BUILDING STUDY UNDERWAY
The Board of Trustees is currently conducting a study to determine the feasibility of moving forward on two building projects.
Last June, Westminster Council granted the school two permits. The first allows for the construction of an arts building at the corner of Waverley Place and Grove End Road. The second permit is for the construction of a 25-meter pool, a fitness room and a dance studio-built below the playground. Both permits allow for the beginning of construction in a five-year window that began in July.
ALTERNATIVES WILL RETURN
Fears that Alternatives are being canceled all together can be assuaged. They will return next year.
The two reasons for not having alternatives this year are that the school wants to make the trips support the schools’ mission statement, and the second reason is the administration felt that March alternatives would place too much pressure on the calendar.
Students can participate in other trips, such as music tour, athletic and global trips.
TUNISIA IN TROUBLE
The American Cooperative School in Tunis was looted and torched in a series of riots on September 14. After a clash with police in the United States Embassy, protesters climbed the walls of the school.
The faculty and students were warned to leave the school prior to the attack. 700 computers were stolen and the building was burnt. No one was injured, but members of the staff fended off rioters with baseball bats. The school is looking for donations and reparations from the Tunisian government.
CLOSED CAMPUS EXTENDED
More than 10 sophomore students were caught violating the closed campus rule on September 26 by Dean of Students Joe Chodl and Social Studies Teacher and class of 2015 Dean Meg Bailey.
The Sophomore class was under closed campus until the end of October Break but due to the large scale violation the entire grade will not recieve open campus for lunch, conference time, or free periods until one week after the original date for the end of their closed campus.
CHARITY WALK COMPLETED
On September 23, many members of the school community, including Head of School Coreen Hester, spent their Saturday morning completing the Bridges to Peace 10 kilometer walk to raise money for the nonprofit organization Seeds of Peace.
This is the second annual walk and this year the walk was completed by participants all over the globe. In total, the walk raised £85,000 for the charity.
The money will go to creating programs and activities for teenagers in various conflict zones in the Middle East and South Asia.