It’s the Week After Parent/Teacher Conferences: Now What Do I Do?

Hello MS parents and greetings to you from our awesome UAS Middle School!!!

It was truly a pleasure to welcome so many wonderful parents to our annual teacher conferences on Wednesday and Thursday last week. The feedback we received was extremely positive and to be completely honest, I am a very proud Principal.  Here’s hoping that the conversations you had were rich, and that the information you received was meaningful. I thank you for your continued support of the UAS Middle School, our programs, and most importantly of your magnificent child (children).

Now that these annual conferences have concluded, what can you do to continue supporting your student? Here are a couple of tips to help guide you as you move forward from this point.

  1. Stay connected to the online gradebook of your child via the parent portal. If you are already connected, please stay informed about your son/daughter’s current academic progress. Ask your child questions about incompletes, and ongoing assessment feedback.  Be aware of trends in their learning and work completion.  Allow this information to be a conversation starter with your son/daughter about their current work habits and growth.  If you have not yet opened your child’s online gradebook, and you need assistance to do so, please seek support from our IT office or the UAS Help desk. This information, if reviewed regularly, is a meaningful tool, and your awareness of the data sends a powerful message to your child that their learning growth is important to you.
  2. Continue to be aware of upcoming assessments. Help your son/daugther to be better organized, and to plan ahead in order to minimize their stress and help them be better prepared for formative and summative assessments in all subjects.  If you are like me, you are likely aware of the concept of “cramming” for a test the night before the assessment.  If you are aware of upcoming assessments, you can encourage your student to study in small chunks of time over several days leading up to the assessment, in order to be better prepared and to reduce their overall stress level.
  3. Insist that your child completes all of their formative assessments. Formative assessments help inform student learning, but this data also allows the teacher to better understand what the student knows and is able to do.  Completing formative assessments will help your child feel more confident, and be better prepared to successfully demonstrate their learning via their summative assessment that is sure to follow.
  4. As the year progresses, the expectations for work quality and quantity will only increase. The more sleep your child can get regularly the better prepared they will be to cope with the pressure they will place on themselves, and the stress they will experience because of deadlines and teacher expectations.  Set clear expectations at home about when technology is to be unplugged for the night, when lights need to be turned off, and when bed time should commence.  Studies on this subject are clear:  students who get sufficient sleep (9+ hours a night) are generally happier, and perform better in school.

 

UAS Spring Ski Trip (from Nicole Ashwin)

Ski, snowboarding and Switzerland….oh my!   Stay and ski or snowboard at Anzère, Switzerland, during Spring Break.  (Can you say that 3 times fast?)

But I live in Dubai… I don’t have winter clothes..   No problem.    They provide them!

But I don’t know how to ski or snowboard…           No worries.     You can learn them!

When?            March 24-March 31

How much?   11,000 AED

Who?              Grades 4, 5, 6, and those students in grade 7 who went last year only

What’s included?

  • Full-board accommodation at Chalet Chamossaire
  • All meals and snacks
  • Ski/ snowboard equipment and clothing rental
  • Lift passes
  • Instruction
  • Evening activities
  • Visa
  • Transportation (flights + buses)

How?  Register here.   Non-refundable deposit of 3,000dhs by Dec 12.

Have an adventure!  Have fun!  Have new friends!  Have real snow!

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Upcoming dates and activities:

  • November 29: UAE National Day celebrated at UAS – please stay tuned for more details
  • November 30: NO school – UAE National Holiday
  • December 3:  NO school – UAE National Holiday
  • December 6 & 7: MS Musical – Alice in Wonderland Jr. – MPH @ 6:30
  • December 14 – ½ day schedule – students are dismissed @ lunch time
  • December 15 – January 6: Winter Break
  • January 7: First day of school in 2018! WOOHOO!!!

Principals Coffee and Parent/Teacher Conferences This Week!

Howdy hello MS parents and greetings to you from our awesome UAS Middle School!!!

