Middle School Posts

August 28, 2014

Want to Be a Supportive Parent? Let Your Child Take Risks.

Hello all,

What a wonderful first week we have had.  The kids are so full of energy and enthusiasm, and teachers are excited to try out new ideas in class.  I had my math class outside yesterday timing how long it took each of us to walk ten meters and then figuring out how to convert that to miles per hour.  I noticed the 7th grade life science class out and about on a science scavenger hunt.  And there are several upcoming field trips that explore multiple ideas across disciplines.  Teachers are embracing the idea of taking risks and encouraging our students to do the same.

Along those lines, I came across this article from The Washington Post that I thought you would find very interesting.  It is so hard for us to sit back and watch our kids go into situations where we know they might get hurt, but (within reason, of course) we need to do just that – sit back. 

I remember when I first started teaching, long before having children of my own, I had a student, Jack, who came to school every day wearing shorts, no matter the temperature.  I remember thinking to myself, What are his parents thinking letting him dress like that?  But now that I am a parent of a shorts-wearing-even-in-the-middle-of-winter kind of person, I can attest to the fact that this is a hill on which I am not prepared to die – if he wants to wear shorts, so be it.  If he gets too cold, he’ll decide that he should wear pants.  If not, it’s all good.

But there are the other areas where it’s so tempting to delve – relationships.  As I mentioned last week, we want to avoid this idea of interviewing for pain (and then trying to fix their problems for them).  If we... » read more

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August 22, 2014

Kids and Friendship: When to Back Off

Hello everyone, Well, we’ve almost made it through the first week of school, and what a week it was!  I’m sure your children are exhausted after the last few days – be sure to let them get lots of sleep this weekend. I’ve been thinking and talking a lot lately about the idea of... » read more
August 16, 2014

Living our Mission Statement

Hello everyone, Welcome to the new school year!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to see everyone.  We have had a fantastic week of faculty meetings.  I can say with great enthusiasm that our Middle School faculty is made up of extraordinary individuals who bring a great deal... » read more
Lily Photo-Bombing Me at Gettysburg August 06, 2014

Time to Savor Life

Hello Everyone, Sure enough, the school year is upon us.  Teachers are coming in and getting their classrooms ready, maintenance crews are busy making the buildings look amazing, and the grounds crew is doing some amazing work on this lovely campus. I was here for much of the summer... » read more
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