Letter from the MC principal – April 1, 2015

Dear ANCS Families and Friends,

Spring is in the air and on every middle school campus the warmer weather also signals the need for a dress code reminder. The two issues that most often seem to need attention are tank tops and the length of shorts/skirts. Many students have grown taller since the summer/early fall and the warm-weather clothes they wore months ago may no longer meet dress code. We would love your assistance with reinforcement of appropriate dress from home. For a refresher on school dress code, Pages 30-31 of the Family Handbook provides an outline.

Speaking of spring, Spring Break is just around the corner and, after our return; the end of the year will quickly follow. We have a packed calendar of events occurring between Spring Break and the last day of school. I’ve included some of the major scheduled items below, but be sure to frequently check the website calendar for updates.

April 15 – May 1 – Soccer (check http://lukesports.assn.la for updated schedule)
April 15 – Georgia Milestones English/Language Arts (ELA) End of Grade Assessment
April 16 – Georgia Milestones ELA/Writing End of Grade Assessment
April 17, 18 – Disney’s High School Musical 2 Jr.
April 18 – Run with the Wolves
April 21 – Georgia Milestones Math End of Grade Assessment
April 22 – Georgia Milestones Science End of Grade Assessment
April 23 – Georgia Milestones Social Studies End of Grade Assessment
April 24, 25 – Disney’s High School Musical 2 Jr.
April 30 – May 6 – 8th grade Portfolio Exhibitions
May 1 – Talent Show
May 11-15 – 8th grade Trip to DC
May 11-15 – 6th and 7th grade Portfolio Exhibitions
May 20 – 8th grade Celebration, 7:00PM at MJHS Auditorium
May 21 – Extended Advisory Day
May 22 – Last Day of School and Middle Campus Field Day at Grant Park (noon dismissal)

In this calendar, you probably noticed there are several days scheduled for the Georgia Milestones Assessment. This is the new assessment that has replaced the Georgia CRCT students have been taking since 2000. The new assessment has a slightly different format, incorporating more writing in ELA and Math, and we talked about some of the differences during Morning Meeting today. We are confident that our students will do well on the assessment and we need a little bit of help from home to ensure students do their best. Please be sure your child gets enough sleep each night and eats a healthy breakfast in the morning. School begins each day at 8:30am and testing will begin shortly after. Students who are not in advisory on time may not be able to test during the morning session and will have to participate in the make up sessions.

Wishing you well,

Cathey