Welcome to Cardigan Mountain School, and thank you for taking the time to learn more about us.
My first experience of Cardigan’s powerful mission was as a parent. The School was a trusted partner for Cynthia and me as we guided our two boys along the path to becoming young men. Charlie '12 and Henry '13 grew as students, athletes, and people during their time on The Point. By commencement, they were prepared to meet the demands of secondary school and higher education, and to embrace their roles in a global community. I have never ceased to be grateful for what my family gained from that partnership with Cardigan, and as head of school, it is now my privilege to focus all of my effort on supporting other Cardigan families.
For 75 years, Cardigan has continued to refine a traditional yet innovative program, one designed to meet the unique needs of middle school boys. We encourage balance by cultivating mind, body, and spirit. We ask ourselves to live by a shared foundation of Core Values: Compassion, Respect, Integrity, and Courage. These values manifest in concrete ways: we are kind and helpful to one another; we are honest in our dealings with one another, and true to our word; we learn from our failures, and we grow through challenge. In short, we care for ourselves, for each other, and for our school -- and we have a lot of fun together. That’s the Cardigan Way.
We care for ourselves, for each other, and for our school - and we have a lot of fun together. That’s the Cardigan Way.
As both a Cardigan parent and as head of school, I invite you to visit us soon. You will find an innovative campus thoughtfully integrated within a stunning natural setting; structured classes that promote joyful, active learning; and valued traditions embraced by a diverse community. In other words, you will find Cardigan. We can’t wait to meet you!
This is a collection of Chris Day's letters to the Cardigan Community as published in his News From the Head of School newsletter or Cardigan's Alumni Magazine, the Cardigan Chronicle.
The Bullseye of Our Work
FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL:I’ve often heard that championships are won on the practice field, long before the actual game is played. The same could be said for an artistic performance, a debate, or our value system—as individuals and as a community.
The Merits of Simple Daily Habits
FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL: A day at Cardigan begins with a weather report, delivered in person by the forces of nature—through one’s own eyes, skin, and senses—as one heads to the Cardigan Commons for breakfast.
Looking Back and Preparing for What is to Come
LETTER FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL: Tempered by the Great Depression and World War II, Cardigan’s founders set out to create a place of learning and growth in the glorious Upper Valley for the men who would follow them. The seed that they planted in the shadow of Cardigan Mountain has, 75 years later, grown into a maturing community.
Head of School Chris Day writes about how we prioritized health and safety this winter without sacrificing joy.
Blessed with a Steady Crew
My favorite line in the Cardigan hymn comes toward the end: “through storm or weather fair.” It’s emblazoned on a sign which hangs over my office door, and it has been, and continues to be, an apt reminder and motivator to us all, especially over the last nine months and for the foreseeable future.
Our students—our boys—are together in their isolation. Pining for one another and for the community that they have built together, Cardigan boys, present and past, know the bonds that develop to create this brotherhood. The strength of that bond is never more noticeable than when we are necessarily separated from each other.
Chris has been a teacher and administrator at Dublin School, Rye Country Day School, New Hampton School, and Holderness School. He began serving as Cardigan Mountain School's 10th Head of School on July 1, 2016.