It’s Starting to Feel Like “Home”

high-schoolers-playing-poolBy Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

OUR NEW SPACE IS OPEN!!!!  

You all know that, of course, and many of you have had the chance to see it, but I had to say it again! It’s starting to feel like “home” to all of us. The students took quickly to their new digs, with the pool table in use all day every day, and the ping-pong table soon to be ready for play. The kitchen with its huge refrigerator/freezer and plentiful microwaves is fully operational. And the Wyvern Store is open, with a variety of snacks and drinks, including some substantial and healthier options like frozen burritos, mac and cheese, etc. The sophomore class is staffing the Wyvern Store, and all profit on items sold will go to their class fund. Parents, if you would like, you can purchase a Wyvern Store punch card in amounts of $10, $25, or $50 for your student. These will be kept in the Wyvern Store as “accounts” for each student who has one. If you would like to buy a punch card, please contact Danielle Tracey.

High School Halloween costume contest

We had our always-festive Halloween Costume Contest last week, with a group of seniors (Mariana Wilson, Ruby LeStrange, Gabby Smedley, Mac Smith, and Ethan Mackin) taking top honors by dressing up as some of the teachers, a bona fide teacher (Seth Miller) coming in second, and a group of freshmen (Carly Durbin, Dereka Robinson, and Destiny Otto) dressed as grapes taking the third spot. I have to give a personal shout-out to Lily the jellyfish and Evvie the highlighter, as well, for some really inventive costuming.  

Next Wednesday, we will have an all-school screening of the Netflix documentary 13th, which premiered in late September at the New York Film Festival. From critic Odie Henderson, the film “takes an unflinching, well-informed, and thoroughly researched look at the American system of incarceration, specifically how the prison industrial complex affects people of color.” Our Black Students Association will lead an optional discussion about the film the following day.  The film has been extremely well reviewed, and this should be a thought-provoking afternoon for all our students, as we hope it will (in the words of BSA faculty moderator Brett Paice) “provide much-needed context for the state of race relations and mass incarceration in our country.”