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.

The Four G's

Kenny Sholl

Men of McCallie,

As this school year draws to a most interesting and, seemingly, underwhelming close, I am grateful for the opportunity to reach out to you one more time through the Ridge Report….which has been fantastic, by the way. 

I have been pondering on what we all have experienced and learned over the last two months. It is mind-boggling in every sense of the word. In my struggle to get my mind and spirit around it, I keep coming back to the “G’s”:   Gratitude   Grit   Greater Good

Gratitude: While we have lost so much of our daily lives, there have been things that have come from this for which I am very grateful.

  1. Continued good health

  2. Time with family

  3. McCallie School in a community sense

  4. Your teachers

  5. You men with your cooperative spirit….especially the intrepid Class of 2020!

Grit: While we pride ourselves as a resilient community, and rightfully so, we have been compelled to learn a new type of grit due to this virus. For me, it has been the need to focus on the present and take the future as it comes. I can only imagine how difficult this has been for you given that you are in the “future business” as part of your education. Some grit lessons to consider:

  1. Be where you really are.

  2. Work on and solve what you can and take the rest as it comes.

  3. Continue to learn with an uncluttered mind.

  4. Take care of unpleasant tasks while you have the time...decluttering for example

  5. Resolve not to focus or obsess on what you have lost.

Greater Good: While it is tempting and easy to focus on all we have lost due to the shelter in place rules and such, the consistent practice of “gritty gratitude” should move our attention away from our own plights and more on the difficulties others have faced.  This focus should contain the following and more:

  1. Be thoughtful of and respectful of those who are more likely to be more impacted by this virus. WEAR A MASK IN PUBLIC!

  2. Pitch in where you can with your time and resources even if you can’t be present.

  3. Obey the guidelines even if you don’t agree with them.

  4. Endeavor to be an encourager and not one who drains the emotions of others.

  5. Be part of the solution to get us back to our lives and not a hindrance.

Finally, gentlemen, the key to being able to return to the Ridge in the fall will be practicing Gratitude, Grit and the Greater Good. Your willingness to accept personal and consistent responsibility for the health and safety of others is the only way our community can successfully beat back this virus and be back on the Ridge in mind, body and spirit. I am looking forward to sharing this challenge with you and have every confidence that you will do whatever it takes. My thoughts and prayers remain with you. Have a great and safe summer!  I love and miss you guys!

Dean Sholl