J.R. Neiswender | May 17 | Cougar Chronicle

We are so excited to be able to finish out the 2020-21 school year in a way that feels at least a little bit normal. While we know this year has been demanding on many levels for everyone, we are so proud of the way the entire community has come together to prioritize health and safety, which has in turn allowed us to prioritize being together as a community. 

In the Upper School, this spring has brought activities and events that have allowed us to get back to what we know and love doing together as a community. In athletics, our Jr. High and Sr. High track and field teams represented the Cougar community exceptionally well, placing highly in district meets, and having Sr. High athletes compete and win events at the 1A state championship meet. In the arts, we had an outstanding Arts Week, with visual arts shows, drama performances, and musical events streamed to the TNS community throughout the week, demonstrating the myriad ways TNS students and faculty are able to display their creativity and talent. And one of the most difficult challenges during this school year has been finding ways to share community with one another socially, and the recent Spring Formal for 9-12 grade students showed the ability of our Upper School Student Council to be innovative and develop ways to make this kind of activity possible for their classmates. It has been so much fun to see how our students have brought their energy, passion, enthusiasm, and determination to all the opportunities presented to them, both inside and outside the classroom.  These last few weeks have felt like an excellent, successful culmination of all the things we have tried to accomplish throughout this crazy year.    

And on a personal note, I am so happy to be wrapping up my first year as part of this community. When I first began to have conversations with members of The New School over a year ago, I heard loudly and clearly about the energetic students, talented faculty, and thoughtful families that made up this community, and so far, every one of those groups has exceeded those lofty expectations. I am thrilled to be able to share a campus with each of these students and faculty members every day, and I know that we have the opportunity to continue to develop the Upper School in exciting and meaningful ways in the years to come. I wish each of you health, rest, and fun for the summer, and I can’t wait to see everyone recharged for the 2021-22 school year.

J.R. Neiswender

Head of Upper School   

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