Tomorrow is the last day of school before spring break, and you can feel the anticipation in the air. Spring break, in my opinion as an educator, is the most important vacation of the year. As faculty and students scatter across the Bay Area (and some across the country and across the globe), they will have time to refill their tanks before the inevitable excitement that descends in the last seven weeks of the school year.
For many students, especially freshmen and sophomores, spring break marks a time to reflect upon how much they have grown over the last year— physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. As they approach our culminating projects, they know how much they have gained and how better positioned they are to tackle new adventures and challenges.
Many of our faculty and staff members will recharge and reengage their brains in different ways. Several Marin Academy employees are attending a conference on white privilege. Others are headed to the Midwest for a colleague’s wedding. Still others are traveling abroad: our librarians Trevor and Derek, for example, will be in Japan (Trevor, practicing martial arts) and Montreal and Quebec (Derek, learning more about Canada for his world history class).
Students will also travel abroad: Evelyn Tseng and Anayansi Aranda-Yee will accompany a group of MA students to visit our sister school, Xiu Hui High School, and travel in Taiwan, Beijing, Xi An, and Gui Lin. Now in its second year, the trip is designed for students to explore Chinese culture, volunteer, and establish friendships with local Taiwanese and Chinese people. Mandarin experts and novices alike have the opportunity to go.
I am excited for a staycation where I will catch up on reading (mystery novels and the poetry of the late Adrienne Rich), take the boys to the zoo, and prepare for the rest of the school year.
Things I’m looking forward to after spring break:
- Spring concerts and Night of the Arts
- Math Night
- Two Parent Ed events
- “Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe:” a discussion with Alex Filippenko
- Spring sports (and the athletic banquet)
- End of year projects
- And, of course, graduation (though I’m not looking forward to saying goodbye to the Class of 2012)
Happy Spring Break!