Letter from Head of School Lisa Lyle

Now in my 28th year in independent schools, I love the promise of spring, which gives us hope during the long, dark days of winter. As the days get longer and the natural world starts to awaken from its winter slumber, we know that time will fly by. Athletes once again take to the fields, and graduation will soon be right around the corner.

The spring has brought lots of excitement for us here on this 100-acre campus. We are about to end the School’s largest-ever capital campaign, Bold Action: A Campaign for MICDS, which we are delighted to announce has already exceeded its $90 million goal. Bold Action has given our students many wonderful opportunities—from Lower Schoolers swimming in the Steward Family Aquatic Center and William R. Orthwein Sr. Pool to Upper School-wide enrichment activities in Brauer Hall and McDonnell Hall and everything in between. In this issue of MICDS, see how the Campaign has drawn commitment from alumni and donors on a global scale, and how it’s not too late for you to be a part of this historic campaign.

It’s hard to believe our seniors are about to graduate. Next year, they’ll head to some of the most noteworthy colleges and universities in the country where they will continue to pursue their passions—much like Steve Wunsch ‘54 did after graduating from CDS, as you’ll read in this issue’s alumni feature story.

Meanwhile, our students—from the itty bitties in JK to the rising seniors of the Class of 2019—are engaging in extraordinary work. They are diving into robotics, crash-courses in coding, arts symposia, leadership panels and conferences, and they are learning to engage with one another across shared interests and differences. You’ll also see this issue reminds us of the School’s commitment to community service and the invaluable contribution our students and parents make locally, nationally and internationally. These are the skills we hope to cultivate as we fulfill our Mission to prepare thoughtful, courageous and confident leaders for lives of purpose and service.

You may have also already read that this January I announced the end of my tenure as Head of School at MICDS, effective June 30, 2019. The announcement comes with bittersweet emotions: I am both grateful for this incredible community AND looking forward to a new adventure with my husband, David, as he retires. MICDS will conduct a national search for a Head of School who will continue our strategic efforts to live out our bold Mission, and I am confident the School will find a tremendous fit.

As you read this issue of MICDS Magazine, I hope you will learn how the School continues to make good on our promise to prepare each and every child to become his or her best self and to thrive in this world. As I enter my last school year at the end of my third and final contract, I can’t help but think about the ways every member of our vibrant community has contributed to this endeavor.

Thank you for your commitment to MICDS, and blessings on your own adventures, both old and new.


Lisa Lyle