The year begins in waves, with early orientation for new athletes, transition days for international kids, followed by sports camp and Wilderness Orientation for most new students.... Finally, we're all here, and it's time to get down to business. The incarnation of the community that is Proctor Academy for 2011-12 convened Monday morning, initiated not by administrators, but by student-generated rhythmic clapping. Mike welcomed students "...to the best school anywhere."
The energy in the student population is palpable. The next step is an on-campus orientation for new students which takes them to stations dedicated to Information Technology, Health and Afternoon Activities.
We break in to advisee groups, the dynamic that empowers so much of this school's success with communication, feedback, response and action.
At lunch, new students connect and returning students re-connect.
We charge into initial classes Tuesday. New students ask for directions to classes, and a serious tone dominates.
A harbinger of things to come, a chemistry class observes the difference between visually similar liquids with the ignition of acetone.
Swayz and Mike respond to student-generated rhythmic clapping calling the first all-school assembly to order.
Our intrepid school leaders--Taylor and Warren--welcome students and call for the greatest year ever.
Advisee groups are at the heart of Proctor's structure.
Sarah McIntyre's group.
Connor and Ryan's mantra is "All work and no play....."
What is Alex studying in the Wise lobby?
Sherman Alexie's "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian."