Finishing an Unusual Year and Planning for What’s to Come
Looking back over the 2019-2020 school year brings a mix of memories and emotions. Many of our students began the year with a trip to Frost Valley Music Camp while others traveled to New York City to film the Coach Holiday Commercial. What a start!
Our boys jumped into their singing and learning with the passion we expect from NBCS students; their work in class and on stage was thrilling. With science projects, concerts, and breakfasts throughout the Fall, it seemed like a year to beat all. December brought new performances, new audiences, new friends, and a record breaking 22 concerts in 21 days! A quick trip to Atlanta then Carnegie Hall on our docket made for an exciting opening to the New Year.
And then COVID-19.
Photo provided by 18
Photo provided by 18
First, I must recognize the resilience of our young men. While our whole way of interacting and operating was suddenly altered, our NBCS students remained connected to their learning and each other. Through many struggles with technology, schedule, and family dynamics, the boys focused on moving ahead with their assignments (sometimes with some strong encouragement from Mr. M and Mr. Morris). Second, I thank the Staff of NBCS for their remarkable commitment to creatively approaching this unprecedented shift to remote learning. They have been steadfast in their connection to each student’s learning and the needs of all students. Last, I am impressed by the flexibility of our NBCS parents. This has been a difficult time, especially in navigating school-at-home and the pressures put upon families. I am honored to work with you all and grateful for the care you have shown for NBCS.
Looking ahead it is difficult to know what ‘school’ will look like in September. Schools throughout the US are waiting for clear guidelines on how in-person teaching and learning may look next year. I suspect we will get more information in the coming weeks, but our Administration Team is planning both in-person and remote models. We remain confident that a meaningful curriculum will be delivered in the academic and music areas. With the addition of new technology and programmatic development, instruction will be stronger than ever next year.
We will stay on Broad Street for the coming 2020-21 school year and prepare to move to our new permanent home in the State Street School for the 2021-22 school year. This is an exciting opportunity to build new community connections and innovative instruction for students.
Please continue to check back on our website for updated information. It is an unusual time, but an incredible opportunity for growth and change at NBCS. Take good care!