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ISSUE # 27
SY 2013 –2014
Weekly Publication for Middle School Parents
Inside this issue:
Events & Acvies:
ISM Upcoming Events
Admissions & Advancement
Athlecs & Acvies
High School Guidance
No Impact Week
Grade 5/12 All Strings Concert
Student Led Conferences
MARCH 17 TO 21
Today we held Robolucion, a robot maker fair, in the Lile Theater for our Mid-dle and High School students to showcase the robots they constructed and pro-grammed during class. Seeing the students and robots in acon was amazing. There were dogs walking, elephants picking up a bar, robots climbing stairs and games to be played…just to name a few. The atmosphere of excitement was a clear indicaon that lots of learning had taken place over the past weeks, and a posive sign that our edgling robocs program has taken hold of student in-terest and creavity. Thanks to Mahew Chadwick and Ringo Dingrando, the Middle School and High School Robocs teachers, for organizing this event.
This week the second round of MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tesng began. In the event that your child misses a tesng session, we will hold make
up sessions on Wednesdays starng at 7:30 A.M. If your child requires a make
up session, the MS Oce will nofy you and we ask that you make the neces-sary arrangements to bring your child to school early on Wednesday. On Thursday, March 20 students will be released early at 12:00 noon, and we will have an aernoon of Student
Led Conferences, which provides an oppor-tunity for students to share their learning with their parents. Informaon was emailed to all parents about the aernoon, quesons you can ask your child during the conferences, and a goal seng sheet. On Thursday aernoon parents will accompany their child to each class for ap-proximately ten minutes and have the opportunity to discuss samples of work. There will be two sessions, 12:30 – 2:30 and 3:00
5:00, with students divided according to the alphabet. It is recommended that students with surnames A
K aend the rst session, and students with surnames L
Z aend the second ses-sion; however, this is exible. If you are unable to aend the recommended session me, you are welcome to parcipate in the alternate session. For stu-dent
led conferences, parents will not need to schedule appointments. Please note that if both parents are unable to aend the student
led conference, your child is expected to go home at dismissal and not remain on campus. On Friday, March 21 the Middle School will join the Elementary School Interna-onal Day and watch the ag ceremony in the morning. Our aernoon assem-bly will also highlight other cultures. On Friday students are encouraged to dress in are that represents their home country. We look forward to every-one geng involved and celebrang the diversity of the ISM community.
At this point of the semester we oen see students who are starng to get red and stressed and are ready for a break from school. This is oen evident in their moods and the tensions that may arise with friends and other peers. We recognize that this is part of the natural cycle of the school year and watch out for students who may be showing signs of fague or anxiety. If you noce any of these signs in your child, please take some me to connect with them and talk about how they are feeling. Somemes all it takes to get a child back on track is a listening ear from a trusted adult.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Yours in Educaon,
Middle School Principal
Middle School Assistant Principal
Grade 5/12 All Bands Concert
Grade 5/12 All Choirs Concert