Special advisee meals held at staff apartments are common occurrences on campus. This Sunday, I hosted a brunch at my campus apartment for my own advisee students, along with the advisory groups of Phil DeLong, Director of Admissions/Residential Life, and Kathleen O’Connor, Spanish Teacher/Academic Dean. We enjoyed caramel and cinnamon roles, breakfast quiches, pumpkin bars, fruit smoothies, and a Spanish-style potato breakfast casserole (courtesy of the Spanish teacher, of course – as a non-Spanish speaker, all I can tell you is that the name of the dish included the word patatas – I think).
Students seem to really enjoy cooking, so along with all of the brunch goodies, we had some cookie dough, cookie cutters, a couple of mixers, and baking ingredients on hand for students who felt like getting creative in the kitchen. Several students collaborated on baking and frosting gingerbread men (and a variety of other free-form shapes) and mixing up M&M cookies. They also took a big batch of cookie dough back to Elaine House to bake later in the communal student kitchen.
I always enjoy listening to the student conversations during these events. Social justice was a particularly popular conversational topic during yesterday’s brunch, with students debating at length to what degree it is appropriate to impose one’s cultural beliefs on others — a pretty impressive choice of topic, I thought, for a group of high school students, relaxing on the couch on a Sunday morning. What a treat it is to work with such delightful students!
-Mary Anna Thornton, Assistant Head of School