TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas started the 2016-2017 school year Aug. 17 with its annual tradition of a university-style Convocation followed by “the Greeting,” where all faculty and staff line up to welcome all students on the first day of school.
During the Convocation ceremonies, at which new teachers are introduced, Headmaster John W. Cooper, Ph.D., sets a yearly theme. For 2016-2017, that theme is the single word “Forward.” Recalling the pre-race ritual of U.S. Olympic swimmer Dana Vollmer – who writes a single word of inspiration on her foot – Cooper told the students, “During this year, you will run into obstacles and disappointments. When you do, look at your foot and pretend you have written the word ‘Forward’ there. Keep striving toward your goal, and you will make it.”
This year, TMI has a total enrollment of 470 students in grades six through 12, including 120 new students with a record number of ninth graders. Most are day students from the San Antonio area; 60 are Residential Life (boarding) students from South Texas as well as Illinois, Kentucky and Mississippi. International students come from China, Mexico, Nigeria, Singapore and South Korea.
Cooper, who will retire at the end of the year after 23 years as a headmaster, five at TMI, urged students to “Make this the best year ever!”