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Welcome Back to School

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The 2016-17 school year kicked off on Aug. 29 with students across all divisions learning about their new class schedules, meeting new friends and participating in community-building activities.

For Upper School students in grades 10, 11 and 12, the school year began with students traveling off-campus to perform service work in the community, a long-held tradition for US students. 

"We choose to spend our first day of school helping in the community because it reminds us that our education does not just happen within the walls of a classroom," says Frederique Schmidt, Community Service Manager and US Modern Language Instructor. "We are expected to learn about the greater community, meet new people, get our hands dirty, practice thinking about others — not just when it’s convenient for us but regularly and instinctively — and contribute to building a safe, kind and just place to live for all."

Following the first week of school, all students and faculty gathered for the first All-School Chapel of the year to celebrate Convocation. Edward Kim, Head of School, and Chaplain Alexis Kent, Interim Religion Department Head, welcomed the community back to campus.

“We start with welcoming one another — salve,” says Kim. “Salve means hello or can be used to say goodbye, but inherent in the greeting is well wishes.”

Salve is the theme for all-school and division-level chapels this year and will be explored in greater detail in throughout the year.

To view photos from the first few days of school, visit our online galleries or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.