The 2017-2018 school year is underway as excited students returned to campus.
Lower School students were welcomed on Thursday, September 7 by faculty and staff along with the 5th grade greeters, the Upper School Vestry, a bubble machine, and members of the football team who offered a lot of high fives.
On a misty first day for Middle and Upper School students, Head of School, Dr. T.J. Locke, welcomed students to the new school year during a combined Chapel service on Wednesday, September 6.
After a rousing, foot-stomping, rendition of When The Saints Go Marching In, Dr. Locke opened by telling students, faculty, and staff, "I can feel the sunshine in Chapel this morning."
This year's Chapel theme is "Make every effort to live in peace with all people." Dr. Locke explained that as he struggles with the weight of the world's problems, "I will try to keep my focus right here, making myself better and making every effort with those around me. This is what is special about our community."
Dr. Locke shared that September is an especially inspiring time for him. "Getting ready for the new school year reminds us all as educators why we chose this profession. And as you, the students, started coming back to campus, you brought your bright smiles, your enthusiasm, and your love of life with you."
In closing, Dr. Locke encouraged students to push themselves to learn, grow, and thrive. "But most of all, let's push ourselves to take care of each other. School communities are not always naturally strong. Our community at EA is strong because we find ways to work together, honor each other, and support each other. Let's make each other proud."
Smiling students, teachers, and staff closed Chapel with an enthusiastic performance of Every Time I Feel the Spirit.
"This is going to be an outstanding school year. I can just feel it," said Dr. Locke.