Alexandra McMullen writes the October featured blog post for NAIS's Independent Ideas. Ms. McMullen is the director of middle school and also serves as the school's coordinator for professional development, grades 6-12 and PG. You may read the entire blog post here.
The Chapin List comprises of those students who have shown reliable consistency in their community involvement, leadership ability, maturity of temperament, and problem-solving ability, as well as having the respect of the community. These students are deemed worthy of the community’s trust and are expected to act as student leaders and role models for the rest of the student body. Members of the Chapin List each conceptualize and complete a unique project that is aligned with their individual interests and designed to better the St. Andrew’s community. Three current members of the Chapin List spoke to us about their projects below:
Charlie Whittaker ’23 just finished his first year at St. Andrew’s. The rising seventh grader from Barrington, Rhode Island sat down with us to talk about his St. Andrew’s experience so far and what he’s looking forward to in the years to come.
A junior from Guangzhou, China, Yuzhe “Felix” Huang is a member of the Math Team, co-founder of the Drone Club, an admissions and alumni ambassador, a member of the 100+ Hours Community Service Club, and an honors student. He is a student leader and a friendly, welcoming presence on campus, fully embodying the Chapin Tradition.
All St. Andrew’s students in grades 9 to 12 are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of community service prior to graduation. But community service at St. Andrew’s goes far beyond an hourly requirement. Rooted in the Chapin Tradition, service imbues our curriculum, invigorates our faculty, and challenges our students to go confidently and courageously forward as agents of change. A new Community Service Committee at St. Andrew’s works to align service efforts across student groups to develop meaningful opportunities for students to give back to their communities and world. Below are some of the ways St. Andrew’s students are making a difference this year: