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First Day Frame of Mind
Posted 09/09/2016 08:00PM

First day of classes back in session #TodayAtLA as students make their way to assembly... #GrotonMA

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by Allie Goodrich '13

Groton, MA — It’s official: school is back in session. As Headmaster Dan Scheibe noted during last Friday morning’s all-school assembly, it doesn’t matter if it’s your first year or your fourth; everyone, in one form or another, is starting something new.

“There’s always that sense of vulnerability,” Mr. Scheibe acknowledged as he addressed the students, faculty, and staff.

“We all have nerves as we start the year, but what I want us to do for each other is to carry each other on this high, positive sense of possibility and creative energy.”

As he continued, Mr. Scheibe emphasized Lawrence Academy’s mission.

“The faculty here are so excited to work with the promise and the potential and the possibility that is in each and every one of you,” he said. “That’s what we’re here to do.”

“The first part of the mission is recognizing you for who you are. And we do that, not by labeling you, but recognizing you each as an incredible bundle of potential, [and] it’s our job to energize that. The word we use in the mission is ‘inspire’—inspiring you to take hold of that responsibility of fully becoming yourself.”

“It’s a big job, it’s a big mission, but it’s one that’s fueled by this basic energy, this basic sense of potential and excitement that every new year brings.”

If he could offer one strong note of encouragement as the first day began, Mr. Scheibe said that he hoped each person would “make this thing beautiful: make every hour and every day and all the years that you’ll put together here into this thing of beauty, this work of art that is your life as you’re growing up.”

“It’s a beautiful thing that we get to do this as a community…remember that this work, this thing we do together, is something we never ever do alone.”

— Jonathan Gotlib contributed to this report.

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