As the old John Lennon song goes, “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.” Over the past six weeks, ‘life’ has happened in some very direct and unavoidable ways to the Baton Rouge community. And while our plans for the Episcopal school year have shifted in the short term, it has been such a relief to get back to school as an Upper School community this week at Episcopal.
These unforeseen circumstances have also allowed us to work closely together to find ways to make the most of this transitional period and many students and faculty have shown exceptional leadership this week. Without a place to hold Chapel service, Father Knight has delivered morning prayers and reflections over the school intercom. These have been very warmly received across campus and have allowed us to experience a sense of community at the beginning of each day. The administrative team and Student Body Leadership also met this week with each grade to talk through our current schedule, answer questions, and to put our heads together to plan activities to build spirit and support. These activities will include regular video announcements, spirit activities some days during advisory time, and our Club Fair on September 1st. While we expect this transitional period to be a brief one, the strength, openness, and grace with which the Upper School community has responded to this intrusion of ‘life’ into the beginning of our school year shows that this community has laid the right foundation for a wonderful year ahead.
Dr. Spree MacDonald
Head of Upper School