Auldern Students Impacted by the Compassion Experience
A day off from school does not mean a day off from learning for our Auldern students. On March 19th Student Life Staff took the entire student body to The Compassion Experience, in Greensboro, NC. This exhibit, a project of the charity organization, Compassion International, was designed to give visitors a glimpse into the lives of children living in extreme poverty all around the world.
Auldern students were given headsets for an audio-guided journey through the exhibit, which included reproductions of the homes or living environments of children who have survived in the poorest conditions. “It was emotional but it was also very intriguing,” one Auldern student said. “At the end, they showed a video of the child as an adult and they talked about how they were helped,” the Auldern student said.
The goal of The Compassion Experience is to raise awareness and ultimately funds to help support impoverished children and provide them with opportunities to thrive. One Auldern student said, “I’m really thankful to have gotten to go. I now know I can do something to help when I get older.”
Auldern Students Learn to Flamenco Dance
Field trips and experiential learning are crucial parts of the academic process here at Auldern. This March, Señor King and our Dean of Academics, Jim Phillips, took the Spanish class to see the Hispanic Flamenco Ballet at the Harrison Auditorium in Greensboro, NC. The Hispanic Flamenco Ballet Ensemble Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing cultural education programs to K-12 students across the United States.
The show included a performance with live music, colorful costumes and examples of contemporary as well as traditional dance steps. There was also an interactive demonstration to round out the experience. During the demonstration one brave Auldern student volunteered to grace the stage to learn some of the dance steps in front of the audience. “It took a bit of encouragement from the rest of the class, but it was a lot of fun to see her get up there,” said Phillips.
Auldern Administers the SATs on Campus
Taking the SATs can be a monumentally stressful experience for high school juniors and seniors. For students at a therapeutic boarding school the additional stress of such an important test can be overwhelming. Recently, Auldern has taken steps to alleviate some of that stress by becoming an SAT Test Site.
Dean of Academics, Jim Phillips, is a big fan of this new offering. “Basically, schools now have the option to provide testing administration on campus on nationally scheduled days,” he said. Rather than taking the test early on a Saturday morning, at an unfamiliar location, students can now take the SATs without stepping foot off camp. “The advantages are great; comfortable, familiar testing environment; familiar test admin staff; small group testing,” Phillips said. Six Auldern students participated this month, and several more students will participate in special summer SAT and ACT test prep sessions in July.
Spring Photos from Campus
Students and staff are so excited for Spring to come. Despite a cold start to the season, there’s evidence Spring all around.
Auldern Welcomes a New Therapist, Hali Calcut, LCSWA
Hali Calcut received her undergraduate degree in psychology and criminal justice. During her undergraduate studies, Hali worked for the University Chaplain and as a Peer Lead Counselor, where she helped to develop and maintain both fellowship and academic programs for young adults. Hali’s devotion to working with adolescents flourished as she volunteered with children’s homes across the state.
She received her Masters of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and holds a certificate in Substance Use Disorders and Addictions. Hali has extensive experience working in community mental health services, therapeutic wilderness, family conservation programs, parenting programs, and residential settings. She practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy.
Hali is passionate about helping adolescents and young adults discover opportunities to cultivate skills that will empower them in fostering resiliency and autonomy. She works to integrate mindfulness exercises into practice, as she feels that providing adolescents with coping skills is critical to working to induce focus and intentionality, allowing for growth and development.
I her free time, Hali enjoys spending time on the coast, kayaking local rivers, and exploring the beautiful North Carolina mountains.