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MS Welcome Assembly Marks Optimistic Start to New School Year
Julian Corbett

Students in the Middle School began their first day of school last Tuesday with an enthusiastic welcome assembly. MS Director Paul Baly kicked off the meeting with a warm and optimistic greeting about the start of the new school year. “It felt good to get up with purpose today,” he said.

After introducing new MS faculty, Mr. Baly passed the baton to PE teacher Venus Cooke, who shared a video spotlighting the many wonderful ways students spent their summers. Some of the highlights included hanging out at the beach, taking tennis lessons, starring in an online musical, starting a jewelry business and fostering a stray cat and her kittens.

To close the assembly out, Mr. Baly offered a few thoughts on two themes for the upcoming year. The first was perspective: “We’ll be having deep conversations about understanding perspective this year,” he said. “There’s so much power in our differences. We want to embrace how people with different perspectives enrich our lives and how we can enrich theirs.”

And, acknowledging the challenges of living through the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Baly underscored the idea of endurance. “Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it.”

To view the full assembly, please click here.

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