SLO News — Start of the Year, Speakers, and More
by Associate Head of School for Student Life, Amie Creagh
Greetings from the Student Life Office (formerly known as the Dean of Students Office)! I’m eager to engage in steady, meaningful communication with our parents and guardians this year. One part of this process will be routine updates from me in the Families FYI newsletter. Here, I’ll share student life news along with information about special events, speakers and initiatives we’re working on.
Thus far, we’ve had a wonderful start to the school year. After Labor Day, we welcomed back 75 students for leadership training. In our time together, we focused on three skill sets: supporting students who are struggling emotionally, leading effective teams and managing difficult conversations. At the end of our workshops, each student completed an online form with a self-assessment, goals for the year and feedback about the program. Their investment in this work made for an auspicious start to the fall.
Two weeks ago, all students attended Academic Integrity Sessions with members of the Academic Deans Office. The purpose of those meetings is to help students understand proper citation, for example, and to underscore the Academy’s expectations for honesty in all student pursuits.
In the same week, we hosted Marty Cooper, inventor of the cell phone, at school meeting. As the brains behind that seismic innovation, he provided keen insights into its many benefits — and drawbacks. I’m sure we all share navigate this delicate balance as we see cell phones in our own lives and those of our children.
Last Friday students celebrated the start of the fall season with our annual pep rally. This year, in an attempt to balance both the arts and athletics, the event included not just cheerleaders and sports captains but representatives from the theater, dance and music programs.
This week is full of poetry! On Monday night, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and current UMass professor Martín Espada will present some of his work. On Wednesday and Thursday, Deerfield will welcome Carlos Andrés Gómez, an award-winning slam poet. In addition, Mr. Gómez is an author and actor, who focuses on modern masculinity. He’ll address employees on Wednesday and the full community at school meeting on Thursday.
Mr. Gómez’s visit is part of this year’s Gender Symposium series. Between now and June, we’ll offer movie screenings, guest speakers and, in the spring, a special program for seniors that will focus on consent and other factors more relevant within the college context.
It’s hard to believe that Family Weekend will be here in less than two weeks. I’m sure many of you have been counting the days until you see you kids again! I hope I’ll have the chance to talk in person with those of you who are able to attend.
In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to be in touch!
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