday to meet with Bowman Dickson's Statistics class. Sipprelle invests in Zhena's, a gourmet tea company, and has been working with Stats students on ways to improve Zhena's website traffic. He supplied students with dataset about Zhena's Google search hits as compared to other major tea brands, such as Mighty Leaf and Republic of Tea. Students then broke into four groups and analyzed the data, built proposals for how to grow Zhena's digital and search presence, and presented the proposals to Sipprelle in class on Thursday.
Micah Levinson ’05 is on campus today to give the School's 14th annual Levinson History Lecture. He spent the morning visiting history classrooms (seen here), and will deliver his talk beginning at 8:00 p.m. in Engelhard Hall—watch on our Livestream channel! Micah is an Instructor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He anticipates completing his PhD in Political Science at UNC Chapel Hill in spring 2017, and will begin working for the Middle East Forum, a foreign policy think tank, this May. His research focuses on the dynamics of revolutionary groups, the stability of authoritarian regimes, and international relations in the Middle East.
English teacher Will Porter (the "goat" who wrote the opening letter of this Friday News) took his English 3 students outside to discuss Marilyn Robinson's Housekeeping in the lovely spring weather we enjoyed earlier this week.
Tim Trumbauer ’97 visited Peter McLean's Environmental Science classroom this morning to discuss water ecology and his work at the Chester River Association, where he serves as Watershed Manager and oversees the Association's water quality monitoring program. He regularly tests Chester River water, which runs into the Chesapeake Bay, for nutrients, chlorophyll and particulates.
Richard Samulski and John Burk worked with their Honors Physics students on an experiment that determines the force required to change the direction of an object's motion.
Campus Happenings
Last weekend, students led the School's annual Diversity & Equity Conference. This year's conference theme, "Leadership Through Proximity", was inspired by civil rights leader Bryan Stevenson's visit to campus in January. This year's conference featured student-led workshops (seen here), affinity group meetings, and powerful remarks from VI Form students. Read more about the conference (including excerpts from the remarks) on our website.
One of the conference's Saturday morning workshops was a hands-on "building" session, led by Katie Lillard ’05, seen here, for students interested in participating in the School's Mural Project. The Mural Project aims to paint a new mural on a large blank wall in the Sipprelle Field House, as a kind of "companion piece" to the existing N.C. Wyeth mural in the Dining Hall. In the workshop, students were introduced to concepts and materials (which include both glass and ceramic tiles as well as paint) under consideration. You can follow the Mural Project's progress at https://sasmuralproject.tumblr.com.
Last weekend, Environmental Science students (plus a few faculty and faculty children) traveled to Harper's Ferry for the course's annual camping and canoeing trip. 
Author Nathan Englander joined us on campus on Friday, March 24 to attend classes and give a talk to the School community. He shared insights on his writing practice and his short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2013. (III Form and V Form students read this book as part of their 2016 summer reading.) Read more about Englander's visit on our website, or watch his entire address on our Livestream channel.
For the past two Tuesdays, we welcomed newly admitted students and families back on campus for our annual Visit Back Days—a big thanks to all who joined us! In the afternoon, our guests were treated to performances by instrumental music and dance students, and by the Choral Scholars and Noxontones.
In rare and brief loosening of the School's cell phone policy, Noor El-Baradie ’19 (seen below at the white board) organized a "phone bank" in the Main Common Room during Wednesday lunch and encouraged students to call their local Congressional representatives and share their opinions on the country's refugee resettlement policy.
VI Form Humanities students traveled up to Philadelphia on Monday evening to attend a talk by the author Colum McCann speak at the Free Library of Philadelphia. McCann wrote TransAtlantic, which Humanities students read earlier this year, and also wrote the National Book Award recipient Let the Great World Spin, which has often served as a senior exhibition text.
Randy Brinton ’64 was on campus on Sunday to talk with the Class of 2017 about the importance of giving back to St. Andrew's as alumni—and to brainstorm class gift ideas.
The fully student-run Coding Club met in the bio lab on Sunday afternoon; its members assure us the club is "lit."
Students participating in this year's SAS Survivor competition lined up for their weekly elimination at School Meeting on Thursday.
Upcoming Events

Save the date! The 13th annual St. Andrew's Coast to Coast Toast will be held on Thursday, April 13. Coast to Coast Toasts are our worldwide celebration of St. Andrew's, our people, and the spirit of our School. Once a year, on one night, every St. Andrean is invited to celebrate the common ground that connects us all, and raise a glass to the Founder of our School, A. Felix duPont. Visit our website for a full list of Toasts locations and to RSVP— and on April 13, don't forget to share your photos with us using the #SASToast2017 hashtag. New locations have been added in Beijing and San DiegoCheers to you, and cheers to SAS.

Speaking of cheers: whether or not you can make it to an SAS Toast, we encourage you to participate in our first annual Cheers Challenge! During the coming week, we are celebrating 88 years of St. Andrew's, and to that end we are challenging our alumni, parents, and alumni parents to make a gift to the Saints Fund by Friday, April 14. Find your "team" below and make a gift today to count toward your team goal! 

Your Cheers Challenge Goals
Old Guard Alumni (pre-1959 grads)—88 gifts
1960s Alumni—88 gifts
1970s Alumni—88 gifts
1980s Alumni—88 gifts
1990s Alumni—88 gifts
2000s Alumni—88 gifts
2010s Alumni—88 gifts
Current Parents—88 gifts
Parents of Alumni—88 gifts

Make your gift by Friday, April 14 to have it count toward your team's goal!
Visit standrews-de.org/cheers to give. 
#SASCheersChallenge
Parent News & Notes
Returning Student Re-Enrollment
Re-enrollment contracts for returning students will be mailed April 15, and are due back to St. Andrew’s with your deposit by April 30. Please ensure both parents or guardians sign the enrollment contract. Call the Admission Office at 302-285-4231 if you have a change of address or any questions.
A Note on Student Physical Exams
For those students who will be returning for the 2017-18 school year, we wanted to inform parents, guardians and students that a physical examination is required AFTER April 1, 2017. While we appreciate those parents who want to be diligent and schedule their child's physical examination early or during Spring Break, we will not be able to accept paperwork for physical examinations conducted before April 1, 2017. Since many medical providers may have limited appointments available during the summer months, we encourage you to contact them today to make an appointment after April 1, 2017. As you know, your medical provider will need to complete and sign several of our health forms, which will be available on the Parent page of the SAS website on April 1. The deadline to submit ALL Health Forms for ALL students is June 30, 2017. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Health Center at healthcenter@standrews-de.org or  302-285-4240
Upcoming Events
Fri Apr 7—Levinson History Lecture
Thu Apr 13—Coast to Coast Toasts
Mon Apr 10-Fri Apr 14—Cheers Challenge
Fri Apr 15-Tue Apr 18—Long Weekend
Fri Apr 28-Sat Apr 29—Spring Trustee Weekend
Fri May 12-Sun May 14—Arts Weekend
Sun May 21—VI Form Dinner
Wed May 24—Awards Night
Thurs May 25—Commencement
Fri June 9-Sun June 11—Reunion

All-School Calendar  |  2016-17 School Calendar  |  2017-18 School Calendar
We Leave You With This
During a recent lunchtime hike on the Possum Point trail, Facilities team member Mike Rivera snapped a few photos of students using the School canoes on Noxontown Pond.
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