Graland History According to Mr. Hickey

List of 238 news stories.

  • APOLOGIA

    PHILIP WILLIAM HICKEY
    Blame me for any factual or grammatical errors in these entries.
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  • WELCOME: 2018-2019

    Philip William Hickey
    Welcome to the third year of my writing a bit of this and that related to our school’s rich and wonderful history.
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  • THE EARLY DAYS:ONE

    Philip William Hickey
    Ruth Gorham in Graland Country Day School: The First Fifty Years refers to the founding families as the “stalwart pioneers” ever determined to make this school a reality. Henry Toll, whose wife we number among the founding mothers (Mmes.Toll, Shaforth, Waring, McWhinney, Lanagan, etc), was asked to deliver a speech at the First Parents’ Dinner in 1958.

     
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  • THE EARLY DAYS:TWO

    Philip William Hickey
    Henry Toll continues. . .

    “The next September 1925, the school reopened in the shop on Colfax
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  • THE EARLY DAYS:THREE

    Philip William Hickey
    In his speech, Mr. Toll addresses the behind-the-scenes activities that ultimately gave birth to the fourth school:
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  • THE EARLY DAYS:FOUR

    Philip William Hickey
    Hiring Georgia Nelson
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  • THE EARLY DAYS:FIVE

    Philip William Hickey
    Welcome, Miss Nelson!
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  • MEMORIES: INTRODUCTION

    Philip William Hickey
    As you read this series I am penning for the archives. . .
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  • MEMORIES: INTERVIEW AT THE NAIS CONFERENCE

    Philip William Hickey
    I was late, very late, for my interview at the Hilton Hotel in Boston circa March 1976.
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  • MEMORIES: INTERVIEW AT SCHOOL

    Philip William Hickey
    I arrived on the campus one Tuesday afternoon in March, a month that brought much snow to the city. I came in the snow; I left with wet shoes.
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  • MEMORIES: 1976-1977

    Philip William Hickey
    Let’s cut to the chase: my first year at Graland was a disaster-- a true mea culpa moment in my history as an educator.


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  • MEMORIES: 1977-1978

    Philip William Hickey
    In the spring of 1977, Mike Teitelman and Tuck Ganzenmuller proposed a change in my schedule: Mrs. Gorham and I would share two seventh grade English classes.
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  • MEMORIES: 1978-1979

    Philip William Hickey
    I was excited about the new school year for many reasons
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  • MEMORIES: 1979-1980

    Philip William Hickey

    Year four brought a modicum of instability, for I so missed Mrs. Gorham.
     
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  • MEMORIES: 1980-1981

    Philip William Hickey
    After spending the summer reading a curious mixture of classics, mysteries/thrillers, and Greek mythology and visiting Prudence and Fortitude at the New York Public Library, I was “pumped,” as the athletes might say for the school year.
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  • MEMORIES: 1981-1982

    Philip William Hickey
    To the continue the last paragraph, I leapt-- if you want me to type leaped, that’s fine with me; I having a liberal moment.
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  • MEMORIES: 1982-1983

    Philip William Hickey
    Little did I know I was teaching two future winners of the Nancy Nye’39 Priest Alumni Award
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  • MEMORIES: 1983-1984

    Philip William Hickey
    This was the year of Doris Gates, the daughter of a mother with a degree in classical studies, the librarian who wrote two books on Greek mythology in preparation for a trip to Greece.
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  • MEMORIES: 1984-1985

    Philip William Hickey
    I was worried that if I dropped dead in the middle of a class, I might be remembered for bellowing, “How dare you not know the principal parts of the verbs lie and lay!”
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  • MEMORIES: 1985-1986/SABBATICAL

    Philip William Hickey
    This was the year of living dangerously-- back to school. In this case, studying at Villanova University (I loved the Main Line, the school, and the English department).
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  • MASTER TEACHERS: POST 2002

    Philip William Hickey
    Welcome to Graland School in the twenty-first century and some heartwarming tributes to teachers who have striven to model the spirit and intelligence of Georgia Nelson.  These teachers look at our past, our present, and our future; they are some of the finest teachers.
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  • WELCOME: 2017-2018

    Philip William Hickey
    WELCOME TO THE 2017-2018 BLOG
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  • MASTER TEACHER: LYNN HAWTHORNE (1986-2006)

    Philip William Hickey
    Consider this a mini-series dedicated to MASTER TEACHERS, post-2002.

    These paragraphs written by Christie James on a beloved friend are a wonderful tribute to Lynn Hawthorne, 
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  • MASTER TEACHER: ANDY DODGE

    Philip William Hickey
    Here are Di Nestel’s thoughts on our Mr. Science Guy. This is the one master teacher citation that moved me  the most as I was compiling this particular segment for the school history site. Andy is one heck of an amazing teacher.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: BAMBI MAYO

    Philip William Hickey
    This year I was talking to a kindergartener who was so excited about having Bambi for his PE teacher. I told him I wanted two reasons why he liked her. “She’s nice, and we have fun in class.’Then, he said, “She’s been here so long my dad had her as his teacher when he was in kindergarten.” Certainly, that first reason is an apt evaluation of this wonderful woman who has worked not only at Graland School but also has graced the playing fields at a few other schools for whom she worked.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: DICK KINNEY

    Philip William Hickey
    I doubt if it would surprise anyone at this school that watching people throw and kick on the playing fields of Preisser and Cranmer is not my idea of a good time. Yet, watching Dick work his magic with his soccer and baseball teams has been a privilege, especially when he coached members of the class of 1991. I must stop typing and permit Bambi Mayo to salute her friend and fellow coach:
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  • MASTER TEACHER: LINDA SOLORIO

    Philip William Hickey
    There is a story, somewhat apocryphal, that Mussolini made the trains run on time. However, the phrase “made the trains run on time” is central to any thoughts about how efficiently Linda Solorio runs the Lower Office. She prints, sorts, advises, organizes, staples; she even subs as nurse and classroom monitor. These duties take us only to 9:25 a.m. Imagine the rest of her day.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: LUAYNE LAMBERT

    Philip William Hickey
    Christie James captures with such flair the style and substance of Luayne Lambert, a fine educator.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: PARTHENIA WILLIAMS

    Philip William Hickey
    Parthenia delights in her life as an educator -- more so than many others I have met in my forty-seven years as a teacher. She is our optimistic Annie -- both know the sun will come out tomorrow
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  • MASTER TEACHER: ROCIO ZEILER

    Philip William Hickey
    I wrote this paean in honor of my elegant and smart friend, Rocio Zeiler, a few years ago.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: TODD O'MALLEY

    Philip William Hickey
    Collinus captures well Todd, our trusty go-to guy when our windows won’t open, our doors won’t shut, and our lights keep flickering. Nothing seems to fluster this quiet -- not always -- a kind soul who for almost thirty years has tolerated our wishes with a smile. He is more reliable than all the guys on This Old House.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: CHRISTI JAMES

