Community Advisory System
Each of our five Advisory Teams will define agendas for themselves, anchored by the overall goal to find ever more effective and enriching ways to honor our distinctive Mission & Guiding Principles. That larger enterprise will not just address the “ladders” of each individual team’s focus; identifying relevant and community-building “bridges” between the work of each team will also be key commitments in the work of each separate team. By intentionally naming teams by “questions”, we seek to benefit from an old-fashioned insight that questions are quests, and that by discovering and engaging the best questions we can truly “uncover our gifts”.
The Question of Arts
- Which of creative and performing arts might most effectively provide TESGS students with skill-building opportunities to discover their artistic possibilities?
- How can TESGS integrate the creative and performing arts into the everyday life of our core academic subjects?
- How best will a Director of Creative & Performing Arts bring leadership to that goal?
- How might TESGS become a crossroads of creative and performing arts for the larger New Bern and Eastern North Carolina community?
The Question of Community Life
- What standards for student conduct (behavior, dress, service, team-building) might bestdefine a Community Code of Conduct?
- What organizational structure might best evaluate/judge the enactment of that conduct?
- What programs/activities/priorities might best uplift the ethical and leadership opportunities for students?
- What is the role of parents in supporting the daily life and learning of TESGS?
The Question of Faith
- How best to understand and enact TESGS’ anchoring commitment to “The Great Commandment” and “The Golden Rule” of Judeo-Christian tradition?
- How best will a Director of Spiritual Life & Chaplain bring leadership to that commitment?
- What celebrations and community rituals can best uphold and enrich that commitment?
- What is the role of diverse faiths in the life and learning of TESGS?
The Question of Global Engagement
- What activities (e.g. trips whether near or far, service, global partnerships, uses of technology) might best enrich our curricular and co-curricular global life and learning?
- How in fact do we define “global”, and what are the implications/possibilities of that?
- To what extent, if at all, should TESGS provide residential opportunities for students from elsewhere in the world?
- Should TESGS seek to become a bi-lingual learning community, and if so how?
The Question of Teaching & Learning
- What is best about our present curriculum, and what needs to be improved?
- Does our present curriculum provide our students with a “21st Century Education”?
- What can be done to better prepare our students for admissions to 1st tier post-secondary learning opportunities (and self-reliant life-long learning and citizenship)?
- Are faculty provided with sufficient support to use their talents most effectively to achieve those goals?