All-School assemblies take place throughout the year, typically on Thursdays. These meetings consist of student presentations, musical programs, and sharing of student work. Occasionally there are guest speakers or performers. The content of All-School Assemblies reflects the school’s mission and curriculum.
Careful thought is given to making sure that the content is meaningful and accessible to students at all grade levels, as well as to families and visitors who may attend. Several assemblies are specifically designed to support the school’s antiracism and antihomophobia mission. These include the Gay and Lesbian Pride Assembly, the Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly, and the Festival of African Drum and Dance. All assemblies encourage the development of community within the school and are developed keeping the school’s Quaker Testimonies (Equality, Peace, Integrity, Community, Stewardship, and Simplicity) in mind.
Lower School Community Meetings
Faculty and students are actively involved in organizing and developing the content for Lower School Community Meetings. Students assume leadership roles in planning portions of assemblies, in presenting their work or performing for the community, and in taking on the role of emcees.
All-School Meeting for Worship
In addition to the regularly scheduled weekly Meetings for Worship that occur in individual classrooms, the school community gathers in the gymnasium for all-school Meeting for Worship six times during the year. These all-school Meetings are centered around the Quaker Testimonies of Equality, Peace, Integrity, Community, Stewardship, and Simplicity. Usually a grade-level or classroom has care of the meeting, will present the Testimony, and will read a query for the community to reflect upon during silence.