Last week our kindergarten and first-grade students paid a special visit to the class of 2019 to share their best advice for our seniors as they graduate and move on to college. Offering advice ranging from practical, “make sure to get up on time and work hard,” to endearing, “be kind,” our young students wrote and read each letter aloud to our seniors. Though our oldest and youngest students are separated on two campuses, these moments reveal a shared sense of community and camaraderie that bonds Severn Admirals of any age.
Article by Severna Park Voice journalist Zach Sparks, reprinted with permission
Severn School students were treated to an atypical lesson on April 22 as they were regaled with tales of Abraham Lincoln as a professional wrestler, Abigail Adams as a Caribbean pirate, and the reckless Benedict Arnold, who, as the kids learned, was a hero before he was a traitor. Those tales came courtesy of author Steve Sheinkin, who traveled from New York to speak with students about his books and the writing process.
Every year we welcome hundreds of grandparents, family members and friends to our school to share the Severn experience with the children in their lives. Students eagerly guide their grandfriends around campus, introduce them to their teachers, and share a bit of what life at Severn is like from day to day. We are grateful to our grandfriends for investing the time and resources necessary to visit and most of all, for taking an active part in shaping what it means to be an Admiral for every student.
Have you ever been to a naturalization ceremony? It's a hopeful, dignified event that symbolizes a new chapter in the lives of people who were once only seen as visitors to our country, newly recognized as full citizens with all the accompanying protections and responsibilities. Every year, Severn fourth graders participate in a naturalization ceremony as a culminating activity for their study of immigration and personal heritage. Through this experience, our students not only learn about the path to citizenship, but also develop empathy and a broader understanding of what makes America such a diverse and thriving country.