Sheri’s Weekly Letter 9/22/17

Dear Parents,

We enjoyed a short but productive week as we continue to solidify our daily routines and settle into the rhythm of the 2017-2018 school year. Next week (September 25-29), we are on track to administer our first round of benchmark testing. We administer the benchmark test two times per year for the purpose of tracking our students’ academic needs, progress, and growth over the course of the school year. This first benchmark will give us a baseline of our students’ current skill levels in math and language arts. We will use this data to determine the specific needs of our students so that we can adjust our curriculum accordingly, as needed.

As you know, we had picture day this week. This weekend you will receive a link from James Storm Photography that will allow you to order photos of your child online. A hard copy of the order form will be sent home next week for those who prefer the more traditional paper form to place an order. Make up picture day is October 25th.

We enjoyed an entertaining All School Meeting this morning (hosted by Ms. Dees’ Advisory) which featured a “rap battle” between Advisories. It continues to amaze and delight me to see the comfort level of our students as they voluntarily perform in front of their peers. The fact that 350 middle school-aged kids can come together every Friday, not only to share pertinent information about school-related events, but to participate in fun “performance-related” activities without fear of being disrespected, laughed at, or put down in any way is quite inspirational.

On a different note, I spoke to our students at All School Meeting today about their behavior off-campus and the way their behavior can reflect on them and on our school community. Last Friday after school, a large number of our students (7th graders) went to the local mall before movie night. Several students did not exhibit appropriate behavior, and I was notified of this. Individual issues were dealt with at school and parents of some students were notified. I reminded our students today of the expectation that, as City School students, they conduct themselves responsibly and respectfully both on and off of campus. I explained that people in our community see our students off campus and may judge them (and our school) based on their behavior. If people see students with City School uniforms acting disrespectfully, this may reflect badly, not only on the students, but also on our school. We work very deliberately at City on creating a kind, safe, and respectful school culture. We expect our students to adhere to our RISEUP community agreements at all times.

In other news, please note that our 8th grade sweatshirts are on sale and are available to all 8th grade students. You may order a sweatshirt by completing this form. All forms and checks are due by Friday, September 29th.

Lastly, as you know, our Annual Giving Campaign kicked off on September 11th. I’d like to give a huge “THANK YOU” to all who have donated this year. For those of you who have not yet made a donation, please know that our goal is to get 100% participation from ALL of our families. PLEASE consider making a donation, in any amount you are able to, in order to support The City School. All donations are greatly appreciated and will be used toward our educational programs, field trips, and extracurricular activities, including our extensive elective/major classes.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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