The gravity of the events of September 11, 2001 was felt by Indian Creek students of all ages today, as the School observed Patriot Day in Lower and Upper School classes.
Many classes opened with a moment of silence this morning, as students and teachers paused to honor those who were lost, and to collectively reflect on the pursuit of peace in our current world. Age-appropriate discussions about the impact that these events had on individuals and our nation as a whole took place throughout the school. In fourth grade, students and teachers watched a Brain Pop video where familiar characters Tim and Moby visit the 9/11 memorial site and share facts about the events of the day. The classes then held a discussion about the "helpers" around the world who came to the aid of those in need in so many ways. This morning's Upper School Town Hall meeting opened with a moment of remembrance. Upper School Head Mr. McCormick shared that while 9/11 is an historic event which occurred before any of the students were born, the memories of that day remain vivid to the adults in their lives. Many teachers shared their own personal memories, sharing the ways that the memories of where they were when they heard the news will never be forgotten.
In Ms. Derry’s AP English Language and Composition class, students turned their exploration of rhetoric to texts about 9/11. Together, the class discussed former poet laureate Billy Collins’s poem “The Names” and analyzed the similarities and differences between George W. Bush’s “Address to the Nation” and “Bullhorn Speech.” They then navigated an online hyperdoc in order to independently explore and reflect on other texts according to their interests. Their choices included a visual analysis of a series of New Yorker covers commemorating 9/11, Brian Doyle’s short essay “Leap,” a speech to Congress, and a Marvel Spider-Man comic memorializing 9/11. Students shared insights and reflections both privately and also collaboratively in an asynchronous online discussion space.
The Indian Creek community came together in many ways to remember those who were lost on September 11, 2001, and to honor those who have worked as "helpers" in the days, months, and years that have followed.