Letter from MC Principal

Hello Middle School Family,

This Friday we have a couple of events planned for students – one during school and one in the evening. At the end of the school day on Friday we are going to have a pep rally in which we recognize some of our athletes and club participants while also celebrating the hard work students have done this year as we move towards Milestones next week.

On Friday night the Student Council is putting on a Movie Night open to all ANCS 6th, 7th, and 8th graders (students cannot bring guests from other schools or from the Elementary Campus) in The Backyard from 8-10 pm. The movie will be “The Croods: A New Age.” There will be free popcorn and sparkling water and gates open at 7:30. Students should bring a blanket to sit on (no chairs please).

NOTE: Students must be dropped off and picked up by an adult from The Backyard gate the evening of the 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.

While these events are designed to celebrate our students, allow them to socialize, and give them a sense of normalcy, we do recognize that this is a time of year that can be stressful for our students. With Milestones, portfolio completion, summative assessments, and exhibitions on the horizon, our students have a lot on their minds. Please check in on them and support them in managing their schedules and any stress that they may be feeling. If you need support in this please feel free to contact us so we can partner in finding solutions.

Speaking of Milestones, I sent an email out about testing starting next week for 7th and 8th graders (6th graders will be testing the following week). Hopefully you saw that message, but as a reminder regarding start times for the tests: on Mondays students can start entering the building at 9:30 am and we’ll send them to their rooms for testing at 9:45 instead of at 10. For testing on any other day students may begin arriving to school at 8 am, but whereas we typically start the day at 8:30, we are going to send students to their advisories (if their grade level is not testing) or to their testing locations at 8:15 so that we can get testing started as soon as possible during Milestones. Throughout Milestones testing it will be important for students to get a good night’s rest, eat a good breakfast according to whatever their regular routine is, and to arrive to school on time.

In the last several weeks we have had lots of negative COVID tests, however we are starting to see positive COVID cases here and there once again. As such, I wanted to share some reminders about quarantining and remote learning. When a student is absent or generally staying home from school we don’t open up links and place them on student calendars. If a student is feeling sick or staying home for another reason we treat it as a typical absence and a student can make up any work that they missed when they return.

If a student tests positive for COVID, is a close contact experiencing symptoms, or is a close contact and unvaccinated, those students will need to quarantine and we will open up links for those students for the duration of their quarantine. If the student is sent home from school Nurse Leslye will notify parents and then I will reach out to teachers to open up links. If we receive a notification from parents about a student testing positive I will also reach out to teachers to open up links. We don’t want students reaching out to teachers about putting links on their Google calendars, because that confuses the process. If your student misses some of their classes on day 1 of quarantine it’s o.k. – it takes time to get links set up, especially since teachers will be teaching during the day.

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

Kind Regards,

Mark