I look forward to welcoming parents to the next MS Principals Coffee on Monday, November 13 beginning @ 8 AM in the MS/HS Library. Topics for this information sharing event will include, but not be limited to:

  • Synergetic online grade book: I will define some of the vocabulary found within the grade book and help parents make sense of the information found there. IT support will be available to help you access the online grade book if you have not yet been able to enter. Please bring with you to this meeting the electronic device you will use to access your child’s online grade book.
  • Wellness Census: A video will be shown that highlights the KHDA sponsored Wellness Census our students will be taking during the week of November 19.
  • Moral Education: Time permitting, the MS counselors will share highlights of the Moral Education curriculum that will be taught to all UAS MS students during the course of the school year.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

The annual parent/teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 15 and Thursday, November 16. As you are likely aware, parent conferences in the MS are held in 10-minute intervals beginning at 8 AM and concluding at 4 PM. You are kindly asked to register on the Parent Portal to select the teacher or teachers you would like to visit on the days and times that work best in your hectic schedule. As you register for the conference times, you will notice that our dedicated teachers have blocked a lunch recess, and three 10-minute break times during both days. In order to prepare our students for the student-led conferences we will be hosting in the spring, we are asking students to join with you for these November meetings as we want them to be “student involved” conferences. After all, the conferences are about the students learning journey, so why wouldn’t we want them to participate? On behalf of the entire teaching staff and leadership team, we welcome you to our awesome school and we look forward to your positive participation in this batch of parent/teacher conferences on November 15 & 16. See you then!

UAS Spring Ski Trip (from Nicole Ashwin)

Ski, snowboarding and Switzerland….oh my!   Stay and ski or snowboard at Anzère, Switzerland, during Spring Break.  (Can you say that 3 times fast?)

But I live in Dubai… I don’t have winter clothes..   No problem.    They provide them!

But I don’t know how to ski or snowboard…           No worries.     You can learn them!

When?            March 24-March 31

How much?   11,000 AED

Who?   Gades 4, 5, 6, & those grade 7 students who went last year only

What’s included?

  • Full-board accommodation at Chalet Chamossaire
  • All meals and snacks
  • Ski/ snowboard equipment and clothing rental
  • Lift passes
  • Instruction
  • Evening activities
  • Visa
  • Transportation (flights + buses)

How?  Register here.   Non-refundable deposit of 3,000dhs by Dec 12.

More details at the parent information session this Wednesday, November 15, and Thursday, November 16 from 11:30-11:50 in the ES library.  Have an adventure!  Have fun!  Have new friends!  Have real snow!

Upcoming dates and activities:

  • November 13: MS Principals coffee – MS/HS library
  • November 15 & 16: Parent/Teacher conferences – 8 am to 4 PM both days
  • November 29: UAE National Day celebrated at UAS – please stay tuned for more details
  • November 30: No school – UAE National Holiday

MS Principals Coffee is Back! WOOHOO!

Greetings MS parents and welcome to the exciting world of the UAS Middle School!!!

I am happy to announce the next installment of the MS Principals Coffee which will be held on Monday, November 13 beginning @ 8 AM in the MS/HS Library. Topics for this information sharing event will include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Synergetic online grade book: I will explain how parents can make the best use of the information, and I will help define some of the vocabulary found within the grade book. Our IT support will also be available to help you access the online grade book if you have been unsuccessful in reviewing the current academic progress of your student. Please bring the electronic device with you to this meeting that you will use to access your child’s online grade book.
  • Wellness Census: A video will be shown that highlights the KHDA sponsored Wellness Census our students will be taking during the week of November 19.
  • Moral Education: Time permitting, the MS counselors will share highlights of the Moral Education curriculum that will be taught to all UAS MS students during the course of the school year.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

The annual parent/teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 15 and Thursday, November 16.  Parent conferences in the Middle School will be held in 10-minute windows beginning at 8 AM and concluding at 4 PM. You are kindly asked to register on the Parent Portal to select the teacher or teachers you would like to visit on the days and times that work best in your schedule. As you register for the conference times, you will likely notice that our dedicated teachers have blocked a lunch recess, and three 10-minute break times during both days.  In addition, please note that in April 2018 the UAS MS will host student led conferences for the first time! In this format, students will meet face to face with their parents to describe their own learning progress and growth. In order to prepare our students for this method of conferencing, we are asking students to join with you for these November meetings as we want them to be “student involved” conferences. After all, the conferences are about the students learning journey, so why wouldn’t we want them to participate? On behalf of the entire teaching staff and leadership team, we welcome you to our awesome school and we look forward to your positive participation in this batch of parent/teacher conferences on November 15 & 16. See you then!

Upcoming dates and activities:

  • November 13: MS Principals coffee – MS/HS library
  • November 15 & 16: Parent/Teacher conferences – 8 am to 4 PM both days
  • November 29: UAE National Day celebrated at UAS – please stay tuned for more details
  • November 30: No school – UAE National Holiday

The MS Online Grade Book is Set to Launch on October 30!

