On the first day of school, the entire Upper Division Рstudents and faculty Р gather on the main field (West Gym if rain), stand shoulder to shoulder and shake hands. At the end of 30 minutes, each child and adult has shaken hands with every other child and adult and has greeted them by name Рwe wear name tags to help new members of the Upper Division. The handshaking line makes its way around the perimeter of the field/gym, and when the last pair shakes hands, we delight in doing The Wave several times. This tradition is a way to form community, to welcome each other back to school, and to learn new names. The handshaking also provides the front end of a bookend to the year; our Graduation exercises end with a handshaking line where we say goodbye to departing students. As we begin the school year, we take the time to remember the power of a face-to-face greeting and a handshake.

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