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Posts by Amy Hollinger

PSCS Life – Relationships Matter

In 2010, I made the move from public to independent school education. At that time, I attended a meeting with Bernie Noe, the Head of the Lakeside School, and something he said resonated deeply with me. To paraphrase: “It is not our job to continue to perpetuate students having privilege. It’s our job to educate…

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PSCS Life – Thoughts on the College Admissions Scandal

Earlier this week, as news broke of the college admissions scandal—where wealthy parents were essentially paying large sums of money to secure spots for their children in top colleges—I thought to myself, “Yep, that’s not surprising.”   Having worked with some of the most prestigious independent schools in the country, I’ve met a lot of…

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PSCS Life – Family Feedback

Last summer, I began my journey at PSCS by inviting all current families to meet with me. I wanted to gather feedback on their PSCS experience, explore the things our community values, and see where there were areas for growth as we transitioned into our next 25 years. I asked four questions. One, why did…

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PSCS Life – Student Feedback

(*This is the first post in a series of three posts where I will share the feedback I have been getting from students, families, and staff.) What Amy does well is: “Being a significant presence but not being intrusive.” -PSCS student feedback on my performance December 2018 I cannot imagine my work without feedback. Whether…

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PSCS Life- Community Culture

“’If students weren’t forced to come to school would they still show up?’ I believe the answer to this question speaks volumes about a school’s culture.” I saw this on Twitter recently, and it got me thinking about our community culture at PSCS.​ ​​Last Fall, ​a​ common theme in my family meetings​ ​was how much PSCS students…

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PSCS Life – The “Why” Behind Annual Giving

You’ve probably heard that annual giving is pretty important to the PSCS community. But, what is most often misunderstood, is that we expect everyone in our community to contribute to our annual fundraising efforts, each year—board members (we already have 100% from this group), staff (we already have 100% from this group), and all our…

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PSCS Life – New Resources

As we move in to the second half of the school year I am finding myself wanting to reach out to our community more and more—and to our current students and parents, in particular. Why is this? It’s partly to let families know what’s going on at PSCS day to day, and partly for me…

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