by Dr. Heather Tracy, Ed.D.
“SIGA” in Spanish is the imperative (or command form) of the verb “seguir” which means “to follow, to continue, to persist, and to pursue.”
When we were naming our new school, we considered dozens of names that incorporated the different aspects of what we wanted our school to represent - global citizenship, intellectual pursuits, service, supportive community care, exploration of self and the world, self-awareness, collaboration, proactive agency, supportive immersion, and a whole host of other concepts that we hoped would embody and inspire our mission. Given our intentional incorporation of travel and cultural immersion, we knew Global Academy had to be incorporated somewhere and yet we did not want to be confused (or to copy) other schools with global academy in their name. We also knew that Supportive Immersion was the relational approach (and SupportEd Immersion the educational approach) that we wanted to use with our students. Supported Immersion Global Academy was the name that kept popping up on our lists.
Two mottos kept coming up as well - “Engage. Immerse. Emerge.” was one and the other was “Immerse, Collaborate and Craft a Better World.” Both gave a sense of what we hope for our students, namely to engage and immerse in learning, work together, and proactively use their power to make the world a better place for themselves and everyone else in it. As much as we circled around different ideas, both of these mottos sparked the idea of being active agents in continuing to always keep learning and working hard to make change and make the world a better place.
High school is just a stepping stone to adulthood and continued learning, growing, and contributing. “SIGA” is a word with such an active meaning. Our students will be active agents in their own learning and artists crafting their own futures. They are not passive receptacles to memorize what we think they need to know. They will not be judged by numbers and A B C D E options on a standardized test. They will be learners who engage in the complexities of life and problem-solve to find solutions and growth. “SIGA” and all that its Spanish meaning embodies felt like just the right acronym for us to chant as students cheer each other on to follow their paths, continue and persist through the hard times, and pursue their dreams to make their own lives and the world at large the best it can be.
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"Siga" in Spanish means keep going... continue forward... persist... and that's what we do!
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