There are so many exciting things happening in the next few weeks!  This Friday, 8th grade presents its Ravens in Action Forum, a research and project-based activity.  This event has evolved over the last several years and has been made stronger through ties to our Citizen leader Framework. When Team Leader Megan Winter (quoted below) began to articulate which of the competencies the Ravens in Action project embraces, all fifteen were included!

Of course, the project tasks kids to Lead Self and Lead with Others by being self-aware and growth-minded about their interests and accountable in meeting deadlines. Students develop empathy while working collaboratively to “leverage the strength of others to accomplish the common goal of producing quality research and effective products and presentations.” When learning about other countries and their people, our kids begin to learn what being culturally inclusive means. And, of course, they must communicate with each other, their project advisors, and their audience.

Perhaps, most importantly, Ravens in Action ties closely to Changing Your World, as it requires students to be visionary not just about what they want their display to look like, but how they act “responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind when exploring possible solutions to a chosen global issue.”  Kids may be challenged to understand the meaning of strategic until you help them apply it to their lives – creating a plan to reach a goal is a simple definition. It is clear that our Ravens needed to use this competency at every point in this cumulative research project. Their work also required them to be resourceful when creating displays, adaptive to facing challenges along the way, and reflective when thinking about the process.

Drop by the Library/Technology Center from 11:30 to 1:00 if you would like to see our 8th grade Ravens in action!

Other events on the horizon of Middle School include the following:

  • Book Fair & Library Gift Program:  To help raise funds for the library, students may dress down for $5.00 a day. This includes hats, sweats or athletic shorts, and flip-flops.  A recent change is that athletes are allowed to participate on game days if they contribute $5.00  the day of each game.  Monday, April 28 – Thursday, May 1.  An Author Panel will present to MS on Thursday.
  • Fan Days:  Middle School is encouraged to wear green & gold on Tuesday, April 29. Friday, May 2 is an all-school Fan Day/Night. Beach theme dress down day for all!
  • Student Mix-it-Up Lunch: Thursday, May 8.  Students will be in mixed groups while eating lunch and engaging in conversations.
  • Parent Community Conversation: Reaching Across the Table, Thursday, May 8 from 6:00 to 7:30. Join us for dinner and conversation about fostering inclusion. Look for an evite soon!
  • Band, Strings, and Choir Concert, Monday, May 12, 7:00-8:30, Jones Theatre
  • MS Drama Production, Tuesday, May 13, 7:00-8:30, young peoples’ theatre theatre (ypt)
  • 7th Grade Off-Campus trip, Wed – Friday, May 14-16
  • 6th Grade Ravens: CSI, Friday, May 16, 10:30 to 1:00
  • 8th Grade Advisory Lunch and Ice Cream Sundae Bar, Friday, May 16, 12:45 – 1:30.  Students will eat lunch with their advisory groups, join in good conversation, and be treated to dessert!
  • 6th Grade Drama Elective productions: Wed. and Thursday, May 21 and 22, 10:30 – 11:00, ypt


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