With a seventy year history, Grymes has quite a few traditions that infuse our community with creativity, color and fun and that tie our school’s past with the present. Throughout the year, any number of special events, programs and traditions are the tapestry that add vibrant color to our school life!
An incredibly impactful experience in every Grymes student’s year, Declamations are a wonder to behold. Beginning in Kindergarten, every single Grymes student memorizes a poem of their choice and recites it by memory on stage in front of their teachers, peers and parents. Not only is this program developing confidence, poise and courage in public speaking, but it also infuses a deep love of poetry in our community. Many Grymes alumni can still recite their declamations by heart!
Every class performs a play on stage in front of the student body, faculty and parents throughout the year. We focus on memorizing lines, enunciating clearly and learning how to speak and move in character. Whether it’s Junior Kindergarten performing for twenty minutes or an hour-long Shakespearean production in the eighth grade, all students are engaged and active in the process of performing, costume creation, and set design.
A much-loved community-building tradition, the Partner Program pairs lower and upper school students together each year. Upper School students write a riddle describing themselves to their lower school partners and reveal their identities after the younger partner tries to guess who they are. Partner pairs meet monthly to share lunch, play time and share a fun, seasonal activity or community service project, and a sweet relationship grows as the older partners act as role models and special friends to their younger partner throughout the year.
On the Friday before Memorial Day weekend each year, Grymes students compete against each other in athletic events that include a softball game, long jump, sack races, a run on “The Yellow Brick Road” and a tug o’ war. The day begins with an all-school “salute to colors”, and students accumulate points for the Red and White teams. A winner is announced at the end of the day, with much excitement!
With everything from the annual all-school Halloween Parade of Costumes to the Thanksgiving Feast, to the all-school dragon parade honoring the Chinese New Year and even a Maypole dance to celebrate the joy of Spring, the Grymes community isn’t shy about celebrating special holidays in style!
Eighth graders have a special place of respect and admiration in our school family. Special traditions like the eighth grade speeches, deeply personal speeches made as a departing address to the student body, faculty and parents, the eighth grade dinner, a formal sit-down dinner that honors soon-to-be-grads, and the “passing of the torch” in a candle-lighting ceremony are treasured moments in every eighth graders time at Grymes.
… And so many more!
There are too many Grymes traditions for one website, but all are special treasures that bind together the fabric of our school family.