If there is ever a time to feel the energy and culture of our school, Spirit Week and Reunion Homecoming is it. From a distance, you see students dressed in silly costumes, rehearsing song and dance numbers, and cheering for their peers at games. But underneath all the fun, this week is about leadership, community, and service. Spirit Captains plan a theme and activities for each day, giving every upper schooler a chance to step up and get involved. The Severn Service Society rallies all four classes to collect record-setting amounts of food to donate to a local nonprofit. And alumni from around the country come home to reunite with old friends and make new memories to share for years to come.
The many voices that make up our school speak to our varied experiences and united ideals. At the National Honor Society and Cum Laude Society assembly this year, four students shared speeches about the core tenets of NHS: leadership, service, scholarship and character. Mentored by Upper School English Teacher Dr. Jackie Baugh, Robert Dubinksi ‘20, Mariner Fagan ‘20, Victoria Stamato ‘20, and Laura Hupp ‘20 spoke about their growth as members of our school community and as individuals finding their way in the world.
A strong school community is one that knows and values every person — one that encourages thoughtful interactions from discussions in the classroom to strategy on the field. In a strong school community, every event and program is intentionally planned to bring students closer together while providing unique ways to develop and apply essential skills. In that spirit, the Upper School Academic Council sponsored our first Severn Film Fest, a day for building relationships across grade levels and social groups while getting creative and having a lot of fun.
Last week, the entire Upper School gathered in Price Auditorium for the annual Honor Code Assembly. After moving remarks from Upper School Head Mr. Steve Soden and College Counseling Co-Director Mr. David Brunk, all new Upper School students and faculty signed the Honor Book, a symbol of their commitment to honesty and integrity within our community.