A Treat for Class Retreats

Each fall, we devote time early in the school year to give the girls in each grade time to come together as a group to form friendships and build a sense of community. Whether welcoming new students into a class that has been together for a year or two or helping the freshmen begin to create a class identity, the time is well spent.

This year we are excited to have a dynamic speaker joining us to kick off the Class Retreats on Friday, Sept. 1 with a keynote address on Creative Leadership. Jada Monica Drew is an engaging educator who has trained thousands globally in how to communicate clearly, to become better members of a team, and to be more culturally competent.  She will speak to the entire community at 9am in Currier Library and, together with her colleague from Social Designs ConsultingBevelyn Afor Ukah, will offer four workshops throughout the day.
A graduate of Guilford College and Drexel University, where she earned a Masters Degree in Global and International Education, Drew has worked with organizations around the world, including giving speeches at the United Nations Climate Change Summit, the Superwoman Brunch, and the Senegal Global Youth Exchange Program. Education venues she has visited range from James Madison University, Cornell College, and Guilford, to Northampton County (NC) Public Schools and the New England Association of Independent Schools. She is also the CEO of Social Designs, a social justice consulting firm, and author of Revolutionize Now: Creative Leadership & Action for Social Change.
 
Following Drew’s presentation, each class will participate in its own schedule of team building activities, skill-building workshops, and "vision mapping" sessions. Drew and Afor Ukah will present the following:
  • True Colors: Personality and Collaboration (with the sophomores)
  • Collaboration: Engaging and Learning with Community (juniors)
  • Leadership and Self-Care (seniors)
  • Innovative Leadership (open to all)  
Other highlights of the day include team-building on Foxcroft’s own low ropes course, a choice of seminars offered by faculty and staff on such topics as conflict resolution, event planning, and advocacy, and a festive progressive dinner through the dorms that will include cotton candy, snow cones, giant pretzels, wings, popcorn and corn dogs. The sophomores and freshmen will also get training on using our brand new makerspace (look for more on this in future newsletters), and the seniors will be working with Admission officers from several universities on the essays that they are writing for college applications.
 
On Saturday, September 2, the bonding continues with class adventures. Freshmen will take on a high ropes course at nearby Highroad Camp; sophomores head to the Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.; juniors are hiking in Shenandoah National Park; and the seniors will go tubing on the Shenandoah River.
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