October 28, 2009
SSA is explicit in its communications, both written and verbal, with students and parents. Speaking as a parent, albeit not part of the PTA, etc., I would describe their message as follows: We welcome you to our family. We will bend over backwards to help you succeed. We will support you in any and every way possible. All we ask in return is that you, parents, work with us and support us; and that you, students, take advantage of the opportunities we are giving you. It is equally clear to me that this same message is delivered to SSA s faculty, perhaps in different words. How else could one explain the fact that faculty are there several times per week, after hours, offering free tutoring? If I may offer just one example, my eldest son and only daughter have been hosted and chaperoned by their teachers on trips to Boston (to visit MIT, Harvard and Tufts), on trips to California (to visit USC, CalTech and even Sea World), and on several trips to Turkey (where my children stayed with the families and friends of their teachers, at no charge). Add to this the innumerable times that SSA faculty have hosted overnight parties at the school gym replete with pizzas paid for out of their own pockets and you will get a sense of their devotion to their students.
- submitted by a parent