June 14, 2018
Dear IAM Community,
As we wind down the 2017-2018 school year, we can all be thankful for the amazing educational opportunities that the IAM presents. From student-driven initiatives like the protest against gun violence or the beautification of the entry to the school, to a competition to write a school fight song and adopt a mascot, everything at the IAM is driven by and revolves around students. This week we have seen extraordinary efforts by students to put a positive close on the year, approaching their final exams with confidence despite the spike in temperatures.
We welcomed the some 150 incoming freshmen to the IAM at the Ninth Grade Welcome last week on Wednesday, June 7. Everyone was excited as both parents and students received a glimpse into what life will be like when they start school in the fall. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on August 14 when school starts.
On May 24 the Class of 2018 celebrated their graduation at the Macomb Center for Performing Arts with the Commencement exercises. This year I was particularly struck by the power of the words in the graduation speeches by our students. Kalynna Davies, Mairna Askar and Jared Folden all delivered transcendent speeches that not only spoke to the value of the student experience here at the IAM, but to themes significant for society and even the world. The audience was left in awe as each speaker passionately delivered by memory their important messages:
Walking into the IAM changed that, for me. The International Academy of Macomb taught me to claim myself before letting anyone else do it. It taught me to take responsibility for my actions before someone could call me out for my shortcomings. It taught me to take matters into my own hands, if I wished to change anything. It taught me to be myself, despite the fact that other people may not agree with who I am. –Kalynna Davies, 2018.
Thus, find your passion, find your fight, and act constantly. Continue spreading diversity, continue fighting against gun violence, continue fighting against racism. We are all headed in different directions, all aiming for success. In achieving that success, we must remember that we all have a purpose to somehow affect this world and that we are examples for future generations. With that, we must show our strengths. We must show our endurance. We must show our efforts. Stay persistent in what you believe because it is not what the classes we take and the content we study that defines us, but it is how we use what we have learned to act now for this world. -Mairna Askar, 2018.
The IAM was not designed to create students who will take their education and use it for the themselves and the question of the IAM is not “Can we educate to create better students?” I have said it time and time again; the question to ask is “Can we educate to create a better world?” It is a question born out of the hope that if we can imbue enough awareness, enough compassion, enough of an understanding for the fellow man into the next generation, then they can go on to solve the problems left behind by the last. So is this true? Has this worked? Is everything we’re doing worthwhile? Once again, as a lover of science, I can never say anything definitively, but I will say this. Looking at this outstanding, brilliant, and most importantly, eager and fresh, class of individuals sitting in front of you, I think we can all have hope that the answer is yes – some hope that we can create a world without hate and finish the mission that the International School of Geneva started so many years ago. –Jared Folden, 2018.
I leave you with these words of wisdom. I hope everyone enjoys a restful summer. See you in August!