News Archive

2019

  • May

    Seniors are off to great places!

    Penny Townsend
    It’s been an amazing seven days. Last Friday 141 seniors graduated in the Lewis Auditorium; 141 talented and ambitious individuals who modeled intellectual vitality, courage and genuine concern for others. United by deep friendships, they crossed the stage slightly nostalgic about what they were leaving behind but full of excitement for what lay ahead. Diverse in their interests and aspirations, they will matriculate at no fewer than 65 schools in 23 states and three countries 

    Full matriculation list below
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  • April

    Sustainability at RE

    Penny Townsend
    “The only thing that we cannot do is not do anything.”
     
    I heard that line repeatedly last week – Earth Week – whenever I tuned into National Public Radio on my car radio. NPR dedicated much of its air time to stories about the degradation of our environment and ways that we can help.
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  • A welcome, and welcome back

    Penny Townsend
    In the span of less than a week, we welcomed more than 160 newly enrolled students to our campuses to initiate what we expect will be a long and deep connection to Ransom Everglades, and we welcomed back some 300 alumni for our annual Alumni Weekend. I loved every minute of these delightfully disparate gatherings, whether greeting our young, eager newcomers or listening in on the happy reminiscences of those who have loved their school for years – or even decades.
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  • Learning from the college scandal

    Penny Townsend
    The educator in me can’t help but search for a teachable moment in the college admission scandal that has involved dozens of parents around the nation. The people ensnared took things to an unthinkable and illegal extreme and must be separated from the thousands of others who would never stoop to unlawful behavior. Still, there are those who are actively engineering their children’s lives in pursuit of something their kids may not even really desire.
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  • March

    RE announces new Head of Upper School

    Penny Townsend
    Dear Members of the Ransom Everglades Community,

    I am pleased to introduce Patricia Sasser, who will assume the role of Head of the Upper School at the conclusion of the 2018-19 school year. Patricia will replace Kenneth S. Mills, who is departing Ransom Everglades to become Head of School at the Gifft Hill School in St. John, V.I. We will miss Ken’s contributions as a scientist, teacher and administrator, but we are very excited to welcome Patricia to our team.
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  • February

    Making the right course requests for 2019-20

    Penny Townsend
    Upper School curriculum nights, the unofficial kick off of the course selection process, happen next week. How do you know which course requests are best for your child? If you search the internet, you will find more advice than you need. A recent op-ed in The New York Times by Thomas Friedman suggested that studying computer science and the U.S. Constitution often results in success in college and life. The comment section lit up. For many – including this reader – the piece was an over-simplification of a very complicated issue: how best to prepare our children for college and life.
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  • Organic Valley CEO shares his journey from RE

    Penny Townsend
    George Siemon, Ransom School Class of 1970, returned to campus to visit Jen Nero's AP Economics classes and share his journey from our school on the bay to his current position as CEO of Organic Valley, the largest farmer-owned cooperative in the world. George also returned to Coconut Grove to reconnect with a place that he credits with much of his formation as a scholar and leader. You most likely have seen Organic Valley products in the supermarket; next time you find yourself pondering which carton of milk to purchase, I hope this column comes to mind.
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< 2019
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
Upper School3575 Main HighwayTel: 305-460-8800
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.