We’re coming to the end of the second busiest week of the year, surpassed only by the last week of school. We’re very proud of how well our boarding students have managed their week. They have (mostly) maintained their 23 Hours of Quiet, studying quietly in their rooms or lounges, and they have definitely blown off steam each evening during their hour of noise. Since we’re not offering many trips in an effort to allow students to focus on their studies, we have been making full use of our campus by opening the library, gym, weight room, dance studio, Hall of the Arts, and art studio for students to unwind after a long day of exams and study.
As we come to the end of not only a challenging week but the end of our first semester, we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the resilient, kind, compassionate, and FUN community we have in the dorms. We appreciate the positive energy our students share when they cheerfully greet the Resident Faculty taking roll at the start of the day, their sleepy “good nights” at the end of the day, and everything in between. We have enjoyed sharing community dinners, trips off campus, scary movies, barbecues, hikes, s’mores, crafts, baking, and so much more with all of our students. We have watched with pride as they have made strides on stages, fields, courts, and trails. We have seen them step up in the classroom, in leadership positions, and in their various extracurricular activities. We look forward to making new memories together and seeing their continued growth in the New Year.
In Director of Residential Life Carrie Robley’s message to the students, she shared her hope for our students during this break: “I wanted to say a big CONGRATULATIONS on all the work you completed this semester, including your final exams! During this holiday break, I hope each of you can sleep late, eat your favorite foods, and just relax and enjoy time away from schoolwork.”
We wish those who are leaving campus safe travels, and we wish all of our boarding community Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
– Sonya Evans, Resident Faculty and Upper School English Teacher