Guest article by Molly Saum '17, Severn School Communications Office intern
When students are young they may feel as though their voices are not heard. However, this is not the case at our Lower School. Every semester two students from each second through fifth-grade class practice leadership, teamwork and service with the Lower School Student Council. Their main task is to work together to complete a service-learning project involving the entire school. This semester’s council chose to support Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. During the final week of this project, we interviewed our Lower School leaders to learn about their experience. As one 3rd grader said, "A lot of it was hard, but it feels good that we have achieved this much."
The famous Rodgers and Hammerstein tune, "My Favorite Things," is a classic holiday song that reminds us of the little things that bring joy to our lives each day. And with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, exams, end of semester projects and more, it’s those little things that keep us going. At a time when everyone seems to be busier than they’d like, it’s important to slow down, gather as a community and celebrate what makes Severn School such a special place. Enjoy some of our favorite seasonal moments as we wave goodbye to 2018 and welcome the new year ahead!
Lower School Evening with the Arts is a tradition for 4th and 5th graders to showcase the many creative and innovative projects from their fall Renaissance classes. From digital design and photography to robotics, art and dramatic performance, each project highlights the unique talents of our students and their confidence to take on any artistic or problem-solving challenge.
This past September, we welcomed our newest Admiral to Severn School, a tiny terrapin from the National Aquarium’s Terrapins in the Classroom program. Both our 1st and 8th-grade classes have participated in this program over the years, giving a “head start” to hatchling terrapins before releasing them to their home on Poplar Island in the spring. This program supports the health of our local ecosystem and brings us together as a community. So what can we learn from a terrapin? As it turns out, quite a lot.