Leading by Example at Convocation 2017
September 8, 2017 — The Middle and Upper School communities gathered in the Chapel to kick off the school year at the 2017-18 Convocation ceremony.
Welcomes and words of encouragement were given by 7th and 8th Grade Student Council President Lucy '22, while Upper School Student Council Vice President Rhea '18 (stepping in for President Liney '18) introduced the student leadership group's first Outdoor Movie Night in the Garden.
New faculty and staff members were introduced to the community with personal fun facts presented by their division heads.
Upper School Head José De Jesús closed the gathering by honoring veteran faculty members who serve as examples to students in both divisions:
Be as accepting, empathic and devoted to each other as Ms. Zierath has for 25 years.
Be boundlessly curious and fascinated by our incredible city and its diverse inhabitants that way Mr. Snook has been for 26 years.
Serve your community in ways visible and invisible the way Mr. Paulino has for 28 years.
Add to our school with creativity and endless verve like Mr. Baylin has for 33 years.
Support the rights of others with words and deed like Mr. Zygmuntowicz has for 33 years
Do tasks big and small for the sake of the many like Mr. Santiago Montoya has for the last 34 years.
Serve your community with selfless devotion the way Mr. Dolan has for 35 years.
Be mindful of your self and others, accept different faiths and experiences, like our own Coach Boutis has for 36 years.
Be creative, seek excellence, and sing a tune, the way Mr. Riggio has for 37 years.
Be as friendly, connected, and responsible as Ms. Guerreri has for 38 years.
And last but not least, be as warm, caring, and loving as Coach Domenico has been for the last 41 years (to this day my wife's favorite teacher).
My Pelicans — our treasure is here. Let us lead by example. Let us turn to the 8th and 12th Grades, to our Packer legends, and make this a year that shows not only the very best of our school but the very best of this country we love and our willing to fight for.