Dear 7th Grade Parents,

We are flowing right along in 7th grade!  I have truly enjoyed getting to know the class of 2023.  The fall sports season is wrapping up and that means that the first nine weeks of school are in the past. As the season changes it reminds me to slow down and take a breath. This gives me the space to reflect professionally and personally. I hope every family takes time for each other.  


Advisory:

The Social Institute session earlier this month helped the students to define their social core.  The activity, facilitated by Wes Brown, Sarah Loyola, and Kendra Varnell, had students answer the questions Who, What, and How relating to their identity on social media.  The focus core competency was empathetic which means willing to listen to others, try to understand their feelings, and help them be supported. The follow up debrief was facilitated by each advisor.  Student were provided with different social media situations and asked how they would handle it. The students will have another specialized session later this year.   

The main focus of Leading with Others this month is collaborative meaning works together with other students to make something even better than one person could make alone. The activity explains the principles of Direction, Alignment, and Commitment, (DAC).

Direction – “In leadership it is important that everyone involved has a shared direction.  Direction is about creating a shared vision – meaning everyone knows and agrees on which way we are headed.  For example, it is like the plan a football team might have before they go out on the field or the script/blocking/choreography for a play.  

Alignment – “Alignment is everyone knowing their roles/jobs/responsibilities and how resources are being divided up.  This is like the different positions people play on a football team or the different roles of people in a play.  What would happen if everyone thought they were the quarterback or the lead?…Right, your team wouldn’t play very well or your play would be a disaster.”

Commitment – “Commitment is everyone being motivated to follow through with the plan.  This is like when the football players break and yell a cheer or when everyone in a play comes prepared and excited to perform their role on the opening night of a play.”


Lead From Here Community Day:

What an awesome afternoon for the 7th grade!  The students and advisors were excited and engaged in great leadership work.  The afternoon was designed to provide a chance for the students to get to know each other better and to better understand how the Lead From Here framework relates to them. The activities reviewed the Leading Self competencies from sixth grade while exposing them to the Leading With Others competencies for seventh grade. The excitement and energy was proof that the students enjoyed Leading with Others.  Ask them to share how their advisory Innovated the Hoop or Turned Over A New Leaf.  


Digital Portfolios:

As a component of Lead From Here, the purpose of the digital portfolio at Ravenscroft is to allow students to document and reflect on their coursework across the curriculum relating to their academic, social, emotional, and physical growth. The digital portfolio will provide students a space to deepen their own learning by examining areas of academic strength, while also allowing for a space to set goals for continued growth.

If you have not signed up yet – Please Sign Up Now

  1. Click on this link:  seventh grade students
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once I approved you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at https://app.seesaw.me.

In addition to using their school provided chromebook to document their work, we would also like for students with smartphones to download Seesaw: The Learning Journal app for iOS or Android and the Google Drive App for iOS or Android. These apps will allow students to capture and upload their work, as well as engage in self-reflection through video, audio, and text.

Please let Wes Brown or Sarah Loyola know if you have any questions or are having issues accessing your child’s account.


Service Learning:

At the end of September students were able to select service learning opportunities based on personal interest.  This slideshow shows the various options offered this year.  

Please be sure to complete the off campus consent form.  This allows your child to go on all of our off campus trips.  Also, if your child goes off campus for service learning they need to bring a lunch because service learning takes place from 11:10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. I encourage you to ask you child what option they will partake in and contact the leader of the group if you have questions.  

Dates of Service Learning

October 26

Day 2

November 16

Day 8

December 14

Day 1

February 15

Day 1

March 15

Day 8

May 10

Day 8

Please drop off (or have students) any lightly worn girls and boys jeans this Monday,Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 16-18. Drop off boxes are labeled and located in the both MS hallways. The jeans will be delivered to Note In The Pocket on Wednesday afternoon as part of our service learning afternoon.

 


AstroCamp:

The faculty is excited that the trip is almost here!   Remember we depart on Monday, November 6th and return on Wednesday, November 8th.  The deadline for student application/waiver forms has passed.  If you still need to turn them in they can be returned to advisors or Mr. Yohman.

Key reminders:

  • Students should arrive by 9:00. If you need to drop your child off earlier, that is fine.
  • Students will need a bag lunch in packaging that is completely disposable, with name clearly marked.
  • Medication needs to be placed in a Zip-loc bag with your child’s name and clear instructions in the bag for dosage. This will be administered by the adult chaperone for your child (one of our teachers).  If your child takes medication on a daily basis, please send that along, as we want to maximize your child’s experience off-campus.  Please have your child bring medication to his or her advisor before the trip, so timetables for distribution can be created.
  • Notification of arrival will be sent on Monday.
  • ETA on Wednesday is 2:30 p.m.. If your child needs to stay later, he or she can do so.

Calendar Updates:

  • October 17:  Middle School Q&A Session from 4:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m. in the Dining Hall 
  • October 18: Winter Sports sign-ups
  • October 20: Teacher Workday; no school for students
  • October 25: “Approaching Math with a Growth Mindset” Parent Meeting from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Library Technology Center
  • October 28: First Mid-Semester Report Cards are available on the Parent Portal
  • October 31: Halloween; students may wear costumes as long as they are able to function throughout the day. Masks, weapons, blood, etc. are not permitted.
  • November 1Middle School Ensembles Concert from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Jones Theatre
  • November 3: Parent Conferences; sign-up for your conference on the Parent Portal
  • November 10: Middle School Dance from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Please drop off and pick-up students in the Fine Arts Circle. Students should enter the Dining Hall through the doors facing the Upper School.

PA Updates:

RSVP to the 7th Grade Parents’ Lunch 

 

 

Updated 2017.18 Middle School Calendar of Events  Please note changes/additions in red.

Thank you,

Greg Anysz

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