    Philip William Hickey
    We end our mini-series of Master Teachers: Post 2002 with Parthenia Williams’s moving tribute to Christi James. As I was reading these paragraphs this afternoon, Carly Simon’s words, “Nobody does it better” raced through my mind. A relevant line to describe the writer and the recipient. Read on.
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  • VICTOR CHAYET REMEMBERS RUSS BISSELL

    Philip William Hickey
    "Twas the Day of the Test"
    This poem written by Victor Chayet’ 81 delighted me when I read in 1978. It’s a gracious and gentle tribute to Victor’s Middle School English teacher and a wonderful way to end our journey of almost two years through Graland history from its founding until 2002. More than two hundred postings later -- and editing waiting in the wings, I post my final “column” in the series the school has labeled “Graland History According to Mr. Hickey.” I am devoting the rest of my days here to proofreading and tying up some loose ends in the archives. I have asked a colleague writing under the pseudonym Gil Blas to write some important Master Teacher updates in May and early June for me. Gil will be the amanuensis to my verbal rambles over coffee;  think of me as James Patterson and him as a Patterson collaborator.
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  • QUERIES, QUANDRIES, AND QUESTS IN THE ARCHIVES

    Philip William Hickey
    In the last year, I have answered many questions about my position as an archivist. Just in case anyone might be wondering, here are my answers.
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  • GOODBYE, ALL!

    Philip William Hickey
    My teaching career began in Philadelphia on January 7, 1969; my teaching career ends in Denver on June 8, 2018.
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  • POEM: ITHACA (ITHAKA)

    Philip William Hickey
    In my letter published in the Graland “Headlines,” I alluded to my “setting out for  my Ithaca.” If I were to give a speech on my last day at Graland School, I would pilfer Kelly Gaudet’s autographed copy of The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and read a poem-- I shall spare you. This poem is so important to me I have asked a former student to read this poem at my funeral.
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  • ALUMNI REUNION MEMORIES: 2018

    CLASSES OF 1983 AND 1998
    These memories came from members of the class of 1983 and 1998, both of whom are milestone classes.
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  • HISTORY IS EVERYWHERE

    Philip William Hickey
    Graland history is not two books lovingly chronicled by Mrs. Gorham and Ms. Fetter; Graland history is not the peripatetic ramblings I post on Facebook and the Graland website; Graland history is not just a bunch of “stuff” that could possibly careen out of the Graland greenfiling cabinets in the basement of the Georgia Nelson building.

    If you look carefully around our school, you will find history almost everywhere you look. Take a half-day off and tour the campus or spend two hours with me -- I can walk fast. Every plaque has a history; every building has a history. Permit a mere glimpse into some of the school’s history that awaits you.
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  • THE FIRST THESAURUS: THE DEDICATION

    Philip William Hickey
    As I thumbing through yearbooks last Friday, I found myself reading some yearbook dedications. This particular dedication moved me, for it was a dedication to the first three Heads of School.
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  • GEORGIA NELSON SPEAKS

    Philip William Hickey

    A fitting quote as we congregate for our first faculty meeting of the school year.
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  • JUST WHO WAS GEORGIA NELSON?

    Philip William Hickey
    Miss Nelson was a demanding teacher. She expected the best from each student. But I hasten to point out that she also recognized that the best from one student was not necessarily the best from another. Each of us had to continually strive to do the very best that we could. For Miss Nelson, the most important part of an education was for children to understand how to learn and more important, how to learn.
     
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  • RUTH GORHAM REMEMBERS CHET PREISSER

    Philip William Hickey

    On July 16, 1982, Chet Preisser died from a heart attack. Ruth Gorham, his friend and his colleague, penned this touching tribute for the Graland community.
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  • THE EARLY DAYS: A SHORT HISTORY

    Philip William Hickey
    I  have started reading A Medical Gentlemen, a book that highlights the life of Dr. James Waring, a rather famous name in the history of this school.
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  • GRALAND'S EARLY YEARS: BEYOND THE THREE R'S

    Philip William Hickey
    At Graland, the three R’s included a study of history, for “the study of a country often correlated with all the other subjects such as art, music, English composition, literature, geography, and drama."
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  • GRALAND'S EARLY YEARS: CRAFT AND ART

    Philip William Hickey
    The Permanent Art Collection, the Spring Art Show, and numerous other displays throughout the year are a reminder about our talented art teachers and the equally talented youngsters who love art almost as much as recess and lunch.
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  • GRALAND'S EARLY YEARS: DRAMA

    Philip William Hickey
    Let’s us move beyond history and the three R’s and speak to the importance of music, art, drama, foreign language, and shop.
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  • GRALAND'S EARLY YEARS: MUSIC

    Philip William Hickey
     
    One of my favorite memories of the old Georgia Nelson building was sitting on the stairs near the music room and listening to the students practicing for the Thanksgiving assembly and the Christmas pageant.
     
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  • GRALAND'S EARLY YEARS: PHYSICAL EDUCATION/ PART ONE

    Philip William Hickey
    The great Chet Preisser will wow you with his memories of physical education at the school
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  • GRALAND'S EARLY YEARS: PHYSICAL EDUCATION/ PART TWO

    Philip William Hickey
    I have always described myself as athletic as a corpse. I did try my best; my best was feeble.
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  • GRALAND'S EARLY YEARS: SCIENCE

    Philip William Hickey
    I restrict my memory of science to the Gates Science building which was my favorite building at the school.
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  • GRALAND'S EARLY YEARS: SHOP/ PART ONE

    Philip William Hickey
    When I came to Graland, the Shop was a thriving class with Charlie Wilkinson -- with many bookcases and sometimes tables and even chairs made in the shop.
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  • GRALAND'S EARLY YEARS: SHOP/PART TWO

    Philip William Hickey
    Mr. Preisser shares many other memories of his beloved shop.
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  • GRALAND'S EARLY YEARS: WORLD/FOREIGN LANGUAGE

    Philip William Hickey
    When I came to Graland , the study of French was synonymous with the name Colette Guiberteau, a legend worthy of that name.
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  • HAPPY FORTIETH BIRTHDAY, GRALAND!

    Philip William Hickey
    The Certificate of Incorporation written by Henry Toll, Sr., was filed for Graland School on July 23, 1927. 
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  • LET'S CELEBRATE GRALAND'S FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY!

