A bell tolls across Lakeview Academy’s grounds, signaling the official start of the school year on Wednesday.
Students marked the occasion with a few traditional celebrations.
“We have a great tradition of signing the Honor Code for our new students, shaking hands with each child and ringing the bell,” said John Kennedy, Lakeview head of school.
All students, teachers and many parents gathered for a convocation in the school gymnasium Wednesday, where the signing of the Honor Code took place.
Lakeview’s high school has an Honor Council, made up of students in each grade. The council helps maintain the code, which asks that Lakeview students not “lie, cheat or steal” and act honorably.
Kennedy encouraged the students to start the school year focused on integrity, which he defined as, “doing what’s right when no one is watching.”
“I want you to take what we do here to school with you every day, at home with you every night and keep it always in your thoughts,” he said. “...There are many things you can’t control in your life, but one thing you can control is the decisions you make and the thoughts you have.”
The new 12th-grade class donned navy shirts with the word “seniors” in white across the front for the assembly.
Senior Emmy Stephens said she plans to spend her senior year making plans for after high school. Fellow senior Erin Lyles said she’s excited for the new year and “to apply to colleges and start our futures.”
She and classmate Natalie Bear said they love attending Lakeview for the sense of community.
“I just remember coming here in sixth grade and I still have all the same friends,” Lyles said.
“All of my teachers are here from elementary school,” Bear said in agreement. “It’s such a close family.”
Kennedy called the senior class “the great leaders” of the school, and he left all the students with a final note of encouragement.
“Everything you do this year, do it well,” he said.