Guest article by Middle and Upper School Learning Specialist Mr. Robert Laffey
In the Hoehn-Saric Family Center for Academic Excellence (Learning Resource Center) both Susan Jackson and I are committed to making sure students are put in positions to be successful. This can take many forms, but the common denominator in all that we do is meeting the needs of our students. Our primary focus is to ensure that they remain at the center of every decision we make, every lesson we plan and every assignment we give. With our support, my hope is that teachers continually ask themselves, “Is this what is best for my students?” Or, more importantly, “Is this what is best for all of my students?”
At the end of the summer, over 80 sophomores, juniors and seniors gathered on Teel Campus for a three-day Leadership Retreat. The goal of the three days? To choose an adaptive challenge for the entire Upper School to work toward throughout the year. This year the theme is "Be There," a call for every student to take an active part in shaping our school community.
Last week, Severn Upper School students were inducted into the Jonah Halsted Chapter of the National Honor Society and the Severn School chapter of the Cum Laude Society to honor their commitment to character, scholarship, service, and leadership. As a community, we define ourselves by these tenets; they are written in the words of our mission and woven into the fabric of daily life at Severn. Our annual NHS assembly is a chance for families, teachers and peers to recognize these students and hear speeches about what character, scholarship, service, and leadership mean for our community today.
Last week, the entire Upper School gathered in Price Auditorium for the annual Honor Code Assembly. After moving remarks from Upper School Head Ms. Bea Fuller, Student Council President Danielle Drury ‘18, and guest speaker Heidi Frye of Gettysburg College, all new Upper School students and faculty signed the Honor Book, a symbol of their commitment to integrity and honesty within our community.