By: Jane Moore
Upper School Director
Upper School Director Jane Moore welcomed Upper School students back on the first day of school with these remarks.
Good morning, it is so good to be here on the first morning of the first day of school. For me, and for all of the faculty, it is wonderful to be done with our week of meetings and finally to be here with YOU. For me, it is especially terrific to be in Year 2 rather than Year 1, and to be looking out at this sea of familiar faces. Let’s give a very special welcome to our seniors, the wonderful Class of 2016, to our 9th graders, who join us this year, and also to our newest faculty members.
As I am sure most of you are aware, it has been a summer of consistent and sometimes disturbing, sometimes disorienting news. There was the heartbreaking mass shooting in Charleston on June 17th. Most recently, we see and hear about the distressing and hard-to-resolve refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East. In between, I’m sure many of you read or heard about the protests — and response — in Ferguson, Missouri on the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. I bet that almost all of you are somewhat aware that our two main political parties are in the process of choosing who will run against each other for President next year, and along with it, you know something of the rise of Donald Trump as the potential Republican candidate.
In perhaps less nationally or globally important news, I wonder how many of you are aware that someone named Oliver Sacks died on August 30th. His death was actually front-page news, but if you didn’t know who he was, then perhaps it didn’t register. I first became acquainted with the writing of Oliver Sacks when a friend gave me the book with the improbable title of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.