Dear 7th Grade Families,

Seventh grade students have done a great job so far this semester! I am proud of their effort and positive attitude.  They have had time to reflect after conferences on their goals and made adjustments where necessary. The AstroCamp field trip was very exciting for all.  Each research group rotated through activities that allowed students to challenge themselves, experience STEM, and definitely have fun!  The faculty also enjoyed learning and experiencing all that AstroCamp has offer as participants.  It was nice to see students being curious and collaborating with others.  Here is the  link to the photos/ videos from the trip.  I want to congratulate Anton Barbone, David Kim, and Aydin Sabu for representing the seventh grade in the middle school spelling bee.  The Thanksgiving holiday next week will give all of us time to reenergise so we can continue to focus on academics during the last few weeks of 2017.  


Advisory

The main focus of Leading with Others this month is “communicative” – shares own ideas and thoughts with others in a simple and clear way. Listens to others.  Responds to constructive criticism in a growth-minded way.  Advisors will facilitate one of two activities.  Draw What I Say has one person to be the “Speaker” and one person to be the “Listener.” Their task is to draw a picture just by listening.  Another activity “Paired listen/not listen” allows the students to practice good listening skills, Attending, S.O.L.E.R., with a partner.  The goal is for students to realize “Communicating effectively is a key skill for leaders and being able to actively listen is a big part of communicating effectively.”   

As we are beginning our full list of December activities, we wanted you to know about an advisory activity scheduled for Wednesday, December 20.  Each advisory will be participating in a “sock exchange.”  Students will select a name from their advisory list from a hat/bowl.  This name will be a secret!  Each student will purchase a pair of socks for an exchange—this pair of socks can be themed in any way—holiday socks, sports socks, neon socks, and fuzzy socks are possible options.  An important requirement for this activity involves minimal cost; each pair must cost less than $5.00.  After all, we want to emphasize friendship and a spirit of fun among the students, not having a pricey present.  Students will bring their wrapped socks to advisory where the exchange will happen.  Students will enjoy this event after their hard work in the first semester.  As advisors, we will enjoy having some time with our advisees to “hang out” together.  


Food Drive

The Middle School will be having a Food Drive from November 13 through December 1. Collection boxes are located in each advisor’s room and all collected items will be donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Please refer to the Food Bank’s Most Needed Items List for further details. The 7th grade advisory that collects the most items will earn Rave Rights. This group will be able to have the “Raven” in their advisory until the next competition.


Important Dates

  • November 21: Thanksgiving Chapel at 10:15 a.m. in the Main Arena of the A.E. Finley Center. Chapel dress is required:
    • Boys: Collared dress shirt and tie and nice pants (no jeans or shorts),  street shoes (no sneakers, sandals, or running shoes)
    • Girls: Dress or skirt of appropriate length (thumb length or longer) or dress pants, appropriate blouse or top, nice shoes or sandals (Heels are discouraged).
  • December 13: Holiday Chapel at 10:15 a.m. in the Main Arena of the A.E. Finley Center. Chapel dress is required:
    • Boys: Collared dress shirt and tie and nice pants (no jeans or shorts),  street shoes (no sneakers, sandals, or running shoes)
    • Girls: Dress or skirt of appropriate length (thumb length or longer) or dress pants, appropriate blouse or top, nice shoes or sandals (Heels are discouraged).
  • December 14: Service learning for sixth and seventh grade students from 11:10 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. Students will miss period “G”, lunch, and community time.
  • December 20: Middle School holiday celebration and seventh grade “sock exchange”; dismissal at 10:30 a.m.
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