Last week’s Upper School Assembly was a panel discussion followed by questions from the boys devoted to the issues raised by Ally Week. The panel of two teachers, a current parent, a young alumnus, and an eighth grader talked about being allies and how important allies are to those coming out as gay to family, to friends, and at school. The open and straightforward panelists seemed to understand their audience and where to pitch the discussion, and the boys, for their part, seemed entirely taken up by what was being said. I was particularly moved when the alumnus and the eighth grader talked about their time at the School and the difficulties they faced (Both had been lead girls in Gilbert and Sullivan.) though adding that they also felt loved and supported.
At the end of the meeting, the boys were asked if they were interested in joining the first Upper School Gay-Straight Alliance. GSAs are very common in American high schools and colleges and increasingly in middle schools and their goal is to make schools safe and welcoming for all students, especially LGBTQ students. Most, like ours, were student initiated and are student driven.
Later in the week I asked colleague and GSA advisor, Jennifer Vermont-Davis, about the response to the assembly and she told me that 27 upper school boys had come to the preliminary meeting. She was delighted; so was I. That’s a lot of allies, that’s a lot of boys wanting to be allies. If boys will feel safer at school now, if boys will feel freer to be themselves, and if more boys will become allies and stick up for each other, then we’re moving in the right direction.
On Monday, September 26, the day on which the first of the debates by the presidential nominees for the November 2016 election was due to take place, the Middle and Upper School boys participated in a morning of research, discussion and debate around a variety of political issues. The morning's discussions concluded with the boys having the pleasure of meeting Benjy Sarlin '00 of NBC and Will Rahn '02 of CBS, political reporters on the national scene, and asking them questions about campaign topics they were interested in and had researched and talked about during group brainstorming sessions earlier in the day.
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February 9, 2017 POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
A-S/Nightingale Young Alumni Mixer
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Harding's Restaurant & Bar
$20 per person
March 10–11, 2017
Alumni Reunion Weekend
Celebrate Allen-Stevenson with your fellow classmates at this year’s Reunion Weekend! Classes ending in “2” and “7” are celebrating milestone reunion years, but all alumni are invited to attend. The weekend features a sit-down dinner on Friday night and an open house of the school on Saturday.
Where: 583 Park (Friday), Allen-Stevenson School (Saturday)