On January 25, 2021, our Middle School students had their spring semester Honor Assembly. The students had the opportunity to hear from both Mr. Humes, Middle School Dean of Students, and Mr. Kirschner, Head of School, on the importance of the honor code.
Mr. Kirschner equated the biannual honor meeting to tuning the strings of a guitar, explaining that it is necessary to do it often to make sure the instrument (our school) is in good shape. His goal for the school is to be known for having good people. “We have so many achievements to be proud of: in the arts, in academics, and in athletics. But we must also value how our character is perceived, and integrate character education into our culture here.”
Mr. Humes reminded the students that the honor code is not just for tests or papers, but for all instances in life, both public and private. Character is how you act when nobody is watching. “For us to have joy, excellence, and connection, we need those anchors of love, goodwill, and trust. Our honor code gives us the tools to make that all happen, but we must use them. We must act honorably, we must act respectfully to all, and we must not lie, cheat, or steal,” Mr. Humes stated.
Mr. Kirschner acknowledged the struggles of this current generation growing up in the age of social media and instant access. “Theodore Roosevelt once said, ‘Comparison is the thief of joy,’ and that is so apparent through social media. It is easy to feel lesser because someone else is boasting about their possessions, looks, or deeds. Therefore, it is even more important to be good and kind through that difficulty. You find what you look for, so look for the good and act as the good you wish to see in the world.” We hope our middle schoolers take these words to heart and strive to be good students, citizens, and people.