Head of School Photo of the Week: October 18, 2019

There are many things we love about being one school serving all ages, and the days when we get together in our K-12 Color Groups for community building tops the list. This week, we gathered in the Quad, the Stevens' Family Big Room, the Elementary Big Room, and the playground for a meaningful cause—carving pumpkins for the Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center's Blazing Pumpkins event. As I walked around on Wednesday, I saw some of our younger Elementary School and Middle School students leading the design charge—drawing out their visions in pen. I saw our Upper School students listening intently to the design plans of these younger Cutthroats and asking questions, problem solving, and encouraging even the wildest of ideas. Color Groups have students from Kindergarten to 12th grade and faculty members from each division. We meet in Color Groups many times throughout the year to share a meal and to participate in service learning projects and timeless school traditions like Engl Cup or the All-School Holiday Sing-a-long. Every time we do it, we see students building authentic and real connections with older and younger students across the divisions. To have those "one school" peer connections and mentor relationships, often focused around service to our greater Wood River Valley community, is a remarkable thing.