Now that the summer vacation has come to a close and as we the faculty and staff welcome back our students and families, I am reminded of what a delight it is to hear the sound of student chatter in our halls and to see their eager faces prepped and ready for the day’s instruction.
Throughout the past two weeks, I have exercised a common ritual among admission officers across the nation. I have walked quietly throughout our campus with my eyes; ears and heart wide open like an investigator searching for valuable nuggets of evidence with one crucial question on my mind:
Do we as a school community live by our Mission and Promise Statement?
Below, I would like to share with you a few nuggets of evidence that I uncovered.
“Engaged educational experience”
Mrs. Zimmerman challenging Mrs. Stoll’s Kindergarten class to put their creative minds to work in an activity called, “it’s not a box” in which a common cardboard box is magically transformed into such items as a surfboard, a kayak or a racecar all through the power of imagination.
Mrs. Woods 1st grade class in a small group discussion.
Mr. Loudermilk’s 8th grade seminar reviewing a recent book.
“A diverse community”
The Upper School new student breakfast. Within this group are students who possess a myriad of skills sets and special interests. They represent numerous cultures, ethnicities, belief systems and nationalities.
“Meaningful Relationships inspire transformative learning.”
Mrs. Drew’s “Nancy Drew Group” working together on a vocabulary building game during the Middle School Activity Day.
Mr. Llopart’s 1st grade class in a history lesson.
“Walker’s dedicated teachers exude contagious intellectual energy, demonstrate authentic interest in the life of the mind that extends beyond their core subject areas, and model genuine respect for students and one another.”
Our office is committed to sharing the true and accurate story of our school to each and every prospective family. Ultimately, we strive to create a school culture that reinforces our mission and promise statement.
“The Walker School is the college-preparatory independent school for families seeking an engaging educational experience within an intimately scaled, caring and diverse community where opportunities abound and meaningful relationships inspire transformative learning.”
As I walk the campus and weigh our words against what I see, I am comforted in knowing that we truly live our school’s mission each and every day. This can only be accomplished through the full commitment and support of all members of our school community. I am proud of our community, excited about where we are and enthusiastic about where we are headed.
We wish everyone an amazing school year!