Dear TGS Families:
Last Friday we embarked on our first round of Friday Explorations for the school year. We intentionally gathered as an entire school community in the theater to address the question, “Why do we have Friday Explorations?” This link will take you to the brief two-minute clip we utilized in answering the question.
Empowering students to co-design or even fully design portions of their learning experiences while at TGS is part of the impetus behind Friday Explorations. In addition, Friday Explorations were created to be mission-aligned (more academic-related concepts and activities in the mornings with afternoons devoted to leadership, character, service and wellness-related choices) while also giving students a sense of agency through the choices they’re offered (or develop themselves) each week.
In addition to answering the why question, faculty spent time advertising the what—with fun and engaging “advertisements” depicting the diverse array of Friday Explorations developed for the next several weeks.
And to wrap up the session, while we had the entire school community gathered together, teachers reviewed the revised Academic Integrity/Honor Code. Faculty had expressed concerns last spring that we were seeing more and more instances of plagiarism, copying, etc. Recognizing that this was a “teachable moment,” as well as an opportunity for us to strengthen and improve our pledge to academic integrity, faculty and administration worked during the summer to revise the document that was shared with students and parents at the beginning of the school year. The document is linked here for your information should you not have seen it. We welcome family support as we implement these important guidelines for our students. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have clarifying questions!
Best wishes for a warm, but restful, weekend ahead!
Julie A. Sherrill, Ph.D.
Head of School
The Gregory School is a place that is transforming learning and transforming students' lives. Gregory students lead institutions; they found movements; they invent technology; they run cities. Students leave TGS with a sense of agency; they believe they can change the world for the better and it is our aim to ensure we give them the knowledge, skills, experiences and confidence to do so.Dr. Julie Sherrill