Welcome once again to the AMAZING World of the UAS Middle School!!!!!!

The Middle School will have an open grade book for both parents and students to view beginning next week! WOOHOO!!!!  This has been a 3-year journey for us, and I am thrilled to announce that this grade book will finally be available.  For your information, the MS will be using an online version of Synergetic, which is our current student management system software.  The launch of this online/open grade book will be on Monday, October 30.

On October 30, you will receive an email invitation with complete details as to how you can access the online grade book. Please note that once you enter Synergetic, you will find 3 sources of information:

  1. You will discover results from any formative assessments your child has completed. Remember that formative assessments help the teacher understand what your student knows and what they are able to do at this point in their learning journey.  Data collected from formative assessments help inform and shape teacher instruction, and help inform the student about what learning still needs to occur. Formative assessments are not “graded”, but instead are an opportunity to provide your student with meaningful feedback.  If you read this BLOG post last week, you know that students will receive feedback on their formative assessments in one of 5 categories:
    • Expert
    • Apprentice
    • Novice
    • Did Not Demonstrate
    • Incomplete
  2. You will discover your child’s summative assessment Remember that the summative assessments are “graded” assessments that occur typically at the end of units of study, and use the 1 to 7 scale.  If your child did not complete a summative assessment, they will earn the mark of “incomplete”, and this will be their grade until they have completed the assessment.
  3. Finally, you will discover teacher comments. October 30 will represent the mid-term point of our first semester, and we will provide a narrative reporting of your child’s current academic progress in each of their classes at this time.  This information is important, because the annual parent/teacher conferences will occur two weeks later on November 15 and 16.  More information about these conferences is soon to follow, so please stay tuned.

Thank you for listening.  I do hope you find this information helpful.  I also hope that this message finds you and your family happy and healthy.  Until our paths cross in person, please take good care and may peace be upon you.

Important Calendar Items:

  • October 29 & 30: No school for students
  • October 30: MS online grade book is open to parents/students
  • October 31: MS Halloween dress down day
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences: November 15 & 16

Welcome to our Extraordinary Middle School Learning Community!!!

I want to begin by thanking the parents who were able to attend the MS Principal Coffee on Monday, October 9.  Lisa Gibson, the UAS curriculum coordinator did a masterful job sharing details about the Middle School assessment rubrics that teachers will use for both formative and summative assessments.  For your viewing pleasure, please feel free to look at the rubric by clinking on this link.

We no longer use numbers or marks when providing formative feedback to students.  Instead we use a layered system that describes where students are on their learning journey. When a student receives feedback on a formative assessment, it will be one of five possible descriptors:

  • Expert
  • Apprentice
  • Novice
  • Did Not Demonstrate
  • Incomplete

If a student does not complete an assignment, or if the assignment is not submitted, the student will earn the mark of incomplete. Simply stated, we will not provide feedback to a student if we have no evidence that informs us what the student knows or what they are able to do.

If a student does not clearly show progress toward the learning target, it may be stated that the student did not demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the required content and concepts.  A student earning this descriptor did not communicate learning with clarity or accuracy, nor did they apply skills, and/or the work is partially complete or of poor quality.

A student could be described as a novice, if they demonstrate limited knowledge, or their demonstration of knowledge is inconsistent.  If a student receives feedback that indicates he/she is a novice, it is time for the student to speak with the teacher, and/or schedule an after school tutoring session to fill in the gaps of their learning.

A student would be defined as an apprentice if they have demonstrated some of the skills, but not all of the skills toward achieving the learning target.  An apprentice would be a student who is on the path toward complete understanding, but still needs someone to teach/coach them through it.

A student who is an expert is someone who has demonstrated a deep understanding of the content, and could thoroughly teach the material to someone else.

I hope this information helps clarify our formative assessment rubric.  If you have any questions regarding the current academic progress of your child, please feel free to reach out to one of the MS counselors, the individual classroom teacher or to a member of the MS Leadership Team at your convenience.  We will gladly help you in any way that we can.

Finally, I did want to draw your attention to the fact that the Middle School will soon have an open grade book for both parents and students to view.  The MS will be using an online version of Synergetic, which is our current student management system software.  We are preparing for the launch of this online/open grade book on Monday, October 30.  One of the important features of having access to your child’s grades online is the fact that both formative and summative assessments will be available for parental review.  More information is soon to follow, so please stay tuned.

