First all-school assembly celebrates community
With a new Head of School joining the MICDS community, we decided to shake up our first all-school assembly. The weather allowed us to gather together outside in Ron Holtman Stadium to music played by the MICDS Pep Band led by Band Directors Becky Long and Josh Baumgartner. A brief program included remarks from student leaders, our Board of Trustees Chair Michelle Leith Cohen ’88 and Head of School Jay Rainey.
Ms. Cohen said, “While Mr. Rainey has been here only a few short weeks, he has already immersed himself in the energy and excitement of our community and made an impact! Mr. Rainey leads with positivity, compassion, integrity and gratitude. He is a careful listener, insightful intellectual and has a terrific sense of humor. He is laser-focused on community and sustaining a school culture centered on kindness, dignity and respect.”
Then Mr. Rainey shared that we have 19 Jacks and only one student with five As in his name. He pointed out that the majority of students have the letters MICDS in their full names, but that every single student is a member of the MICDS family. He said that names are important, and he’s so excited to learn the stories behind all the names here at School. He finished up his remarks by donning a Rams cap and announcing, “We are one MICDS. We are Ram Nation!” The students erupted in applause and cheers.
As a special surprise, the students welcomed Mr. and Mrs. Rainey to the community with personal gifts. Upper School STUCO co-heads Meredith Goldberg ’20 and Tanay Chandak ’20 gave Mr. and Mrs. Rainey personalized stadium seats for all the bleachers they’ll visit. 8th Grade STUCO leaders offered an embroidered chef hat and apron, plus a new spatula that came in handy when the Raineys hosted pancake brunches for students. And 4th Grade student leaders offered gifts for Silas the bulldog: an MICDS collar and leash, and a comfortable wagon to ride around. (This is a big campus for short bulldog legs!)
Mr. Dana Self, Upper School Choir Director, directed the Chamber Choir in the singing of the MICDS Alma Mater before Mr. Rainey dismissed students for a picnic lunch that included Ted Drewes frozen custard. After lunch, the entire school community engaged in a variety of fun field games together. Different grades made connections and spontaneous foot races broke out between tall Upper School students and much smaller Beasley friends. The campus was filled with laughter, and it was a wonderful day for everyone involved.