A new PeaceMakers Team is now forming, and any middle-school student can apply. Want to help other students solve problems and repair harm? Join the team, get some training, and you can help! The team will hold meetings after-school (3:30-4pm) every other week (day and dates to be determined). PeaceMakers do not manage discipline, or decide punishments. PeaceMakers use restorative practices to help fellow students create an agreement for how to solve a problem and repair the harm caused. PeaceMakers help to make our school a better place, and will gain valuable skills & volunteer experience too!
Application is linked below, and due to Mr. Pugh by Friday, November 8th.
Graduation activities are scheduled for Thursday, May 23rd at 6:30pm. Festivities will begin with the commencement ceremony in the gymnasium, and will be immediately followed by a cake and punch reception for families and guests. After the reception, students are invited to stay for a celebration dance in the Commons, which will go until 10:00pm.
Graduating students are expected to dress nicely, and will provided with caps & gowns which need to be turned in after the ceremony and reception.
The MS Social Committee is working on creating a slideshow of all graduates. Please see their email request for photos, or contact me for more information.
Dr. Charlie Warren and I are finalizing the latest revisions and information and will be making informational packets and forms available to all middle-school families this week. In the meantime, please contact Dr. Warren (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly if you are interested in joining the trip as a parent volunteer!
Students, during homerooms, please click HERE
to access the survey.
Today is the 10th day of school, and we're off to a great start! Students have impressed me with their positive attitude, ability to adapt to what's new, and commitment to support one another. Teachers spent a lot of time in the first few days helping students to get re-connected with each other, and build a strong sense of safety and belonging in the classrooms. This time investment will serve us all well into the year, and teachers will be continually revisiting those connections throughout the year. Specifically, every Monday and Friday in homerooms is devoted to ongoing development and strengthening of connections. This is one of the most effective bullying-prevention practices around, and it will set up our students and teachers with a process that is safe and effective at responding to harm if/when it occurs.
I'm also happy to report that there have been very few behavior concerns so far. Throughout middle-school, there have been a total of 7 Code of Conduct Warnings sent home (and three of them were for failure to return the original form with a parent-signature on it the next school day). Remember, a Code of Conduct Warning is a tool we use to document that reminders have been given to a student, and that we expect the student to make a better choice next time. There are no "consequences" with a Code of Conduct Warning. If a student accumulates multiple warnings for the same type of behavior, we may use a Code of Conduct Referral at that point, and will be contact with parents regarding our efforts to support the student in making better choices.
As always, I welcome your questions, comments, and feedback! Thanks, parents, for helping our Dragons have a great start to the year!
Today is the first day back for administration after our summer break. We're hitting the ground running with the plans we made back in June. We've got a couple remaining positions to fill, and then we'll be off and running with New Staff Training set to begin this Thursday, August 4th. Returning staff report back to work on Monday the 8th for a week of preparations. It's hard to believe that the first day of school is right around the corner already! The new geo-conservatory is looking great, as Dr. Warren has been working hard getting the interior set up, and will have some plantings in this week. The fish are already in the tank, and getting used to their new home. See you soon Dragons!
Want to know what's going on with Restorative Justice (RJ) in Colorado? Check
out this recent airing of "Colorado Now" that focused on Restorative
Justice. Local, regional, and statewide leaders of RJ discuss what RJ
is, how it's being used, and where it's going. Follow this link
to see the episode.
While there are still adjustments being made to the schedule for next year, this VIDEO
gives you a first look at the offerings for electives courses in the middle-school for the 2011-2012 year. One of the biggest changes is that next year's schedule will have elective offerings throughout the school-day, not as a block during 7th period as they are this year. In addition, students will have 5 core classes, plus 2 elective slots each day. Spanish and Technology will now be elective choices, and are available during every period of the day, so all students can still have access to those classes while still having an opportunity to explore an area of personal interest. Check out the video, and stay tuned for more details to come!
Wow, what a trip! Just returned from the 3-day overnight trip with the 8th grade class to Keystone Science School. We had a blast and learned a lot about snow and avalanche science. The weather couldn't have been more fitting - clear and sunny on day one, then pretty consistently snowing for the rest of the trip. Right now, I'm exhausted, but I couldn't pass up an opportunity to express some deep gratitude:
- To the 8th grade students who attended - you are awesome. Thank you for a memorable and enjoyable trip!
- To Ashley, Graham, Donna, and Michael - it just wouldn't have been as good without you there as chaperones. Thanks for your leadership and energy!
- To "Nurse Janet" - thanks, as always, for setting me up for success with all the medical info and support!
- To Sheila - it didn't go unnoticed that you not only arranged the buses behind the scenes, but you also cranked out the electives form in my absence. You rock!
- To all the 8th grade parents - thank you for your support and encouragement. Thank you for giving your children the values that became tools for their success on this trip...and in our school. You truly are our most crucial partners, and you have much to be proud of in your children.
- To the instructors and staff at Keystone Science School - well done! Your passion for your work is contagious, and your ability to connect with our students is outstanding.
I'm looking forward to going through all the pictures and getting them all up on the website for everyone to enjoy!
Last Friday (Dec. 10th), we had the opportunity to host an internationally recognized speaker for our middle-school assembly. His name is Johan Khalilian, and you may have seen him on the Today Show, Fox News, or the Tyra Banks show. He spent some time with middle-school students talking about following your dreams, and making healthy choices along the way. Johan shared how he used his experience growing up in a tough area of Chicago, with an alcoholic and abusive uncle, as motivation for making his life stand for something bigger. He vowed to be the "opposite" of his uncle, and to always make choices that were in line with his values, instead of against them. When the Tyra Banks show put him to the test, and challenged him to go against his values, he stood strong in a big way, and his example had a positive impact in lots of ways. His message was clear: you get to choose who you will become, and your choices today will either help you get there, or not...it's up to you. So, when your values get tested, when your dream gets challenged, what will you choose? With a funny, engaging, and authentic style, Johan connected easily with our students, and they left feeling inspired, motivated, and understood.
Middle-school parents - ask your students about this assembly, and what they learned!