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Welcome to the Inaugural Online Edition
of the Urban Community Magazine

by Mark Salkind (’70), Head of School


The Urban Community Magazine has been around for more than 30 years and has grown from a simple informational newsletter to a more mature publication highlighting the school's curriculum and programs, as well as faculty and our former students through class notes that are featured in every issue.

As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability and in recognition of the Urban’s role as a secondary school leader in integrating technology throughout its programs, we have made a bold decision to move the Urban Community Magazine online. An online magazine gives us multiple opportunities to integrate images, audio and video, and provides our readers with many more ways to access information. We will continue to provide our community with a printed Annual Report, but saving thousands of sheets of paper annually makes a lot of sense for Urban as we seek ways to reduce our environmental impact.

Moving The Urban Community online is one facet of a much larger school-wide effort focused on environmental initiatives. Urban has adopted a goal of graduating students who are environmentally literate. Over the past three years Urban has completed a major curricular review process looking at environmental sustainability and added a number of courses in science, history and English that focus on environmental awareness. This school-wide initiative extends to the management of Urban’s facilities and to its daily operations. You can read more about Urban’s efforts to “green” itself in our featured story on Environmental Education and in the interactive feature on Vision 2013: Creating A Sustainable Future, the school’s current strategic plan.

And finally, we say more than one hundred thanks to the committed alums who stepped up to participate in last year's 100 for $100 alumni fundraising campaign. In this issue you can read about some of the reasons these alumni choose to support the school and their insights into the long-term benefits of an Urban education.

I hope you enjoy our new online publication. Please let me know what you think.

Warm regards,
Mark

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