New assembly format is more effective

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Martha Sanchez

While previous assemblies covered all awards for each semester, the new format breaks up those awards into smaller announcements.

Martha Sanchez, RubicOnline Editor

Earlier this year, the Upper School began a new assembly format in which recognition awards, which previously had been part of two separate assemblies, began to be incorporated into regular assemblies throughout the year. This year, there was a spring recognition assembly, but starting next year all recognition will take place in the form of smaller announcements in at the beginning of regular assemblies.

The switch in format brings a positive change to the Upper School. While previous assemblies have taken up longer periods of time, resulting in feigning interest levels in students, the new format takes up less time, therefore giving the students being recognized the attention they deserve from their classmates.

We felt that is is easier to be appreciative of individual accomplishments in this format. The feedback we have received from students and faculty seems to square with that overall sense.”

— Academic Dean Thomas Anderson

Academic Dean Thomas Anderson explained where the idea to change the format came from.

The idea to change the format came from Principal Delgado, as he had heard from the community about the length of the full-length assemblies,” Anderson said. “We felt that is is easier to be appreciative of individual accomplishments in this format. The feedback we have received from students and faculty seems to square with that overall sense.”

The student body seems to agree that the new format brings a positive change.

“The new assembly format is more interesting because it blends in all different kinds of awards and is more interesting and engaging,” junior Thomas Bagnoli said.

Junior Andy Ellis agrees with Bagnoli’s sentiment.

“It’s a lot easier to sit through,” he said.