    Philip William Hickey
    BACK TO THE 20'S
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  • EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    Philip W Hickey
    Today, we think of such extra activities as a given in the Middle School.
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  • SCHOOL TRIPS

    Philip William Hickey
    Upon first gazing at the dirt roads and the lackluster vegetation as the van passed a sign “welcoming” a van driven by Glenna Kelly, ten seventh graders, and one hapless non-camper/passenger wearing a button-down dress shirt and khaki pants (yes, topsiders as well), there was a howl emanating from the van. “Stop, the van!”
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  • THE SOUTHWEST TRIP: PART ONE

    Philip William Hickey
    “They’re looking out those little black doors. I can just feel their eyes on my back, “ said one sixth grader as he looked over his shoulder to the village of Keet Seel sheltered on its high shelf in the largest cave of the Southwest. They were the ghosts of the Anasazis who lived in Kent Seel.”
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  • THE SOUTHWEST TRIP: PART TWO

    Philip William Hickey
    Let’s continue Mrs. Priest’s thoughts. .
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  • ALUMNI REMEMBER: PART ONE

    Philip William Hickey
    I do not know the source of this quote, “I want these students to be able to say when they leave me. I am a worthwhile person; I deserve a place on this earth; I am successful; I am ready for what the world throws at me, today or tomorrow.”
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  • ALUMNI REMEMBER: PART TWO

    Philip William Hickey
    More memories from our alumni.
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  • ARTHUR KENT REMEMBERS: PART ONE

    Philip William Hickey
    I never met Arthur Kent, the man who brought Latin to Graland School in 1950; I was fortunate enough to meet his son and daughter in 1998 when they came to the first Master Teachers’ reception in the old Graland cafeteria.
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  • ARTHUR KENT REMEMBERS: PART TWO

    Philip William Hickey
    Mr. Kent’s recalls his years at Graland.
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  • FORMER GRALAND TEACHERS REMEMBER

    Philip William Hickey
    More thoughts from others.
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  • PAST PARENTS REMEMBER GRALAND: PART ONE

    Philip William Hickey
    It is time for former Graland parents to praise this school. In Mrs. Gorham’s book celebrating the country day school at 30 Birch Street, she excerpted letters parents had written about their children’s experience at the school.
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  • PAST PARENTS REMEMBER GRALAND: PART TWO

    Philip William Hickey
    My original goal was to include five remembrances, but reading the letters ignited in me a desire to share more of these testaments to the school I love.
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  • SPECIAL MEMORY FROM RUTH NUNN STEEL AND BARBARA NUNN CORNISH

    Philip William Hickey
    My favorite alumni memory comes from Ruth Nunn Steel and  Barbara Nunn Cornish.
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  • MIKE TEITELMAN: A SALUTE TO GRALAND'S PAST AND ITS FUTURE

    Philip William Hickey
    Here is an excerpt from Mr.Teitelman’s “A Salute to Graland’s Past” which closed the text of Mrs Gorham’s book. 
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  • GRALAND PHILOSOPHY: PART ONE

    Philip William Hickey
    I found this philosophy at the bottom of a box that I might lovingly call a mishmash. I have no idea how to date this document, but I am assuming it was written before the fiftieth birthday celebration and fits into the theme of celebrating the school’s first fifty years.
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  • GRALAND PHILOSOPHY: PART TWO

    Philip William Hickey
    “We believe that knowledge is a tool, and that true wisdom lies in its use. 
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  • HALLOWEEN

    Philip William Hickey
    From Rosemary Fetter’s book, Climb Every Mountain, some thoughts on a treasured tradition, the Halloween parade at Graland:
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  • JOHN COMFORT: PART ONE

    Philip William Hickey
    This summer, I was thumbing through some mystery books I read in high school.
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  • JOHN COMFORT: PART TWO

    Philip William Hickey
    To continue the list of Mr. Comfort's  accomplishments...
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  • GRALAND'S UNGRADED PROGRAM: THE COMFORT YEARS

    Philip William Hickey
    “Never judge a box by its messy contents” has become my mantra in the last few weeks. Often, a box of miscellaneous this and that offers one or two treasures.
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  • JOHN COMFORT: OBITUARY/PART ONE

    Philip William Hickey
    On Thursday, September 18, 2003, Nancy Mitchell of the Rocky Mountain News wrote this lovely tribute about Mr. Comfort
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  • JOHN COMFORT: OBITUARY/PART TWO

    Philip William Hickey
    Nancy Mitchell continues. . .
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  • MEET PAT OLIPHANT

    Philip William Hickey
    Pat Oliphant is a name quite familiar to newspaper junkies who revel in the art of political cartoons. Since 1964, Mr. Oliphant -- as well as Punk, his ever-commenting penguin in the corner -- has been entertaining and educating us for more than fifty years.

     
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  • A GRADUATION SPEECH: 1977/PART ONE

    Philip William Hickey
    The late Donald (Don) Hoagland delivered one of the most powerful, entertaining, and erudite speeches at the Graland graduation on June 8, 1977.
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  • A GRADUATION SPEECH: 1977/PART TWO

    Philip William Hickey
    Let’s look at the final set, the mystery set.
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  • A GRADUATION SPEECH: 1977/PART THREE

    Philip William Hickey
    So, there we have three sets of heroes,
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  • HISTORIAN TOM NOEL ON GRALAND

    Philip William Hickey
    Tom Noel in an article published in the Rocky Mountain News and later in Rosemary Fetter’s book, writes, “Once upon a time, teachers and parents conspired together.They fantasized that children might want to go to school.”
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  • MASTER TEACHER: SHELLEY ANDERSON (1975-1995)

    Philip William Hickey
    .I remember well the three fourth grade teachers: Joanne Reinhoff, Ed Esleeck, and Shelley Anderson (in those days, she was Mrs. Ammons).
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  • MASTER TEACHER: LYNETTE EMERY ( 1955-1980)

    Phiip William Hickey
    Upon entering the cafeteria one day in August of 1976, I heard a most striking, authoritative voice, a voice defining class and intelligence.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: LUDMILA GLASSCOCK (1960-1994)

    Philip William Hickey
    I first met Ludmila Glasscock at an evening meeting of the life education teachers at the school.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: RAY ESLINGER (1951-1981)

    Philip William Hickey
    Ray Eslinger’s official title was Director of Buildings and Maintenance, a term he probably shunned -- and the school used rarely in deference to the man who once told me, “I maintain.”
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  • MASTER TEACHER: LUCILE HOBELMAN (1936-1970)

    Philip William Hickey
    When I came to Graland, Mrs. Hobelman was a part-time tutor who helped students with, I believe, reading and handwriting.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: BERYL MARTINEZ (1959-1983)

    Philip William Hickey
    Beryl Martinez exemplified what I thought a first grade teacher should be-- patient, kind, organized, and knowledgeable
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  • MASTER TEACHER: BONNIE MARVIN (1961-1983)

    Philip William Hickey
    Watching the K and the pre-K kids has always been one of the genuine pleasures of working at Graland School.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: JACK MCKENNA ( 1967-1998)

    Philip William Hickey
    The famous Jack McKenna science reports written by students after their sixth grade field trip to Estes Park are one of the most important parts of our archival collection. 
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  • MASTER TEACHER: SALLY BISBEE (1956-1976)

    Philip William Hickey
    I met Mrs. Bisbee during my interview in 1976.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: BETTY VOSBURGH BRAYSHAW (1945-1977)

