Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity

inclusion message from head of school

June 3, 2020

Dear Good Shepherd Families,

In these difficult times, I feel that it is important to reaffirm our steadfast mission to inspire academic excellence in our children within a diverse and nurturing community that builds character and fosters respect for one another and our shared environment, locally and globally. For quite a while, this has been the stated mission of Good Shepherd Episcopal School. Current events did not shape our mission or change it, but current events have emphasized that our aspirations are on the right track. We have a solid foundation on which to learn and do better.

To many of us, the world has spun off-kilter in the past few months. Our very way of life has been assaulted: adherence to rule of law, respect for people and property, unemployment, and threat of deadly disease. Confronted by these overwhelming forces and with no clear solutions in sight, it would be easy to withdraw or give up.

But, it is not time for us to give up; it is time for us to reassert what we CAN do, what we can do in our homes, our neighborhoods, and our school community. Although our schools are closed and we are missing the opportunity to wrap our children in a world of our own choosing, we can build on the principles our children have been taught at home and while at Good Shepherd. Each day our faculty and staff have surrounded our students with forces of good and inclusiveness. We know that you are continuing this while at home, and we will continue fostering the principles outlined in our mission when we are allowed to return to school.

Our school mission commits us to act as an ecumenical, diverse ministry for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Above all, our school exists to educate, demonstrate, and discover the unique worth, beauty, and potential of each child. Good Shepherd expresses our core religious identity by promoting the values of justice, equity, service, civil discourse, and moral courage within the context of a multireligious and inclusive school community. We are distinguished by our diversity, which we see as a core strength, and we believe that a most valuable skill is the ability to create viable, productive relationships with people who are very different from ourselves.

We see the differences in our community, and we celebrate them. We share God’s love with all of our families and strive to honor the dignity of every human being on a daily basis. We commit to confront hatred and bigotry and support each other in times of social injustice and inequity. We commit to upholding our mission and strive to create a diverse community where all of our members feel welcome and heard.

Praying for peace and justice,

Ken Seward
Head of School

Fourth Graders Create African American History Museum

The fourth graders each read a biography of their choice about a famous African American. As they read, they took notes. After reading the book, each student used his or her notes to write a report. Then, on Friday, February 7, the students presented their information in an “African American History Museum” in the library. Students had objects that honored their person, and they explained why that object was important in the life of their subject. Students in grades K-8 toured the fourth graders’ museum with fourth grade students acting as docents.

 

Building Solutions

Our fifth grade students have been powering up their creativity and problem-solving skills through building bridges in their Makerspace session this trimester. In this project, students design a truss bridge, which gives them practice with the math concepts of scale and ratio as well as right, acute and/or obtuse angles. More importantly, it also helps them understand how math is used in a real-world context.

By learning how to build bridges, our students have learned more about how engineers work and what goes into designing and building a complex, but necessary structure that is used by people in all parts of the world every day.

Congratulations to Kai Gray whose bridge held an amazing 277 times its own weight!