We designate our first two days of every school year to orientation. It involves welcoming our new students, a ton of scheduling logistics, and going over school rules and procedures. It takes two full days and a lot of collaboration and hard work. The kids all receive their new books for the year and are measured for new school uniforms. We have our guardians fill out a school agreement form to be sure that they do their part and commit themselves to our mission. We've been trying to figure out the bus pick up route and fill out paperwork for each and every one of our student files.
We go over the dress code, health and hygiene, morning assembly, attendance, and safety. The kids rotate from station to station. I was with Man Kumari (our science teacher) and Safira (our home fellow) and we definitely had the serious station. Our topics included stranger danger, drugs and alcohol, bullying, and sexual harassment. Not the most "FUN" things to talk about and the conversation varied depending on the age group but the kids really did follow along and participate, and it felt good to have an open and honest conversation with them.
We also have our students sign an honor code and we talk about what it means to be a Kopila student both in and outside of school. The kids pledge that they will not "lie, cheat, steal, or disrespect others." John implemented the honor code this year and it's been a really good way to hold the kids accountable for their actions.
Over the next few days the kids will get split up into their houses, (Harry Potter style) and then the competition for the Kopila cup begins! We're kicking off this week with a big field day competition. Assembly was really great today. Ben announced the kids who made honor role and the principal's list. We introduced our new school bus driver, Ganesh, and our new school nurse Srijana! We're so excited to welcome them both to the team. The kids seem really into the school spirit and ready to kick off the new year.
In other news, our well rig hit 120 feet today and things are looking pretty muddy! Water (at our future High School site) should come any day now.
Thank you all so much for sharing in our school bus excitement and Matt Madeiro's birthday surprise! Thanks to my teachers, principal, staff and fellows for all their hard work these past few days :)