Screen Time

For the past few days, my husband has been repairing the window and door screens in the cabins at the camp we serve at each summer. Although the mosquitoes are “quiet” during this cooler time of year, the screens will be necessary as summer progresses. It’s not a difficult project- a staple gun, some screen, … More Screen Time

One Community

Closing Homily for Middle and Upper School Faculty, May 29, 2019 A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (1:32-35) The community of believers was one in heart and mind. None of them would say, “This is mine!” about any of their possessions, but held everything in common.  The apostles continued to bear powerful witness to … More One Community


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 … More Epiphany!

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 … More Civil Discourse

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 … More What’s in a name?


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 … More Diwali

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 … More Being a Veteran


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 … More Fear

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 … More Humility- Be You