October 15, 2019
END OF 1st QUARTER
Dear Berkeley Academy Parents, Students and Families:
I hope this message finds you all well and I hope that the beginning of this academic school year has been a great start for all of you.
With our new head of school, Mr. Large, taking the reins of our academic administration, I’m extremely pleased with how Berkeley Academy’s community continues to reflect our values of honor, prestige and excellence, as well as maintain our culture of discipline. Mr. Large has done an incredible job thus far, and we are glad that he is able to call Berkeley Academy his new home.
One of Mr. Large’s first initiatives at Berkeley Academy was to implement a “no electronics policy” for two days out of the week. It was a difficult transition for both staff and students alike to adopt, but it has already shown its positive impact on our community. Students are communicating with each other more at lunch and break, instead of bowing their heads to view the next Youtube video or Instagram meme. Berkeley Academy students in high school are sharing important ideas during club meetings and discussing how they can impact their communities, rather than watching nonproductive videos that do not contribute to anything. Lastly, elementary students are defining their personalities by engaging in social activities and community play, rather than defining themselves through an emoji or fantastical character divorced from their own reality.
I hope you can support this initiative that has been carried out, as part of our school’s mission is to help support and celebrate the expression of our student body’s uniqueness, self identification and individuality.
With much gratitude and appreciation,
Peter J. Swing
Berkeley Academy for Multicultural Studies