The 2021-22 school year officially started on Wednesday, August 18, with a half day for Lower, Middle, and Upper School students. This year’s student population of more than 570 includes 124 new students. In addition, almost two dozen new faculty and staff members joined the St. Martin’s community this year.
The buzz of excitement was palpable as happy students were dropped off during morning carpool on the first day. Students headed to their classrooms and were overjoyed to reunite with friends, peers, and teachers.
Interim Head of School Ford Dieth, Jr. '89 rang in the new school year with some help from eager Lower School students who were thrilled to hear the peals of the bell. This longstanding tradition signifies the start of the new academic year, and has inspired a new practice of ringing the Upper School bell following the Lower School’s. It was a great way to bring the Middle and Upper School together to kick off the year too.
After the school bell, it was time for the traditional Opening Day Chapel. The senior and freshman classes gathered in the Dan and Frances White Chapel, filling in the pews while maintaining social distance. The rest of the school community tuned in via Google for the livestream service. Mr. Dieth addressed students, faculty, and staff with remarks about this new school year and all we have to look forward to. As a faith-based school, St. Martin’s invites all students to participate in chapel services throughout the school year, and this opening service set a great tone for the year ahead.
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