By Sylvia Kelly
NSCD is a very welcoming school for new students. When I started my first day here, everyone was kind to me and the environment was incredibly friendly. I was really nervous about my first day because I was going to be the new girl, in the new city, in the new school. I couldn't stop thinking about what the people would be like, whether I would make any friends, and a million other little things.
The day of orientation was not what I was expecting...though I didn't really know what I was expecting. I guess it was just surprising when we had a talk about inclusivity. We talked about communicating with each other and the meaning of community. It was nice to be talking about these things since it was something that I had never really focused or thought about before. The teachers showed us the ropes and I got to know a few of the students better. It was a lot less stressful than I thought it would be.
At my old school in Atlanta, things were very different. The environment could be hostile to those in the minority, especially those who were part of the LGBTQ+ community. The teachers and faculty never really spoke about being kind and open since they were mostly focused on their image. The students did come from more diverse backgrounds, but it was more about being diverse for its own sake and less about being inclusive. But at NSCD, we actually talk about the issues and take action. We even introduce ourselves to each other with our pronouns.
I'm extremely happy to go to a school where the students are welcomed to voice their opinions about current events and issues. And I'm not the only one who thinks this. A ninth grader who wishes to stay anonymous told me, "I think that NSCD is an especially inclusive school to both existing and new students. It was for me my first year.” The fact that we talked about it at all was more than my old school could ever say. I love that there is a United Students of Color club. And an LGBTQ+ affinity group. I love how the teachers can be considerate of the students' perspective along with their own. My teachers back in Atlanta were a little less than understanding.
Overall, my experience at NSCD has been great so far. I've made a lot of friends and I hope that I can make more. I'm looking forward to my high school years here. And to all of the new students who still feel like you haven't quite found your place, you'll get there soon. I promise. You just need to reach out and try.
North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.
All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.