90 years is a long time. In 1929, the life expectancy for a male was 56 years, the U.S. Golf Open was won by Bobby Jones and the most popular book was A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. In spite of the stock market crash and the tough times being faced by many Americans that year, D. Esther Swain began her Kindergarten class in a back bedroom of the Stein Home with four boys and four girls. She agreed to do it for one year. Ninety years later, students are still experiencing her vision for an education rooted in rigorous academics and character building. We have so much to celebrate this year.
As much as things have changed over the years at Swain, the core of who we are and what we do has stayed the same. We are proud of our nurturing environment where children feel at home and safe. We are elated that our students get accepted into top high schools around the country, where they thrive in academics, athletics, the arts and leadership. That being said, we are always looking for ways to enhance what we do here at Swain. Here are just a few things we have added to our program this year:
- Improved safety procedures at our entrances and in our parking lot.
- Four new fantastic faculty members:
- Katie Buczyinski – First Grade
- Patty McClain – Gifted and Enrichment Specialist
- Katy Kish – Fifth Grade
- Rosalie Keddington – Lower and Intermediate School Music
- Newly renovated Middle School wing; including a new collaboration space.
- The addition of a 7th Grade Advanced Humanities Class.
- Additional Levels of Advanced Math Classes in 6th through 8th Grade.
- Cultural Competency Training for all employees.
- Monthly Coffee with the Counselor meetings.
We hope that the next 90 years brings Swain more continued success in educating children at the highest level. Swain is a special place because of the amazing people that make up our community. We hope you will use this birthday as an opportunity to tell us what you hope to see happen at Swain over the next few years.