As I wrote last year around this time of year, we are solidly within the proverbial 100 Days of May. This phrase was coined because, in the life cycle of the school year, it feels like 100 days worth of activities, assessments, events, and celebrations occur within the actual 31 days of May. (And this might literally be true!) This leads quite naturally to feeling fatigued during this month, which is fine, but what is not fine is that it can also lead one to see the glass as half-empty and lose sight of all that is happening around us...
I APPRECIATE YOUR VISIT TO BRENTWOOD SCHOOL’S WEBSITE AND HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY A GLIMPSE OF WHAT MAKES brentwood SCHOOL SUCH A powerful and VIBRANT LEARNING COMMUNITY.
As you peruse the site, please keep in mind our motto: “Start curious. Stay curious. Go anywhere.” These six words drive Brentwood. From the School’s outstanding faculty that fuels the fire of curiosity in our students, to the daily athletic and artistic risk taking and accomplishments that occur on our playing fields, in our studios, and on our stages, to a service learning program that inspires deeper understanding and appreciation of the greater Los Angeles and global communities, Brentwood provides a myriad of opportunities to engage its students. It is this level of engagement that fosters the inspiration and intellectual passion we witness in our students on a daily basis.
With your first steps on campus you will feel the sense of community and pride that is Brentwood School. Brentwood students are devoted to their school, as are their parents and guardians, who give generously of their time and resources. We are a school that is small enough to build upon individual and collective curiosity, and simultaneously large enough to have breadth and depth of opportunity for all our students.
Two beautiful campuses, outstanding programs, a dedicated faculty and staff, inspired leadership, engaged students, and committed parents add up to a great school. Our website gives you a taste of all this; I hope it makes you curious enough to schedule a visit to learn more.
Michael Riera, Ph.D.
Head of School
Assistant to the Head of School
by Trina Moore-Southall, Director of Equity and Inclusion
I recently attended a lecture by author and diversity consultant, Dr. Eddie Green, who posed the question, "What does 2+2 equal?" It was not a trick question. My answer was "4." He then asked, "Is that the only answer?" As an audience we began to brainstorm the plethora of possibilities. We can answer with the word "four" rather than the number. We could answer with a subtraction problem (8-4), a fraction (8/4), a multiplication problem (2x2), and the list goes on. Is one answer better than the other? They all relay different possibilities. There are other situations that may ask us to look at a situation in a different way...
Mike Riera is the Head of School at Brentwood School, a best-selling author, an award-winning columnist, an educator, a television commentator, and a national speaker on issues of children, adolescents, families, and parenting. Mike is the author of 5 books: Right From Wrong: Instilling a Sense of Integrity in Our Children (2002), Field Guide to the American Teenager (2000), Uncommon Sense For Parents With Teenagers (1995), and Surviving High School (1997). His most recent book, Staying Connected To Your Teenager (2003), was launched with three appearances on Oprah!
For eight years he was the Family Consultant for CBS The Saturday Morning Early Show and also hosted an award winning television show on the Oxygen Network, Life in Progress, as well as his own daily radio show, Family Talk with Dr. Mike. Mike has worked in schools for over twenty years as a head of school, counselor, dean of students, teacher, and consultant.