This morning I took one of my regular strolls throughout the campus buildings. Going from room to room, I slip into the classroom and stand near the door or occasionally walk quietly around the perimeter of the room, soaking in the learning that is taking place. When appropriate, I ask a student to explain what he/she is working on at the moment. What strikes me is seeing all the pillars of Rivermont in place - Intellect, Character, and Creativity in action.
Today in the AP Physics classroom, they were learning about kinetic and potential energy. I stayed just long enough to help them with some of the math. In the solarium, they were studying Chinese language through an online class. On the second floor of the mansion, the class was watching a video about China as an introduction to the East Asia region. On the third floor, I was greeted with Bonjour. In the Carriage House, students were learning about subject-verb agreement in Spanish. Also, watch out for masculine and feminine plurals! In Becherer Hall, students were taking an assessment about their knowledge of the Northeast United States.
Throughout the hallways there is ample evidence of Student Hunger Drive participation. Signs are posted encouraging participation. Boxes are labeled Imp or Tiger and are overflowing with cans of peas and boxes of pasta. A guest from another school was on campus Tuesday night and saw the stacks of boxes under the stairway in Becherer Hall and remarked, "Are all of those filled for the Student Hunger Drive? That's impressive."
In both the Middle and Upper School Commons, students have decorated altars for Day of the Dead observances. The tables are laden with fruit, bread, pictures of the deceased, and items that represent significant influence in that person's life. These will continue to be on display throughout Parent-Teacher conferences and are worth checking out for yourself.
Continuing through the lower floor of Becherer Hall, a student glowingly shared with me how she made her rain stick. One class was filled with paint trays, and it looked like 3-D paper turkeys were about to get some color in their lives. The kindergarten class was working on a project that included cutting, gluing, and learning about words that concluded with the sound op. During that stop I also received a nice student drawing that included a hand turkey. Thank you, Anju.
These delightful strolls demonstrate to me that each and every classroom consistently incorporates the pillars we prize. It is such a pleasure for me to capture these periodic snapshots of a Rivermont education that I felt compelled to share a small glimpse with you.