A Festive Day!

nms-matthew-sicilianoBy Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

Congratulations to our National Merit Semifinalist this year, Matthew Siciliano! In other exciting news, congratulations to our Dragon Boat team, who won their division at the Dragon Boat Festival last weekend. (See Bob Jones’ article below for more details.) And in epic news, a huge thanks to Buffalo Construction, Inc. (the firm spearheading our renovation project) for treating the entire student and faculty/staff body to a free lunch today from Booty’s Food Truck!

After recovering from the exciting surprise lunch, we regrouped to have a few classes, and then had a festive send-off for our fall sports teams as they headed to the Fall Sports Picnic!  Students (particularly the freshman class) helped blow up nearly 300 balloons yesterday. At the end of classes today, as the field hockey, golf, and soccer teams stood at the bottom of the atrium, the rest of the school lined the stairs and dropped balloons and candy as the teams were introduced. Good luck to all the Wyvern competitors tonight – and win or lose, we all get to enjoy a festive bonfire afterward!

Snapshots from this week: Colleges have been visiting, and Kit Llewellyn, our College Advisor, always tells me how impressive our students are to these admissions representatives. Kit constantly marvels at how well our students are able to articulate (to total strangers) who they are and what they are interested in. PSAT preparation is underway for the juniors, thanks to parent and standardized test tutor extraordinaire Audrey Morrison. I saw one of David Word’s science classes outside in the Courtyard yesterday, in a circle holding hands, cracking up. I am not exactly sure what they were doing, but I suppose whatever it was defines the phrase “hands-on learning”?  Our Workshop (MakerSpace) is essentially finished, thanks to the construction crews and to the efforts of the science department. We will show pictures and report more on that in an upcoming newsletter. The Project Warm Community Service group attended the Project Warm Green Spark Awards Luncheon at the organization’s invitation. Quick Recall practice is underway; the Improv group is organizing; the Black Students Association had a guest speaker at a lunchtime meeting; and the Underground Lifting Society is working out hard in the Fitness Room. Feels like we are in full swing!