The 2019-2020 academic year, and Lakeside’s centennial, kicked off this week with orientations designed to welcome new students, thoughtful and fun bonding activities between classmates, and a spirited and welcoming convocation.
On Tuesday, students new to Lakeside Upper School were greeted by faculty, staff, and senior leaders (dressed as famous duos) for an orientation to the school and their classes, while new Middle School students were welcomed by their teachers at orientations on Wednesday. The focus on student orientations is to help students navigate the campus, find resources they need, and, most importantly, get to know their teachers, advisors, and fellow classmates.
Upper School officially started on Wednesday, with seniors, ready to “fish for new friends,” welcoming new students by tossing candy as they were dropped off in Red Square. After an extended advisory, the full Upper School student body, faculty, and staff gathered in Saint Nicholas Hall for a welcome from Upper School administrators.
Middle schoolers arrived on Thursday morning, greeted by old and new friends, teachers, and advisors. After a day of community time and introductions to each new class, the entire community came together at convocation. Head of School Bernie Noe welcomed the entire school community, grades 5-12, and particularly the 162 new students spread across all the grades and 26 new faculty and staff.
Noe’s speech centered on what students will need to thrive personally and professionally over the course of their lives. He drew on alumni experience to illustrate three needs: to know what matters to you, to understand how this relates to others and their needs, and the courage to act on your convictions.
Noe was followed by Middle School student Iris O. ’24 and Upper School student government president Aidan C. ’20 who spoke about their experiences at Lakeside. Convocation closed with the Class of 2020 creating a human tunnel to usher out the much-smaller members of the Class of 2027, a tangible reminder of the growth that occurs over the course of a student’s time at Lakeside.