Dear Stratton Community: Spring in schools always begins considerations of the next academic year. I try to lead faculty at this time around spending some time reflecting first before making plans for the next year. It is an effort we often don't feel we have the time for. But reflecting is the only path to deep learning. So faculty and I are engaged in scrolling back through the year, noting successes and continued challenges, with the intention of creating school and individual goals that are a product of that reflection. I would encourage students and their parents to do the same. There is impact in having even one conversation that is reflective. Parents might ask, "what are you proud of from this year? what surprised you? what do you hope you'll experience more of next year? less of? what do you think your work will look like at the end of NEXT school year?" We will be considering the character trait of being Empowered in May. This sort of reflective activity is one of the most empowering things we can do for our children.