In Lower Merion School District, #LMSDBuildingBelonging starts the moment students walk through the doors on the very first day of the academic year. This morning, faculty, staff, administrators and mascots gathered at entrances and in lobbies – some even braved the relentless rain - to make sure students were greeted with fist bumps, high fives and plenty of warm, welcoming smiles.
While torrential downpours may have tried to dampen the day, the inclement weather was unable to dampen the spirits of any of the District's eleven enthusiastic school communities, which were all thrilled to have everyone back in their respective buildings. Opening day activities included school tours, "get-to-know-you" activities, class assemblies and lots of catching up after the nearly three-month summer vacation.
Today also marked the official opening of Black Rock Middle School, which will serve fifth through eighth grade students from the Penn Wynne and Gladwyne elementary school catchment areas. The Black Rock facilities include a host of state-of-the-art features, such as flexible spaces called learning communities rather than traditional classrooms, to further the goals of the District's Strategic Plan, All Forward, and to support problem-based learning and collaboration among both students and staff.
A Community Grand Opening Celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Black Rock is set for Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Following the program, students will be available to lead tours of the new school for community members.
Best wishes to all of our students and staff for a safe and successful start to the school year!
To view opening day slideshows from a collection of LMSD schools and photographs shared using the #LMSD1stDay hashtag, click on the respective boxes below!
#LMSD1stDay Social Media Posts
Harriton High School
Lower Merion High School
Bala Cynwyd Middle School
Black Rock Middle School
Welsh Valley Middle School
Belmont Hills Elementary School
Gladwyne Elementary School
Merion Elementary School
Penn Valley Elementary School
Penn Wynne Elementary School