Congratulations to our graduating fifth-grade Class of 2018! This class is The Raleigh School's 20th anniversary class of elementary school graduates. We wish this kind, compassionate and creative group of leaders all the best as they begin their middle school experience. They will attend Cary Academy, St. Timothy's School, Daniels Middle School, and the Emerson Waldorf School, among others.
Here's a snapshot of the most recent photos taken by parents and teachers showing a little about daily life at The Raleigh School.
A huge congratulations to our Science Olympiad varsity, which was named champion at the spring event! The JV team brought home second-place honors! The Science Olympiad program at The Raleigh School includes more than 80 students and many parent and staff coaches, who give their time and enthusiasm each week. The program is led by veteran teacher Mr. Steve Sather.
Last Thursday evening, the Board of Trustees voted to retain Educators' Collaborative (http://educatorscollaborative.com/) to search for the next head of The Raleigh School. Educators' Collaborative is one of the oldest firms in the educational consulting and search business, and, since their founding in 1971, they have conducted hundreds of Head of School searches and a comparable number of senior administrative searches. Their firm is comprised of eleven partners whose professional experiences have embraced a wide range of independent schools. We are excited to work with Educators' Collaborative as we undertake this important and exciting work on behalf of The Raleigh School.
Hiring the Head of School is one of the Board's key responsibilities, and we take this charge with the utmost seriousness and urgency. As we move forward, we promise to find a Head of School who will build on our strong foundations, embodying the mission and values of our outstanding school and supportive community. Our goal is to have a new Head of School hired by February 2019, with a start date of July 1, 2019.
Throughout the process, we will rely on input from faculty, staff, parents and students to help shape our search. In the coming weeks, we will also be looking to round out our search committee. Thank you for the input you provided in our teacher and parent forums over the past two weeks. We appreciate your feedback and support as we undertake this most important process. Rest assured that we will keep you informed with regular updates as the process proceeds.
Our fifth grade spends the year focused on "choose kind." This year, they reached out to victims of the wildfires in Carpentaria, California, with a simple video reminding the West Coast students to stay strong in the face of disaster. "At The Raleigh School, we see social and emotional skills as being very valued and it's something we teach every day," said teacher Jennifer Brunetti. Students connected with that specific town in California because Brunetti had relatives there. Many families were displaced from their homes by the fire and the mudslides that followed.
This week, the California students responded to let TRS know how much their kindness meant. "They wanted to care for us even though they didn't know us. They care because we're people," one California student says in the video.
Here is WRAL's coverage: https://www.wral.com/-we-wanted-to-help-act-of-kin...