Anniversary gala success
I’m still feeling renewed and inspired by the tremendous success of last weekend’s 20th anniversary celebration. Not only did we have an incredible turnout, we also exceeded our fundraising goal of $100,000 to support the design innovation movement we’re creating for our students. Most importantly, we shared an extraordinary sense of community centered on our belief in a school that challenges and inspires every child and creates a true sense of belonging. I want to thank our founders for being part of the celebration, our staff member Stephanie Erickson for her expertise and coordination, and also our fantastic parents, Anne Mastalir and Sarah Douglass for their leadership and passion in co-chairing this event. Take a minute to view the photos from the gala.
Let’s talk middle school
Recently, I was talking with a friend about her child’s middle school experience outside of SPS and it reminded me that middle school can be a challenging time for any student at any school. It’s a time when friendships mean more than almost everything else and those friendships can be volatile as adolescents explore their identities. As parents and educators, we work to maintain the delicate balance between encouraging independence and providing support and guidance. Our goal at SPS is to create a middle school learning environment that is safe and welcoming, but still provides a real world context. We feel fortunate to offer the only independent middle school IB program in Central Oregon to help us do that.
SPS plans for next year
We have some important work to do in growing our enrollment over the next several months, but I’m extremely confident that we can sustain and build our Seven Peaks School family. We are actively working with existing families to finalize re-enrollment for next year and reaching out to prospective families that have expressed interest in our school. We have also been enhancing our online presence with a new website and digital marketing campaign. In addition, we are engaged in public relations efforts to increase our visibility and reputation within the Central Oregon community. If you know families who might be a good fit for our school, please encourage them to get to know us. We have monthly tours, parent information nights and student visitation days and would appreciate your help in growing our unique K-8 school community. The application deadline is March 16.