January is the perfect time to slow down, reflect, and reset. Today, we gathered as a school community to set our intentions for the year, and as usual, our students led the way with all the wisdom we’d ever need. The way we centered this reflection was in the way we take a moment of silence each day after morning meeting, to think about how we’d like to be treated, and how we’d like to treat others. Our youngest students made sure the golden rules were covered: be kind, help others when they’re hurt, and even love their siblings when they’re really (REALLY) annoying.
Our upper school students' intentions focused more on leadership and taking the high road. One upper schooler set an intention to be kind, especially to those who haven’t been kind, and another said that we should withhold our judgement on anyone’s past actions and give them a fresh start.
My intention for us at Nantucket New School is to stay curious. Asking questions, rather than jumping to conclusions, can solve the vast majority of confusion and conflict. In faculty meetings, we review this concept frequently, especially as we build our partnerships with you as parents. We ask questions to understand more about our students' lives and parents’ hopes and fears, which is a valuable, ongoing process. I’m so grateful for all of you.