From the Desk of the Interim Head of School,
Prepared, Confident and Principled
In just a few short weeks, Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2015 will be held in the auditorium at Frederick Community College. As we watch the graduates walk across the stage to receive their diplomas, we will look at the 15 poised young adults -prepared, principled and confident - and marvel at how quickly the years have gone by. Wasn’t it just yesterday that many of these graduates sat in the kindergarten class learning about rhyming words, syllables and the concept of tens and ones? Wasn’t it but a couple of years ago that their 3rd grade was headed for a day of fun at Antietam Recreation Center; or as 6th-graders, they were playing their first game as members of Banner’s soccer or basketball team? It seems like it happened in the blink of an eye, but as we stop to reflect, we know that it has been the culmination of a journey. For some of the graduates, their journey at Banner has spanned nine years while for others it has been one, two or six years. For each of them, the journey has been remarkable.
The Class of 2015 graduates from Banner in just a few short weeks...
The journey for the members of the Class of 2015 and for all Banner students began the first day they sat in one of Banner’s classrooms. Each and every day since, their journey has been guided by exceptional and caring teachers who provide a challenging curriculum to promote the students’ curiosity and help them develop the problem-solving skills they will need. Class lectures and assignments; creating Macchias; skits about the Stone Age; a day at Biztown; field trips to the One Room Schoolhouse, the National Cathedral, the National Museum of the American Indian, or Mount Vernon; Sudoku puzzles; expository and creative writing projects; presidential debates; reciting math facts to music; the Science Fair; Oscar Night; Epic Pi Day – each of these and so, so much more, help ensure that students are prepared for success in the next grade and on to high school.
Click on the SchoolTube link for excerpts from our spring musical, "Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr."
With preparation comes confidence, which is developed and nurtured throughout the student’s journey at Banner by serving as a student spokesman at assemblies; acting or singing on stage as part of Go Fish, Thoroughly Modern Millie or Taming of the Shrew; participating in debates in History class; reciting poetry to class members; practicing and playing on a sports team with schoolmates; and presenting the Capstone projects. With the personal attention received in a small class, students develop the self-confidence that will serve them well today and in the future as they face new situations or challenges. And lastly, the journey at Banner promotes and reinforces a respect for others and a strong set of values, for as Martin Luther King said “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of education.” Students learn to value classmates and others in the community through Kindness Month; the classroom behavior rules; participation in community service activities, such as Relay for Life and the lunch program at the Frederick Rescue Mission; the Buddy program; volunteering at Breakfast with Santa; supporting NJHS activities, and working at Coffeehouse to raise money for the charity of the month.
Prepared, confident and principled – our graduates end their journey at Banner with all that is needed for academic and personal success as they continue their life’s journey.