Eighth-Graders Preview Harvey US Life
We held our annual 8th Grade Step-Up Night this week, welcoming our current eighth-graders and their families to a preview of life in Harvey Upper School. Families were greeted by administrators and faculty who were ready and excited to answer all their questions about the transition their students will make to Harvey ninth grade next year.
Head of School Bill Knauer spoke about Harvey today while Head of Upper School Phil Lazzaro explained our Upper School opportunities and Assistant Head of Upper School Beth Visintainer reviewed the freshman schedule. Six Upper School students made up a student panel speaking about “A Day in the Life” of a Harvey Upper Schooler, discussing their personal experiences being involved in Student Council, performing arts, robotics, publications, athletics, and the international student program.
Junior Mike Martirano encouraged the eighth-graders to take advantage of every opportunity that Harvey offers in Upper School. “Harvey is the kind of school that is what you make of it,” he said. Senior and Student Council co-president Mya Turner agreed. “You get out what you put into it.” International student and senior Coraline Chu offered her own advice. “One thing to know here is that you are allowed to make mistakes and it’s ok,” she shared.
The last portion of the night allowed families and students the opportunity to walk around the room and visit with faculty about a wide host of the Upper School's programs including academics, athletics, arts, overseas travel, boarding options, community service, advising, and college counseling.
It was wonderful to see our eighth-grade families and students participating in this informative night, and many thanks to our dedicated faculty and staff for their commitment and enthusiasm for Harvey.