King School joyfully welcomed the new school year by ringing the bells, an annual tradition hosted outdoors on the Segalas Family Field this year, a first for the school. The newly returfed field provided a stunning outdoor backdrop for King’s first in-person, school-wide gathering since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
While health and safety protocols remain in place for the start of the year, the outdoor space allowed the community to gather together at last on the morning of September 13, 2021. King students and teachers filled the field with warm greetings, smiles, and elbow bumps, followed by an applauded procession of the school’s senior class introduced by Associate Head of School for Strategic Program and Head of Upper School Marnie Sadlowsky.
King’s Interim Head of School Carol Maoz welcomed the school by emphasizing its commitment to the community. “As we gather here this morning as one community, let’s ring in the new school year by committing to take care of one another and making sure that everyone in our school feels welcomed and has a sense of belonging,” she stated.
Grade 5 student Jordyn Rivera began her speech with gleaming affection for her school. “I love being a Viking because if I hadn’t come here three years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to make the awesome friends that I have today,” she said. Grade 8 student Jackson Dooley expressed excitement for becoming a Middle School Leader in his speech. “We must set a good example for ourselves, and the younger grades, by working hard, being inclusive, and continuing to be a part of the great King community.”
The speeches shared a common theme in reflecting on the hopefulness and the excitement of being together again in a new year.
Class President Dean Kadubowski ’22 concluded, “The ringing of the bells shows us the power of community better than anything; a single bell can be difficult to hear, but when we all ring our bells together, we create a sound that can not be ignored.”