The first week of school flew by as both parents and students joined us on campus in a bustle of activities.
Our first week round-up begins on August 25, the first day of high school, and August 26, when elementary and middle school began. Parents saw their children off at home, the station and the bus stop, with heart-felt “sayonaras” and first-day photos.
Although the weather was wet and rainy, students eagerly descended upon campus, ready for a new year with fresh faces and fresh classes.
All students attended orientation assemblies during the first week of school. They were introduced to the administrators and teachers, discussed schedules and outlined aspirations for the school year. Students also cycled through the week’s courses, getting to know their teachers for the term and the locations of their classrooms.
New elementary and middle school parents visited campus, as well. They familiarized themselves with the facilities, attended orientations with faculty and learned of the various student/parent organizations.
The first of many classes also began in the recently completed Creative Arts Design Center. Students and teachers wasted no time experimenting with the new resources and modular layouts the CADC has to offer. You can read more about the Center in our previous blog post: Welcome to the CADC.
Ending the first week, our Mustangs had the exciting opportunity to play their first football game on Saturday, August 29, against Rikkyo High School. During half-time, Ed Ladd (Head of School), Rick Weinland (High School Principal) and Mariko Yokosuka (Japan Center Co-Director) gave Mr. Tatsuharu Yamanouchi (Rikkyo High School Vice-Principal) a tour of the CADC and discussed the possibility of future academic and athletic coordination between our two schools. Football practice began the week before school started to prepare our team for the season ahead.
The first few days of school are always a special time, and we look forward to the following months as our students study and practice for a bright future.