The new school year at Harrisburg Academy normally begins with a bang rather than with a slow warm, and this year has not been any different.  We experienced a number of Academy traditions, all of which add considerable value to the Academy advantage.

The first was the All-School Picnic, where more families than ever before gathered for a night of food and fun.  Then during the second week of school, our Upper School students launched their flotilla of canoes down the Juniata River on their annual canoe trip, which welcomes new US students to the Academy and reunites returning students after the summer vacation.  And in 4th grade, students take a two-day adventure at Camp Thompson for the same reasons.

In addition to these, we host Back-to-School Nights, Middle and Upper School Matriculation, the Parents Association Scholastic Book Fair, the Paulus Farm field trip, the fall pep rally, Laps for Learning, and last Friday’s John Harris Circle dinner – just to name a few!  We look forward to each of these annual events.

And if those Academy traditions weren’t enough, our tireless faculty and staff added new ones, activities that might evolve into Academy traditions in the future.  On Sept. 22, nearly 50 Academy students and parents spent the day in Queens, N.Y. at the International Maker Faire, which celebrates technology and innovation.  Last Saturday, 15 Upper School students planted another 30 trees on campus to demonstrate the commitment of our school community to environment sustainability.  (These new arborvitae were a class gift from last year’s graduating seniors.)

All of these on-going annual events, and new traditions in the making, happen in addition to the remarkable teaching and learning which occur daily at the Academy.  At the Academy, we love September and the traditions that it ushers in!