When I began my tenure as head of school on July 1st, I was in South Africa celebrating my in-laws' fiftieth wedding anniversary. As I prepared to make the long journey back to the States that day, the start of the school year seemed so far away, literally! And here we are, ready to welcome your children, our students.
That simple statement does not give you an accurate picture of what happens at a school over the summer months. For families, summer is often a slower paced season when bedtimes are flexible, the corn is on the cob, and bug bites and sunburn are the big challenges. Summer at a school is a time of rejuvenation and preparation. Teachers take a critical look at what worked and what they would like to change. Paint is touched up and floors are waxed. Classrooms are arranged and then rearranged to make each student's experience the best it can be. Our gardens are harvested, the fish are fed and the names for the cubbies are miraculously laminated.
Big changes also occur. During the summer months at Goshen, Kindergarten moved back into the lower school building and Room G "grew" into its new surroundings in the Grange. All faculty and staff were recertified in CPR and first aid. New faculty and staff members were welcomed to our learning community as we said farewell to others. As a group we looked at change during our two days of in-services and viewed an entertaining Tedx Talk. What does all of this mean? We are ready and excited to begin another great year at Goshen.
In friendship,Mimi BlackwellHead of School
Read Mimi's bio here.
Graduates of Quaker elementary schools know themselves and are able to recognize the strengths of peers. Because they are effective communicators and creative problem solvers at an early age, the fifth graders approach transitions with self-assurance. They are not only prepared for a middle school setting; they are “ready” in every sense.
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