It’s All New… It’s All Good

By John Bishop

Head of School Dan Scheibe told a packed Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center (that’s RMPAC for you newbies), “It’s all new… It’s all good.”

An important message for everyone attending Athletic Preseason Registration to be sure; after all, each person in the building — parent/guardian or student-athlete — is preparing for another school year. Some boarding, some day. Some varsity. Some JV. Some nervous. Some confident. All (secretly) hoping they’re ready for an unknown 2019-2020.

However, there were the words on the screen: It’s All New… It’s All Good

Sad to be leaving home/student? NBD. It’s not goodbye. Instead, “It’s ‘Hello, until the next time we see you,'” said Mr. Scheibe. Nervous? Anxious? New or returning? “That’s good energy… Use it,” emphasized LA’s Head.

“I think what it’s really important to capture, and we’ll do this a few different ways while we’re still feeling new, is just that sense of renewal and energy that you get at the beginning of a school year,” he said. “And for those of us who have repeated that cycle — basically our entire lives — there’s nothing like it.”

However, the uniqueness of that cycle isn’t because of the required renewal. It’s unique because of what it anticipates.

“Yes, there’s a lot of new and different stuff happening, but… the most important thing that happens in a human’s life happens in a school year,” said Dan. “That’s developing your sense of who you are, becoming, we are going to become and getting this incredible sense of empowerment. “

Perhaps sensing the necessary juxtaposition between the Head of School before them, and the first-year students sitting in the audience, Dan brought out pictures of his own initial moments in prep school.

“At the same time [as we begin anew], we know we’re also becoming something else and somebody else,” said Dan. “So just to kind of make that point, please go to the next, uh, horrific slide.”

There stood young Dan Scheibe, like all new students, unaware of where he’d be 37 years later; carrying the benefit and the burden of “potential” – and, admittedly, all nerves in the moment.

“That’s the energy of you looking forward to something and about to become something,” said Scheibe, pointing to the teen in well-branded athletic gear. “There is a universality to it.”

So, whether it’s your first year at LA or your 38th, best wishes to everyone in the community during the 2019 – 2020.

“Head mixMaster Grande” Sets Winterim In Motion

Editor’s Note: Mr. Scheibe is well-known on the LA campus for his signing “snow day” declarations. However, today “Head mixMaster Grande” delivered “a little Winterim jam – Five Ranks.”

Mr. Scheibe

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Hello LA,

Here’s to a great, if slightly delayed start to Winterim. It’s an amazing time of year, and great thanks to all of those who have put such effort into organizing, inspiring, and trouble-shooting, particularly Tony Hawgood and Tanya Clark!

Speaking of slight delays, the 2-hour kind we experienced this season haven’t really delivered enough mojo for a proper snow-day song tribute, so it’s all been saved up from the Winter to be unleashed on Winterim.

Here’s 3 minutes worth:

Disclaimers:

  • We do not have any active engagement with either “tuba” or “Cuba” this year, but they make a sick rhyme
  • Unfortunately, the beats didn’t have sufficient endurance to make it to the all-important final line, which is, for the record: “use the correct level of SPF”
  • Recording is not meant to be mistaken for actual “music,” so all apologies to the estate of Ariana Grande

Enjoy the days,
Dan Scheibe

The lyrics are below:

Five Ranks

Yo, even the sketchiest weather conditions

Won’t interfere with our Winterim visions

No matter what Mother Nature will bring

These are a few of our Winterim things

Potter and Margraf will catch us some fishes

Quilting makes beautiful patterns with stitches

We go to Galapagos on airplane wings

These are a few of our Winterim Things

Play chess, learn scuba

Make your own tuba

Belize, DR

Or even Cuba

You like my chair,

Gee thanks just built it

I got some help

From Mister Matt Smith

First choice, I got it

Second choice, she got it

Third choice he got it

Fourth choice they got it

You like my boat,

Gee thanks, just built it

Fifth choice, OK

You got this, you got this

It’s a tradition in our Spartan Nation

Experiential LA education

We know before we start it will be all good

Cause it is led by Sir Anthony Hawgood

Seasonal affect can make you a sad guy

Yoga and martial arts make you a jedi

Faculty leaders create clever schemes

These are the pairs that I see in my dreams

There’s Fos

And Ryan

Raquel and

Brian

There’s Smith

and Dawson

That will

Be Awesome

There’s Liu

and Brescia

Moseley

O’Connah

We’re get-

Tin human

With Bell

And Poulin

The Beard

and Igoe

But not

Morocco

Engstrom

Mordeno

Ruby

And K Po

You like

My vase

Gee thanks

Just fired it

In Clay and Kiln

McBride where’s Ms. Whit

Students acting like frequent fliers

Other schools are try-hard tryers

Passport my business card

Get back before it expires

I don’t mean to brag,

But Winterim’s got some swag

We lead the ISL

by doing Winterim well

What should I choose, Flip flops or boots

Wear proper footwear don’t try to be cute

Proper hydration and nutrients too

Guzzling Gatorade, water, or juice

Look at my neck, Look at my neck

Got a bad sun burn, but hey what the heck

That’s what you get, that’s what you get

Use the correct level of SPF

Best wishes for an amazing Winterim, everyone!