Letter from the Middle Campus Principal

Hello Middle School Families,

By the time you read this we will have finished our administration of spring end of grade Milestones for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. By and large students arrived to school on time and were ready to test. Shout out to all of our students and families for helping us to have a smooth administration of Milestones this spring.

As we wrap up Milestones we are next moving into Portfolio Exhibitions. Students have been working on their Portfolios all year, but that work has ramped up in the last few months. In the last two weeks students have been working on figuring out how to present their Portfolios and demonstrate their growth. This is not about presentation skills, it’s about content. Your students have gotten, and will continue to get, lots of time in Advisory to work on their Exhibitions so please encourage them to use their time wisely during school. Similar to student-led conferences, you will be able to see an indication of the work that students are putting in when their Exhibitions are complete.  If you haven’t already, you will soon hear from your student’s advisor with an email to schedule your student’s exhibition.

Exhibitions will look different for each grade level. Due to COVID case numbers rising, we are going to allow 8th grade parents to watch their student’s Exhibitions in person, but 6th and 7th grade parents will only be able to attend virtually.

Students in all grade levels will be graded on the same rubric. Our Exhibition rubric is an 8th grade rubric so 6th grade students are highly unlikely to reach higher levels of the rubric, as one would expect – and that’s ok! We want our students to grow in their ability to reflect upon, demonstrate, and explain their growth; and we expect this growth to occur over the course of three years. As such, 6th graders will only receive feedback from their advisors on their Exhibitions and not a number grade. Seventh graders will receive a number grade from their advisors, but it will also be a challenge for them to reach the higher ends of the rubric. Eighth graders will be graded by a combination of their Advisors and an additional adult (some additional adults will be ANCS staff members, some will be community members) and they will receive feedback and a number grade. We have not gone through this process with the whole school in a few years so it will be great to get it going again!

Finally as a reminder, the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) and the Student Government Association (SGA) will be co-sponsoring a middle school dance that is open to all ANCS 6th, 7th, and 8th graders (students cannot bring guests from other schools or from the Elementary Campus) on Saturday, May 14th in The Backyard at the Middle Campus. There will be a food truck from Skips (with hamburger, hot dog, and veggie burger meal options), King of Pops, a photo booth, and a dj.  Everything is completely FREE! 

The dance will have a masquerade theme but students are free to “come as they are” in terms of dress. NOTE: Students must be dropped off and picked up by an adult from The Backyard gate the night of the dance, similar to the process we used for our Movie Night. Students will not be allowed to walk home alone. For students who are being picked up on foot we will release those students directly to an adult who is walking them home.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out.

Kind regards,

Mark