The power homebase: how homebases can form unexpected unity and friendship among their students

Members of Mrs. Cozzolino’s homebase, including Mrs. Cozz herself, paint mugs at Get Fired Up! in Westerly.

Members of Mrs. Cozzolino’s homebase, including Mrs. Cozz herself, paint mugs at Get Fired Up! in Westerly.

Story by Abby Wang and Jessica Weber

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The final weeks of first semester bring the much-anticipated winter break and the much-dreaded midterm exams. For seniors, however, the final weeks of the first half of the year feel different—they signal the end of their lives at Stonington High School.

With this realization come feelings of uncertainty and anxiousness about the future. For these reasons, senior year often feels like uncharted territory. But one thing remains constant: the homebases to which students go at 8:49 A.M. every weekday morning.

Amid the craziness of the school day, homebase serves as a break for most students. It brings people with different personalities, friend groups, and outlooks into one room and creates unexpected, unusual bonds. Without homebase, many of the friendships that have formed among homebase members over the past four years would likely have never happened.

For Sophia Anderson, a member of Mrs. Milde’s (previously Mrs. Scott’s) homebase, this is especially true. She met one of her best friends during freshman year during advisory. Numerous other students, particularly seniors, can relate to such a story.

Sometimes, more rarely, an entire homebase will form a bond. Mrs. Cozzolino’s homebase is the quintessential example of this possibility.

Mrs. Cozzolino (commonly called “Mrs. Cozz”) and her homebase seniors have truly begun a family together: they have eaten hibachi, shopped for Halloween costumes, painted ceramics, taken Christmas card photos, and even adopted a pet fish.

“I never really knew any of them and probably wouldn’t have ever if it weren’t for homebase. Now I consider them all my closest friends,” said Riley Casadei, who identifies as a core member of the homebase.

Shepherd Caruso, who transferred to Stonington High School as a junior, describes the fostering environment of Mrs. Cozz’s homebase that helped her find her place within the school.

“My homebase definitely made it easier for me to make new friends and I never felt left out of anything. It is just a really wonderful group of people that I love very much,” she said.

Natalie Vail, who has alternated between schools, experienced a similar feeling. “As I’ve come back to Stonington, I really get to see how the group has gotten closer since I left sophomore year. I didn’t feel discouraged or left out because everyone was welcoming and kind and acted like I never left.”

These seniors’ feelings toward their homebase is a testament not only to the remarkable ability of a daily Activity Block to bring eclectic students together, but also to the character growth that the homebase environment fosters in its students.

“Since freshman year, we have done nothing but grow. We have not only gained more people but our friendship has grown into something truly remarkable,” agreed Makenzie Sadler.

Though they might be more tight-knit than the typical homebase, Mrs. Cozz’s homebase’s experience rings true for every senior homebase.

Senior Raymond Payne summarized the unifying effects of being surrounded by the same people for four years: “We are all people from different social groups, and I would never know or be friends with most of these people if it hadn’t been for homebase.”

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