Upper School Highlights from September 2017

Upper School Highlights from September 2017
By Haoran Zhu

As the lovely summer has passed, the opening of the 2017-2018 school year marks a new beginning for us. First-year students are opening a new chapter of their lives, and the returning ones are turning a new page, filled with knowledge and adventure. Some of us already have a goal in mind: maybe the creation of a new club or participation in a new sports team. Seeing everyone so energetic and thrilled on the first day of school, I feel more motivated than ever for my senior year here at Sandy Spring.

Varsity Athletics – #GOBEESTS! Fall sports teams, after a month of training and hard work, have started a new season. Varsity Cross Country, captained by Tingjun “Kevin” Ye (’18), Haoran “Breezy” Zhu (’18), Kathleen McCullough (’20), and assistant captain Thomas Fagiolo (’19), competed in its first meet at home and came in second place, tied with St. Anselm. Thomas finished second followed by Ben Davis (’19) finishing fourth. Kathleen was the fifth finisher in girls’ race. Men’s Varsity Soccer, captained by Tomar Serota (’18) and Brendan Powers (’19), won their first game against Grace Brethren with a record of 4-3. Women’s Varsity Soccer, captained by Anna Goodman (’18) and Alex Polón (’18), won both games against Madeira and Washington Christian with records of 1-0 and 2-0 respectively. Women’s Varsity Volleyball had its first win against Washington Christian. All SSFS sports teams this year are working hard to achieve their goals. Best of luck in their journey this year!

All School Assembly – with around 600 students gathered at the Performing Arts Center for the assembly, led by this year’s Clerk of the Student Government, Alex Polón (’18), the energy was remarkable. The assembly featured seniors walking on stage with their buddies from Pk-4, K, and 1st grade, which is a longstanding tradition here at Sandy Spring. The assembly also featured upper school & lower school dance and music performances, an inspiring speech given by Head of School Tom Gibian, and the George Fox Song.

Club Fair – This year, the club assembly was rearranged to be in a fair format, which is something innovative than last year’s presentations. Each club is assigned a table to introduce it for new members, and this year’s clubs are fascinating, with a broad range of interests and activities (see 2017-18 club options here).

Ahead of us, with Spirit Week coming up next week, I cannot wait to see the community’s enthusiasm. The themes for each day are as follows:

  • Monday: Hometown (wear any sort of apparel that shows your pride for where you are from)
  • Tuesday: Pajama Day
  • Wednesday: Crazy Hat and Hair Day
  • Thursday: Class Colors Day (Freshmen- white, Sophomores- red, Juniors- blue, Seniors- black)
  • Friday: Green and Gold Day

On Sept. 23, there will be a Homecoming Dance hosted by the senior class with a photo booth, hula hoop and limbo competitions, snacks and bubbles!

It is such a pleasure to return to the community with all the great things happening and anticipation of more. Welcome back!

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