February 26, 2012 by jbrettjacobsen
A few months have passed since my last posting. However, it has been an extremely busy season during our Year of Celebration and Innovation at Mount Vernon. During the past couple of weeks, I have been reflecting on the amazing work from our faculty and students specific to our 21st century focus of college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders.
Creative Thinkers. Last Friday, I watched as Upper School students gathered together to travel to Peru for Interim Term. The day before students departed for South Africa. This week other Upper School students will leave for London as well as college tours to the Boston area and another tour through Georgia colleges and universities. Students in grade 7 travel to explore Boston and students in grade 8 depart for Washington, DC. What a week for all of these students!
Ethical Decision-Makers. Connecting to the classroom, Middle School students participated in a program called The Empty Bowl. “Led by Middle School teacher, Maggie Menkus, and with the help of the School’s art teachers, each student created a ceramic bowl to symbolically represent the contributions they would collect supporting two major charities in Sandy Springs and Atlanta. They also reflected on the issues of poverty as representatives from each of the four grade levels provided a summary of what they had learned.”
Collaborators. In addition, Mount Vernon developed a strong partnership with the Helen DeVos School and Garden Presbyterian School in Zambia. Read how MVPS students collected over $7,000 benefiting the Change for Children program.
Innovators. Planning is being finalized for Design Thinking Summit 2012 on March 23 presented by The Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation. The event is sold out and will host educators from Atlanta and throughout the country. We are excited to share the success of learning in the i.Design lab on the Founders Campus. Recently, The Center for Design Thinking appeared in a national publication referencing the trailblazing work taking place at MVPS. As it appears online, a link will be provided.
Solution Seekers. We hosted an all-school event launching the Charging Ahead Campaign focused on immediate capital needs of the School – (1) reinvestment of Founders Campus classrooms; (2) construction of a black box theater on the Glenn Campus; and (3) and construction of the Mustang Athletic Center.
As you can tell, February has been an eventful month in the life of our community. I am proud of the School – students, faculty, and parents. Their work is inspirational, and I give it a 21st Century Seal of Approval.