As you walk this campus—these woods, these halls, these fields, these sidewalks—today and every day, listen for a chance, one of deep delight whose outcome is not yet known. Look for the ledge. Then leap beyond it, as that’s where the learning occurs.
We are happy to share with you that Dr. Delvin Dinkins, his wife, Davirah, and pooch, Bosley, are now settling in at Jennings House, the Head of School residence. It is an exciting time at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and we would like to extend an oversized Light Blue, Dark Blue, Blue, & Gold welcome to all of them!
I’m writing to provide an update regarding the school and the Board of Trustees' efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at SCH. For the past two years, the board has been engaged in a process to closely examine our community’s experiences, practices, and aspirations regarding DEI.
It was great to see so many of you on campus in the last few weeks—at musical performances, art exhibits, Moving Up ceremonies, and more—and I hope everyone is enjoying the first days of different routines and the change of pace that the end of the school year provides.
In this letter to the SCH Community, Director of DEI Rayna Guy recaps the actions our school has taken over the last year, identifies other related diversity and inclusion initiatives, and provides a look into how SCH is celebrating Black History Month this February.
Our 2021-22 social media campaign, Fired Up Fridays, pays tribute to the message engraved in the stone mantelpiece above the fireplace in the Henry Library that reads: “Kyndle yr awne ffyre” (Kindle Your Own Fire). Each Friday we will shine a light on members of the school community whose passion runs deep for a particular interest, activity, class, or hobby. #FiredUpFridays will post on Insta and Facebook, so be sure to follow along!