Today was the first middle school assembly of the year, beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Star Spangled Banner, played by our music faculty. Dr. Lowry welcomed everyone and the new students, the fifth grade and new faculty members, in particular.
He then spoke to the students about the importance of EMS being a safe place to learn and have friendships, explaining the difference between “tattling” and “telling a responsible adult,” when feelings get hurt or a student feels uncomfortable. He reminded them that sending an email to an advisor, the principal, a teacher, the nurse or himself was a confidential and easy way to ask for support.
Principal DiPaolo also welcomed everyone and explained the importance of “respect” and “responsibility” in the lives of all of us here at The Elisabeth Morrow School. She raised an umbrella representing those two qualities, as we must all operate beneath their protection.
Mr. Cooper introduced the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. He read the Gettysburg Address (which will be read this Sunday at Ground Zero) and shared two videos about the 9/11 Memorial, which can be found at www.911memorial.org. Following the videos, we sat in silence for several minutes of reflection.
The music faculty played Canon in D by Pachelbel, and we ended by singing the Apple Tree Song.
The video clip below is the start of the assembly.