7th Grade September Update from Greg Anysz
Hello from seventh grade,
The first few weeks have been amazing to watch faculty, students, and parents embrace all the new possibilities in middle school. Students are beginning to understand the flow of their classes, how to navigate private lessons, and managing their time with after school sports. As well, we enjoyed meeting many of you at parent night!. If you are unable to attend parent night and have questions please reach out to me or your child’s advisor.
The motto for the seventh grade is Venturing Out By Leading With Others. As part of Ravenscroft’s integration of Lead From Here across the curriculum, seventh grade will explore the competencies of the Leading With Others through experiental lessons facilitated by their advisor during community time each week. As part of this work, we began the year with foundational information that will benefit students as they transition to seventh grade. Specifically, advisors reviewed the middle school student handbook, and setting goals for seventh grade, and competing in Raven Rights competitions for a chance to earn the Raven.
Our Lead From Here Community Day has been rescheduled to Friday, October 5. Students will Lead With Others as they learn that it takes a great deal of self regulation to work with others in a positive and productive manner.
On September 25 or 26, seventh grade students will have their first of three small group lessons with The Social Institute. Mr. Wes Brown, Mrs. Sarah Loyola, or Dr. Varnell will facilitate lessons on Playing to Your Core, challenging students to use best practice when using social media. Advisors will debrief this lesson with students on October 2.
As we head into a few unexpected days off from school, I hope that your family is prepared and safe until Florence passes.
The Outsiders Day
On Monday, September 17 , seventh grade students will tentatively celebrate their study of The Outsiders with a special dress-up day. The whole grade will have a pizza lunch (bring a water bottle) and watch the film version of The Outsiders in Jones Theatre.
The school year began with a theme of “Identity.” Mrs. Colpitts, Mrs. Salzano, and Dr. Varnell shared their identify maps with the whole middle school in order for students to begin to understand the concept of identity and learn more about the middle school leadership team. As well, advisors facilitated a lesson on creating identity maps that will be used in a few other lessons this fall.
The main competency focus of Leading with Others this month is collaborative: working 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.”
Service Learning & Off Campus Consent Form
At the beginning of October, students will select service learning opportunities based on personal interest. They will watch a slideshow of the various opportunities offered this year and make selections on what they would like to be involved in.
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 2:15 p.m. Once the groups are created I encourage you to ask your child what option they will partake in and contact the leader of the group if you have questions.
Dates for Service Learning are as follows:
- Thursday, October 25, 11:10 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
- Thursday, December 13, 11:10 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
- Thursday, March 7, 11:10 a.m. – 2: 15 p.m.
- Thursday, May 16, 11:10 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Seventh grade teachers are excited that our trip to AstroCamp is only a few weeks away, scheduled for Wednesday, October 10 through Friday, October 12. The deadline for student waiver forms to be turned into Mr. Brown (room 7A) is October 5. Copies of this form, along with additional information about the seventh grade trip, will be available at the parent trip meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the dining hall.
- If a child is not going on the trip to please notify Wes Brown, Greg Anysz, and your child’s advisor.
- If child has a last minute cancellation, please notify Wes Brown, Greg Anysz, and your child’s advisor via email that morning.
- Students should arrive to school by 9:00 a.m. on October 10; if you need to drop your child off earlier, that is fine.
- On October 10, students will need a bag lunch in packaging that is completely disposable, with name clearly marked.
- Notification of arrival will be sent on Wednesday.
- ETA on return time for Friday is 2:30. If your child needs to stay at school later, he or she can do so.
- September 17: Seventh Grade The Outsiders Day
- September 18: GoPlaySave Books Fundraiser Ends
- September 19: Social Institute Parent Presentation, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., Dining Hall
- September 20: Middle School Parent Coffee , 8:00 – 9:00 a.m., Dining Hall
- September 20: Ravenscroft Global Travel Opportunities Meeting, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Jones Theatre
- September 20: Crazy Sock Day in Middle School (students are encouraged to wear a pair of “crazy” socks)
- September 21: Interim Report Period 1 Ends
- September 21: Fall Fan Day (students are encouraged to wear green and gold)
- September 25-26: Fine Arts Photo Day
- September 27: AstroCamp Parent Meeting, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Dining Hall
- October 5: Middle School Lead From Here Community Day, 12:05 – 3:30 p.m.
- October 8: Fall Break (no school)
Notes from The Parents’ Association
The GoPlaySave fundraiser is underway! If you haven’t received a fundraiser envelope yet, please check with your child – it’s probably in his or her locker or backpack! Please return all orders to your child’s advisor by Tuesday, September 18. You can use this link (and share it with family and friends) for easy online ordering: http://www.goplaysavetriangle.com/store/RCS2019. Remember that all students who sell at least 3 books can participate in the GoPlaySave Dress Down Day on September 28!