Greetings from Linden Hall! I hope you are well and finding time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. While schools never have the same vivacious feel during the summer, it has been a busy few months at Linden Hall and there is much to share with you. I look forward to welcoming our new students to Linden Hall, and I am delighted to announce that, with girls from 26 countries and 14 states, our student population will be even more diverse this upcoming school year.
I would also like to welcome our new faculty and staff members to the Linden Hall family. We are pleased to announce that we have brought our food service operations in-house, and after an extensive search, have hired Maggie Nemeth to be our new Director of Food Services and Executive Chef. Chef Nemeth graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale, Arizona, and she comes to Linden Hall with 14 years of experience in both fine and residential dining settings. Most recently, she served as the kitchen and catering manager at Landis Home Retirement Community right here in Lititz, PA. Chef Nemeth has a true passion for creating an atmosphere that emphasizes excellent food, good nutrition, and healthy eating habits.
Ms. Natasha Solomon, our new Dean of Students, has been on campus since the beginning of the month and is quickly acclimating to her new school. In addition to her duties as Dean of Students, Ms. Solomon will be part of our on-campus residential staff and will participate in our new After School Physical Education program (ASPE) as a martial arts instructor.
I am also pleased to announce that Mr. Serhiy Dutchak has joined our mathematics department. A graduate of Brigham Young University and Harvard University, Mr. Dutchak has significant teaching experience, including working for several years at an all-girls school. In his new role, Mr. Dutchak will teach Advanced Placement Statistics, Algebra 2, and Geometry.
As we look forward to the start of a new school year, I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to acknowledge our students' outstanding performance on this past spring's Advanced Placement examinations. Sixty-two students completed 137 exams and 94% earned scores of three or above on at least one exam. (Advanced Placement examinations are scored 1-5 and most colleges/universities award college credit for scores of 3 or above.) Equally noteworthy, of the exams completed, 93% earned scores of 3 or above, including 48% of exams completed with a score of 5. These very impressive results ensure that Linden Hall remains part of a small and elite group of schools who can lay claim to having students who historically perform in the upper echelon on these examinations. More importantly, they are the result of our girls' commitment, tenacity, and talents, as well as a testament to the positive impact our teachers have on their students.
I look forward to seeing everyone at our picnic and convocation ceremony on Friday, August 26th. Girls, for those of you who are returning, your teachers and I miss you and for those who are new, we are excited to welcome you to our school community. Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer break and don't forget your summer reading!
Michael E. Waylett
Head of School