Year End Celebrations
Once again it has been an amazing year of learning, exploring, and making friends. As we conclude this school year, we encourage all our students and graduates to cast away all their self-doubts and self-limiting thoughts. Strengthen your mind by expanding the possibilities and believe in the inherent power within to be who you want to be and follow your dreams.
LS will use established diversity awareness months to add to our curriculum. Our main goal will be to ensure that our classrooms highlight differences and place value on those differences. To do that, we will use grade appropriate lessons with literature representing diverse perspectives. As Rudine Sims Bishop explained, “Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and
reflects it back to us, and in that reflection, we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.” The LS is also examining the ways in which we teach holidays and celebrations to ensure that we are encapsulating authentic voices. There will be a parent committee working with the LS AID subcommittee to provide feedback and make recommendations regarding resources that can be used to create more structured and actively anti-racist programming. The LS curriculum is still being developed for each grade level.
"I have so many great memories at RPS. I especially enjoyed cross country season, orchestra and choir concerts, and club activities. My favorite memory is playing music at a senior healthcare center with the school chamber orchestra. I was really happy because this annual event allows us to connect with the local community with the things that we enjoy."-Spark '20
"My favorite moment at RPS is extremely hard to choose because RPS has made my high school experience the best. But probably any prep rally from our annual spirit week."- Nia '20
"My favorite moment at RPS was winning the Prep championship game and celebrating on the field with all of my teammates. The pure joy I felt on the diamond during those moments was like none other." - Nolan '20
"My favorite memory at prep has to be either Seussical or the Farm Trip. In Seussical, I got close to so many people I otherwise never would’ve had the chance to. I miss how much fun it was to rehearse and perform. For the farm trip, it was the first time we were allowed to roam free and explore. I vividly remember going up to pick black berries and swinging in the sheep pen while trying to not step in their poop. Other than that, I really just cherish all the memories I have with my friends." -Jay '20
"My favorite memory at prep would have to be MCing the Prep Rally with my best friend Nolan. As a lower schooler I always aspired to be one of the kids who would speak and run these events, and I was finally in their position and having so much fun! Seeing the entire school around us, and immersing myself in the community really touched my heart and will be one of my favorite memories at prep." - Gurnoor '20
"My favorite memory is my dance performance when I was a sophomore. That was the first year when we had the opportunity to take dance classes, and I loved it. I performed a traditional Chinese dance, and I felt that my culture was treasured and welcomed here at RPS. Also, both my classmates and my teacher were very supportive. I felt loved by the whole RPS community before,during, and after our performance." - Holly '20