Minis and assemblies
Minis and assemblies are often mentioned as two of the most important pieces of student life and the community of the Lower School.
All-school assemblies take place in the Goodrich Campus auditorium at the beginning and end of each week, on Monday and Friday mornings. Assemblies bring together all Lower School students, faculty, staff, and often parents for school updates and announcements. Students sing, perform, and celebrate accomplishments as a group. Assemblies are led by students in Grade 5; as a culmination of their Lower School experience, each Grade 5 student leads an assembly on his or her own. Each student is mentored by a Grade 5 teacher to prepare for his or her "emcee day," and these are much-anticipated community events and rites of passage for Lower School students.
Minis: Students in Grades 3-5 take part in a series of six-week electives or mini-courses—"Minis"—taught by Lower School faculty members. Minis offer students an opportunity to learn new skills outside the classroom and collaborate with different students and adults in the community. Minis offered in recent years include basic coding, stop-motion animation, laser cut printmaking, basketball, drums around the world, and mindfulness. A Spanish mini is also offered for students in Grades 3-5 who are new to SPA and need extra time with the Spanish faculty to work on foundational Spanish language skills.