On Friday, December 9 during morning assembly, Rectory hosted our Fall Term Awards for our Middle School students. We honored students for academic honors, effort honors, academic and effort honors, and Distinguished Academic Awards in which some teachers nominated students from their classes. The honors and awards were to recognize and congratulate students for their high grades and effort marks in all their classes. The Distinguished Academic Awards were for teachers to recognize a student who has been going above and beyond in the classroom and who exemplifies the Rectory Tenets in their schoolwork and interactions with their classmates in class. Mr. Williams began the ceremony by congratulating all students for not only an excellent term in the classroom but on the athletic fields and dorms, as well.
As a "picture person," I have snapped a few photos documenting acts of kindness at Rectory, but imagine if the adults at Rectory wore body cams... The results would be a glimpse into the demonstration of character that we witness in our hallways, on the athletic fields, and on our dorms.
Rectory's Holiday Pops Concert was a lovely way to ring in the season.
On November 28 Rectory faculty spent the day discussing the emotional safety so important in any community, and our individual roles in assuring that safety. We were assisted in our efforts by keynote speaker Jarrett Matthis, an alumnus of Berkshire School, Dartmouth College, and Fordham Law School. While he is currently engaged in a myriad of tasks designed to help others, a key project is developing his non-profit organization, Empowering Ourselves.