    Philip William Hickey
    Mrs. Brayshaw’s obituary states that she “was an innovative pre-kindergarten teacher at Graland Country Day School, Denver, Colorado."
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  • MASTER TEACHER: ARTHUR KENT (1950-1970)

    Philip Hickey
    Robert Romero ’69 was not only a former student of Mr. Kent’s but also a good friend. He wrote and delivered this remembrance in 1998.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: NADINE MILLER (1940-1975)

    Philip William Hickey
    Ben Duke once told me I would have liked Nadine Miller. I don’t recall what he said, but rereading Mr. Comfort’s thoughtful words on her, I am sad that I never met her.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: DAVE RICE (1951-1976)

    Philip William Hickey
    I briefly met Dave Rice on a whirlwind tour of all the buildings on the campus that Tuesday when I arrived for day one of my interview for a position at the school. 
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  • MASTER TEACHER: VIRGINIA WIRTH WIEBENSON (1944-1975)

    Philip William Hickey
    Every year the History department would choose a history book for the recipient of the Virginia Wirth Wiebenson History prize. I never met this legendary teacher, but that prize represented her family’s belief that it was important to acknowledge the sterling contributions of this educator to our school.
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  • INTERLUDE: GRALAND CLASSES EMPHASIZE ENVIRONMENT, LIVING THINGS

    Philip William Hickey
    I am labeling this series an interlude, for the articles represent some pieces I recently unearthed in the corner of a filing cabinet drawer. I consider them slices of Graland life that might interest you, dear alumni and Graland friends.

    The first comes from an issue of the Denver Post from February 25, 1970. Those of you who studied science with Mr. McKenna will not be surprised by its content.
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  • INTERLUDE: JACK MCKENNA IN THE NEWS/ THE YELLOWSTONE FIRES IN 1989

    Philip William Hickey
    In December, I began this “tribute” to Jack McKenna with an article published almost twenty years earlier than the one quoted below. Well, in 1989, Jack was still asking his students to react to environmental issues. All his former students know that Jack’s classroom was everywhere.
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  • INTERLUDE: RANDY-MICHAEL TESTA/ A TEACHER'S REFLECTION

    Philip William Hickey
    This is a column Randy Testa, a former Graland teacher, wrote for the Rocky Mountain News.
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  • INTERLUDE: ROBERT ROMERO/A GRALAND SUCCESS SYMBOL

    Philip William Hickey
    In 1975 the Rocky Mountain News published an article on Robert (Bobby) Romero. I found this article a few weeks ago-- another example of the unexpected delights I have discovered in the archive den in the basement of the Georgia Nelson Bldg.
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  • INTERLUDE: JOSH COBB ATTENDS AN ALUMNI REUNION IN LOS ANGELES

    Philip William Hickey
    Here is an excerpt from a letter Josh Cobb wrote the faculty and staff after Kristin Weber and he met some alumni at a restaurant in Los Angeles on January 22, 2018
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  • INTERLUDE: ELLIOT RUTHERFORD '19 ON PAM BENT

    Philip William Hickey
    School history is featuring a biography written by Elliot Rutherford ‘19 on Pam Bent, a former Graland PE teacher and coach who also worked at St. Anne’s Episcopal School and St. Mary’s Academy. If Graland had an honorary Master Teachers’ Wall, Pam would be one of my choices. She was a woman whose honesty, talent, integrity, and athletic prowess all of us applauded. We miss her.
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  • INTERLUDE: TOM RICE ON THE OWLS AND THE EAGLES

    Philip William Hickey
    Today, I happily give the “stage” to Tom Rice who offers some thoughts on how the Graland mascot, the Eagles, replaced the Owls, the mascot I cherish.
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  • THE GRALAND GOURMET: MARGE GOLSON

    Philip William Hickey
    Marge Golson was the cook in the former Graland kitchen when I started in August of 1976. She disliked the word chef or cateress.
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  • THE GRALAND GOURMET: PAM BEARDSLEY

    Philip William Hickey
    Pam Beardsley, mother of Nina ’76 Itin; Woody(George)’78; Deli (Adele)’82 Haynes; and Duke (Richard)‘85, offered her Nutty Chicken Recipe to the cookbook ladies who lovingly assembled and typed the TGG. Mrs. Beardsley is a former Graland grandparent; Gigi, her granddaughter graduated in 2017.
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  • THE GRALAND GOURMET: LYNETTE EMERY

    Philip William Hickey
    Lynette Emery, former Graland parent and art teacher, shared her recipe for cranberry bread, always a winter favorite.
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  • THE GRALAND GOURMET: COLETTE REYNDERS

    Philip William Hickey
    Colette Reynders, former Graland parent and French teacher, shares her famous Carbonnades Flamandes (Flemish Beer Stew). I tasted this in 1977 and loved it.
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  • THE GRALAND GOURMET: JANE SANDERS

    Philip William Hickey
    This recipe comes from Jane Sanders, former Graland parent and an irreplaceable jack of many trades in our Business Office when her husband, Larry Sanders, was the Business Manager.
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  • THE GRALAND GOURMET: SNOOKY CLAUSSEN

    Philip William Hickey
    We begin our special series with a recipe from the late Lorraine “Snooky” Claussen, one of Graland’s most beloved parent volunteers.
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  • THE GRALAND GOURMET: CHARLOTTE HARPER

    Philip William Hickey
    There were many tiny classrooms in the old Georgia Nelson Building. Charlotte Harper, a wonderful French teacher and a friend, was one of those stalwarts who managed to “get the job done,” despite the minuscule classroom -- it was adjacent to the language lab.

    Charlotte, a gourmet cook, shared one of her specialties, Soupe Aux Lentilles, for The Graland Gourmet:

     
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  • THE GRALAND GOURMET: FRAN CORSELLO

    Philip William Hickey
    Fran Corsello, mother of Graland graduates, Andy’82 and Jack’80, provided her Fish Stew recipe for the cookbook.
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  • THE GRALAND GOURMET: ANNE RICKENBAUGH AND GREG KINTZELE

    Philip William Hickey
    Let’s spend one more day with our young cooks.
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  • THE GRALAND GOURMET: STEVE BAIN AND JOANNA HAMBIDGE

    Philip William Hickey
    I am devoting this segment of the GG to recipes provided by Graland students.
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  • BYTES: THE GRALAND FAMILY COOKBOOK

    BYTES: THE GRALAND FAMILY COOKBOOK
     
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  • BYTES: APPLE TART

    Philip William Hickey
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  • BYTES: CABERNET POT ROAST

    Philip William Hickey
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  • BYTES: CREAM OF SALSA SOUP

    Philip William Hickey
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  • BYTES: EGGPLANT CAPONATA

    Philip William Hickey
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  • BYTES: FLORENTINE SOUP

    Philip William Hickey
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  • BYTES: LASAGNA PIE

    Philip William Hickey
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  • BYTES: LEMON CHICKEN AND POTATOES

