A Strong Start to a New Year
|The mission of Carrollwood Day School is to create entrepreneurial thinkers for a global society. We provide strong character-based education emphasizing problem-solving skills and philanthropic understanding. Our students are prepared to be world leaders using the International Baccalaureate Programmes, cutting-edge technology, creative arts, and competitive athletics. Most importantly, CDS fosters the development of the entire student not only in academics, but also ethically, emotionally, and through social experience. Our goal is to help students discover and develop their own talents and interests and use these to better the world and themselves.|
Carrollwood Day School’s Upper School hit the ground running and set the pace for a great school year. Upper School students spent two days team building and living our CDS mission during their experiential orientation program. On day one, Upper School students fanned out into the Tampa Bay community to give back, volunteering to hand out food at the food pantry, assisting in programming through Metropolitan Ministries, and cleaning the beach at Picnic Island. On day two, the entire division participated in Patriot Games – Year IV, their own mini-Olympics, bonding across grade levels as they each joined a team affiliated with a country. After Brazil won the day, the students came back in the morning for their first day of classes.
With our student ambassadors sporting "How Can I Help?" buttons, even the newest freshmen quickly felt at home. Ms. Rubinstein, new Head of Upper School, met with the whole student body at their first Upper School assembly, discussing how the IB, character-driven education at CDS will truly prepare them to become leaders and problem solvers in an increasingly complex and diverse world.
The student council wasted no time in ramping up for freshmen elections and the science department helped us all enjoy the cosmic harmony of last Monday's solar eclipse. Advisory groups welcomed new classmates and bonded over ice breakers while seniors met as a class to take on the mantle of leadership for the school. The seniors enjoyed a tour of their new senior parking area which had been festively decorated by parents! Seniors also met their first grade Patriot Buddies, a partnership the entire school will commemorate with an all-school assembly come Friday.
Amidst all this action, students jumped into their academic classes, as they delved into Streetcar Named Desire, mastered the art of the salutation in French (bon jour!), and reacquainted themselves with the mathematical definition of logs. These were just a few of the lessons you could overhear if you walked down the Upper School hallways, where the lockers are finally and satisfyingly full after a long summer of emptiness. The Upper School is off to a wonderfully positive and energetic beginning to what promises to be a productive and joyful year.