Faculty Focus: Mrs. Stakem Leaves No Trace

We know she has immeasurable musical talent! We know she is indispensable in organizing and producing the Grymes class plays. However, many of us did NOT know that Mrs. Stakem is a dedicated Scout leader. She recently shared stories and photos from her two-week leadership journey at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico – the Boy Scouts of America’s premier High Adventure base.

Mrs. Stakem presented the principles of “Leave No Trace”, which guide the ways in which one can sustainably and responsibly enjoy our wild resources. Though many items are specific to outdoor recreation, it’s amazing how many of these concepts overlap with the Pillars of our school: respect, honor, kindness, and responsibility.

Seven Principles of “Leave No Trace”

  • Plan ahead & prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of athers

Thank you, Mrs. Stakem, for sharing your journey and insights with us – such a valuable message!

Mrs. Stakem joined the Grymes family in 2007. She is the music teacher for all grades and assists with the drama program. Outside of Grymes, Mrs. Stakem conducts the Orange Community Band and also gives private lessons. She is very involved in the scouting program and is the Cubmaster of Pack 14 and Scoutmaster of Troop 2020. Mrs. Stakem holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Frostburg State University and a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.