    Philip William Hickey
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  • BYTES: PARSNIP SOUP

    Phillip William Hickey
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  • BYTES: PORK TENDERLOIN WITH HAZELNUTS

    Philip William Hickey
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  • BYTES: SPICE CAKE

    Philip William Hickey
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  • BYTES: STEAMED RED SNAPPER

    Philip William Hickey
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  • BYTES: STIR FRY SHRIMP AND PINEAPPLE

    Philip William Hickey
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  • BYTES: STUFFED ACORN SQUASH

    Philip William Hickey
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  • BYTES: SWEET VERMICELLI CAKE

    Philip William Hickey
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  • BYTES: VEAL (OR BEEF) WITH PEPPER SAUCE

    Philip William Hickey
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  • GRALAND IN THE 80'S

    Philip William Hickey
    Both Judy Proctor and I described the 80’s as the Golden Age. Out of respect for Georgia Nelson and her pioneering faculty, a more modest and respectful comment might have been, “It was the second Golden Age of Graland.” Maybe, even the third Golden Age, for John Comfort implemented many changes I outlined in previous school history postings.***
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  • GRALAND IN THE 90'S

    Philip William Hickey
    I think of the 90’s as the era of change-- much of which was a necessity for the school to prosper.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: JUDY PROCTOR (1979- 2005)

    Philip William Hickey
    When I think about Nurse Judy, I rely on Rousseau’s words: “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?”
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  • MASTER TEACHER: VIRGINIA MAURICE (1979-1999)

    Philip William Hickey
    Virginia’s smile and happy greeting endeared her to all. The students, especially the Lower School students, worshipped her.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: CAROL ALTMAN (1981-2001)

    Philip William Hickey
    French was the first foreign language offered at Graland. When Carol Altman came to Graland, she continued a tradition of excellence begun by Barbara Kobler Nunn, Lucie Gay, Mary Dart, and Madame Avaert -- and later the team of Charlotte Guiberteau and Charlotte Harper.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: MARILYN FOSTER (1981-2001)

    Philip William Hickey
    Marilyn, named Yummy by Nicole, her niece, epitomized the definition of ubiquitous. In her years as Director of Special Events and Publications, she made all the “trains” run on time.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: MAUREEN COMI (1981-2002)

    Philip William Hickey
    With elan and diligence, Maureen pursued all her positions at the school. As an administrative assistant and the school’s registrar, Maureen added so much to the school’s climate; to all her positions, she brought the efficiency of Susie MacNamara.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: ANDREAN ANDRUS (1982 -)

    Philip William Hickey
    A glance at Andrean’s art room could easily evolve into a three-hour scrutiny at everything in her room. It is a homage to baubles, bangles, beads and even bibelot--not to mention a rusty typewriter I covet.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: KAY HANSON (1982-2014)

    Philip William Hickey
    In my forty years at Graland, no one has been as revered by the faculty, parents, and students as much as Kay Hanson. Stan Stockdale’s thoughts on Kay serve as a tribute to this lady’s importance to the lives of those who know her.
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  • BUDDY PROGRAM

    Philip William Hickey
    The buddy program is not new -- it began in the early 1980’s and is still is an essential part of the school’s goal of community building.
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  • EIGHTH GRADE CARNIVAL

    Philip William Hickey
    My first Graland carnival in 1977 was not called the eighth-grade carnival.
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  • FIFTH GRADE KNIGHTING

    Philip William Hickey
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  • FOURTH GRADE OLYMPICS

    Philip William Hickey
    Does it surprise anyone that it was Georgia Nelson who brought the fourth grade Olympics to the school?
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  • PERMANENT ART COLLECTION

    Philip William Hickey
    One of the most impressive all-school assemblies is the Permanent Art Collection assembly every fall. Like the Spring Art Show, it salutes our students who flourish under the guidance of our art teachers, currently Andrean Andrus, Andrea Crane, and Cathy Naughton.
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  • SECOND GRADE BIOGRAPHY TEA

    Philip William Hickey
    This is one of the most memorable events in the lives of the Lower School students.
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  • SERVICE LEARNING

    Philip William Hickey
    Giving back has always been a powerful way of the school expressing its mission of nurturing and graduating students who are socially conscious human beings.
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  • THE FOURTH GRADE MUSICAL

    Philip William Hickey
    Parthenia Williams has on her famous bulletin board the fourth-grade musical programs she saved during her years as a fourth-grade teacher.
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  • THE GATES INNOVATION INVENTION SCIENCE COMPETITION

    Philip William Hickey
    On December 18, 1998, Charles C. Gates ‘34 graciously gave our school a one-million dollar donation to establish the GIISC. It has become a tradition and a remarkable way for our fifth to eighth graders (also ninth graders until the school canceled the ninth grade program).
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  • THE GREEN AND WHITE COMPETITION

    Philip William Hickey
    I suspect that Mrs. Andrus, Ms. Kosal, and I are the only current faculty members who recall the green and white competition.
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  • THE THIRD GRADE RENDEZVOUS

    Philip William Hickey
    One of the treasured events of the Georgia Nelson years was Pioneer Day. Rosemary Fetter writing about the Third Grade Rendezvous thought it could be a distant cousin of Pioneer Day.
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  • TRIP: SIXTH GRADE TRIP TO ESTES PARK

    Philip William Hickey
    I was digging through boxes in the archives looking for some materials that alumni might enjoy for the Alumni Reunion in May. Lo and behold, I found one of the sixth-grade science reports written by Nalini Philipose ‘84 Anand. Therefore, it is fitting as I look at my to-do list for this evening that the sixth-grade trip and Mr. McKenna are one of my scribblings for school history this evening.
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  • TRIP: SOUTHWEST TRIP/GRADE SIX

    Philip William Hickey
    Last year, I devoted one long entry to the sixth grade Southwest trip which remains an important part of the sixth graders’ experience. I did not plan on mentioning the trip this year, but my discovering a quote from Nurse Judy Proctor changed my mind.
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  • TRIP: TAOS AND SANTA FE/ GRADE NINE

    Philip William Hickey
    Both Tom Rice and Scott Cowperthwaite ’82 fondly recall this trip and must take center stage as our guides for this segment of school history.
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  • TRIP: WASHINGTON D.C./NINTH GRADE

    Philip William Hickey
    I often refer to Tom Rice as Sir Thomas of Aurora, for like the famous Knights of the Round Table, he is one of the legends worthy of that moniker -- especially in the light of his participating in so many school trips: Cripple Creek, Leadville, the Southwest, the winter excursion to Keystone, Taos, and . . . Washington, D.C. Somehow, he missed Marble and the Grasslands -- or maybe, he was there.
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  • TRIPS: THE CREEDE TRIP/ GRADE EIGHT

    Philip William Hickey
    For many years in the fall, the eighth graders traveled to Cripple Creek-Leadville. The trip complemented the students’ study of Colorado history. Later, as Cripple Creek metamorphosed into a gambling town, the eighth-grade team voted to change the trip and travel to Creede.
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  • TRIPS: THE KEYSTONE TRIP/GRADE SEVEN

