Celebrating a New Academic Year

At this year’s virtual version of the traditional AIS Opening Day Assembly, 4th grader Leah remarked that, amidst the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, “I know I can handle all of the changes, and I know everyone else here can too. Because we are AIS girls and we are resilient!”
Indeed, Miss Agnes Irwin would be proud of our innovative and adaptable community, as students and faculty return to in-person and online classes.
This week, students from all three divisions filled campus for orientation and to see classroom spaces, review safety protocols, meet their teachers, and reunite. On Tuesday, the Class of 2021 celebrated its last orientation day with a Senior Tailgate, class bonding activities, and received their blazers in the annual coating ceremony.
On Wednesday, lower schoolers were met by their teachers, Head of School Sally Keidel, and even Gus as they arrived for the first day of the 2020-2021 school year. After the virtual assembly — which featured Mrs. Keidel; student speakers Leah, 8th Grade President Arden, and Student Body President Ayanna; and even Mr. Savar performing the alma mater — students acclimated to their classrooms and dove into learning.
Juniors received their class rings in a special ceremony on Thursday, participating in an annual tradition that was postponed this past spring due to COVID-19. In addition, they gathered for retreat, where they bonded as a class and prepared for the new year. On Friday, sophomores spent the day doing class activities, including group connection exercises, decorating their class hallway, and even some creative painting!
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