Middle School Posts

September 18, 2014

Back to School Night Thoughts

Hi everyone,

I hope you are having a wonderful week.  Unbelievably, we are about a month into school, and we are busy!  This week is Spirit Week, and we have been dressed crazily and engaging in several fun competitions.  Our teams are the 5th and 8th grades vs. the 6th and 7th.  Stay tuned for announcements about the winner!

Some people have asked me to send the text of the speech I gave at Back to School Night, so I am including it here.  I hope you have all done your homework!  :)

Take care,


Good evening, parents.  I’m Heather Mock, the Director of Middle School, and this is my fourth year at Dawson.

This is a great time to be at Dawson, and especially at Dawson’s Middle School. We have more students than ever before – 181 in the Middle School.  And frankly, it’s the place to be – teachers are happy, kids are happy – it’s just a happy place. I recently ate lunch with a group of eighth grade boys, and while we talked and laughed I thought how great it was that they not only tolerated my presence but seemed to enjoy it!

This is probably one of my favorite events of the year because I love the fact that you parents get to see what great things are happening at Dawson every day.  This is a chance for you to put faces to names so when your children regale you with tales about their day, you can actually picture what’s happening.  Or, if you’re like me, and it’s difficult to get more than three words out of your children about their day, tonight gives you a window into their world.

As I was thinking about what I wanted to say tonight, I thought back to some presentations I’ve given, where I’ve really focused on telling you what’s going... » read more

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