Every year, the Upper School suspends classes for one day to focus on topics relevant to the grade. This year, Grade Advising Day for Upper School will focus on building community and strengthening student health and well-being. In the morning, freshman will be involved in group-building activities, sophomores will be doing service projects in locations around Portland, juniors will be exploring their preference indicators as they relate to their passage through the college process, and seniors will attend workshops devoted to self-care and personal growth.
In the afternoon, each group will lunch together. After lunch, the freshmen will gain skills around how to help a friend and how to be assertive, sophomores will attend a presentation focused on compassion and service, and juniors and seniors will attend a college preparatory presentation by Speak About It, which offers a performance about consent, boundaries, and healthy relationships. All parents are invited to an evening program by Speak About It on February 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Students are expected to arrive on campus on Thursday by 8:05 a.m. as usual. All grades will return to campus by 1:45 p.m. in time for classes and other activities starting at 2:00 p.m.