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New Head of School Installed at Renbrook

Board of Trustees Chair Eric Daniels (left) with new Head of School Matthew Sigrist. Courtesy photo

Matthew R. Sigrist is now head of school at Renbrook School in West Hartford.

Submitted by Stacy Routhier, Renbrook School

On Friday, Sept. 20, Renbrook School students, current and former faculty, parents, alumni, trustees, friends and distinguished members of the greater Capital Region officially installed Matthew R. Sigrist as the 11th Head of School. 

Ella Koster (left) holds Samathan Davis, and together the oldest and youngest Renbrook students ring the bell welcoming the new Head of School. Courtesy photo

Prior to coming to Renbrook School, Sigrist was the Director of the Middle School at Norfolk Academy in Norfolk, VA. He holds his B.A. in economics from Williams College and his M.A. in education leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University. Sigrist joins the Renbrook community with his wife, Kathleen, and his four daughters Katie (12), Anna (10), Ginny (7), and Emma (4).

The installation ceremony was held on the Rentschler Terrace of Renbrook School on a bright, sunny Friday. The event featured words from Eric Daniels ’77, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Matt Sigrist, a sing-along with the whole community entitled “We are the Young,” the historic ringing of the school bell by our youngest Renbrook student, preschooler Samantha Davis ’30 and one our eldest students, eighth grader Ella Koster ’20, followed by a piano recessional performed by eighth grader Sophia Pidvysotski ’20. 

“This was truly a collective celebration of what is best about the Renbrook community,” said Sigrist. “We celebrated a new chapter for the school – a new day that draws upon the best of our distinguished history with a bold, forward looking vision for our future.”

Sophia Pidvysotski plays a piano recessional. Courtesy photo

During the ceremony, Sigrist was gifted with statue of an astrolabe, a tool used by astronomers and navigators in ancient times and which now reflects the school’s graduates’ journey of wonder and discovery.

Founded in 1935, Renbrook School is a pre-eminent PreK-8 co-educational independent day school located in West Hartford, CT. The school enrolls approximately 335 students from 42 cities and towns in Connecticut. The Renbrook experience is defined by a high degree of academic rigor, personalized attention as a result of small class sizes, a nurturing environment, and an emphasis on values and respect among members of a tight-knit community. Renbrook School welcomes students of every race, religion, national and ethnic origin.  

For more information visit: www.renbrook.org

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