Letter from Cathey Goodgame – August 21, 2019

Dear ANCS Families and Friends,

If you are a parent or guardian of a Middle Campus student you probably already know that Study Hall started yesterday. Study Hall is a quiet place for students to work on homework, read, complete projects or whatever else they might need to do before leaving the building. We know that many students are on the go as soon as they leave the building and others don’t have a great place to complete work at home so we’re offering this option again this year. Here are some guidelines/details about Study Hall:

  • Study Hall will be from 4:00 to 5:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on Tuesday, August 14.
  • There is no cost for Study Hall.
  • Mr. Sanders and I will supervise Study Hall and teachers, when available, will check in to see if students have questions.
  • Students who stay for Study Hall but do not use the time wisely and/or are disruptive to the environment will be taken to After Care and charges will apply.
  • Students cannot leave Study Hall prior to 5:00 pm unless checked out by a parent or guardian, just like in After Care. Please try to limit early pickup from Study Hall whenever possible. It takes a village to get the kids settled and it can be disruptive to have kids coming in and out of the room once settled. Please plan to pick up at 5:00 pm whenever possible instead of coming down for early checkout.
  • Students not picked up (or walking/biking) by 5:10 pm will be taken to After Care and charges will apply.
  • Please do not “require” your child to attend Study Hall, especially if you know it will be a challenge for him/her to use this time wisely. We want it to be a productive time for those choosing to stay.

You may have started hearing about the grade level trips at the Middle Campus so I want to give you a little summary of what to expect this year. Anytime we have a trip off campus, whether overnight or a day trip, it is our desire for every student in that grade level to be able to go on the trip. We try to give lots of advance notice so families can budget for these exciting trips. We also provide scholarships as needed and work with families to help make payment work for each family. As has been the case for many years, the 8th graders will again spend a week in Washington, DC in May and the 7th graders will spend 3 days on Jekyll Island in March. Keep an eye out for dates and times for information sessions about each of these trips very soon. For the past several years the 6th graders have not gone on an overnight trip and that is expected to be true again this year.

In addition to these overnight experiences, teachers work to provide some engaging local experiences for students throughout the year. For example, the 6th graders spent a day at Sweetwater Creek last year learning about science through real world experiences. We spend time off campus both in service and celebration through Extended Advisory experiences and occasionally content groups plan other content-related outings for students to learn outside of the classrooms. In addition to these, we have been a part of the City of Atlanta’s Cultural Experience Project which allows students to experience arts throughout the city, one event for each grade, for only the cost of transportation. We hope to participate again this year and will share information as soon as we know more. If you have any questions about field trips, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Finally, mark your calendar for Meet the School Family Night on Thursday, September 5 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Middle Campus teachers and staff will be available on the recess field to meet, greet, chat and get to know you better. Closer to the event will send more information to families about how to access the information videos from each of the teachers and we hope you will spend about 30 minutes viewing each of the videos from your child’s teachers before attending the event. We ask that everyone recognize that this night is not for individual conferences, rather to learn more about your child’s teachers and other school family members at the Middle Campus. We encourage you to bring your kids, even younger ones, and you may even get the chance to meet some of our families. We look forward to seeing you then!

Wishing you well,

Cathey