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Inspiring Start to 20182019 School Year

Thursday, September 6, 2018

casey mcqullen landmark high school orientation

Landmark students are off and running! We welcomed 477 students to both of our campuses and are eager to begin our 48th year.

High School

Last week, day and residential students returned, parents met with Academic Advisors and other key staff members, and everyone engaged in ice-breaking activities that got them reacquainted and quickly brought new students into the fold.

The high school orientation program for day students included an interactive concert by Boston singer Casey McQuillen, who delivered an inspiring performance that incorporated themes of anti-bullying, taking risks, and building self-confidence. Residential students retreated to a camp in New Hampshire for some bonding time while day students remained on campus to complete the orientation activities. Tuesday, Sept. 4 offered the first full day of classes and a full complement of afternoon activities for our 310 students.

Elementary•Middle School

students at landmark elementary middle school"At the Elementary•Middle School we welcomed 167 students to our Manchester-by-the-Sea campus—the largest group ever. What a contrast between the quiet days post-summer school and the explosion of energy once students arrived," said Head of School Rob Kahn. "It's always interesting to see the Orientation Schedule take place as students visit many different stations for pictures, bus evacuation drills, getting-to-know-you games, and meet-and- greets with advisors, deans, and administrators. By lunchtime, all students have taken in a great deal of information and are definitely ready to go home, process the day, and think about their yearly goals.

"In orientation sessions with faculty, we talked about the increased anxiety among students and the ways that a strong school culture and community can allay those fears. One of my hopes is to make a concerted effort this year to use milk break as a community-building tool for faculty.  As we continue to grow, the various constituencies, programs, and buildings make it increasingly hard for all faculty to interact. I hope to provide more incentives to bring faculty into the same spaces more often so we can share discussion and common agendas. We will soon publish a milk break monthly schedule including roundtables, focused presentations, and an EMS milk break book club (first up: Maryanne Wolf's new book Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in the Digital World.)"