Summer Capstone Consortium June 21
Discussion of the existence of ritual ensued today. The definition of ritual goes something like this, "a ceremony including a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order(n)...(of an action) arising from convention or habit (adj)." We discussed the many rituals that exist in schools both general and specific, and the importance of ritual in our lives and environments. So in light of that I began to explore what Sandia Prep's rituals might be. Our beginning-of-school camps might be considered a Sandia Prep ritual, in addition to Lion and Unicorn Day, activity periods, advisories, artistic and athletic activities, even the daily schedule. And, in essence, though it has been going through transition and change, our curriculum (course content, alignment) can also be considered ritualistic.
On our website, the following introduces a section on About Sandia Prep:
"At Sandia Preparatory School we provide remarkable opportunities for intellectual and personal growth within a challenging and balanced program for students in grades 6 - 12. Our innovative college prep curriculum prepares students for success in college and beyond, and inspires each to find and achieve his or her purpose in the world. As an independent school, Sandia Prep is free to let passionate teachers create rich educational experiences that meet each student's individual needs and to offer the academic and co-curricular programs that best serve our students."
Looking at that statement, and our mission,
"The joy of learning and living is at the center of all we do. Sandia Preparatory School provides remarkable opportunities for intellectual and personal growth within a challenging and balanced program. As an extension of our families, Sandia Prep's diverse community inspires students to find their academic focus, talents and creativity."
it became very clear to me that our focus on project based learning and student-centered learning is also one of our rituals. We believe in giving students the opportunity to explore their passions and that shows in every department and every class in the school. Odyssey Scholars has blossomed as a result of that belief