Letter from the MC Principal

Hello MC families,

This week our 8th graders led the way with the kickoff of Exhibitions.

Over the course of the week I saw students truly reflect on who they were as learners, and demonstrate how they’ve grown over the course of the school year. While the final Exhibition grades may vary, all students benefit from the process of being self-reflective, gathering evidence, and presenting before their peers. I saw a lot of great Exhibitions and I’m proud of what our kids accomplished this week.

Next week our 6th and 8th grade students will begin Milestones testing; 7th graders will have their regular classes, although in some cases class locations will be shifted in order to accommodate testing locations. 6th grade Milestones and Week 1 of 8th grade Milestones, will take place from Monday, April 29th – Friday May 3rd. Both grade levels will have:

  • ELA section 1 on M
  • ELA sec. 2 on T
  • ELA sec. 3 on W
  • Math Sec. 1 on Th
  • Math Sec. 2 on F

Please encourage your students to get proper rest, eat well, and get to school on time during Milestones so that they can put their best foot forward.

This year we began a Sustained Silent Reading program at the Middle Campus in which students had 10 minutes of dedicated time to read four days a week. That accrued to over 1130 minutes (almost 19 hours) of reading time over the course of the year. Students chose books from classroom libraries that interested them (or they brought their own) and they had lots of dedicated time to read. Students have had some level of choice with their summer reading for the last several years and we are going to continue with that this summer. Summer reading at the MC traditionally involves high-interest reading, common themes amongst titles (sometimes IB Learner Profile Attributes or DEI), and a common experience for students and teachers to share in the fall, and this will continue.

Our summer reading team is selecting 10-12 books that will be available for students to review in the Media Center next week. This will be narrowed down to 5-6 titles that students will be able to choose from as their book for this summer.

In addition to this approach aligning with what we do with SSR, we will use “book clubs” as a means of students discussing their books when we return in the fall. Both our Language and Literature and Individuals and Societies teachers have had students meet in small book club groups to discuss readings. This is a high quality instructional strategy that our students are familiar with. We actually hope to have the summer reading book clubs meet once before the end of the school year and there will be two or three opportunities for students to check in with adults about their reading progress throughout the summer in a book club format. Stay tuned for more details about this. We are excited about the continued growth of our summer reading and literacy programs at the Middle Campus.

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

Kind regards,

Mark