Leading off this week, many of our juniors and seniors departed on Sunday morning to Washington, D.C., where they will spend the week touring the city, meeting with some of their congressional leaders, seeing the sites, and learning about how government works in our nation's capital. This unique trip has been organized through Close-Up, an national program that has been sponsoring interactive trips to Washington, D.C. for over 40 years, and this is the third time Stanbridge has participated. We're looking forward to lots of great stories and pictures from the group once they return on Friday, so be sure to check back next week for highlights.
High school students who are not on this week's D.C. trip will still be packing their bags for an exciting spring experiential trip: An outdoor adventure along the Sonoma Coast hosted by Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods. Students on this trip will depart from Stanbridge on Wednesday morning and spend three days camping, learning about nature, visiting tide pools and estuaries, rock climbing, exploring the night sky and more. The group returns Friday afternoon and we'll be posting a recap and pictures from their experiential as well.
In other news: This past week, we hosted our second ever Maker's Fair in Hayden Hall and the event was a smashing success. Featuring student-created models, artwork, innovations, and creations from students in all divisions, exhibits included hand-drawn art pieces, numerous LEGO motifs, dioramas, and a life-sized "Big Daddy" character from Bioshock (see photo above). Stanbridge Media Czar Mary Stadler has posted pictures of this year's Makers with their wares on our Facebook page, and I'd like to thank event organizer James "Dr. LEGO" Warren for providing an outlet for our student's boundless creativity. Great work, everyone!
Also this past week, our Class of 2015 eighth graders announced that they are spearheading a special spring community service project. The group is organizing a sock, shoes, and clothing drive for Sleep Train Foster Kids. A collection bin is stationed in Maureen Zane's classroom and donations are being accepted now through May 4. Per the student organizers: "Please make sure if you are donating used clothes that they are still in good condition; no holes or stains. Please place all donated items in a bag. We believe that foster kids need new clothes, socks, and shoes for the upcoming summer, and they don’t need to wear old or tight clothing. When our drive ends, we will bring your donations to the closest Sleep Train. If you want to learn more about the Sleep Train Foster Kids program, visit the website www.sleeptrainfosterkids.com. We want to make an impact! Thank you so very much for helping."
I am also happy to announce that our Annual Fund Campaign reached the 99% participation threshold from all current Stanbridge families, topping last year's still-impressive 96.5%. This is fantastic news, and is a testament to the tremendous spirit and support of the Stanbridge Community. We received the full $10,000 in matching funds, which puts this year's Annual Fund Campaign total at over $250,000! Sincere thanks to everyone who made a contribution, and additional thanks to the members of the Annual Fund committee, whose hard work and tireless efforts helped make this another successful year. And their work isn't over quite yet...there is still one more "mark-your-calendars" event scheduled this year. On Tuesday, May 5, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation will host their second annual "SVGives Day of Giving," a day-long event to raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing a simple way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most and encourage them to take action. Last year, Stanbridge participated in the launch of this new effort, and we raised over $8,000 thanks to friends and family sharing the news via social media. We will once again be promoting this event over the next few weeks leading up to May 5th, so watch our website, Facebook, and Google+ pages for announcements, and help spread the work by sharing the link to our SVGives Razoo page, where you can schedule a May 5th donation today: svgives.razoo.com/story/Stanbridge-Academy.
Also ahead on the calendar is this year's Stanbridge High School Prom. The event is scheduled for Friday, May 1, and this year's prom theme is "Paris in the Springtime." All Stanbridge high school students are invited to attend this final dance of the school year. The event will be held from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. in Hayden Hall, and will feature a catered sit-down dinner served by faculty chaperones. Attendees are welcome to bring a guest or come solo; tickets (or "bids") are $40 per person and are available to purchase now in the main office. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to have a real prom experience: Get dressed-up, enjoy a fancy dinner, and celebrate the end of the year with their friends. In the past, girls have worn short or long dresses, or skirts with a blouse. Girls may also wear pants if they prefer. The guys have worn khaki pants, dress shirt, and tie, a suit and tie, or a tuxedo. Always a highlight of the school year for our high school students, ensure your student purchases his/her bid by April 28.
Even further ahead on the calendar (but not too soon to start planning) is Summer School. Once again, Stanbridge Academy is proud to offer a six-week Summer School program for current students and incoming students enrolled for the 2015-2016 school year. Our staff is presenting a variety of academic, athletic, and artistic courses, and there is something for students in every grade division during each week of the program. Classes are offered in one- or two-week sessions and students can enroll in as many classes as they'd like. This year's summer program begins the week of June 22 and runs through the end of July. Enrollment is first-come, first-served and the initial enrollment deadline is Monday, May 18. This year's course guide and enrollment forms are available to view/download on our Summer School page, as well as the Files & Forms page (hard copies are also available in the main office). We have a record number of classes being offered this year, including some exciting new courses. There's something for everyone, and enrollment is open now.
Before signing off, a few final notes:
- Third quarter report cards were mailed home last week. Please contact the teacher directly via email if you have any questions about your student's grades, or call the main office if you do not receive your student's report card by this Thursday. (Teacher emails can be found in the Teachers section of the website).
- Remember that this Saturday is EdRev. The Parents Education Network (PEN) presents EdRev (Education Revolution) on Saturday, April 25 at AT&T Park. EdRev is a unique day of information, resources, celebration and community for students who learn differently and the families and professionals who support them. Stanbridge will have a booth at the event, and some of our student's artwork will be featured in the EdRev gallery. More details about the event and a link for registration can be found on our Lectures & Workshops page.
- Last but not least, if you haven't yet seen our new parent video, be sure to click over to the home page of our site and check it out (it's also available on our YouTube channel if you'd like to share the link). Videographer Michael Durand created this short film which focuses on the highlights of Stanbridge Academy from a parent perspective—lots of great insights and some truly heartfelt testimonials that illustrate what an amazing school we have. Thanks to everyone who participated in the filming!