The theme for our seniors at the start of school this year was appropriately "building." And build we did! But "building" is also a word that describes many positive aspects of success. For example, we "build" strong relationships as well as "build" goodwill, understanding, character or trust. Building in this sense takes time: planning, designing, working together, and persistence in the face of setbacks. On the other hand, tearing down (the opposite of building) can be a sudden and unexpected event. This asymmetry in building up and tearing down is written in our physical laws, the second law of thermodynamics, which describes nature's perpetual slide towards disorder. The implication is that to be a successful builder in all senses of the word takes a great deal of effort, the kind of effort that can only arise from a keen sense of purpose.
As we reflect on the end of this school year, this is a great time to express gratitude for the very purposeful lives that our students have lived this past year. In the presence of challenges facing our young people today, they have stood up for what they believe in and expressed themselves through hard work in our classrooms, on the athletic fields, in the arts and in all our extracurricular offerings. They have mastered new skills and new ways of thinking, they have been afforded a growing number of opportunities to make choices for themselves and we have watched them grow and learn. In short, they have started to build their own lives and we could not be more proud.
As our campus transformation comes into focus, we also welcome new ways of interacting with each other and the creation of new traditions. Prior to our spring snowstorm, we had a spell of great weather that brought faculty and students outside into our new "quad" area between our old building and the new Welcome Center. A visitor shared with me that "this feels like a college campus! So many happy kids outside playing and enjoying each other's company!"
As we head into summer, know our campus will stay active with Summer Programs, Athletic Events and our Breakthrough Program.
In addition, we will continue with our planned renovations of the old Upper School and, early next Fall, hope to open our new athletics offices, the Scobie Center for Student Life and the new Impact Studios that will play host to the Rollins Center for Technology and Design and the Hunt Family Center for Entrepreneurial Education.
We hope all KDS families enjoy their time together this summer. We look forward to cheering on our recently graduated seniors as they head to college and to welcoming everyone else back in August!