Welcome to 2018!

By Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

Welcome to 2018! Hard to believe we are halfway through the year (1/8 of your high school career, as the freshmen and I discussed recently). The calendar turning to January always prompts us to be looking toward the next school year, too, so in this newsletter you’ll see the major dates for 2018-19.  

Despite some illness running through the school, as it seems to be everywhere, the Wyverns are back at it full throttle already. Ski Club is in full swing, the Science Olympiad squad has an invitational competition tomorrow, and the Quick Recall team goes for yet another league championship next weekend. We’ve also switched Projects, as we do every quarter, and there are some particularly interesting offerings. One is Coding, in which students will learn some basics in the programming language of their choice. Another is Vegetable Farming, a yearlong initiative to grow food on land owned by math teacher/Dean of Faculty Brian Ray. The produce will ultimately be donated to a local service agency, and during the winter months, the focus will be preparing the land for planting, planting early spring crops, and seeding later crops in a greenhouse. Other students are playing card and board games or games from around the world, planning the Women’s Retreat, preparing for the Kentucky United Nations Assembly, building props for our spring musical Little Shop of Horrors, playing jazz, working on the Yearbook, preparing for Science Olympiad competition, and focusing on AP World History.

Monday, of course, is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. I recently came across a paper that Dr. King wrote about the purpose of education in 1947 as a student at Morehouse College. It reads in part, “To think incisively and to think for one’s self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half truths, prejudices, and propaganda. At this point, I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.” As we work to push students to think critically and think for themselves, Dr. King’s words resonate 70 years later.