Why You Came Home Late For Dinner
Dr. Grauer says, "I look pretty beat up, but the photographer makes it look okay." From Wickininnis Beach, British Columbia
The old French word for heart is cor, upon which we derive the English language word courage.
Sometimes you are not getting the funding, or no one will listen, or you are not listening well enough yourself. Sometimes everything is taking too long, and you are going down this road, deeper, farther, and then you are not even sure where the end is or if you will come out of it at all. Those times might feel terribly fearful, or painful. They may feel lonely, and maybe solitude is even what you are looking for then. It could be you are not connecting to a person at those times, you are connecting with some force, consciousness, or value you know is universal, crossing some boundary you were unaware of.
You don't need to hope for better, hope is not a fix. You don't need to fear any negatives, fear will not help either except what it has to teach you. Stay in the work. You are not lost, you are finding your way.
"Do good work" is our mantra. We have learned a lot about leadership and developed many useful principles, but none more valuable than this, and none that have been more of a mantra to me through good times and hard. This has been a fine mission statement for me and many others close to me, all the mission I've ever needed.
Construction is underway on The Grauer School's final building, which required much perseverance by our Grauer community to accomplish
Doing good work means putting your heart into it, which is courage. We are learning by discovery, open, committed, persevering, self-motivated irrespective of reward. If the work is worth doing, if it is the right thing to do, it is worth doing no matter how it is turning out. You are "in it," and you know it, and there is not going to be an end—not really.
If it is the right thing to do, you might lose all sense of time while you are doing it. You may be home late for dinner.
Congratulations to Mia B. '21 for leading a team of Grauer students, families, and faculty to participate in the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) One Walk on Saturday, November 10. Together, The Grauer School team raised over $2,500 for T1D research.
Twelve Grauer students and 3 teachers traveled to Toronto, Canada to attend the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions, the oldest, largest, and most inclusive global interfaith event, from November 1-7. The event theme was The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change.
9th grade students in Health Class went head-to-head with one another as they competed in the 7th Annual Grauer School Cook-Off! Preparing three different dishes and applying a unit's worth of knowledge to their food selection and preparation, the class presented their dishes to a panel of Grauer judges.
Congratulations to Grauer's Middle School Robotics team, the Grauer Gorillegos, for competing in an FLL (First Lego League) Robotics tournament on November 3. The team was incredibly excited to win the 2nd Place "Core Values" award!
Grauer's Visual and Performing Arts Department presented the first Middle School Café Night event of the year on November 1. The evening included musical performances and drama monologues presented by the Music and Theatre departments, and a display of art projects presented by the Visual Arts department.
Grauer's High School ASB presented Spirit Week during the week of October 29 through November 2. Congratulations to the Senior class for winning the Spirit Week competition, and thanks to all of the other grades and the faculty for showing their spirit all week long for this fun competition!
On Saturday, November 3, The Grauer School Surf Team attended the first Scholastic Surf Series contest of the year in Ocean Beach.
Congratulations to Jackie J. '23 for winning The Grauer School's National Geography Bee on Friday, November 1! Jackie will be moving on to the California State Geography Bee round. Congratulations as well to Mac R. '24 for being the second place runner-up.
Grauer 9th graders went on a field trip to see Julius Caesar at The Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park. The week before, an actor from The Old Globe came to Grauer's campus to lead the students in a workshop, creating tableaux representing key scenes from the play.
Students in 9th Grade Biology class gave Evolution Research presentations this week about the evolution of an organism or trait they had chosen to research. Students researched theories about how the organism evolved and the support for each theory.