Until our paths cross in person, please take good care and may peace be upon you.

Important Calendar Items:

  • Middle School Counselors Coffee: Thursday, October 19 @ 7:45
  • Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness: Thursday, October 19 @ 8:15 (MS)
  • MS Spirit Day: Thursday, October 19: Students can wear blue or white, OR they can wear pink in recognition of breast cancer awareness.
  • No school for students: October 29 & 30
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences: November 15 & 16

Welcome to The 1st MS Principals Coffee for 2017-2018!

Welcome to the amazing world of the UAS Middle School!

Please note that the first MS Principals coffee will be held on Monday, October 9 beginning @ 8 AM in the MS/HS library. I am pleased to announce that our very own UAS Curriculum Coordinator, Lisa Gibson will be the main presenter for this first installment. Lisa will be sharing an update about the ongoing work the MS staff has done in creating and implementing our formative and summative assessment rubrics. As a preview, please feel free to have a look at the MS assessment rubric by clicking on this link. In addition, I will provide an update about the online grade book that we intend to launch soon and very soon, and I will gladly answer any questions parents may have regarding the new MS phone policy. I look forward to your positive participation.

Until our paths cross in person, please take good care and may peace be upon you.

Important Calendar Items:
• MS MAP testing concludes on October 9
• Middle School Principal Coffee: Monday, October 9 – MS/HS Library
o Topics to include, but not be limited to:
♣ MS Assessment and Rubrics with Ms. Lisa Gibson
♣ Parent/student access to the online grade – a review with Mr. Pat Hould
• No school for students: October 29 & 30

Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships

Welcome back to the exciting world of the UAS Middle School – WOOHOO!

I want to begin by thanking the many parents who were able to attend the MS Back to School Night on Monday, September 25.  I truly hope the evening was informative and helpful.  I received a lot of positive feedback about the start of this new school year, and I look forward to future opportunities to have parents in the house.

If you were in the audience for the assembly in the MPH at Back to School Night, you are heard my opening message that included an encouragement to parents to give their child the gift of time.  Our children grow up far too fast and we need to take advantage of the time we have with them while they are in their youth.  Pre-teens often act like they do not want active parental involvement in their life, bur rest assured your presence is vital to their social, emotional and personal development.

Thinking about the point of rapport building between you and your pre-teen, I read an article recently that shared three points aimed at helping to build a better relationship with your child.  In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

The context of the article centered around a conversation the author had with one of her closest friends who was complaining about her 13-year-old son, who consistently didn’t listen to her directions and advice, and who was unorganized and self-centered.  After listening for several minutes, the author asked her friend, “Now tell me something he does really, really well”.  After taking a deep breath, and reflecting about her sons many qualities, she quickly realized he always made her laugh, and this was such a welcome respite to her on a daily basis when life can be so hectic.

Maintaining good, balanced relationships with your children can be hard at times. When conflicts arise you might be tempted to concentrate solely on their shortcomings or weaknesses, which is not constructive or beneficial to the relationship. This article made important points that can possibly help you reframe your natural negativity bias, and give your relationship a positive boost.

In order to continue strengthening your parent-child relationship, I encourage you to consider the following character strengths appreciation process that includes the following steps:

Step 1: Spot Strengths: Look for your child’s best character strengths. What are the qualities that come most naturally to him/her? Every child has special qualities that make them unique.  During their early years and now into their middle school years, you have been witness to their growth and maturity.  Your window as a parent has afforded you the wonderful chance to pinpoint the gifts and talents of your child.  Now is the time to focus on those qualities and celebrate their gifts that bring joy to your life!

Step 2: Think of Examples: As you reflect about your child’s best character strengths, ponder recent incidents when the child displayed these strengths, perhaps in various settings. As you reflect about the examples, and the gifts your child brings to the world, be mindful that often times an array of strengths are on display.

Step 3: Show Appreciation: Finally, and most importantly, tell your child the strengths you notice and why you value/appreciate those qualities. Explain why the strengths, that are core to him/her, are important to you. Especially during their middle school years, ongoing and positive communication with your child is vitally important.  Celebrating the gifts and talents of your pre-teen can open the door to free flowing conversations for years to come, can continue to build a strong relationship, and create an indelible bond long into their adult years.

