The sun reflected off Milton’s sunglasses as he shook Christopher Geis’ hand on Graduation Day. They turned and posed for pictures, a blue leather-bound certificate clutched between them. Palm trees waved in the background, and applause echoed through the amphitheater. An hour later, Graduates threw up their royal blue hats, and settled in for a night of music, giant Jenga, epic photo booth captures, and many, many trips to the chocolate fountain.
This past weekend marked the 2017 Graduation Ceremony in San Diego, California. During the ceremony, we were able to hear from our student body exactly what Christa McAuliffe School of Arts and Sciences meant to them. “Flexibility,” some said. “Independence,” others said. “The ability to get an education AND live my dream.” The list went on, and we beamed, bright as the sun reflecting off Milton’s sunglasses.
Our mission is to help empower students to thrive and explore their own genius. Please join us in celebrating the graduating class of 2017, and wish them well as they journey on to live their unique purpose and make their impact on the world.
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But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living within that way of life. - Hunter S. Thomson
What a privilege it is to serve such a diverse student body. CMASAS students and families come from dozens of different countries around the world, speaking different languages, practicing different cultures, devoting themselves to different religions and beliefs. Our students are vibrant, brilliant young people, each so perfectly unique in their own ways.
Your School, Your Way
Because you are remarkable, you dare to be different. You touch the future and you change the game, in ways that no one else has thought of before. You no longer move on a factory belt, captured by common, forced into a rhythm of conformity that your feet don’t move to. You’re not play-it-safers, do-it-laters, settling for average, creators of complacency.
Many parents and educators work hard to instill healthy behaviors in children from a very young age, all for their lifelong health and success. We teach children to be polite, responsible and intuitive. What about teaching children how to be generous? And apart from obvious reasons why generosity is important, like “sharing is caring”, why would we want to teach this discipline and attitude to our children?
Dear Graduate, Love CMASAS
Dear graduate, Trust me for a moment and do a crazy thing. Close your eyes and breathe. Breathe deep, big, bigger than you are used to. Listen to the air move up and down your throat, massaging your inner body as it moves. As you listen to your breath remember this, you are alive, you are well. Now do another crazy thing. Go outside. Don’t wear shoes.