Forman School welcomed 210 students from 25 U.S. states and 16 countries for the 2016-’17 academic year. 75 new students arrived on campus Thursday, September 8 and returning students attended registration on Saturday, September 10.
After Student Leaders helped their peers move in, everyone spent the weekend participating in orientation activities such as a new student hike, Green and White team competitions, athletic practices, and dorm meetings. Among the Forman family is a group of new teachers in the areas of Arts, English, History, The Institute for Cognition and Learning, Mathematics, Science, and Technology.
Monday, September 12 marked the first day of classes, and Head of School Adam K. Man addressed the student body in the inaugural assembly. “As we go about this year, we will be looking at both firsts and lasts,” he said. With the Ingenuity Lab construction completed, students in the Ingenuity Program will be able to use the space for the first time. This will also be the last year the opening meeting will be in the Johnson Art Center, as the Visual and Performing Arts Center will be completed next fall.
Man described the new year and time until Commencement as a quest. He asked the students a series of questions: “What do you hope to accomplish in your time at Forman? By the time you graduate, what's your goal?” He asked the students to think beyond just “getting by” or earning a diploma, and to consider what it would take to “exit Forman in triumph.” In each student’s journey at Forman, he or she must accept the call to action and adventure, and be strategic in choosing a strong support system in the process. Man implored students to make their time at Forman a quest for academic distinction, athletic excellence, in pursuit of artistic endeavors, and for carving out a life that they may have never previously thought possible.
In closing, Man suggested that students visualize their goals, and understand that what truly matters is what happens along the way. “Today is the first day of the rest of your lives,” he said.
Watch the opening of school video below:
Founded in 1930, Forman School is a coeducational college preparatory school for grades 9-12 and PG exclusively dedicated to empowering bright students who learn differently. For more information, please visit www.formanschool.org or call (860) 567-1802.