It’s Been a Fantastic Week

By Suzanne Bizot Gorman, Head of Downtown CampusFreshman in Common Room

I LOVE the first day of school! This year, we welcomed 31 9th graders and 11 upperclass transfer students, including our four of our five international students – three from China (one of whom is a 9th grader), one from Germany and one from the Netherlands.

It’s been a fantastic week, starting with the 9th grade orientation on Monday, where we went through schedules, took a brief walk around our surroundings downtown, and spent a few hours on team-building exercises at Camp Piomingo.  Assemblies this week introduced our Community Service program, which will get underway in two weeks, and our Projects period offerings, which begin next week. (More on those to come.)

The week capped off with the senior rafting trip that is our annual start-of-school tradition.  Five other faculty/staff members and I are spending Thursday through Saturday in Ocoee, TN (near the the North Carolina border) kicking off senior year with the Class of 2016, including an afternoon whitewater rafting excursion.  

School climate is a focus for us this year.  One of the many wonderful attributes of this year’s senior class is their interest in facilitating a welcoming, positive, and open school environment.  We will be working throughout the year to promote communication and bonding within grades and among the larger school community.  

I hope to see all of our new (to the High School) parents next Tuesday at our New Parent Dinner at 6:00 p.m.!  This is a casual and fun event hosted by our wonderful Parent Association to welcome new High School parents.  See you there!