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List of 20 news stories.

  • An Open Letter to the Class of 2019

    Dr. Randy Watts
     
    There is no doubt that you will be missed. You have added a lot of life to our school. That said, you are ready for the next step.
     
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  • The Butterfly Effect

    Dr. Randy Watts
    In each of your lives, you will have many butterfly effects. You will make small decisions — perhaps inconsequential at the time — that will impact the trajectory of your life. Further, it may impact the lives of those around you.
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  • You never know who you'll see at Grassroots on Saturday Morning...

    Dr. Randy Watts
    The common denominator is that Brookwood came into being and survived because the community came together with a common purpose to make this a great school.
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  • Inspire

    Dr. Randy Watts
    A theme should be pertinent to the school, should be timely, and should be aspirational. (No one wants their school to proclaim that they want to “Stay the Course!” “Seek Mediocrity!” or “Let’s Hope we Make it Through Alive!” as the theme of the school year.)
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  • From the Mountaintop: Hiking with Dogs

    Dr. Randy Watts
    This past year, in a devotion, I shared the story of Jefferson and encouraged our students to think about the three legs that work, rather than the one that does not. Put differently — focus on your strengths, feel grateful for the gifts that you have, and inspire others with your perseverance.
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  • Open Letter to the Class of 2018

    Dr. Randy Watts
    I believe as you spread your wings and move into adulthood that each of you will leave your mark on the world. You have dynamic qualities within your class that will serve you well.
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  • Snow at Brookwood!

    Snowflakes, Aristotle, and New Year’s Resolutions

    Dr. Randy Watts
    Here’s the thing: success in life comes not from grand resolutions, but rather, daily habits:

    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”
     
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  • Mid-Semester Report

    Dr. Randy Watts
    As our students prepare to review their progress at the nine-week interval, I’d like to give you a sense of the growth and development that the school has seen thus far this year.
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  • Make Each Day Your Masterpiece

    Dr. Randy Watts
    Make each day your masterpiece. And eventually, I suspect you will build a masterpiece that everyone can see.
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  • Build

    Dr. Randy Watts
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  • An Open Letter to the Class of 2017

    Dr. Randy Watts
    Imagine for a moment that your entire class has gathered for your twenty-fifth reunion and that your are now attending that event. The year is 2042.
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  • Face Time

    Dr. Randy Watts
    At Brookwood, we are proponents of instructional technology and relish in the opportunities that technology can bring to the learning environment. We are also proponents of leadership, and know that the value of the face-to-face relationships leadership is paramount.
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  • Almost Grown

    Dr. Randy Watts
    It struck me, as I hope it did the students in that class, how much possibility each of them has to shape his or her future. Each of our students has the potential to create, innovate, and live lives of purpose and significance. Each one of them is the author of his or her life story, with many open chapters to write.
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  • 90's Playlist

    Dr. Randy Watts
    So.. why Brookwood?

    Adults of my era tend to be skeptical of institutions. As such, their choice to send their children to an independent school comes from thought and examination, rather than out of blind trust. We do seek a strong educational foundation for our children as we know that this plays a key role in success in later life. We seek a balance; we see that whole child development (physical, social, spiritual, as well as academic) are essential ingredients in childhood. We value that independent schools are run by educators and are immune from most governmental intrusions. We seek innovative thinking, characterized in STEAM education, and critical thinking, characterized in a small classroom environment. Finally, we seek community, which we have seen erode in our culture over the course of our lives.
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  • If I Could Make a New School Rule...

    Dr. Randy Watts
    If it were not leaders who dared to have big dreams, we would not have Brookwood.
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  • Books Are Good

    Dr. Randy Watts
    Not all books are good, of course. Much of what I read has to do with education and parenting; there are stacks of books written about these areas that are, at best, useless, and at worst, downright harmful.

    For this reason, I would like to share with you a few titles that I have read recently that have influenced my thinking:
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  • Lead.

    Dr. Randy Watts
    However, at Brookwood, we see a much broader view of “leader.” We know that leadership takes many, many forms, and we want each of our students to see the leadership potential in themselves.
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  • An Open Letter to the Class of 2016

    Dr. Randy Watts
    As you well know, there is a lot to celebrate with your class. Yours is the largest senior class to graduate from Brookwood. You have impressive college admission stats. You have set academic and athletic records. You have left indelible marks on our memory of theatrical, debate, and musical performances.
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  • Annual Meeting 2016 Takeaways

    Dr. Randy Watts
    What was the point of that story?... and other takeaways from the Annual Meeting
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  • Backstage: The Magic Behind the Magic

    Dr. Randy Watts
    The point is that life backstage is richer than the audience can imagine. It is where friendships are formed, bonds are made, and where magic truly happens. 
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Located in Thomasville, GA, Brookwood School is a private school for grades JK-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.