As we finished our first two days of distance learning, our hats are off all!
Our teachers have adapted quickly to bring distance learning to life online and across time zones. They have learned new technologies and new ways to collaborate to maintain the creativity that so easily flows when we work together in person, modeling lifelong learning and high standards of achievement. After launching their efforts these last two days, we are feeling positive about the possibilities in the coming weeks. It was so great to be back at it again!
Our students too deserve enormous credit. They have engaged in new learning modalities with enthusiasm. Their efforts to maintain their interests, clubs, and teams in this strange new world is still taking shape, but they have made some great early contributions to social media to stay connected. Did anyone catch our teams' versions of the toilet paper challenges? Fun stuff! Be sure to follow us @taboracademy as their creativity will most likely be a big focus of our posting moving forward.
Our families have been incredibly supportive and deserve credit as well as our thanks as we have made adjustments that are outside what we have all been accustomed to. With the shift home, parents everywhere now play an increased role in supporting their child’s learning, if not taking on the role of the teacher themselves for their younger children. We hope this blog post from our partners at the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning might be helpful to parents as they step into this expanded role: Research-Informed Distance Learning Tips for Parents.
Because the camaraderie of our community is vitally important to us, we are planning some virtual offerings in the weeks ahead, and hope you will join us to remain connected as they take shape. Already on offer is our virtual revist program for newly admitted Seawolves. There is some great content accessible from our home page for any ardent supporter of Tabor.
While we celebrate the contributions of our community members and our successful adaptations to date, we know it is not easy to deal with the daily stresses, the difficult and sad headlines, and all this change. Of course, the reality each of us faces at home may be very different across our community and across the world. As we remain mindful of others, we know how fortunate we are to be able to lean on our Tabor family to help us get through. By maintaining our relationships and sharing our ideas, good humor, adaptability, and creativity, we can help each other and our extended communities to be strong in the face of this adversity.
We look forward to what our community will create together in the weeks ahead.
In lieu of Prize Day this year, we will launch a webpage on 5/27 that will include a video greeting and speech from Eileen Marceau, Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs. Below that will be a brochure outlining the prizes and their winners. Several prizes will be held for distribution during the Celebration of Seniors event on May 29. After that event, all the prizes will be included in the brochure, which will be printed and mailed to prize winners as a keepsake.
Please join us at www.taboracademy.org/celebrate for a fun virtual celebration of the Class of 2020. There will be music, speeches, a walk down memory lane, awards, and more. We hope you and your friends can join us. The live stream will begin with a countdown and some student musical numbers at 9:30 AM. The program will begin at 10:00 AM.