This story was originally published in the Fall 2010 issue of Harker Quarterly
The academic year at the lower school began smoothly, with fresh-faced students taking on new responsibilities and learning new concepts about school life. Grade 3 students, for instance, spent much of the first few days finding their lockers and figuring out where to go between periods. “The administration and the teachers were all out there on the first few days at the change of periods helping students and reassuring them,” said Joe Connolly, K-5 dean of students. At an assembly held on the first day of school, the students learned that the year’s theme would be “compassion,” a subject that will be discussed with students throughout the year. Also new this year is the Eagle Buddy program, in which every student from grade 3 is paired with a student in grade 10, with whom they will interact at various events throughout the year.
Over at the Blackford campus, students spent their first few days adjusting to their everyday routines. During their orientation on Aug. 23, students met with advisors, received their textbooks and schedules and were given a primer on the advisory system. Students have many new things to look forward to, including several key changes to the lunch program. This year the kitchen has two new service areas and an expanded selection of foods, including more vegetarian options. Students, faculty and staff can now enjoy the new Chef’s Grill, the BBQ Express and The Bistro. Because of the new bell schedule, students in grades 7 and 8 will now eat together.