    Philip William Hickey
    After the school discontinued the Grasslands and the Marble trips, John Kuntz and Jack McKenna created a winter trip.
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  • WELCOME: 2016-2017

    Philip William Hickey
    I must thank, the late Ruth Gorham and Rosemary Fetter for writing their histories of this school.
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  • GRALAND'S EARLY DAYS

    Philip William Hickey
    GRALAND'S EARLY DAYS

    Remarks by Henry W. Toll at the
    First  Annual  Parents' Dinner
    March 20, 1958
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  • GRACE LAIRD

    Philip William Hickey
    Grace Laird

    I have always been fascinated about, Grace Laird and Virginia Braswell, the ladies who began the Graland story in 1924 -- however, that was not the name of the school until 1928.
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  • MRS. VERNER Z. REED

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    Thanks to the beneficence of Mrs. Verner Z. Reed, as well as the  hard work of the founding mothers...
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  • GRALAND: A COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    From Ruth Gorham’s book:
     
    “It was well named Graland Country Day School, for it really was the country.
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  • FALL OF 1928

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    In the fall of 1928, Graland School opened its doors to ninety-four children, grades K-5.
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  • ONCE UPON A TIME

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    The “Once Upon a Time” mentioned in the previous post began in 1924.
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  • GEORGIA NELSON/PART ONE

    Philip William Hickey
    Georgia Nelson/ Part One

    There are three pictures of Miss Nelson in the Georgia Nelson building -- that’s how important she was to the history of the school! There are two framed pictures on the Master Teachers’  Wall and one rather elegant portrait.
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  • GEORGIA NELSON/ PART TWO

    Philip William Hickey
    Georgia Nelson/ Part Two

    More plaudits for Miss Nelson:

    “She was a genius.” --John Comfort, former Headmaster, Interim Head of School, and Interim Upper School Head.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: GEORGIA NELSON/ PART THREE (1927- 1960 and 1963-1964)

    Philip William Hickey
    Georgia Nelson/ Part Three

    Nancy Nye Priest ‘39 was not only a student when Georgia Nelson was our Head of School but also a faculty member. Since I had the privilege of working with Nancy, a living legend in the truest sense, her paragraphs on Miss Nelson move me the most:
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  • GEORGIA NELSON/ PART FOUR

    Philip William Hickey
    Georgia Nelson/ Part Four

    Two tidbits. . . as always with gratitude to the ladies who compiled the school’s history for the 50th and 75th anniversary celebrations.
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  • GEORGIA NELSON’S LETTER TO THE FUTURE

    Philip William Hickey
    GEORGIA NELSON’S LETTER TO THE FUTURE
    READ AT THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION


    Dear Students,
     
    I write this with the intent that these words be shared many years hence
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  • MASTER TEACHER: GENEVIEVE JONES( 1927-1972)/ PART ONE

    Philip William Hickey
    The Early Years: Genevieve Jones/ Part One

    In 1974, the aging building** that the Corkins Center replaced was dedicated and named the Genevieve Jones Building in honor of a lovely woman who taught at the school from 1927-1972. 
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  • MASTER TEACHER: GENEVIEVE JONES: PART TWO

    Philip William Hickey
    The Early Years:  Genevieve Jones/Part Two

    Beryl Martinez penned this remembrance of Miss Jones:

     
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  • MASTER TEACHER: BARBARA KOBLER NUNN (1928-1965)

    Philip William Hickey
    The Early Years: Barbara Kobler Nunn

    Barbara Kobler Nunn began her career at Graland in 1928. For thirty-seven years, she devoted her heart and soul to this glorious profession. 
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  • GRALAND BULLETIN: 1929/PART ONE

    Philip William Hickey
    Part One: an excerpt from a bulletin distributed in 1929

    I love reading about the beginnings of Graland School. This is a three part series about Graland in 1929--  an excerpt from a bulletin distributed that year,
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  • GRALAND BULLETIN: 1929/PART TWO

    Philip William Hickey
    Part Two: an excerpt from a bulletin distributed in 1929

    “These parents can tell how their children read, write, do long division, talk French; how they discuss geography and current events; how they plane boards and drive nails and paint things.
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  • GRALAND BULLETIN: 1929/PART THREE

    Phil Hickey
    Part Three: General Information from the 1929 bulletin

    “Graland Country Day School consists of a kindergarten and six grades. There is a plan to continue into junior high school beginning with the seventh grade.
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  • GEORGE CRANMER

    Philip William Hickey
    George Cranmer

    Rosemary Fetter in her book about our school recounted the history of the Cranmer house -- some might use the word mansion:
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  • GEORGIA NELSON'S KINDNESS

    Philip William Hickey
    Georgia Nelson's Kindness
     
    According to Katie Dodge, after her youngest child’s first year at Graland, she found she could no longer afford the tuition. 
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  • HAZEL GATES AND THE DONKEYS

    Philip William Hickey
    Hazel Gates and the Donkeys

    As I mentioned in my answer to the trivia question, Hazel Gates did present to the school two donkeys she had purchased on a vacation in Sicily.
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  • HILLTOP AND GRALAND SCHOOL

    Philip William Hickey
    Hilltop and Graland School

    In her book on Graland, Rosemary Fetter described our school as “the ideal setting” and tied together our history with the history of Hilltop:
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  • HILLTOP, CRANMER, AND GRALAND SCHOOL

    Phil Hickey
    Hilltop, Cranmer and Graland

    We love Cranmer Park, but the man for whom the park was named did not always love us.
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  • NANCY NYE PRIEST ON HER FIRST VISIT TO GRALAND

    Philip William Hickey
    Nancy Nye Priest on her first visit to Graland

    “My mother thought she needed to send me to a more challenging school because she was afraid I’d get into trouble in a regular school. 
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  • OUTDOOR SKATING RINK

    Philip William Hickey
    Our Outdoor Skating Rink

    Yep, we had one. I don’t mean the wading pool constructed, I believe, by Chet Preisser.
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  • THOMAS HORNSBY FERILL/PART ONE

    Philip William Hickey
    A simple piece of Graland history

    Thomas Hornsby Ferril, a Colorado poet laureate, designed Graland’s first letterhead. It is  simple, yet elegant: a faint glimpse of a mountain peak, the word Graland, and in small (not capitalized) letters, country day school in line two, and denver, colorado in line three.
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  • THOMAS HORNSBY FERRIL/PART TWO

    Phil Hickey
    Thomas Hornsby Ferril/Part Two

    In a previous entry, I mentioned Mr. Ferril who designed the first letterhead for Graland.
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  • ALLEN TUPPER TRUE MURALS

