As we near the end of our academic year, Graded is abuzz with activity. Our seniors have begun their International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations and made their college decisions. Graded’s Arts Department has showcased its fine end-of-semester work with the IB Art Exhibition, K-12 Art Exhibition, Graded Voices II Concert, Orchestra Concert, and Into the Woods play. We look forward to the upcoming Graded Film Festival and Band Concert. Our high school athletes have competed in the Big 4 Tournament, and our middle schoolers are currently participating in Little 8 Tournament.
As our strategic plan ensures, students are at the center. It is through this lens during May and June, that we watch them shine. The ability to watch students grow, develop, learn, and change is what makes being part of a school so special. I hope you will join me in celebrating all of our students’ accomplishments and hard work.
This edition of the Graded Gazette features the impressions of incoming Graded High School Principal Stuart Kent after his recent visit to campus. We profile two of our outstanding Graded faculty members, High School Portuguese Department Head and College Counselor for Brazilian Universities Adriana Silveira and Lower School Grade 4 Teacher Andrew Hossack. A beautiful pictorial spread highlights our four Lower School Grandparents and Special Friends Days. Finally, you will note that we need your help in reaching our Graded Annual Fund goal. Our aim is to have 100% parent and alumni participation — no matter the size — in this yearly initiative. The Graded Annual Fund supports excellence and enrichment both in and outside the classroom.
As we approach the last twenty days of school, know that our faculty are committed to readying every student for the coming school year and instilling in them the confidence and knowledge they have gained throughout the school year. We are so very proud of our students’ work and I, too, of our faculty.