Dear 7th Grade Parents,

After a inconsistent weekly schedule in January, it was nice to finally have a couple of full weeks of school.  It’s hard to believe that February is halfway over and we are headed to winter break.  The students are working hard in and out of the classroom. Great job to Daniel Enochs and Victoria Marciniak for representing the 7th grade in the Middle School Science Olympiad competition on February 3rd.  Daniel competed in disease detectives, micro missions, and write it do it.  Victoria competed in anatomy and physiology, herpetology, and fast facts.  When you see Jasmine Tran congratulate her for earning first place in the Women’s Club of Raleigh Arts Festival for Mosaic Design.  



We kicked off Black History month by playing a quiz game to honor the accomplishments of Black Americans throughout our history and the contributions to our country. Due to the snow days the main focus of Leading with Others continues to be “culturally inclusive” sees the value in different cultures and different ways of living.  One lesson allowed the students to first become aware of various forms of difference/diversity and then to examine their own beliefs/values and how these affect their view of others.  Each advisory created a diversity web and established norms to use when discussing challenging topics.  

Wes Brown, Sarah Loyola, and Kendra Varnell facilitated the Social Institute workshops for Seventh Grade during language arts classes last week.  Advisors completed the debriefing lesson this past Tuesday. This session focuses on ways to “Cyberback Others.” If parents have questions they can email Wes Brown or Kendra Varnell. Parents are also encouraged to sign-up for the Social Locker Room, a one of a kind resource to assist parents in helping their children win the game of social media. Refer to the email sent from Jason Ramsden on October 3 for a discount code and instructions to subscribe.   


Visiting Author: Scott Reintgen, author of Nyxia and a local English/creative writing teacher, will visit with Ravenscroft Middle School students on Thursday, March 1st.  Nyxia is the first book in a planned YA trilogy, about nine teens who must compete in a high-stakes game to win a fortune while fulfilling an interstellar space contract. Middle School students are reading the first chapter of Nyxia in their Language Arts classes. Some books will be available the day of Scott’s visit, but pre-ordering is highly recommended. Order forms are due with payment by February 16.  

“Fans of Hunger Games and the Maze Runner series will enjoy this series opener.” – School Library Journal 

Cultural Fair: Friday, March 2 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  This will include informational tables of countries from around the world that the families of Ravenscroft have a connection to, and several performances (dancing, singing) from some of our students, parents and faculty.  If you have interest in helping or showcasing a country, please get in touch with Kelly Margraf, our Global Education parent, or Jessica Yonzon in the upper school.  Please come join us and celebrate the diverse cultures at Ravenscroft!

CTP IV Testing will take place March 14 through March 20.  Please check for appointments that may be scheduled during the mornings on those days so they do not interrupt testing.  Also, it is important for students to get an adequate amount of sleep and a healthy breakfast. More specifics times will be sent.      

PI Day: On March 14 (Pi Day), the Middle School Math Department will be having our annual Ravens Math Competition.  This is a mathematical team competition in which teams of four stretch their brains and muscles as they ponder the answers to questions while racing around the gym. It is an energetic fun-filled educational activity that will greatly need your help as a volunteer to make the day successful. We need about 50 (or more!) parent volunteers to help set up, organize, score and clean up the event. The date is Wednesday, March 14 and we need your help between 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.  If you are available to help out with the Ravens Math competition, send an email to Erin Altshuler by Friday, March 2.

Calendar Updates

  • February 26: Spring Sports tryouts
  • March 1: Visiting Author Scott Reintgen
  • March 2: Cultural Fair
  • March 5: Battle of the Books District competition
  • March 7: Middle School Ensembles Concert 7-8:30 pm
  • March 13: Middle School Community Conversation 4:30-5:30 pm  
  • CTP IV Testing
    • March 14 through March 16
    • March 19 through March 20
  • March 14: Middle School Pi Day Celebration (students should wear sneakers; dress down day)
  • March 20: Information Session for Rising 7th Grade


Greg Anysz

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