A Message from Head of School Lisa Lyle

The trees are starting to turn, framing beautifully the many new athletic facilities that are now completed: the Holtman Stadium and O’Hara Field, the Steward Family Aquatic Center, William Orthwien Sr. Pool and the Holekamp Track and Field Stadium—all made possible thanks to our generous and loyal donors who have supported Bold Action: A Campaign for MICDS. What fun it will be to host many of the Homecoming contests against Burroughs in these new spaces!

As we look ahead to the year, we are excited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Saint Louis Country Day School, one of our two predecessor schools. Many thanks to Mike Witte ’62 for providing, once again, a provocative illustration for this issue’s cover, which focuses on our CDS Centennial. I want to give another shout-out to Cliff Saxton ’64 for his work on the CDS Centennial feature story. There you’ll learn something new about CDS’s history and traditions, many of which continue to be an integral part of the MICDS experience. You might even spot some familiar faces in the photos—perhaps even your own!

This year our theme is “Purpose,” a word taken directly from our mission statement. As educators, we will seize the opportunity to ask ourselves what we are each called to do in order to make good on our promise to each student to foster the habits of heart and mind—allowing each to become his or her best self while at MICDS. We have invited parents to contemplate their role in this effort as well, encouraging them to read How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims, who served as dean of freshmen at Stanford for decades and knows a thing or two about how children from schools like ours thrive (or don’t) as they reach adulthood. And finally, of our students, we are asking them to grapple with this same concept—encouraging students to reflect on what they can do to become the people they want to be in the world, and what they can do to lead a life of purpose in our community and beyond.

Our Marketing and Communications team has been very busy in recent months. Please be sure to check out and share our admission viewbook, which is produced for prospective families at discovery.micds.org. There you can explore what and who make MICDS so special. I also hope you’re enjoying the redesigned MICDS Magazine with Class Notes as well as the online version at magazine.micds.org with videos and photos galore. And with the refreshed visual rollout, we have now made it easier than ever for you to download and incorporate the MICDS brand identity for your own use, by visiting micds.org/brandresourcecenter. There is also a button on the Portal to access the Brand Resource Center.

As you read, I hope you’ll discover something new about the school today and that you’ll be reminded of all you love about this amazing place!