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Lise's Lens: September 7, 2023

This week I read up on what Jamaican rapper Sean Paul has been up to, reflect on the Fall All Boarders Weekend, and share a special moment I had down in the Fit.

WHAT I’M READING
 
  • I was surprised to find out that Jamaican rapper Sean Paul still has a following (apparently thanks to TikTok!). I am also surprised that there is so much I (who loved his dance music) didn’t know about his own personal journey and some of the tensions between Uptown and Downtown Kingson, Jamaica. Anyhow, if you want a bit of a brain break from all the tough headlines out there, this is an interesting read and it reminded me about the journeys our lives can take…On a somewhat related note, our next issue of The Gryphon magazine is all about CSW alumni musicians in the recording industry, so be on the lookout for that!
     
WHAT I’M THINKING/TALKING ABOUT
 
  • Coming off of an amazing All Boarders Weekend last weekend, I have been thinking a lot about our boarding students. For those who may not know, All Boarders Weekend is a strategically designed weekend of programming meant to build community and foster connections between members of the boarding community. Students share meals together, play games, and bond as dorms through group competitions and activities. While these first few weeks are always fun, I am cognizant of how much emotional energy it can take for students to readjust — or adapt for the very first time — to the rhythms and environment of school, and they are very much on my mind these days. So too, are their parents, who I know miss them dearly. If you have not already, I encourage you to create an account with Vidigami, CSW’s photo sharing platform, so that you can view pictures of your child(ren) from afar and get a sense of what they've been up to!

WHAT I'M WATCHING/LISTENING TO
 
  • Earlier this week I headed to the Fit and the Fields to watch our fall teams practice. Instead, I fell upon uniform distribution day. The Athletic Department staff kindly gave me a job (collecting the hangers) so I could feel “a part of things.” This could be one of the best moments of my week as I was able to be right in the middle of the students and listen while they were picking numbers, sizes, chatting with each other and the staff. This is the privilege of working in a school like ours, being able to soak up the energy, excitement and chatter of our students. And of course, meeting new students and catching up with our returning students.
     
WHAT CAUGHT MY EYE
 
Yesterday the Student Life Office hosted our annual Affinity, Interest, and Alliance group fair. I love this photo that captures the excitement and energy from the day. More on this next week!

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The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive high school for day and boarding students in grades 9–12 and PG. CSW's mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community and the world.