An Apolitical Word About Student Action on Gun Violence in Schools
The Grauer School Leadership Team finds itself in a time of solidarity with concerned students and educators nationwide about an issue of ultimate importance to the lives of the students our schools strive to serve. Beyond democrat, republican or independent, school shootings in our nation are routine and unquestionably beyond national politics: 91% of the children killed by guns around the world are in the United States. Today, assault weapons in particular are used in a disproportionate number of mass shootings, many of which have targeted schools and, we can fairly predict, will continue to. Our leadership team includes members across the political spectrum; however, first and foremost, we are educators charged with nurturing and educating the next generation of Americans. We all believe the current tragic situation cannot stand and must be addressed with real action. It's been five years and 400 school shootings since the terrible Sandy Hook event, with no action yet.
Hence, our Leadership Team has crafted the following position in an effort to empower students to seek what they, as students coming of age, see as the best path forward. We believe student voices matter—a founding principal of The Grauer School. Teenagers fought in the American Revolutionary War. Teens signed the Declaration of Independence. Five school shootings per month in the United States—assault rifles, the weapon of choice. This is a uniquely, overwhelmingly American problem impacting the spirits and lives of this rising generation more than any other. We are listening to our students!
Grauer School Administrative Statement on Student Action
The Grauer School faculty and administration value student expressions as they develop their voices as well as feelings of compassion towards the students in Parkland, Florida, who have been through a horrific trauma, as have students at Columbine, Sandy Hook, and many other schools. We support expressions and reasonable student action in concert with The Grauer School's espoused school values and Mission Statement. We endeavor to value and empathically hear student perspectives within these core values. A walk-out in reverence to the school in Parkland is planned by many students nationwide, including by some students at Grauer. This walkout is scheduled for 10AM, March 14 (one month after the tragic shooting) and it coincides with our school's daily break time. Students may be on the perimeter of the school site. At school and during school hours, the faculty will provide close chaperoning for any student group petitioning from any reasonable perspective. At later dates, we anticipate that there could be other student proposals for action here or nationwide, such as on March 24, though none are expected to significantly impact academic progress.
We also include the statement issued by the National Association of Independent Schools below.
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Statement on Student Safety
Students have a right to learn without fear. Learning in a safe and healthy environment is a foundational requirement for a successful education. Yet in communities across the country, the fundamental promise to protect students has been fractured by gun violence. This must change.
As a national education association, NAIS empowers independent schools and the students they serve. The schools that belong to NAIS teach students to become informed and engaged citizens who contribute to their communities and to the larger society. As the nation considers how best to protect children, NAIS urges elected officials to take meaningful legislative and regulatory action now to support the safety and well-being of children. We also urge officials to listen to our students as they advocate for systemic change.
This is a problem that we can solve. The issues involved are complex, and many people have deeply held views on how to best address the challenge. But we must get started and refuse to let the complexities paralyze us. Only by working together can our nation's leaders, our schools, and our students bring about the change that's so vital to a secure future.
Grauer's Theatre Department presented Hamlet on March 15-17. We would like to thank Director Erin Langen, the cast and musicians, and all of the students and staff who made this production so spectacular! Thanks to our Grauer community for coming out to see the play and support our Theatre Department.
Eighth grade students Lourdes F. '22 and Julian I. '22 represented The Grauer School at the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair last Wednesday, March 14. We're pleased to announce that both Grauer students won 1st Place blue ribbon awards in their divisions!
Many Grauer students chose to participate in the Youth EMPOWER National Walk-Out on Wednesday, March 14. They gathered to protest for 17 minutes against Gun Violence and in honor of the 17 lives that were lost at Parkland.
The Chemistry class has been quantifying the number of calories stored in the bonds of common snack foods. Engineering their own calorimeters (and insulation systems), students were tasked with calculating how much energy is stored in snack chips and marshmallows.
9th grade students in Health Class went head-to-head in another round of the Grauer School Cook-Off! Preparing three different dishes and applying a unit's worth of knowledge from Health Class to their food selection and preparation, the class served up an amazing show as they presented their dishes to a panel of Grauer judges.
Thanks to everyone who attended Grauer's Casino Night event on March 10. We had a great turnout, from fiercely competitive poker players to beginners who got tips and instructions on blackjack, craps and roulette. Our 6th Annual Poker Tournament took place as part of the event.
Grauer's High School ASB would like to thank everyone who attended the Spring Fling Dinner and Dance on Saturday, March 3. We had 60 attendees, and everyone had a great time!
The Grauer School is proud to show our support for the community of Encinitas by participating in local events. We'd like to thank all of the students and parents who staffed a Grauer water station at the Encinitas Half-Marathon race on Sunday, March 4.
On March 2, the Pre-Calculus class presented their annual Carnival Games during lunchtime, where Grauer students and teachers could play some fun games of chance for a quarter. The games are the culmination of lessons from the Statistics and Probability unit.
On March 3, The Grauer School Surf Team attended the final contest of the year at La Jolla Shores. Grauer came just short to San Marcos with team competition coming down to the final heat of the morning. However, Grauer surfers made a strong showing in individual rounds.