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Please note that the first MS Principals coffee will be held on Monday, October 9 beginning @ 8 AM in the MS/HS library.  I welcome UAS Curriculum Coordinator, Lisa Gibson to this years first installment. Lisa will be sharing an update about the ongoing work the MS staff has done in creating our formative and summative assessment rubrics.  I look forward to your positive participation.

Thanks for listening.  I do hope the information is helpful.  Until our paths cross in person, please take good care and may peace be upon you.

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Important Calendar Items:

  • MS MAP testing: October 1-9
  • Middle School Principal Coffee: Monday, October 9 – MS/HS Library
    • Topics to include, but not be limited to:
      • MS Assessment and Rubrics with Ms. Lisa Gibson
      • MS phone policy – a review with Mr. Pat Hould
      • MS/HS Library update – with Ms. Rhonda Lesperance

Welcome to the Middle School Back to School Night! WOOHOO!

It is time once again for the annual Back to School Night, which will be held on Monday, September 25 beginning at 6 PM in the MPH. As the 2017-2018 school year begins, this informational evening is an important fixture on the MS calendar of activities and events.  The program will provide parents with a golden opportunity to meet the teaching staff – both core and specialist teachers – learn more about the expectations within each of the MS classes, and visit with other parents.  Please click on this link to checkout the program for the MS Back to School Night (BTSN): Monday, September 25, 2017

I sincerely hope you can join us, for what promises to be an informative evening.  Your attendance sends a strong and positive message to your Middle School student that their education is important.  The staff and I look forward to your positive participation.

Please feel free to watch the daily Patcast on Youtube! Students and staff watch the Patcast daily in order to learn about the latest MS events, practices, and activities. Upon entering Youtube, you can begin by searching for Universal American School.  Once there, type in Middle School Morning Patcast for the date you want to watch.  Click on this link to watch the Patcast for September 24.  I hope you enjoy our daily show!

Until our paths cross in person, please take good care and may peace be upon you.

Important Calendar Items:

  • Monday, September 25: MS Back to School Night (BTSN)
  • MS MAP testing: October 2-5
  • Middle School Principal Coffee: Monday, October 9 (location TBD)
    • Topics to include, but not be limited to:
      • MS Phone Policy
      • Assessment, Rubrics & Engrade

Welcome to The Exciting World of Our UAS MS!

What an exciting first week of school we had at the UAS Middle School – WOOHOO!!  Our students are certainly an energetic and enthusiastic bunch, and that’s a fact! During the course of week #1, our awesome students engaged in a “boot camp” – as they became acclimated to their new grade levels for the New Year, they participated in a fabulous community building event at Hub Zero, and they were introduced to our new phone policy.

Having a stricter phone policy this year was born from conversations held with both teachers and parents dating back to last school year. The fact is that phones, in and of themselves, are not “bad”.  Most of our students, and all of the adults in the MS have mobile phones.  Phones are simply part of our daily existence, and they have made our ability to communicate faster and easier.  That said, phones also have the capacity to be very distracting as students anticipate incoming messages, play games, or wait to message their friends, etc.

In making our decision about the new phone policy, we read lots of articles and looked at research about the topic.  For you to gain some insight into our thought process, please feel free to read the following excerpt from an article entitled: 13 Critical Pros and Cons of Having Cell Phones in Schools by Philip Yiga (January 24, 2017)

Cons of Cell Phones in Schools:

  1. Cause Distractions at school:with the usage of cell-phones at school, students can easily get distracted from their studies because cell-phones enable someone to gain access to a lot of unnecessary content and this in turn makes it much easier for kids to lose focus when in the classroom. For example, if a student gets bored when a teacher is carrying-out lessons, then he/she (student) can easily pull-out their phone and begin playing games, chatting on Facebook or WhatsApp, or do other things that distract. This means some students won’t be able to pay attention to what is being taught.
  2. Cell-phones can be used for cheating on exams in schools:students can easily use cell-phones to cheat on exams when at school and this is possible especially if a student sneaks his/her cell-phone into the classroom during an assessment. In fact, this is a great challenge for schools today because they won’t be able to know whether students used their brains or technology-devices to earn their grades.
  3. Access to inappropriate content: although schools may limit the availability of websites to be accessed by students when using a school-network, some students can still find loops in the school-network and gain access to inappropriate content like violent online-games, thus causing a great distraction when at school. On top of that, some students can even decide to access the internet without using the school-network and this gives them access to all types of inappropriate content.
  4. Cyberbullying:cyberbullying is actually an increasing online-issue today and allowing students to have access to their cell-phones at school can accelerate this habit.
  5. Mobile devices disconnect students while at school: Allowing students to have phones at school encourages students to be disconnected from face-to-face communication and activities. Students use social-media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp to communicate and this greatly disconnects them from their surrounding environment and from adults within their school-environment.

