Daily All-School Community Meeting
10 a.m. is a magical time at University High School. Our classrooms are empty and our hallways look abandoned, but walk by our auditorium and you’ll hear a bustling room full of laughter and applause. Each day, the entire UHS population — students, teachers, staff, everyone — gathers for 15 minutes in a community meeting to make announcements, share successes, and talk about topics that matter. It’s a simple thing, spending time together each day. But it’s what makes our school a true community.
A typical community meeting — though, truth be told, most students and faculty call them morning meetings — begins with students and faculty making announcements, and then there is a brief presentation. Sometimes the presentation is operational, like when the Spirit Club teaches the whole school a new cheer. Sometimes it’s educational, like when the Eco-Blazers teach us about proper recycling. Sometimes it’s heartfelt, like when Ms. Dean speaks on Veterans Day or when a student shares their passion with us. Whatever the topic, this shared experience helps us grow together as a community.
On Fridays, community meeting becomes an hour-long assembly that features a visiting speaker. Past assembly speakers have included U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, the national tour for Invisible Children, Dr. Pierre Atlas, and Rusty Redenbacher.
And that’s why I love morning meetings. Because we’re all here together. We’re all in a moment together. And sometimes from the back of room, I feel it, that slowing, that immersion, that unified pulse, that thing we had to think to look for.