Doherty Closing Exercises
On a breezy, sunny morning, students and families celebrated a wonderful year in the courtyard during Doherty’s closing program. The morning started off with a congratulatory message from Head of School Chris Garten, and a number of fun song selections sung by each grade, led by Doherty music teacher Maria Eynon. The ceremony continued with Garten’s thoughtful message about retiring Head of Doherty Patti Guethlein. “We are very sad to see you go and profoundly grateful for your impact. Doherty will never be the same,” said Garten. “As Patti has always said, ‘this work matters.’ Patti has nurtured many things into life. Her legacy is her strength and dedication of faculty, her life and energy, and the unique spirit of the Doherty community. At its core, Doherty celebrates the joy of being alive. Patti celebrates each day as a precious gift.” Toward the end of the beautiful assembly, in which students and faculty shared heartfelt words about her retirement, Guethlein told her students, “I look back with gratitude to each one of you who have given me so much. My children, all of you, have given me my life’s purpose. You have brought laughter to each day as well as a promise of a bright future. Each one of you is uniquely you. Be proud of that, true to that, and always follow your dreams.” Guethlein also acknowledged the departure of beloved Unit III teacher Claire Laughlin, who is moving out of state with her family. Student representatives from each unit, including Emma Hassell and Sylvie Gumlaw, Dougie Schecter, and Ella Foraker shared memories about the past year with humorous and tender stories. Fifth-graders closed the emotional, heartfelt program with two selections: One More Bridge to Cross, and the traditional, beloved song, Here Comes Summer.