This August, Severn's class of 2026 began the journey through middle school with their 7th and 8th-grade peers just a few steps ahead. They have spent their entire lives in a world where we make online connections without a second thought. We want to make sure our middle schoolers value connections of a different sort — connections to each other, their sense of self, and to the natural world. With that goal in mind, we start the year by heading to the Eastern Shore to push boundaries, learn teamwork and perseverance, and strengthen the bonds of our community.
Wednesday’s promotion ceremony marked an important milestone for the class of 2023. Attended by supportive parents, faculty and friends, the event reflected both the heartfelt sincerity and togetherness we have grown to love in this class. In his well-prepared and expertly delivered speech, 8th-grade President Konner Smith ‘23 remarked, “In a way, middle school has been a warm up for a much bigger game — the next four years of high school as well as the game of life. Our warm ups over the last three years have not only been worthwhile and needed, but filled with laughter, challenges and memories.”
For the first year, our Middle School offered Girls Who Code as an elective for 7th and 8th graders. Suggested by Lilly Baker ‘23 who heard about the program through her family, this elective teaches basic computer coding principles within the framework of a larger goal or purpose. The inaugural Girls Who Code class chose the theme “Bettering Ourselves: Mental Health and How to Improve It” to frame each of their projects. This elective is about more than just learning to code. It’s about working together to make a positive difference in each other’s lives and the greater community.
This past Mother’s Day weekend Trey Dring ’23, Will Toomey ’23, Meghan Chu ’19, Eric Wisnom ’19, Grant Shanahan ’20, Michael Hesford ’21, Taylor Boteler ’22, Lila Gibson ’22, and Tristan Collins ’22 participated in the NASP (National Archery in Schools Program) U.S. Eastern National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky with 15,000 other archers from across the country. The archery community at Severn is extremely supportive, with older and younger archers working together to improve their technique and enjoy the fellowship of the group. Congratulations to our 18-19 archery team for their achievements on the range and in the classroom!