This blog is a compilation of letters to the community from Boston University Academy Head of School Chris Kolovos. These notes are sent to all BUA parents/guardians, students, faculty, and staff each Friday morning as part of the weekly News and Notes e-newsletter. Read more about Chris here.

What Teachers Make

By Christos J KolovosJune 7th, 2021

Some years ago, I watched a performance by slam poet Taylor Mali, who is also an educator and independent school graduate. He is perhaps best known for his poem “What Teachers Make.” It’s a funny, irreverent, powerful takedown of the those-who-can’t-do-teach critique and a love letter to teachers everywhere. I... More

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To Whom Much Is Given, Much is Expected

By Christos J KolovosMay 28th, 2021

Yesterday, after the last day of classes, our BUA family gathered in the gym for a celebration of the year. It was filled with smiles and the traditional shenanigans, including pies in administrators’ and teachers’ faces (I’ve learned the hard way that whipped cream acts as a particularly effective but... More

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High School Seniors’ Search for Meaning

By Christos J KolovosMay 14th, 2021

Seniors in May sometimes share with us that their parents start behaving particularly oddly. They tear up for no obvious reason, unearth baby pictures, tell stories about their senior’s elementary school years, or try to renew old family traditions like board game nights! Seniors are also processing the same looming... More

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Catullus, Canterbury Tales, and the Beauty of Traditions

By Christos J KolovosApril 30th, 2021

On Monday afternoon, the BUA community gathered -- some in the black box theater and many others on Zoom -- for one of this school’s great traditions. Twelve students from across the grades stood up in front of their peers to deliver Latin and Greek declamations, channeling Homer, Solon, Sophocles, More