Upward: Our Head of School's Blog

The following are excerpts from remarks offered to our community by Head of School, Mike Imperi, at Back-To-School Night. 

As each goose flying in formation flaps its wings...
I’m a numbers guy, but also a student (and teacher) of the humanities. While I find tremendous validation in serving as a steward for this great school, my passion is teaching. It is important to me...
In the business world, the words, “value proposition,” are frequently used to determine what attracts the market towards a given product or service. At one of our Coffee with the Headmaster events,...
One year ago this week, I sat in the Common staring up at the lovely melting ice flows just south of the school. That view, among many others in the Valley, continues to remind me how very fortunate...
Our building is at the heart of who we are. It was built to be the physical embodiment of an educational philosophy where all three divisions learn together under one roof, in a setting that feels...
This is the third in my series of blog entries related to our 2015 Five Year Vision. As I have indicated in my past posts, this Five Year Vision is my job description, my focus, and my mission as...
My last blog entry focused on the genesis of our new five-year vision. My next four will highlight each of the major initiatives that will set VMS on a continued positive trajectory for the future....
Last spring, a very committed and passionate VMS parent sat in my office and complimented the school on the smooth transition of leadership and progress we had made during the first year of our new...
Every organization, whether non-profit or for-profit, educational or industrial, forms patterns of communication that, over time, become part of the fabric of its culture. Vail Mountain School is no...
One of the great side benefits of being in the field of education is summertime. For me this time provides the perfect occasion to step out of my hectic day-to-day life, climb onto that metaphorical...
Recently, I have had numerous conversations with parents who are very apprehensive about their children experiencing setbacks, failure, loss or even frustration with an academic, social or emotional...
For the record, I am a ferocious reader.  And as an educator, I know that the more a student reads, the better that student reads.  That is an inescapable fact.  What is debated,...
In my last blog post, I referenced a conversation I had with leaders of other local schools about bullying. Each of us felt a personal responsibility to ensure that we take any necessary steps to...
Recently, I was discussing the subject of bullying and social aggression with a number of school leaders here in Colorado. All agreed that there is a great deal of anxiety in their school communities...
For me, the holidays present an opportune time to step back, take a deep breath and reflect on the past year. And what a year it has been! In doing so, I get in touch with the wonderful opportunities...
A recent issue of the Harvard Education Letter, published by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, highlighted new initiatives that focused on students’ well being. While student health is not an...
In the 1970s, when the first thinking machines were introduced into classrooms, I taught at an extremely progressive middle school. Well-funded and forward thinking, we invested in new technology in...
You’ve probably heard me say that most parents would rather have their child learn from a great teacher in a cave than from a mediocre teacher in a palace. Education is an honorable profession based...
I’ve started this blog as a means to share my thoughts and reflections as Head of Vail Mountain School. Ultimately, I hope to use this forum as a means to connect with parents, students, faculty, and...