Building Teams and Community
Middle School and High School Bonding Days have become eagerly anticipated SIS traditions. Each division takes a day at the beach during the first few weeks of school to develop team spirit and build a strong sense of community.
One full day is a substantial investment of valuable learning time. So why are the activities and outcomes of this day critical enough to dedicate a full day that could be spent pursuing the learning goals of the academic program?
SIS is a school with a strong sense of community. There are a number of contributing factors not least of which are the values of working together and getting along that our students bring from home and family life.
Still, there are challenges. We are a very diverse community representing many language and cultural backgrounds. Our students spend an average of three years at SIS; time enough to build serious and lasting friendships in the context of old friends often leaving and new friendships being made.
This social fluidity creates opportunities for our students to develop the skills and attributes that are known to enable young people to enter today’s complex adult world successfully. These certainly include experiences like the Bonding Days that are part of our advisory program at Bayside as well as team sports, musical and theater productions, student councils and the frequent use of teamwork and collaboration in the classroom.
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