Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year!
It was awesome having the students back in the buildings today! We opened our doors to 153 middlers many of them with smiles, eager to see their teachers and peers. It was great to hear their stories of summer vacations, learn about their new experiences over the past few months, and in general share in the fun and learning that was had this summer. The energy in our learning spaces today was terrific!
In our Middle School morning meeting, we explored perseverance, which was a theme of our summer readings and is a key Mission Skill for Moravian Academy. All students and faculty were in attendance and viewed a quick film about Kyle Maynard. Reading about perseverance and seeing what it looks like, will hopefully inspire our students to action and personal and academic sticktoitiveness throughout the school year. We also engaged in a turn and talk activity where we discussed a school goal with the person next to us, wrote them on an index card, and will soon post them to a wall in our Cafetorium.
Following our opening meeting, students attended a few classes and then enjoyed a cookout for lunch in God’s Acre where students were able to reconnect with their peers and teachers, and also be introduced to some new friends. It was a beautiful day to eat outside and have a few extra minutes to play and enjoy our wonderful surroundings.
On Tuesday, all divisions will attend our annual opening school chapel in Central Moravian Church. This is a great way for our students to see teachers and students from all divisions and to celebrate the beginning of another school year, our 277th! Students should arrive at school in their formal uniforms though we are not requiring blazers be worn due to the high heat and humidity predicted.
The opening day of school is a special time each year, and we are so thankful we get to enjoy it alongside the students. We look forward to a great school year.
(Photo Credit: Michelle Leyesa, Amey Owen & Stephanie Vasta)