Dear 7th Grade Parents,

Wow, the start of 2017 has been interesting and fun to have more family time. The first semester of 7th grade is now in the past.  I feel that it was a great semester and the students worked really hard to meet the expectations.  I am excited to say that the students did so well that the faculty wrote and sent more than 200 good news notes, that is the most in a semester since I started to track them.  Report cards were posted to Veracross on Saturday and I encourage you to sign up for parent conferences.  The second semester will push the students to dig deeper. It requires the students to show us that they can apply the skills and strategies that they learned in previous units.     

Advisory

The main focus of Leading with Others this month is “culturally inclusive” sees the value in different cultures and different ways of living.  Advisors will facilitate an activity on stereotyping to start off the month. This activity has the students match a list of people with a list of items. An example would be a grandfather or a businessman and the list of items would include a walking stick, a stack of books, a make-up bag, or business suit. The second step provides a series of statements about people and the same list of items.  An example would be Grandfather who is preparing to hike the Appalachian Trail or Businessman who volunteers as a clown at a local hospital and the list of items would be a walking stick, a stack of books, a make-up bag, or a business suit. The purpose is for the students to experience making decisions based on the information they have while realizing that their first choice may be incorrect. The end of the month will be spent on a lesson on how to talk about difference.  This will allow an opportunity to take the time to talk about and understand their own and other’s differences.  By understanding ourselves we can begin to to be truly inclusive.

Students will also spend some time in advisory reviewing the goals that they set up earlier in the year.  The halfway point is a great time to review what progress they have made already in order to cross off those that are completed or amend ones that they are still working on accomplishing by the end of seventh grade.

Parent Conferences

Students are asked to attend conferences. While they do not have to lead the conference, questions may be directed towards them, and their input and accountability will be critical. By experiencing their advisor lead a conference they will have a model to follow when the lead the mid-semester conference.

Middle School Handbook

Please review the following excerpt from page 25 of the MS Handbook on our dress code.

Every Day Wear

  • Dresses, skirts, shorts, and other clothes​ are to follow a sense of decorum and not be form fitting, tight, or revealing. ​The minimum length is at the tip of the thumb. Shorts cannot be rolled up above the required length.
  • Tops and dresses must cover shoulders, midriff, cleavage, and back.​ Tank tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, tops with cut­outs, and strapless tops are not allowed, without wearing another top that covers exposed areas.
  • Leggings are only allowed when worn under dresses or a tunic that comes to mid thigh. Wearing t shirts over leggings is not permitted. Yoga or athletic pants are not permitted.
  • Hats or caps​ may be worn outdoors, not indoors.
  • T Shirts are allowed, though they cannot advertise pubs, bars, illegal substances, or any alcohol and tobacco products.
  • Athletic wear is allowed only for PE (uniform), dress down days, or special activities​ as decided upon by the School. Sweatpants/shorts, spandex shorts, Soffies or other short shorts, mesh shorts, yoga pants, or exercise suits are not everyday wear.

Inappropriate attire will result in a warning, Growth Opportunity, request to change, or wearing of school ­provided clothes. Multiple dress code violations warrant more serious action, such as lunch detentions, including parent contact.

Reminders

  • Semester One Report cards were posted on Saturday, January 21, 2017
  • Parent conferences are on Thursday, January 26, 2017 (students encouraged to attend)

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