Today's page is sort of a second chapter on revisits, as we just entertained another fifty newly-admitted students and their families.
Having witnessed dozens of these over the years, it is interesting to consider what remains constant and what changes from revisit day to revisit day. This year's events, for example, featured small groups of parents spending time with Mike Henriques as he shared his appreciation for Proctor's uniquenesses.
Relatively constant, on the other hand--because it's not orchestrated--is the classroom experience, in which work and play usually find common ground.
One thing is certain: no one who attended this morning's assembly will forget Proctor. Most, I suspect, will recall the experience fondly, while others may find the student dynamism too present. The climax was an unexpected flash mob routine by students who learned that choreography over Project Period. It started out small, with one--and then three--students dancing to music from the PA system....
But then--out of the audience--emerge more and more dancers, and the whole experience takes on a pulse and a life of its own.
By the time the Head of School spontaneously joined the line dance (busting some unrehearsed moves), the native Proctor population was experiencing hysteria and euphoria.
The rest of the day was orderly and educational, with panels, the activities fair and lots of interface with faculty and coaches. But no one will forget the unpretentious emotion and sheer fun of Proctor flash mob!
Mountain bikers interact with an interested parent.
Amelia, Charlotte and Klare describe their very recent Mountain Classroom experience.
Visiting parents interact with current parent volunteers during a coffee break.
The sound of Elias's sander drew visitors. "How are you getting your kayak back to Germany?" Hmmmm....
The number of alumni on the faculty says something!
Chris Rogers and Josh Norris man their tables.
Blake talks sports with a lacrosse player.
Mountain biking is big!
Calvin, whose dad graduated in 1970, guides his brother at the activity fair. Here they chat with Mark Tremblay about baseball.
How is it that we have so many birthdays on revisits?!