Dear Bixby Community,

In a bit of nostalgic reflection, I remember my first day of kindergarten, complete with an elephant backpack (though I believe it was called “pack pack” back then). In fact, I recall many first days of school, with all my fears and hopes for the coming year packed into a bundle of slightly nervous excitement. As I greeted our wonderful children this week, I loved seeing their smiles, anticipation, and curiosity. We are going to have a terrific year!

When I visited Bixby as part of the Association of Colorado Independent Schools in 2013, I was struck by how deeply the staff knew every child, by watching the students creatively problem solve and take calculated risks in the lower yard, and by the level of compassion demonstrated by all. As I have become better acquainted with Bixby, the joy and reverence for children I have observed makes Bixby a school like no other.

This year, I look forward to getting to know and deeply understand Bixby at all levels – its past, present, and future; the legacy of our founders; what happens in our classrooms and outdoor spaces; our role in the wider community; and most of all, what makes Bixby so special.

My priority is to build meaningful relationships with each of you, with our teachers, and especially, with our children. The staff will be collaboratively working on two significant projects this year. The first is to comprehensively analyze all aspects of our pedagogy, from curriculum to instruction to assessment. The second is to advance our systems for supporting and growing our amazing staff. And of course, I can’t wait to spend time with our students (which is the most fun of all!).

In the coming weeks, you will find out more about Math Club, Student Council, Electives, and how our students can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey by reading Bixby News, which is sent via email each Thursday. Our Facebook page is also a nice way to glean a glimpse into Bixby’s daily life.

Most importantly, please know that my door is always open and I want to hear from you. It’s an honor to be a part of this tremendous community; thank you for the privilege of educating your children. As I mentioned to our teachers last week, if all children had the opportunity for a Bixby education, the world would be a very different place.

Beth Heller Suitor

Beth Heller Suitor

Head of School