That's So SA

That's So SA

Connected Community

Human beings learn best within the safety and support of authentic relationships, which is why we pay attention to the whole person.

This creates a warm, accepting school culture of connection that empowers our students to ask questions and try new things. Balancing social emotional development with academic rigor while also giving teens many opportunities to to stretch themselves supports their development of self-awareness and self-knowledge.

Giving students a full, well-rounded view of themselves through experimentation and exploration beyond the classroom—through social and class-building activities, and a robust co-curricular program—is the best way to develop confidence and competency.

Community Meeting

Each Wednesday after lunch, our entire school community joins together for the student-run Community Meeting. It’s the temporal center of our week, and it often feels like the emotional heart, as well. The air in the gym almost palpably hums with the power of 400 people in the thrall of a shared experience, feeling similar feelings, reflecting in different ways, creating a powerful bond.

Although each Community Meeting has its own flavor and spirit, there are certain things we can count on each time we gather. We always begin with either a Moment of Reflection or Gratitude—something offered up by anyone in the community who feels so moved. These are then followed by two to three Senior Speeches: a culminating speech (required to graduate) given by every senior. The suggested theme is broad and our students interpret it in any manner they wish. Speeches have taken the form of lists, an original song, a multi-media powerpoint presentation, and much more. 

After these, we are often treated to musical numbers, monologues and scenes, short stories and poems, presentations, and announcements. Every week is different and, except for the required senior speeches, participation is purely voluntary.

At nearly every meeting, we laugh, we cry, we listen, we give standing ovations, and we learn together. Most importantly, we share generously with one another: our thoughts and wisdom, our talent, our laughter and our smiles, our tears. We are all part of the whole.


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  • Random Acts of Kindness

    On Wednesday morning, just as administrative staff were finishing up their Zoom meeting, our staffulty members began to hear knocks on the door. On porches and doorsteps all over the North Bay, members of the Board of Trustees and the Advancement department hand-delivered gift bags of sanity-restoring essentials: coffee, tea, chocolate, wine, and baked goodies, as well as beautiful bouquets of flowers and a hand illustrated card. These treats came after an exceptionally challenging week, accompanied (appropriately enough!) by the return of clear, blue skies. 

    This thoughtful gesture from the board brought home--literally--our school’s commitment to kindness. When we are together on campus, that kindness shows up in a million little ways. We see it in the standing ovations our students give performers and speakers at Community Meeting and the snacks students bring to share in Advisory. We see it in the way students stop to pet their teachers’ dogs in between classes, in encouraging messages left on white boards in classrooms, in handmade gifts that students make in their art or studio classes. We show up for one another’s performances and panels; we share one another’s good news with enthusiasm and excitement. 

    Even though we are apart, our students, staffulty, and trustees are finding ways to spread cheer and buoy spirits. These small acts are manifestations of our supportive, connected community. Random acts of kindness don’t seem so random at all in the context of SA. If you haven’t done a little something to brighten a friend’s day lately, now is a great time to do it, whether you are a student, a parent, or a staff member. 

    Many thanks to the Board and the Advancement team for bringing smiles to our Wednesday! 
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