Marathon Tragedy

Dear Academy Families,

In the aftermath of the marathon tragedy, the Academy is moving forward – as the city — in a thoughtful and healing way. At a special All School Meeting (ASM), we sat as a whole community in reflective silence, followed by almost 20 students and faculty sharing some of their thoughts – an incredibly moving process to hear as our students articulated some very insightful reactions. The ASM concluded with two piano pieces performed by a student and a teacher, as well as some suggestions for “hand’s on” actions to serve other and remember those lost and injured. The main theme seemed to be a reminder of our common humanity in the face of adversity and chaos.

I am incredibly proud of how our students are handling themselves, and the depth of understanding they will take away from this horrific event. I am also aware that individuals handle crisis and grief differently, so that communal rituals such as our ASM might not help everyone to heal equally. Please let us know if your student is taking the tragedy of this week with a level of distress that might warrant our working with him or her, so that family and school can collaborate on our students’ behalf.

It is also noteworthy that at the Marathon Memorial where President Obama spoke and YoYo Ma played, two Academy students performed as part of the Boston Children’s Choir. The nation’s condolences touch us all more closely than we might realize.

In sympathy,
James S. Berkman
Head of School


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