2023-2024 Theme: "Belonging" at Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences

Susanne Johnson, Head of School
In the heart of every educational institution lies a powerful theme that guides its mission and shapes the experiences of its students, educators, and families. At Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences, this theme serves as a compass, directing our collective efforts towards a common goal. This year, we are excited to embrace the theme of "Belonging," a concept that resonates deeply within our community and lays the foundation for our journey ahead.

Belonging: A Fundamental Human Need

As educators, it is our tradition to select a theme each year to steer our work and provide a cohesive focus. This year, we have chosen "Belonging." Why? Because we recognize that belonging is not just a want; it is a fundamental human need. It's a need as vital as the air we breathe and the food we eat. And for our students, creating an environment that cultivates a sense of belonging is not just a choice—it is an imperative.

Aligned with Our Strategic Plan

Our commitment to the theme of "Belonging" is not arbitrary; it is a crucial component of our five-year Strategic Plan, which was unveiled in February 2023. This plan underscores our dedication to "Exemplify an Inclusive Community." Inclusivity and belonging are intrinsically linked. By fostering a sense of belonging, we are making significant strides towards realizing our strategic goals.

Every Interaction Counts

Belonging is not an abstract concept; it is something we actively cultivate through daily interactions within our community. Our school day begins with a schoolwide morning meeting in the gymnasium and performing arts center. This gathering sets the tone for the day, emphasizing the importance of unity and connectedness. It's here that we reaffirm our commitment to creating an inclusive atmosphere—one that embraces diversity, encourages open dialogue, respects differences, and values each unique individual.

A "Second Family"

One of the most beautiful outcomes of a strong sense of belonging is the feeling of being part of a second family. Our graduates and their families often describe the Barnesville School community as such, and we aspire to offer this same deep connection to all who enter our doors. When you step onto our campus, you're not just joining an educational institution; you're becoming part of a supportive and caring family.

Active Participation and Collective Mission

We invite each member of our community to actively participate in the life of the school. In doing so, we harness the power of our community, reinforcing our sense of belonging to our collective mission of Joy, Support, and Excellence. Together, we can achieve great things, and together, we can deepen our sense of belonging.

A Year of Growth, Connection, and Belonging

As we embark on this new academic year, we are filled with anticipation and excitement. We are committed to fostering growth, nurturing connections, and maintaining an unwavering sense of belonging within our community. We thank each and every member of the Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences community for being a part of this journey. Here's to a year filled with learning, connection, and an enduring sense of belonging. Together, we are stronger, and together, we will thrive.

— Susanne Johnson, Head of School
     The Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences

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