News Post

Dear Upper School Parents,

The night before each school year begins, I toss and turn in my sleep in anticipation of what is to come. I think about the teachers, students, and yes, I think about the parents, too. Research states that feelings can be categorized into four primary areas - glad, scared, sad, or mad. It's quite possible that you or your child may feel all or some variation of these emotions throughout this year.

Recently, my wife, Allycia, and I welcomed a new member into our family, freshman Ivy Pham, an international student from Vietnam. Ivy and her mother traveled for 26 hours to Charlotte, and once they arrived, Ivy had just a few days to adjust to a new family, establish a new routine, hope to make new friends, and say goodbye to her mother all before starting school. I can only imagine the many emotions that she experienced in just a short time.

Traveling across the world to join a new school is significant; however, it is essential to understand that whether you travel across the globe, make a move from another state, change schools within your city, or transition from the middle school - change can be challenging.

We are excited to announce that we have implemented a new upper school advisory program in hopes that students will connect with our faculty on a deeper level as well as build relationships within their advisory group. These groups will meet on Fridays for 30 minutes and will stay the same throughout your student's time in upper school. The role of the faculty advisor is to serve as your child's advocate, advisor, confidant, and mentor and to help them navigate the many challenges they will face. Because God has created us as relational beings, we believe that advisory time will enhance our thriving Christian community. I will share more about this with you at Back-to-School Night on Sept. 4.

I look forward to getting to know your child and watching them grow. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

God Bless,

Shonn Brown

Upper School Principal