Know Yourself, Be Yourself: The students and teachers of the Rangley, Maine Middle School descended upon Hyde’s Wilderness School site in Eustis this past Monday. The Rangley students were led through a morning of team building experiences and self discovery activities by Hyde students and teachers. The morning was successful enough that the Rangley Middle School would like to schedule an overnight event for next fall.
School Meeting: The meeting this week focused on the word “courage.” The meeting centered around the words of three individuals:
- M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled: “Life is difficult”
- Victor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
- Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Mt. Everest: “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”
Faculty and students shared thoughts and impressions about the courage needed to confront themselves and the inevitable problems and challenges that life presents.
Alumni Weekend: We are preparing for the arrival of close to 100 alumni who will be visiting the campus this weekend. The slate of activities includes alumni facilitated workshops for students on Friday afternoon; an alumni diploma ceremony Saturday morning; athletic events involving alums and students Saturday afternoon; and dinner followed by a talent show Saturday evening that will feature both current students and alums.
Living an honest life: With almost a month of school under our belt, we stopped to assess the strengths and challenges that face us this year. At the end of last week, the seniors took a huge step toward defining their integrity as a class when some cleared their conscience with Dean’s Area infractions from last year and mistakes they had made over the summer. The entire class met with faculty and shared their thoughts on “living an honest life.” It was a powerful start to the year, and Associate Head Bob Felt cautioned them with the statement, “As a class, you have set an important tone. Now, don’t be a one-hit wonder. Use this to now really do something with your leadership.”
Strengths and challenges in the character culture: We met as a community to discuss the areas of the school we can build on and what areas need attention. Our strengths included the female dress code – setting the tone of class and respect; morning breakfast crew – attention to detail; varsity football is beginning to gel (good luck against Vermont Academy this weekend) and student activities highlighted by the faculty and student partnership. Challenges included personal responsibility/being on time and the courage to set and hold a standard with our peers.
School spirit and teams are off and running. Good luck with this weekend’s sports contests. Go Wolf Pack!