Letter from the MC Principal

Hello MC families,

I hope that you all are well. We’re plugging away with just a week-and-a-half until Thanksgiving Break. During Morning Meeting we discussed the fact that Veteran’s Day is this Saturday. We have commemorated Veteran’s Day in the past by having students bring in printed pictures (or send them to their Advisors) of people that are close to them that are veterans and we are doing that again this year. When we discussed this and asked students to raise their hands if they were connected to a veteran in any way, about 85% of the students had their hands raised. Please help your student gather some pictures to send in this week.

It’s been great to have so many students stop by during Office Hours and take advantage of this resource. This is particularly encouraging to see knowing that during Advisory this week students are using the topics covered in their conferences to guide them in creating their learning goals. They will set these goals to help them grow academically throughout the year. Progress with these learning goals will be one of the things that students talk about in their Portfolio Exhibitions in the Spring. I’ll get into more detail about this in subsequent Courier letters.

As we focus on student progress, parents are strongly encouraged to log into ManageBac. Here, teachers share details about the units/topics they cover, formative assessment results (in-unit check-ins to gauge skill acquisition), and summative assessments (end-of-unit evaluations). These, along with your student’s conferences, provide ample insights into their performance. For any further inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teachers. Our MYP information sessions are also valuable resources for grasping Middle Campus grading and assessment methods, and we’ve had successful sessions this week.

Just a quick reminder, we’ll maintain our outdoor activities like morning recess, afternoon recess, and Physical and Health Education (PHE) classes as long as the “feels like” temperature is above 32 degrees. Please encourage your student to bring clothing for layering.

As always if you have any questions feel free to reach out.