    Philip William Hickey
    Allen Tupper True Murals

    I am so grateful that Rosemary Fetter wrote about the Allen Tupper True murals. I had heard from Ruth Gorham about them. Mrs. Fetter even includes in her book the story behind the “missing murals.”
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  • MASTER TEACHER: CHET PREISSER (1928-1971)

    Philip William Hickey
    I am not finished introducing you to Chet Preisser. Here are some kind words written by Gurnee Munn’ 64 and Ben Duke’ 68 for the Master Teachers’ Reception in 1998:

    “ In 1928, when Chester Preisser started his teaching career at Graland, it was a one-building school on the eastern plains of Denver. . .
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  • GREAT PUMPKIN HUNT

    Philip William Hickey
    The Great Pumpkin Hunt

    My first thought upon my return to school on Saturday was just a name: Chet Preisser. 
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  • THAT DARN DONKEY

    Philip William Hickey
    That Darn Donkey

    A funny anecdote from Rosemary Fetter’s CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN: THE STORY OF GRALAND COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL.
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  • CHET PREISSER AND THE GRALAND CIRCUS

    Philip William Hickey
    The Graland Circus/ Another reason to honor Mr. Preisser

    An Excerpt from Rosemary Fetter’s book:

    “ The first Graland Circus was held on March 21, 1929, the year after the new school was built  
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  • MARIONETTE THEATRE

    Philip William Hickey
    The Historical Marionette Theatre

    One of the most wonderful memories of Graland graduates even older than I is the Marionette Theatre.
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  • HISTORY: PART OF THE 3R'S

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    “Graland has always emphasized the importance of history. Classrooms more than sixty years years ago would feature a timeline of world events."
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  • MISS NELSON'S RETIREMENT SCRAPBOOK

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    In the archival display in the Corkins Center is a large scrapbook that contains letters written by former students to Georgia Nelson when she retired.
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  • PIONEER DAY

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    Let’s revisit special days at Graland School. As always, with thanks to Mrs. Gorham.
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  • SPECIAL DAYS

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    Since Halloween looms, spending some time on Graland’s special days during its early days might be informative and even -gasp! --fun.
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  • SPECIAL DAYS: PART TWO

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    More on the special days -- from Ruth Gorham. “December was a fantastic month..."
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  • SPECIAL DAYS: PART THREE

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    The last of Mrs. Gorham’s thoughts on the school’s Special Days:
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  • ALUMNI COMMENTS ON THEIR GRALAND EDUCATION

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    When Mrs. Gorham was writing her book, she asked alumni, manyof whom were her former students, to comment on their education.
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  • CHET, THE OWL/CIRCA 1973

    Philip William Hickey
    Chet, the Owl/circa 1973

    The following is an excerpt from a fundraising brochure. At that time, Harley Higbie was the chair of our Board. 
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  • "NON NOBIS, DOMINE"

    Philip William Hickey
    "Non Nobis, Domine"

    For many years “Non Nobis, Domine” was sung at graduation. Since there is a paucity of  graduation programs from the early days, I have no idea when the school began this tradition; however, in 1991, the song disappeared from the Graland graduation.
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  • "OLD" UPPER SCHOOL BUILDING. . .

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    More on the school's history. . .

    As I was listing the Heads of School/Headmasters since 1927, I thought about the old Upper School, one of my favorite buildings on campus
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  • CELBRATING GRALAND'S 75TH ANNIVERSARY

    Philip William Hickey
    What Graland Country Day School Means to Me. . .

    These comments were collected in 2002 and featured in the program for the 75th anniversary celebration on October 19, 2002.
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  • CHET PREISSER ON THE GRALAND OWL

    Philip William Hickey
    Note from Chet Preisser about Chet, the Owl

    “I am flattered that the kids have named their own after me. 
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  • CHRISTMAS PAGEANT:PART ONE

    Philip William Hickey
    The Christmas Pageant/Part One

    Perhaps, the Christmas Pageant was politically incorrect, a somewhat frivolous expense, for one hour of holiday thrills, but this event was THE most wonderful time of the year.
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  • CHRISTMAS PAGEANT:PART TWO

    Philip William Hickey
    The Christmas Pageant/Part II

    From Ms.. Fetter’s book written in celebration of the school’s 75th anniversary
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  • GATES SCIENCE BUILDING

    Philip William Hickey
    The Gates Science Building

    In 1961, the Gates Science Building opened its doors to our science classes, among other disciplines. 
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  • GRALAND LIBRARY

    Philip William Hickey
    The Library

    Even more than my beloved Gates, my favorite place at the school was the former Graland library.
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  • GRALAND SHIELD: A LITTLE BIT OF ITS HISTORY

    Philip William Hickey
    A bit of history about the Graland shield. 

    With thanks to Rosemary Fetter:

    “During the early 1970’s, Graland adopted its crest with the motto: ASCENDE OMNEM MONTEM  or CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN."
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  • GRALAND SONGS

    Philip William Hickey
    GRALAND SONGS

    “The Graland Song” /written by Daniel Fee’ 64
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  • FRED LOCKE: HEAD OF SCHOOL

    Philip William Hickey
    Fred Locke

    Fred Locke served as our second Head of School from 1960-1963. Neither book on Graland contains details on this man’s tenure at Graland. 
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  • HEADS OF SCHOOL: A LIST

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    In answer to a question posed on a Friday. . .  Yes, I can name all our Heads of School since 1927.
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  • HEADS OF THE UPPER SCHOOL

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    In one posting,  you read the names of all the Heads of School. Since Josh will be leaving as Head of Middle School in June, I thought it might be fun to make another list.
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  • DIVISION HEADS: US PLUS

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    Another list came to mind as I was attending a Middle School meeting yesterday afternoon with John Faubert and Rhys Brennan, our consultants from Carney Sandoe. The “talking points” raised by colleagues and these gentlemen were often perceptive and refreshingly honest.
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  • THOSE WHO SERVE: THE THIRTY PLUS CLUB

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    This week a few sixth graders asked me how old I was when they heard some seventh graders wishing me a happy birthday. UPDATED/ JANUARY 25, 2018
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  • NANCY NYE PRIEST ALUMNI AWARD

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    A few days ago, a new teacher stopped me and asked a question about the plaques adjacent to Robin Morris’s current office. Needless to say, this is was a easy question for me to answer; later, a simple thought crept into my mind: why not devote two postings to these wonderful alumni prizes?
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  • MASTER TEACHER: NANCY PRIEST (1951-1995)

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    It is now time for me to take a back seat and introduce you to John Caulkins ‘81 who wrote the following to honor Mrs. Priest at the Master Teachers’ salute in 1998:
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  • VIDEO: NANCY NYE PRIEST

    Philip William Hickey
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  • RUTH GORHAM ALUMNI AWARD

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    The Ruth Gorham Alumni Award is presented each year to a member of the alumni community whose dedication and service to Graland exemplify Ruth Gorham’s lifelong commitment to the school.
     
