Recent Blog Postings

Recent Blog Postings

Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2020
In cities and towns across this country, people are coming together to demand justice and accountability, even in the face of a pandemic. When each of us stands up and speaks out for Black lives, we demonstrate the love and care we have for one another and our resolve to never stop fighting for justice, equity, and basic humanity. Perhaps no lines from Harlem Academy’s School Creed resonate more in this heartbreaking and critical moment than these two: “I care for my community” and “I don’t...
Tags: creed, lower school, middle school, video
Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2020
  Dear HA Community,   I walk through the park before the sun has fully risen. I return to my sleeping children, secure in their beds. We are safe at the start of a new day. But you know this because I am White.   My constructed race, along with my economic status, gender, and sexual orientation position me with freedom to do almost anything and fear almost nothing, while this video that my pastor shared on Sunday is a powerful reminder of how the institutions that guarantee my freedom are...
Tags: creed, DEI
Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2020
Several fourth-graders stood off to the side, anxiously watching as the rest of the lower school walked in and settled down on colored carpet squares placed in rows on the floor. Soon after, they took center stage and began their skit, a reenactment of the book “A Bad Case of Stripes.”   Buoyed by the crowd, the actors hit their stride, driving home the book’s themes of peer pressure and self esteem. “I was nervous at first,” recalls Mariah Savoy, who played the main character. “Afterward,...
Tags: lower school, middle school, creed
Posted on Monday, March 18, 2019
When Ariana Phillips ’17 has a goal, nothing will stop her from achieving it. Whether it’s starting a new club at school, learning Russian, or overcoming a challenge, this Andover sophomore continues to live our creed every day. I Take Opportunities to Lead Earlier this year, Ariana started her school’s first photography club, The Andover Edition, which melds her long-standing interest in photography with fashion and social media. She and other members photograph Andover students for the...
Tags: alumni, creed, leadership, secondary school, college
Posted on Friday, April 7, 2017
The school creed provides a starting point for habit-building at school, but parents tell us that they see their children live by the creed at home, as well. We asked what this looks like. Ilaura Walker's children bring the creed home, and now the whole family uses it in conversations.Ilaura Walker, mother of fourth grader Shane and first grader Ava “I picked Ava up from school one day, and she told me she had been talking about compassion and integrity with one of her classmates. She even...
Tags: family partnership, creed