Home Port (Volume 3: Fall 2013)

(l-r) Lillian Randall, Kaleigh Fallon, Marsha Yalden, Cameron Bass and Cole Silva in Hong Kong

(l-r) Lillian Randall, Kaleigh Fallon, Marsha Yalden, Cameron Bass and
Cole Silva attend IB World Student Conference in Hong Kong

Welcome aboard the Winter 2013 voyage of Soundings.   As we head into Thanksgiving, we are reflecting on all we have to be thankful for at Sturgis. We are thankful for the small group of parents who dreamed up our school and worked hard to make it happen. Since those early years, we are thankful for all the students, faculty, parents, alumni and local businesses who have supported and helped shape Sturgis. Last August, we welcomed a new wave of 180 freshmen and 21 faculty members who will no doubt help shape the future of Sturgis.

During faculty orientation, it is always interesting to meet educators who bring rich international and domestic teaching experiences to Sturgis .   I feel grateful to work in an environment where cross cultural experiences are welcome and celebrated.  To learn more about the background of new faculty, see Welcome New Faculty.

One goal of the International Baccalaureate Programme is to “develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” Many articles in this issue reflect the theme of intercultural understanding and respect.  Sturgis Travels describes the experiences of Marsha Yalden and four rising seniors who attended the IB World Student Conference 2013 held at Hong Kong University in August; a World Challenge expedition to Ecuador in June; and Katie Curran’s trip to Czechoslavakia.

During the recent 50th anniversary commemoration of President Kennedy’s assassination at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation, I was pleased to see two of our students honored for their essays on volunteerism. Hannah Taylor and Julia Tager described their experiences of working in orphanages in Peru and Costa Rica. Their  intercultural experiences motivated them to become more actively involved in volunteer work at home. They won first place and honorable mention in the essay contest “to expand the famous quote from President Kennedy’s Inaugural Address on January 20, 1961: ‘And so my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.’” The full text of their essays is available in Remembering President Kennedy.

As we sail into winter, we have assembled an interesting cargo of  news, photographs, essays and comfort food to see us through the voyage. By the way, be sure not to miss Matt Fetzer’s Comfort Food in Colonial Plimoth! Thanks to our many contributors for their generosity. Sturgis Soundings Magazine is a venue where the Sturgis community of students, alumni, families, faculty and trustees can stay connected.   Like all ventures at Sturgis, Soundings is a collaborative effort. We invite you to participate. Send us your news and suggestions for future issues.

Happy Thanksgiving and Bon Voyage!

Marion Weeks

soundings@sturgischarterschool.org

Happy Sailing!

Happy Sailing!

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