Opening Chapel and Human Arch Highlight Start of 2017-18 Year

August 25, 2017


Excitement, anticipation, and beautiful weather mark the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.

The 2017-18 Shattuck-St. Mary’s school year commenced on Wednesday, August 23 with Opening Chapel and the fourth annual Human Arch ceremony on a beautiful, sun-soaked summer evening.

Fr. Colin Maltbie opened the event by introducing The Rt. Rev. Bishop Brian Prior, the IX Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota, who offered the opening prayer. SSM’s two division heads - Heather Morehead, director of the Middle School and Pat Schaefer, director of the Upper School - followed with a shared reading of a well-known Thomas Merton prayer that implores God to guide him even as he is unsure of where he is going. SSM’s Head of School, Matt Cavellier, welcomed the community to another school year and offered the podium to six faculty, staff members, and students who shared their hopes and thoughts for this school year. They included faculty and staff members Leita Gjersvig, Jan Peper, and Angel Rivillo, along with seniors Maria Chirinos, Amanda Cooper, and Class President Tony Huerta-Apanco.

SSM’s Head of School, Matt Cavellier, welcomed the community to another school year and offered the podium to six faculty, staff members, and students who shared their hopes and thoughts for this school year. They included World Languages Instructor Leita Gjersvig, School Store Manager Jan Peper, and Boys Soccer Coach Angel Rivillo, along with seniors Maria Chirinos, Amanda Cooper, and Class President Tony Huerta-Apanco. Accompanied by Choral Instructor James Yao, Bella Fontana ’18 provided a musical interlude before a final blessing.

The SSM community then made its way out to the edge of the Parade Field, where returning students, faculty, and staff members formed an arch for new community members to pass through. The arch grew and moved across the field to the flagpole, where a series of confetti launchers officially kicked off the school year, followed by an enjoyable ice cream social.

For a full gallery of photos from the evening, click here.

Opening Chapel speeches

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