From the Director's Chair
Happy May! Middle School is bustling with end-of-year activities, projects, trips and school events. As we head into the homestretch, we hope to capitalize on our middle graders’ high energy and excitement as well as keep them focused on finishing the year strong academically. Our focus was high this past week, when five of our students traveled to the University of Pennsylvania to compete in the GeoBowl sponsored by the Geographical Society of Philadelphia. Our students, Liam La Barge, Josh John, Daniel Rodriguez, Diane Marrow and Aidan Berkoff (pictured above) took first place in the team competition and brought some hardware back to our Middle School. Led by coach and geography teacher, Alice Bateman, our geographers fought hard to defeat five other school teams from the area. Bravo!
We hope you have marked your calendars for some exciting end-of-year events in the Middle School including:
- Seventh grade trip to Center City on May 10. Our students will explore Philadelphia, use public transportation, and learn how to navigate our city while competing in a friendly scavenger hunt. The day will end at the Phillies game, and students will return to campus by about 4:30 pm.
- Eighth grade memoirs on May 12 starting at 3:30pm in the Middle School, where students will present one vignette of their choice from their beautiful, coming-of-age memoirs written during English class over the past month. Eighth grade families are encouraged to attend.
- Our Middle School Band and Choral Concert on May 15 starting at 7 pm in the Kurtz Center. All families are encouraged to attend.
- Sixth grade capstone night on May 24 starting at 6 pm where our students will showcase their ideas on how to address food insecurity in Philadelphia as well as some other curricular highlights from the year. Sixth grade families are encouraged to attend.
- Color Day on May 26 beginning at 1 pm on the Maguire Stadium Field. Also on that day, our eighth graders, who engineer and create cars made from cardboard as part of their science curriculum, will compete in the annual Physics 500. Eighth grade families are welcome to attend, and the event will start at about 9:30 am on the road adjacent to Chigwell Close. All families are welcome to attend Color Day festivities.
- Our Closing Ceremony for eighth grade on June 8. Join us starting at 9 am in the Kurtz Center to celebrate the achievements of our eighth graders and congratulate them on their completion of our Middle School. This is a special dress day for all Middle School students.
Please note: Due to the Upper School exam schedule, on Thursday, June 1, there will not be a 5:30 pm late bus.
Final exams are another important end-of-year event. All Middle School students will be engaged in school activities along with exams from 8 am to 12:30 pm on Friday, June 2, through Wednesday, June 7. Dismissal is at 12:30 pm on those days, and Penn Charter buses will run at 12:45 and 3 pm. . District and township buses will run on their regular schedule at about 3 pm. If necessary, your child can remain on campus in Sanctuary until 3 pm. For a detailed schedule and other important information related to the material on the exam and the expected preparation time, please click on the links below.
Class Placement for 2017-2018
We have reached the point in the school year where our faculty and staff begin the process of gathering information in order to place students into next year’s classes. We are interested in placing students into classes where they will thrive, learn and grow most optimally. As a matter of policy, we do not accept requests for advisors or classroom teachers, but we welcome constructive information that will help us make placement decisions for next year’s classes.
If you have information about your child’s learning that you believe we do not already possess, please pass along this information in writing (email is fine) to me by June 1. During our placement process, we carefully consider learning styles, class balance and group dynamics. Parents may share thoughts about future placement that focus on the needs of their child’s learning and social style, pace, adaptability, particular friendships which are conducive to optimum learning, or other significant factors that faculty and administration may find helpful in our deliberations. This information will be entered into the placement decision process, and the final decision rests with the school.
Families typically learn their child’s advisor and teachers in mid-August. Please be mindful that parents will meet with advisors for Get-Acquainted conferences on either Wednesday, August 30, or Tuesday, September 5. Save the dates!
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Director of Middle School