You can find the complete UAS Middle School phone policy by clinking on this link.

Here are some other important tidbits for you this week:

Microsoft Office Installation: The time has come to install Microsoft Office on computers if the program has not already been installed. Each student at UAS is allowed to install Microsoft Office on 5 different devices using their unique UAS email address. Please follow the directions on this Google Doc to install the Microsoft Office Suite for free. Students must install this at home and NOT at school.

CAT 4 Testing This Week: Students Need Headphones: On Monday and Tuesday of this week, our grade 8 and grade 6 students will take the CAT 4 test. All students must bring their own earbuds or headphones to take this assessment.

Thank you so much for your continued support of our school, our staff and your wonderful children.  Together we are building a vibrant learning community, and I couldn’t be more proud to be the Principal of this extraordinary school!  Until our paths cross in person, please take good care and peace be upon you.

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Important Calendar Items:

  • Sunday, September 17 – MS Week Without Walls parent information session: 5:00 – 6:30 PM in the MS/HS Library
  • Monday, September 18: Grade 8 CAT 4 testing
  • Monday, September 18: MS/HS Instrument Zoo: 6:00 PM in the MPH
  • Tuesday, September 19: Grade 6 Cat 4 testing
  • Tuesday, September 19: UAS early dismissal @ 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 20: MS Counselors Coffee: 8:00 AM in room #1119
  • Monday, September 25 – MS Back to School Night (BTSN)

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!! WOOHOO!

The first day of the 2017-2018 school year is finally here, and I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you to the exciting world of the UAS Middle School.  The MS teachers have been working hard this past couple of weeks to make the school a welcoming place for learning.  Our MS team is very talented, and your children are very lucky to have these dedicated educators guiding them this year. There is truly a positive energy and optimistic enthusiasm in the air that is very contagious, and frankly speaking, I can’t wait for this school year to begin!

Here are some important points regarding the upcoming “New Year”:

  1. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to help your student by collecting the necessary school supplies ASAP. Please see my previous BLOG post that includes the links to the supplies lists for each of our 3 grade levels. You should note that the back to school supplies include a MacBook and the proper school uniform. You can click on this MS uniform policy link for complete details. Your student will certainly feel much more secure and comfortable if they have the items they need during this first week of school.
  2. The UAS Middle School will be introducing several new policies and practices this year. These policies and practices will include a new phone policy, parent/student online access to student grades, and a revamped and improved version of our Week Without Walls program. As the year unfolds, there will be multiple opportunities for you to learn more about these new policies and practices.  You can continue to read about the many happenings within the MS through this BLOG post, and you can also attend one of several meetings where topics will be shared and discussed with parents.  Please refer to the important calendar items listed below for complete details.
  3. We will host a Week Without Walls (WWW) parent meeting on Sunday, September 17 beginning at 5:00 in the MS/HS Library. This year’s program offers a wide range of exciting options for our students, and includes an exceptional variety of in, and out of country learning opportunities.  I hope you can join us to learn more!
  4. Finally, I do want to share that we will once again be taking our entire student body on a field trip on Thursday, September 14. The students will be provided with the details for this exciting, community building event during the opening assembly on Monday, September 11.  There will be a fee involved that will help cover the cost of the bus transportation as well as entry into the venue. Please stay tuned for more details.

Important Calendar Items

  • Sunday, September 10 @ 10 AM – New student orientation – Room 2200
  • Monday, September 11 – first day of school – WOOHOO!!!!
  • Thursday, September 14 – MS field trip – location to be announced on Day 1!
  • Sunday, September 17 – MS WWW parent information session: 5:00 PM in the MS/HS Library
  • Monday, September 18: MS/HS Instrument Zoo: 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 20: MS Counselors Coffee: 8:00 AM
  • Monday, September 25 – MS Back to School Night (BTSN)

There will be more news, events, and activities to share in the coming days and weeks, so I encourage you to continue referring back to this BLOG for all things Middle School.  Until our paths cross in person, please take good care and may peace be upon you.