Middle School Archive

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... » read more
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... » read more
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
July 15, 2014

To Document the Moment or Not

Hello everyone, We are deep into the summer now, and I find it difficult to believe how quickly the days go by.  The Dawson Summer Institute finished their program with a wonderful presentation of their individual projects.  I had a chance to attend the final presentations, and I was... » read more
July 01, 2014

What is the Goal of Education?

Happy first day of July!  It’s hard to believe we are more than a month into the summer break.  I hope you are having a wonderful time with your families and doing lots of fun and exciting things together. I just came across this article in Ed Week and wanted to share.  I think... » read more
June 23, 2014

Small Acts of Kindness

Hello Everyone, I hope you are enjoying these long days – I love the summer solstice!  My family just got back from a quick trip to Mt. Rushmore.  It was wonderful to spend some time at the site and also looking at the wildlife in the nearby state park and going on a cave tour.... » read more
June 16, 2014

The Best College or the Right College?

Hello everyone, Summer is going very quickly – I already find myself bemoaning the fact that there is much to do and little time!  But the reality is I do have a bit more time – time to reflect on the year we just completed and time to plan for the upcoming year.  I also try to take... » read more
June 10, 2014

Social and Emotional Learning

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a wonderful summer!  The Middle School is a bit lonely nowadays without the constant buzz of students, but it does provide some time for some big-picture thinking.  With the strategic plan, there is much work to do! One of the areas we are... » read more
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