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  • MASTER TEACHER: RUTH GORHAM (1930-1992)

    Philip William Hickey
    My first few years at Graland School were -- to be kind -- a cross between rolling a darn boulder up a hill and cleaning the infamous Augean stables.
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  • RUTH GORHAM: KUDOS FROM FORMER STUDENTS

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    “Ruth Gorham’s teaching ability was surpassed only by her sense of humor, patience, and inner grace.” Missy Eliot ’76
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  • RUTH GORHAM ALUMNI AWARD: JUNE 2, 2017

    Philip W Hickey
    Last June, the Alumni Board presented me with the Ruth Gorham Alumni Award -- the icing on my carrot cake, for I worshipped Mrs. Gorham, my mentor, my guiding light. Also,  I am now a honorary member of the class of 1981. Two honors in one night.
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  • MASTER TEACHERS' WALL

    Phil Hickey
    Last night before I grabbed my murder mystery set in Newport, Rhode Island, I read an article on SULLY in which the author connected thoughts of heroism and just doing everything right with the current election.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: GENEVIEVE JONES (1927-1972)

    Philip William Hickey
    An excerpt from Mrs. Gorham’s book:
     
    “For many years, Genevieve Jones taught rhythm classes to both boys and girls from kindergarten through sixth grade. . .
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  • MASTER TEACHER: KATIE DODGE (1956-1988)

    Philip William Hickey
    Back to the Master Teachers’ Wall and Katie Dodge who served as the school’s librarian from 1956-1988.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: COLETTE GUIBERTEAU (1957-1986)

    Philip William Hickey
    Since I am sitting next to a French teacher in a study hall, I decided to begin our introduction to some of our master teachers with a French teacher, certainly a lady identified with the study of French at this school: Colette Guiberteau (1957-1986)
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  • MASTER TEACHER: BERNICE RODGERS (1976-2000)

    Philip William Hickey
    Let’s talk about the power behind the throne -- Bernice Rodgers.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: TOM RICE (1977-2010)

    Philip William Hickey
    Tom Rice

    Even though Tom Rice did retire, he is always with us: trusty morning and afternoon bus driver, reliable sub, cheerful presence at lunches, and the omnipresent repository of Graland stories -- he checks my memory and adds numerous details I have forgotten.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: DENNIS GRIEBEL (1977-2001)

    Philip William Hickey
    Dennis Griebel

    Dennis was a very special teacher at Graland School: only Dennis could coax me, Mr. Indoors, to cross a narrow ledge hanging onto a rope overlooking a raging river of cold water; 
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  • MASTER TEACHER: CATHY NAUGHTON (1977-PRESENT)

    Philip William Hickey
    Cathy Naughton

    In addition to Robert Romero and Tom Rice, Cathy Naughton joined our faculty in 1977. 
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  • MASTER TEACHER: ROBERT ROMERO' 69 (1977-2017)

    Philip William Hickey
    Robert Romero’ 69

    All of you know Robert Romero, for he remains a presence on this campus, the essence of kindness and professionalism many of us should envy.
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  • NANCYMASTER TEACHER: "CONNIE" ANKELEIN (1975-2000)

    Philip William Hickey
    Nancy “Connie” Ankelein

    Sandwiched between the current playground and the Georgia Nelson building is a  bronze statue of a little girl reading her book, a book whose first line is, “Once Upon a Time.” Many of you have probably passed the statue and wondered about its significance.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: KATHLEEN STOKES (1982-2002)

    Philip William Hickey
    Kathleen Stokes

    “According to Webster, a teacher is ‘one whose occupation is to instruct.’ In the eyes of countless students whose lives you have graced, a teacher is far more than that.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: INARA HUMEYUMPTEWA (1980-2014)

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    The hallmark of a good school is its support staff, the amazing people who “make the trains run on time.” I am thinking of the crackerjack maintenance staff and our beloved secretaries/administrative assistants. In later postings, I shall introduce the “newbies” to Kay Hanson and Ray Esslinger.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: DEBBY CUERDEN (1976-2009)

    Philip William Hickey
    Debby Cuerden

    About two weeks ago, I wrote some thoughts on and excerpted from Mrs. Fetter’s book some of the tributes on Master Teachers who came in 1977.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: MARGARET AKOLT (1977-2004)

    Philip William Hickey
    Margaret Akolt

    Before I excerpt Connie Ankelein’s words on her friend, Margaret Akolt, I must mention two memories: (1) Years ago, Margaret hosted a dinner for the Upper School Search Committee -- she was a member of the committee.
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  • MASTER TEACHER: PHILIP W HICKEY (1976-2018)

    Philip William Hickey
    Philip W. Hickey

    Well, I am the only member of that gang left from 1976.
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  • PHILIP HICKEY: MY PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    Blame my impending old age-- or just my affinity for nostalgia. Special thanks to Mimi McMann, our trusty communications specialist, for asking the faculty to think about our vocation/profession. Since I am a part of the school’s history, I decided to post what I wrote for Mimi-- not trying to be narcissistic, for WE are part of the school’s history.
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  • FAVORITE PLACES: THE TILE WALL

    Philip William Hickey
    Favorite Places: The Tile Wall

    Located in the Georgia Nelson Building, The Quilted Tile Donor Wall, is a place of joy amid the sounds of Lower School children enjoying their lives as they scurry from their classrooms to lunch, art, music, drama, etc. 
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  • THE CORKINS CENTER

    Mr. Phil Hickey
    The Corkins Center will have its grand opening on Wednesday, October 19. If you have not walked through the building, prepare to be impressed, if not awed.
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  • THOUGHTS ON RONNI MCCAFFREY

    Philip W Hickey
    At the of the year, the school honored Ronni McCaffrey's contributions to Graland School.
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  • THOUGHTS ON ROBERT ROMERO

    Philip W Hickey
    In June of this year, Robert Romero retired.
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  • SPEECH: RUTH GORHAM ALUMNI PRIZE

    Philip William Hickey
    The Ruth Gorham prize salutes a woman who devoted her life to Graland, a woman whose service to the school and accomplishments as a teacher, archivist, and the “alma mater” to the alumni will never dim. This award pays tribute to the lady who in so many ineffable ways was the essence of this school, a lady who redefined the importance of commitment to this institution, its teachers, its families, its students.
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The Story of Graland School
As dictated by students to Graland's founding Headmistress Georgia Nelson on May 17, 1928
 
Once upon a time there was a school named Graland School. At first, it was a little school, and it grew and grew bigger every year until the mothers and the fathers decided they would have to build a new school in the country so the children would have more room to play and work in and more sunshine, and a big workshop.

So, one day the children went out to break the ground and help dig a hole for this new school. They went out in cars, and when they got there, they saw the steam shovel take up the dirt, and they dug and they dug in the ground, and the hole is getting deeper and deeper.

The children played in the sand and took off their shoes and had their pictures were taken. Then, they came back to the school, and they hope the new school will be for ready for them in the fall.

History of Graland Presentation

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Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.