McCallie is an All-Boys Private Boarding School and Day School, a Christian-based College Prep School. 
McCallie seeks out and accepts boys from all ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds and places a high value on a diverse student body.

A Christmas Star

Assistant Head of School Kenny Sholl


Men of McCallie,

I hope you stopped by to look at the star in front of our house on campus. Mrs. Hughes refers to it as the LZ…..Landing Zone… it is about 30’ by 30’!  I have constructed it for the last 24 years, and it remains one of the highlights of the season for me….For the first time in four years, I didn’t fall while constructing it!

Here is why I love the star:

One is for what the star represents…... Hope... Forgiveness... Eternity... Guidance... Glory

Two is the process required to make the star geometrically sound.  

The 5-point star is a fun and challenging shape to construct. It requires a piece of rope with the desired dimensions marked, 10 stakes, about 10 strings of lights, some good climbing shoes, a rubber mallet, and a few good helpers…..which are usually from my two sons. First, choose the location for the top of the star. Second, strike a straight line with the rope and place stakes in the ground at the tick marks on the rope. Third, create an isosceles triangle with the rope at the top of the star and place the fifth stake in the ground at the base angle of the triangle. From here continue to move the rope in a straight line placing the stakes along the way. 

I am not going to claim this as a “real world” example for using geometry, but the star can’t happen without it.  

Men, I wish you well as you head off for Christmas vacation and Holiday celebrations. I know it has been a challenging semester for all of us, but “We Made It”. Be sure to rest, refit, reflect and recommit to doing the things that kept us in school this fall. I hope you enjoy this well-deserved break. Please say thank you to your teachers, Men!

Be Well, Stay Safe and Continue to Do Good in this Season of Giving!

With my compliments,

Dean  Sholl


P.S.  Men, thank you for all you did to support the kids at West Side school who wouldn’t have a Christmas without you!