Hopes and dreams for the future
“When I come here, I see a multitude of people, with a multitude of personalities and hopes and dreams for the future, not clones. This environment has shaped us to grow into the people we want to be.” -Maeve ‘18
We trust your summers are progressing well! After our culminating events and farewells during the final days of the school year, we welcomed our first wave of Summer at Stanley campers.
Our tradition is to end each year in keeping with our mission to uphold a school community that “values distinct contributions and abilities.” Much has been said by others about the reality that the future will value a greater diversity of talents and capacities than has perhaps been the case in the past. Our society tends to put a premium on a narrow range of academic skills or personal interests, and those abilities are often the ones celebrated at the end of the school year. We stand by our belief that every child deserves to be celebrated for who he, she or they are.
So, to support that mission, we honor our graduating 2nd, 5th, and 8th graders in highly personalized ways. Among the more gratifying events for me to witness each year are our “compliment circles,” in which remaining students in classrooms offer individual comments to 2nd, 5th, and 8th graders. The depth at which children are known and appreciated, and acknowledged for their individuality, by peers and teachers alike, is inspiring. On the evening preceding graduation, middle school advisors shared personal “commendations” for each of our 8th graders, again demonstrating the depth of connection between our teachers and students.
We also enjoyed the tradition of hearing from each of our continuing 2nd and 5th graders and graduating 8th graders. As we would expect, the students’ reflections are as unique as the children themselves. We graduated 50 8th graders on a beautiful June 2nd morning, with personal and heartfelt comments from all of the soon-to-be alumni.
Maeve M described our core mission of valuing every student’s contributions this way: “When I come here, I see a multitude of people, with a multitude of personalities and hopes and dream for the future, not clones. This environment has shaped us to grow into the people we want to be. The passion for people here is incredible. To think back on my years here and know that I existed as an individual person, not just as another student, and to know that people view me as a maturing young woman and not a child, is the most incredible feeling.”
I hope your summer is filled with adventure, relaxation, restoration and enjoyment of the simple things. We look forward to welcoming your child and family back to school in August!
Head of School