June 19, 2018

Farewell Graduates 2018

Dear T-D Families,

Wherever you were on Friday, June 15th, Graduation Day, the weather kept calling you outside and outside is where the Thornton-Donovan family gathered. The 25 students from the class of ’18 had a picture perfect day and over 350 T-D family members were on hand to regale one and all.

Dr. Robert Allen spoke like only a great teacher can. He commands his audience as all eyes and ears were in him. Thanks Bob for all your wise words.

Prior to handing out the diplomas, Thornton-Donovan paused to thank Marissa Mooney Kretzmer for her leadership as the Parent-Teacher Partnership chair. The Kretzmer family also was instrumental in sending five T-D students to Albania in April. Thanks again.

Eric Griffin was singled out as being one of Thornton-Donovan’s “great teachers.” For well over 30 years he has touched hundreds and hundreds of students and made social science their favorite class each year. Everyone at T-D wants to take a Griffin class.

James Feddeck’01 thanked at least a half dozen of his former teachers each of whom was present at graduation. James is a worldwide symphonic orchestral director. His career began with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, one of the most prestigious orchestras in America. A few Feddeck fans will be traveling to Montreal in early October as Jim will be there center stage once again directing this French city’s finest musicians.

Two of Albania’s most prominent Albanian-American citizens were also saluted. Joseph DioGuardi and Richard Lukaj were both incredibly unselfish in their efforts to strengthen Thornton-Donovan’s student exchange and sister school arrangements.

It’s always difficult to select one moment or one speaker as a main highlight. For me T-D’s 2018 valedictory, Cecile McIntosh was better than T-D’s last 49. Please Cecile, email me your words as I thought they really captured the very essence of Thornton-Donovan School.

School reopens on Thursday, September 13th. About one week into the new year, Thornton-Donovan will celebrate International Peace Day. There will be a special Peace Day program on Friday, September 21.

Scheduled to visit T-D during the academic year will be students from Italy, Guatemala, Japan, Argentina and Albania.

In the next few days Thornton-Donovan will announce the appointment of two new faculty members, one in science and one in English.

In the interim, I’ll be in the Land of the Rising Sun with a group of ten Thornton-Donovan enthusiasts. Can’t believe Japan beat Columbia in the World Cup.

                                                            Douglas E. Fleming, Jr.