Friday Morning Meeting: A Time to Recognize Dr. Terry and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Opening for the Friday Morning Meeting on January 12, Aleeza Meir played a variation from the first movement of Mozart's Piano Sonata in A Major, KV 331. MCs Valen McCallum '18 and Jonathan Moya '18 welcomed the Middle and Upper School boys and faculty and staff before Head of Music Michelle Demko led everyone in singing "Down by the Riverside."
To honor teacher Dr. Mary Terry and her recent passing, Valen McCallum said a few thoughtful words and asked the boys to share amongst themselves some of their fondest memories of her. Lincoln Williams ’20 said, "One time I tried to take a cookie from her periodic table of cookie elements and she caught me." Luke Jovanovic ’19 mentioned that she gave him the nickname 'baby seal'.

Speaking next was Headmaster David Trower who said that his hope was that everyone would take some time to remember why we mark the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

He went on to explain the School's current period of transition, both in terms of the construction project and because of the loss of a teacher, suggesting that this is an opportune time to really "think about and value the role of teachers." Mr. Trower also used the occasion to ask the boys to reflect on what it means to be a male in society and emphasized how it’s "important to pay attention to culture’s assumption of what males have in terms of power." He left everyone in attendance with this closing thought: "Our time is now. It starts simply with how we treat each other."
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