Centennial School Year Opens with Morning Exercise

On September 4, the entire JK-12 student body, and all faculty and staff gathered together for the first time for the 2019-2020 centennial school year’s Opening Morning Exercise. Third Grade Teacher David Green and Middle School English and Public Speaking Teacher Susan Schinleber read the poem “What is Success” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Head of School Tom Flemma introduced new faculty and staff, and this year’s ASSIST international student was presented with the flag from her home country of Spain. 
And, as he does every year, Tom read aloud a children’s book to set the tone for the year. and reflect upon its deeper meaning. This year’s selection, “If I Built A School” by Chris Van Dusen, was appropriate as the School prepares to unveil a completely reimagined Hall Library, set to open later this month. 
This year’s six “Lifers”—Phoebe Casey, Allie Charnas, Elise Gupta, Ava Khan, Gerald Leesch and Xas Morgan, who have attended NSCD since junior or senior kindergarten—recounted their favorite memories. Then, after everyone singing a rousing rendition of the School songs, “O’er the Fields” and “Wake the Echoes,” the Lifers and their kindergarten buddies led everyone outside to raise the School flag and ring the bell.

The traditional of the entire School gathering together in the Auditorium goes back to the school’s opening in 1919. In the early years, Morning Ex was held every day. Today, the event is held every few weeks and features all kinds of faculty, staff or student presentations, previews of upcoming musical or theatrical productions and guest visitors. 
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