Message from the 2019-2020 ASB President, 5/15

Hi everyone! 

I am emailing you all to tell you about a very exciting and new initiative that I, along with Ms. Clark and other ASB members, have been working on. What I learned while I was campaigning for ASB President last year, is that, overall, students felt like they were missing a strong sense of community and school spirit. We have our traditions we love, but it's time to try something we haven’t tried before, especially since we are entering a new era with Dr. Sherman as our head of school. I am so ready to announce the House system! As it is based on our mascot, the Firebird, each House will be called a Nest and named after a bird.  Students in grades 6-12 and MUS teachers will be divided into four Houses/Nests to hopefully help build more camaraderie, support, school spirit and unity. 

The logistics of the Nest/House system are as follows:

  1. The runner-up for ASB President becomes the overall “Head of Nests”.
  2. Each Nest votes for a Head of House, and two Deputy officers (one person from Upper School, one from Middle School.) The Head of House and the US Deputy are a part of ASB and replace Class Representatives, thereby attending weekly ASB meetings.
  3. Nest meetings occur once a month. Heads and Deputy officers are responsible for running meetings and communicating with their Nests about upcoming events, etc.
  4. All students are assigned to one of four Nests from the very start of their Middle School career and they join a community which they come to regard as their family.
  5. All MUS teachers are assigned to one of four Nests from the very start of their employment.
  6. To keep the Lower School in the loop, and help with retention, the 5th grade will be able to get a taste of the Nest System by being known as “Junior Birds.” 5th graders will not have to attend meetings, but they will be included in Nest activities during Spirit Assemblies, sporting events, etc. 
  7. Students and teachers can gain points for their Nest, like in Harry Potter, by participating in school activities, such as dressing in their Nest color, attending athletic events, plays, etc.
  8. There will be a Nest Cup competition and a tally of points from the year in the last week of school.
    By creating a stronger sense of loyalty and belonging, a student-led Nest system like this could help build more school spirit. The Nest system enables and teaches students to contribute and to support each other, in turn leading to stronger relationships. I hope you are all looking forward to this, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out! 

Sincerely,

Caroline Scheil 

       On another note, don’t forget we have ASB elections for the 2020-21 school year in two weeks. If you are interested in running, contact Ms. Clark.