On Monday, August 21, the Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior classes hosted their first-ever class retreats. For years, YISS seniors have participated in a weekend-long retreat, which focuses on helping them identify goals for the year, prepare for college applications and selection, and bond together as a grade. With the same intended purpose, the class retreats were created to help each underclassmen grade level develop personal goals while also discussing group goals to generate cohesiveness within their grades.
Although the weather was not cooperative, the students gathered in locations around YISS, where they spent time building class unity through games and goal planning. There was a time of personal reflection for the students to examine their lives and set goals they hope to achieve this year. The retreat also included a major dodgeball tournament and Disney Password Charades game, which brought a lot of laughter. Overall, the day was a worthwhile venture that allowed the high school to continue building upon a great start to the school year by fostering class and school community.