The Country School community gathered virtually at the 2020 Annual Meeting on Oct. 1 to launch the school’s re-articulated mission statement and core values
. In addition, the night was dedicated to honoring faculty and staff, celebrating recent accomplishments and looking toward the school’s future.
“Our mission is the statement on which all else stands. It is core to who we have been, who we are, and who we always will be,” said Head of School Aaron Cooper. “And yet, as times change, its articulation and application necessarily shift so that the school can best achieve its spirit.”
Written by an authoring committee of educators with feedback from the Board of Trustees and the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Mr. Cooper shared the new mission statement with the community: “We create an active, joyful learning environment where children are challenged to think deeply, question thoroughly, and act generously so that they may lead lives of impact and purpose.”
Mr. Cooper spoke about the school’s strategic planning process
that took place throughout the last school year. “It is anchored by the vision of NCCS as a leader in the education of children, and as the preeminent PreK-9 school, bar none. Underpinned by our continual pursuit of expertise in child development, the central aim of our strategic plan is to Redefine Childhood Education for the future.”
“Our children need to be well rounded in the sense of being prepared for the world now and in the future: knowledge of self, care for others, and lively and driven intellect. In this way, preparation for the future involves looking inward, looking outward, and looking ahead. Those skills can be applied to any situation and opportunity and prepare children for a dynamic world,” said Mr. Cooper.
Newly appointed Board President Sarah Irwin thanked parent volunteers for their dedication to the school and the entire community for its robust participation in the Annual Fund and capital campaign. As of today, the school has raised over 17 million dollars for the building of a new Dining Hall, Athletics & Wellness Center
, which opened this September, and endowment.
“Thanks to the generosity of families who came before us, we are built for this moment— we are fortunate to have the resources to make a truly exceptional program possible, and particularly fortunate that we can make the significant investments required to accomplish this in our current environment,” said Ms. Irwin.
As part of the program, School Archivist Mark Macrides presented a new portrait of the school’s founding heads, Edith Dudley and Effie Dunton, which will be displayed prominently in Grace House. Read more.
Earlier in the evening, Mr. Cooper awarded the Holmes, Laverack, and Williams Families Faculty Leadership Chairs, which are typically presented to individual educators, to the entire faculty “for their incredible dedication to our students, for their tireless work in preparing for this year, for their unceasing learning under trying and dynamic conditions, and for the love and care they demonstrate for every member of this community.”
He also presented Service Anniversary Awards to several members of the faculty and staff, including Tom Giggi, Upper School English and History Teacher, for 40 years of service. Read more