Dr. Grauer's Column - The Unwritten Core Value
The Unwritten Core Value
The Grauer School's weekly assemblies on Tuesdays are a special part of the school's community when we gather all the students and staff together each week. Since we can't gather in large groups due to the pandemic, the school holds virtual assemblies in smaller groups every Tuesday. Assemblies always begin with a message from Dr. Stuart Grauer, and this was his message to the students for Tuesday, February 9. You can read the text of his message in this column, or watch Dr. Grauer's video message by clicking on the image below.
I was thinking about this crazy time period we are going through and how we’ll look back on it, a year from now, 20 years from now. What will we remember most? What images will we take away from all this. How will YOU look back at this time? And will you say, against all odds, I went through it with courage?
I always think of courage as the unwritten Grauer School core value—I think we should add it! Did this year make you courageous? Or did it make more of a coward out of you.
I often think of a coward of someone who is best suited to just leave everyone and go herd cows. Cow-herd… and I think of courage as someone who has a heart –cour, that means heart. I hope that’s you!
Maya Angelou, the great American poet, says that courage makes you not just stand up for yourself, but stand up for somebody else. Is that you? Do you stand up for the person who just got a bad grade, or who just got over COVID-19 or something else, or who was treated wrong, or who is afraid to do what they know they can do? Are you their rock?
Yesterday, I had the most courageous image I might ever get—and it was a total surprise. Yesterday, I got the image I think I will always remember about what it was like during a time of pandemic—an unforgettable image. It was lunchtime, right here on campus. Maybe we are supposed to be anxious, or tired, or laying low, or afraid. I looked out across the green and here is what I saw, right in the middle of this big epidemic: It was a sunny, warm day in mid-winter, bright and clear. Students singing songs to each other, spikeballers laughing and chasing all around the quad, people up on the hill picnicking and laughing, the boyz shooting hoops like they could do it all day long, and another group of students going room to room handing out bouquets of flowers—the whole scene was amazing. I never want to forget it. Magic.
I had never thought about how courageous it is just to live life in joy, in smiles, in song, in play. I'd never though of play as courageous. Yesterday will be one of my greatest memories when I look back at this crazy and difficult time, a time that could have been dark, but it was bright, and I want to thank you for it, you students, thank you, for your play and song and smiles and flowers—yesterday you showed me that play, song and smiles and kindness are wonderful, wonderful forms of courage!
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In this week's column, Dr. Grauer asks his students to consider other way to measure their success instead of focusing routinely on their grades.
The Period 7 Theatre Arts class produced a Brown Bag showcase on February 10. Nadia L. '21 and Lourdes F. '22 performed the one-act dramatic play "Poof" by Lynn Nottage during lunch for an appreciative audience on the quad.
The final rounds of the annual Grauer School Spelling Bee took place on February 11, when 7th and 8th graders competed to decide who will qualify to represent Grauer at The San Diego Union-Tribune Countywide Spelling Bee on March 17.
The Pre-Calculus class went to the beach on February 11 to evaluate their ability to write trigonometric equations from data found by observing the breaking waves. The students found the mathematics in something they love and appreciate... while having fun!
Thank you to all of our wonderful Grauer parents for their contributions to the Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon on February 12!
Courage is the unwritten core value that Grauer students are using to get through this pandemic. Dr. Grauer reflects that he never realized how courageous it is just to live life in joy, in smiles, in song, and in play.