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Alex Clarke

Members of the Sophomore class take a break from team building exercises during their Re-Orientation Day at Urban Air.

Re-Orientation Recap: Sophomores “Jump” Into a Fun Day at Urban Air

For the first time in recent school history, the first week school felt normal. Despite this, Thursday’s “Re-Orientation Day,” organized by class deans and Upper School administrators still provided a memorable and unique opening. Sophomores, who spent the day at a trampoline park in Wellington, took the opportunity to literally jump back into schooling.

Mrs. Alexandria Clarke, who is the sophomore class advisor and organized their trip to Urban Air, feels that the day went very smoothly.

“We had an incredible day. The students got to participate in many different team building activities, and they also got free time to play with peers. The new students really had an opportunity to jump in and meet their classmates. The day was full of conversations, laughter, and kids being kids,” said Mrs. Clarke.

Students were given lunch at Urban Air, and transportation was arranged by Mr. Fred German.

“Urban air provided all students and teachers with pizza and water. They also had their concession stand open, so kids had the opportunity to purchase things like icees and ice cream. Also, shout out to Mr. German and the transportation team for getting everyone where they needed to be,” added Mrs. Clarke.

Sophomore Leah Klein enjoyed being able to spend time with her friends outside of the classroom.

“My favorite part of the day was talking and hanging out with my friends. I got to spend time with my friends all day rather than see them solely in specific classes. I think the entire sophomore class definitely became closer,” said Klein.

Sophomore Darrow Becker enjoyed all of the team-bonding activities, but 9 v. 9 dodgeball was his favorite.

“I believe that working as advisories and teams in fun bonding activities throughout the day really brought us together in ways that can’t be done in a classroom or during a project. My favorite part of the day was definitely competing in dodgeball. There was a lot of competition between the advisories, but each team definitely tried to have fun as well,” said Becker.

Upper School Dean of Students Mr. Kevin Jacobsen, who cooperated with each of the class deans in organizing this day, had positive feedback about Re-Orientation Day as a whole.

“Overall I think it went great. The term “re-orientation” was brought in to reflect us wanting to get back to that team-building aspect, and to get back to all of our students being happy and trying to put the community first for a day,” said Mr. Jacobsen.

Not only was Re-Orientation Day a huge success in bringing each class together, but the students managed to have a great time in addition to the team-building.

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