Home Port (Volume 1: Fall 2011)

       Sturgis Launches a New Publication

Welcome aboard the maiden voyage of Sturgis Soundings Magazine.  We hope you will enjoy the journey as much as we have enjoyed preparing for the launch. We have collected a cargo of essays, news, photographs, poetry and art to sustain you during the voyage.  We are grateful for the contributions of many students, faculty and alumni. It has been rewarding to connect with alumni and former faculty members who have moved on to distant shores but continue to treasure their time at Sturgis.  We hope this magazine will help the larger Sturgis community of students, alumni, families, faculty and trustees stay connected.   Our goal is to provide you with a window through which you can see the vibrant “IB For All” school culture within and beyond the walls of Sturgis.  Please share your news and ideas with us.  Like all ventures at Sturgis, Sturgis Soundings Magazine is a collaborative effort. We invite you to participate.

Our first issue highlights  international experiences of our faculty and alumni. The International Baccalaureate curriculum aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To achieve this goal, Sturgis has brought faculty members together who have taught in international schools all over the world.  We find some of our alumni continue to explore cross cultural experiences  through research and jobs overseas. In addition, we have faculty members who have left Sturgis to work in international schools.  We hope our feature articles in this issue will help you see the full continuum of the Sturgis global footprint.

Special thanks go to Gretchen Buntschuh (1937-2010) for dreaming up the original Sturgis Soundings collection of book reviews; Eric Hieser, Executive Director, for supporting the plan from the get-go; Katherine Spencer Joyce, our amazing parent volunteer, for designing our banner, template and steadfastly supporting Sturgis web publications; Amy Kaye Peterson for her creative graphic design of the original Sturgis Soundings which we hope is reflected in this publication; the Editorial Board for being a fine crew; Peter Richenburg for unleashing his Photoshop magic on a virtual voyage of Our Boys; Emerald Laing, National Historic Ships Coordinator of the National Maritime Museum,  for his game support in helping Sturgis Soundings sail on an exquisite vessel; the owners of Our Boys who agreed to share their fine Cornish lugger with a high school named after William Sturgis, an 18th century ship captain; and last but not least,  all the Sturgis faculty members who were willing to search through old boxes of photographs and even haul old yearbooks to my office for scanning.

Bon Voyage!

Marion Weeks

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