Three distanced Vikings signed letters of intent to play intercollegiate athletics last week. Congrats to Megan K '21 (Fordham) Sean R '21 (Tufts) and Kelly W '21 (Duke). Can’t wait to see your success in college!
By now, I imagine you’re all saturated from the flood of communications across channels dissecting the election results and predicting the ultimate outcome, and I want to acknowledge the stress that many of us are feeling now. I hope we can all find some calm refuge from the anxiety and anger that have been storming around us.
This is an election in which many hard-won rights and protections are at stake. Vistamar represents a deep and foundational commitment to equity and inclusion and the belief that each member of our community has value and dignity. The rights and protections we uphold at our school and in our community in general may affect each of us differently, but, for many, their safety and their future are at stake, and this should concern each of us. Any reduction of those rights and protections, is also a reduction in our ability to provide opportunity to grow and become better than who we were and to make a difference for others.
From Regan Galvan, Director of Teaching and Learning
Next week, we will set aside time for Student-led conferences. This is a chance for students to reflect on their learning thus far and for families to establish a connection with teachers. Student-led conferences also elevate student voices and empower students to own a piece of the assessment process. This has me thinking about our essential question for the year: How does a diverse community become a just community?
Morning Meeting at Vistamar is an important, fundamental part of the life of this amazing school. As Head of School, I have the honor of delivering the first and the last morning meeting addresses each year. Last Tuesday was our first morning meeting. Below you’ll find the text of my first morning meeting address to students, staff, and faculty.
How does a diverse community become a just community?
I want to talk today, during our first morning meeting together, about three ways of being that I hope will sustain me (and us) throughout the upcoming year as we build community together, get to know each other and begin to imagine all we can accomplish together.
The first is to cultivate the desire to care about each other and to act with peaceful intention while understanding our impact on others.
The second is to learn from each other, and to be willing to listen to perspectives that aren’t your own.
The third is to reflect and to see ourselves as honestly as possible so that we might learn from our mistakes and become better.
Congrats to rising senior libero Megan K on committing to Fordham University to play D1 VOLLEYBALL! Megan has been the backbone of the Varsity team for 3 years and we are excited to see her compete at the next level!
Graduation at Vistamar is traditionally a joyous, all community event that celebrates our students’ accomplishments and their families who have encouraged them. Since we couldn’t celebrate together in person this year, it is with great pride in our Class of 2020 that we send you their graduation video.
It has been a heartbreaking few days. As I wrote in our e-newsletter on May 30 and as we discussed at Parents on the Patio and at Morning Meeting on Friday, May 29, we are devastated by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade, and want to acknowledge the worry and pain many in our community are feeling right now. Over the past few weeks we have seen multiple incidents of inhumane treatment of black Americans, on top of a global pandemic disproportionately impacting communities of color and inciting anti-Asian sentiment.
Given recent events in the US and throughout the world, I want to reaffirm Vistamar’s unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion and rejection of racism. Our school was founded with these values and a commitment to diversity of thought and culture is a key tenet of our mission.
Blue & Gold 2020 is taking over! Join us for yoga at 8 am; all community meet at 4 pm and socialize with parents, alumni and friends at 4:15 pm. Online auction catalog is open! Find everything at: https://one.bidpal.net/bg2020/welcome