October 21, 2019

Dear Campus School Families,

It is 8:30am on a beautiful fall morning. My window is open and I can hear singing. It is loud and infused with joy. I look out and see that it is our kindergarten class, and the ones who seem to be doing lead vocals are on the swings.  So there it is: singing and swinging – what could be better?

It is a great way to start my day, and moments like these, when the exuberance of children is on full display, are frequent at the Campus School. This makes me think about the important place joy has in education – especially in a school for children and in particular at our school.

One of our phrases that captures this joyful dynamic is delight drives discovery. Delight is an outcome of discovery but it is also a precursor to it. Our teachers focus on the full equation: promoting an atmosphere of delight and joy + facilitating discovery = engaged and happy students who are primed to discover and learn.

The social and emotional atmosphere of a school contributes greatly to how students learn and develop. At the Campus School we intentionally foster a spirit of joy because we know delight does indeed drive discovery and discovery yields delight; it is a wonderfully powerful cycle and is the right way to approach the teaching of children.