Friday, June 11 marked the last day for our Lower and Middle School students, who completed the incredible 2020-2021 year – bravely and rightly – through dedication, humor and compassion.
During the Lower School Assembly, held via Zoom, Head of Lower School Thérèse Cruite remarked, “You are magnificent – all of you! Today we’re celebrating your learning and growth and sending our third graders off to Middle School.”
After watching a video compilation of K-3 performances held throughout the year, the focus shifted to Class 3. “These are only some of the words that come to mind when we think of you,” Ms. Cruite said as a light blue image filled the screen sporting words such as ‘Brave,’ ‘Happy,’ ‘Superheroes,’ ‘Leaders,’ ‘Inquisitive,’ ‘Changemakers,’ and ‘Kind’ in big bold letters. Ms. Cruite also gave a warm recognition to those who have been learning through Chapin’s virtual program. With their names and faces spotlighted, the Zoom room gave them all a cheerful round of applause.
Traditionally, Class 3 students receive a book to commemorate their last days in Lower School and, this year, teachers compiled students’ unique “I am From” poems to gift. They even crafted their own version of the poem, inspired by our third graders, as a special addition. Meanwhile, with Class 7 students and their teachers gathered in the Athletic Center and Classes 4-6 Zooming in from their classrooms, the MS Assembly offered a joyous closure to this remarkable year.
After Class 7 students processed into the Athletic Center, fanning out in opposite directions until all the spaced-out seats were filled, the Class 4 chorus entertained the audience with several lively numbers, setting an upbeat tone for Middle School Head Mary Rafferty to give her remarks, which praised the students for their resiliency, positivity and humor despite pandemic-related challenges.
Other highlights of the Assembly included the recognition of student accomplishments in a variety of areas; an energetic Field Day video followed by the announcement of which team won the highly anticipated Green vs. Gold challenge (take a bow, Gold!); and a “then and now” slide show of Class 7 students next to images of themselves as babies.
When their names were called (and illuminated in white letters on a large screen), the Class 7 students walked to the front to receive a special gift from their advisors. Inside was a copy of “The Hill We Climb,” the poem by the Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. Congratulations to these students, especially our Classes of 2026 and 2030. We wish you the best of luck next year as you enter Upper and Middle School!