Dear 7th Grade Parents,

We are almost halfway through the second semester and students are working hard in and out of the classroom.  The band, strings, and choir students had a wonderful performance last week; they all sounded amazing! Congratulations to Ms. Anwar’s Model UN class.  They attended the annual conference at UNC and did very well.  The overall focus of the conference was the relationship between nationalism and extremism globally.  Students represented either China or Italy in committees ranging from the World Health Organization to the Social Committee for Women.  Rudy A, Jackson G, Bryce T, and Ata T, drafted and presented position papers to the committees, including students from across the triangle.

In a few short weeks, mid-semester two report cards will be available via the parent portal. Access to these reports, along with conference signups will be available soon.  During this conference, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership and reflection as they share their areas of growth, opportunity, and success at the present time in the semester. Additionally, advisors will share registration information for the 2018-2019 school year. If you are not able to attend this conference, please connect with your child’s advisor to coordinate another time that may work better with your schedule. 


The main focus of Leading with Others this month is  the competency Empathetic -willing to listen to others, try to understand their feelings, and help them be supported.  Advisors will facilitate an activity on empathy titled “Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes where students pair up and introduce themselves by sharing their name and the answers to three questions. Students then trade identities with their partner and proceed to a new partner introducing themselves using their new identity.  The debrief addresses questions about being able to understand what it’s like to be another person and what can you learn from trying to understand what another person is feeling/going through. Advisors will also be preparing the students to lead their conferences.  Each student will reflect on their year using the mirrors and windows format. This allows them to look at their past work and plan for the future.

World Geography Food Day

Every year in World Geography 7, we take a day to learn about the culture that makes up the seventh-grade student body.  Food is an entry point that leads to discussions on other aspects of culture. The students will be a food critic for a day while they sample and write about various foods prepared by you.  This experience is a natural way for students to use the Citizen Leader Framework. They are able to try something new and be able to effectively communicate their thoughts while maintaining a sense of cultural inclusivity and empathy.   This is also a great way for parents to share with the students. The event this year will be on Thursday, April 19 from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.

We are asking for parent volunteers to cook and/or serve food from their ethnic background. Small sample bites to serve 120 students and staff are greatly appreciated! Should you decide to help with the event please provide a list of ingredients for those with food allergies. Ideally, each dish will be accompanied by a short description including the tradition of how the food fits into your culture.

We will need parent volunteers to assist with setting up the event prior to 12:00 and volunteers to help serve from 12:00- 1:30 pm.

Here is a SignUpGenius for set up, cooking, and serving. Please consider helping us provide the students with food from around the world!

Thank You,

Erin Hollingshead & Jennifer Shimer

Calendar Updates:

  • March 19 & 20: CTP IV Testing
  • March 21: CTP IV Make-Up Testing  
  • March 22: Middle School Fan Day, 3:30 p.m, Middle School Commons
  • March 23: Early Release, 12:00 p.m.; Faculty Worksday, 12:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
  • March 29: Easter/Passover Chapel, A.E. Finley Center, 10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. 
  • April 4: Early Release, 12:00 p.m.; Student-led Conference, 1:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m.
  • April 9 – April 13: Spring Break
  • April 19: X Day; Special Olympics; World Geography Food Day
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