We concluded our week of benchmark testing with a busy and eventful day today. Roots and Shoots major hosted “1970’s Dress Up Day”, which was quite fun. Many students and staff dressed up. During All School Meeting, we learned about some of the political events that took place in the 70’s, enjoyed a costume “contest”, danced, and listened to great 70’s tunes!
Later in the day, Mr. Gray’s Advisory hosted our first monthly All School Lunch consisting of tacos, rice, and beans. On the last Friday of each month, we spend the last hour of our day eating, playing, dancing and socializing. All students, faculty, and staff are included in this lunch, which is always a fun and meaningful way to end our month!
As we come to a close of week four, students have begun to settle into their classes and get comfortable in their Advisory and other classes. New friendships are forming while older friendships continue to grow, and in some cases become re-defined. Students are learning the expectations of their teachers and enjoying a rich constructivist-based curriculum, including experiential learning activities, writing, and critical thinking. As I walk through the hallways and classrooms, students are enthusiastically engaged in academic work and conversations amongst themselves and with teachers. Small groups of students are often working in hallways or at the back tables. These students are on task, working diligently, and are happy to share the project or assignment they are working on.
I am aware that our Advisors sent an email to parents this week explaining the online systems used at The City School so that parents can be aware of how to check their student’s grades (Illuminate) and view their daily assignments (Google Classroom). While many middle school students are able to manage their workload, homework, projects, and tests on their own, many students, particularly 6th graders, need some assistance in learning how to manage their time and work. While we try to support students in school with time management and study skills, it can take some time for students to independently manage their time and workload. For these students, it can be very helpful for parents to check their assignments online and help them to stay on track with their assignments. Now that we are in our fourth week of school, many students are discovering that they have already neglected to do or to submit several assignments. It can feel overwhelming to students when they get behind on their work and it is often difficult to get back on track. Please help your student, as needed, to be aware of and complete all classwork and homework assignments. If for some reason, you are unable to access your child’s information on Illuminate or Google Classroom, please contact your child’s Advisor for any Google Classroom help, or Maggie at firstname.lastname@example.org for any Illuminate help.
Please note that our 8th graders will be traveling up north to the Russian River from October 16-20th. ALL FORMS AND PAYMENT FOR THE TRIP ARE DUE ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4TH. We will have a parent meeting regarding this trip next WEDNESDAY evening, October 4th at 7 pm. At this meeting, we will also discuss other upcoming 8th grade events and will gather a committee to help with graduation planning. All 8th grade parents should attend this meeting.
Have a wonderful weekend!