Specialty activities are the mechanism for children to come to know and challenge themselves. Through specialty activities, children express their sense of self long before they can articulate this sense with words. It is where work is play, where children are willing to put in more work than they might otherwise in pursuit of their goals and of excellence.
Big obstacles become fun to tackle; kids then learn to think critically about problems, to be creative, to innovate, to problem-solve, to stop at nothing to reach their aims. They learn and practice grit over and over again. Their identity begins to form around these efforts and resultant accomplishments, and they develop character and confidence.
Remote learning poses challenges to our vision of delivering excellent specialty activities to our students, but we are seeing tremendous adaptability in our staff and students to keep this learning going, even when far apart.
To celebrate student learning in Music, Violin, Chess, and Taekwondo, our end-of-year showcase will be a live virtual event and recognize students who have demonstrated excellence and/or extraordinary effort in each Specialty subject.