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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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  • The Value of an Independent School Education

    Dr. Randy Watts
    The world famous musician Louis Armstrong was once asked to define jazz. His response was, “Man, if you gotta ask, you’ll never know.”

    That simple response conveys the very real sentiment that sometimes your dedication and passions are a function of your feelings, rather than an empirical understanding.
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  • The Rock Star Servant

    Dr. Randy Watts
    Some of you will recall the pre-Spotify days when one had to be very intentional about one’s selection of music. When I was in high school, my friends and I would carry our carefully-curated cassette tape carrying cases around in our cars. The twenty or so tapes that one could transport were emblematic of our tastes, passions, and even identity… and we ALL had our rock guitar heroes.
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  • New

    Dr. Randy Watts
    New is all around us. The back to school feeling is one that, I believe, has stayed with many of us since childhood and has always been one of newness, excitement, and possibility.
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  • That Mountain Air

    Dr. Randy Watts
    This got me thinking… why do we have summer break, anyway?! (I’m not being rhetorical, I promise.)
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  • An Open Letter to the Class of 2015

    Dr. Randy Watts
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  • Ummmm... Dr Watts, what does that say?

    Dr. Randy Watts
    I have bad handwriting. I mean really bad handwriting. I am most thankful for computers and iPads because now I can actually read my own notes.
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  • The Space Between

    Dr. Randy Watts
    In the mid-1990s, I attended college and graduate school in central Virginia, which at the time, was a hotbed of touring musical acts that were encapsulated under the title of “jam bands.” Among them was a group of musicians from Charlottesville, known as the “Dave Matthews Band,” “DMB,” or to those of us who believed that we were on more familiar terms with the band, simply “Dave.”
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  • So, you wanna go to college...

    Dr. Randy Watts
    Have you ever wondered what colleges are really seeking in their applicants? I had the opportunity recently to observe a panel of four college presidents in a moderated discussion on the future of education.
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  • On Fax Machines at Duck Hunts

    Dr. Randy Watts
    At the 2015 Annual Meeting I made the comment that, due to the uncertainty of the future workplace, parents are increasingly overloading their children with activities in the hope that they will somehow find the combination of skills they need to survive as adults.
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  • Resolutions for the Mind, not the Ego

    Dr. Randy Watts
    When we moved into our house in Thomasville, we inherited an aging refrigerator with an external ice dispenser. The ice dispenser worked only upon occasion, delivering one or two cubes as a consolation—always missing the cup underneath—and yielding a loud electronic whine in the process until eventually, all it did was whine unceasingly without producing a single cube.
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  • All About that Base

    Dr. Randy Watts
    Reflection on Christmas Trees
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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.