A Letter from Lisa Lyle

By the time you open this issue of MICDS Magazine, the school year will be more than halfway over. That reality makes me shake my head in disbelief, especially this year as David and I prepare for our move to Zurich, Switzerland.

As you know, Jay Rainey has been selected by the Board of Trustees to serve as Head of School beginning July 1, 2019. Jay brings a wealth of experience in independent schools and beyond, and it has been great fun collaborating as we work to ensure a smooth transition. I have great optimism about MICDS’ future under Jay’s leadership, and I know he will be a wonderful steward of this fine school. I am sure you will enjoy reading more about him in this issue.

The history buffs among you may realize that this fall marked the 100th season of CDS Football. The Rams made their way to the State Championship in Columbia, playing against Ladue in a War on Warson battle! And how fitting it was that Ron Holtman made it to the second-round playoff game just a few days before his passing on November 7. His memorial service in Brauer Auditorium was filled with family, friends and colleagues who came together to bid farewell to this great man.

Only seven weeks earlier, we had gathered in Brauer Hall to celebrate the life of Charlie Gillis. Most recently, Charlie had created the CODASCO football video celebrating the 100th season of CDS Football—a beautiful final tribute from him to his beloved School. Despite the sadness we all feel, the community rallied in support of each other and in honor of Ron’s and Charlie’s legacies.

As you browse the rest of the magazine, I invite you to learn more about the important role philanthropy plays in the promise of excellence in education. You will also have the chance to learn more about our faculty and how they are constantly working on continuing their own education to benefit students here at MICDS.

Finally, please mark your calendars for a wonderful celebration on Saturday, May 11, at Grant’s Farm. Together, we will gather as a community to mark the success of the Bold Action Campaign, and I will have the opportunity to bid a fond farewell to this community. I look forward to seeing you there, so please save the date!

My final year at MICDS is passing all too quickly. I am trying to savor every moment, every tradition, every experience. As I reflect on my tenure here at MICDS and on our School community, gratitude fills my heart. It truly is the people who make MICDS such a special place, and I am thankful for you all.


Lisa Lyle