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My daughter attended Buckley Country Day School from K-8th grade where the entire grade never exceeded 36 students and the graduating 8th grade class was 20. Buckley was like a family, with hands-on, unimpeded access between parents and teachers and personal, individual attention given to each student. Understandably therefore, I was somewhat concerned in the year before Shannon went to Schreiber High School, that attending a large, government run educational institution would be impersonal and that the special, individualized attention and one-on-one relationship between students, parents and teachers would be lost. When a friend of mine whose son attended Schreiber, said to me at the time, that Schreiber was like family, I neither believed nor disbelieved his words, but listened to his point.

Now that my daughter is graduating from Schreiber High School, I can say, my friend was right. Schreiber is like family because, despite the much larger student population, Shannon's teachers and guidance counselor extended to her the same great care and concern for her individual, personal well-being and development as we had experienced at Buckley. And throughout her four years at Schreiber, we were always able to have a personal, direct, unimpeded and continuing relationship with her teachers.

Beyond academics, the highest calling of a teacher is to take a deep and genuine interest in each student as a human being, to prepare them for life, elevate them, give them opportunities and leave them a better human being than they were before. This the Schreiber High School family did for our daughter.

There is nothing more precious in the heart of a parent than the love they feel for their children and the concern they have for their well-being. There is, therefore, no thank you more meaningful or more important, than the one a parent extends to others who have enriched their children's lives. On this Father's Day before graduation, it is with a full and grateful heart, that I say to the administrators, staff, teachers and guidance counselors at Schreiber High School, thank you.

Steven M. Schlussel


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