News Archive

2021

  • June

    Head of School Penny Townsend

    Students at RE: An educator's dream

    Penny Townsend
    The inspiration for this final column of the year comes from a stack of letters in my office that has been steadily growing since April. A few years ago, I started sending a copy of Paul Ransom’s historic letter to newly enrolled students. Just as our founder did, I ask the students to respond to me. The letters are nothing short of remarkable, and each spring they remind me of why my colleagues and I do the work that we do. Our students are an educator's dream.
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  • May

    Jeffrey Miller '79

    RE commencement speaker: Jeffrey Miller '79

    Penny Townsend
    Jeffrey Miller ’79 has spent decades empowering students across Miami-Dade County: He has been a longtime benefactor of Breakthrough Miami, the educational program founded by two Ransom Everglades alumni. He co-founded an inner-city charter school, Beacon College Prep, to elevate public school education in Miami. He has championed the University of Miami since his undergraduate days there.
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  • April

    Head of School Penny Townsend

    The pandemic has changed everything

    Penny Townsend
    The pandemic dramatically altered our lives this past year, and there is no shortage of media coverage on the effects of COVID-19. Speculation on post-pandemic behaviors and changes in how we work is constant. I recently read a newspaper article in which a software engineer at a big tech company said that he would quit before returning to the office. He also said that people don't have to "sit cheek by jowl" to be productive, and that valuable time should not be lost in traffic and riding crowded commuter trains.
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  • March

    Head of School Penny Townsend

    Women and girls in the RE community

    Penny Townsend
    Yesterday I spoke to upper school students in morning assembly about the remarkable Alice Carter Ransom, who helped build our school and document its history after the death of her husband and our founder, Paul Ransom, in 1907. Paul Ransom died not quite five years after the founding of the Adirondack-Florida School, yet Alice remained at the helm until 1930. Much of what we read about the early days of Ransom Everglades is about a headmaster and his school: his idealism, his love of the outdoors, his belief in self-reliance, academic excellence, and his categorical devotion to educating the whole child. What we don't read a lot about is Mrs. Ransom's life of unselfish purpose and her absolute loyalty to her husband's dreams – which became her dreams upon his death.
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  • February

    Head of School Penny Townsend

    Missing hand sanitizer, great memories

    Penny Townsend
    When I drove onto the Ransom Campus this morning and saw the banner advertising this year’s auction, I couldn’t help but reflect on last year’s event – which took place just five days before we moved our instruction to Remote RE. Within a week our campuses were fully closed. The day before the event we put in place what we thought were sensible precautions: cleaning up eating areas quickly, bussing glasses as soon as they were abandoned, and scattering about pump bottles of hand sanitizer that we had been stockpiling since February. I still don’t really know what Boho is, but I made a mad dash to Nordstrom Rack hours before the event and wore the best Boho I could find. I did not do very well. I also bid on a gym membership I knew I probably wouldn’t use. We ate delicious food, buffet-style, we danced with abandon, and we had fun.
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  • January

    Head of School Penny Townsend

    Demonstrating our resolve

    Penny Townsend, Head of School
    Resolve is one of those words that we have heard frequently during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has become a "high frequency" word around Ransom Everglades. My colleagues in World Languages will understand the reference. It is right up there with words and phrases like “pivot”; “mitigate”; “plexi(glass)”; “asynchronous”; “these uncertain times”; “out of an abundance of caution”; and “super-spreader.”
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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.