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Unit Four

MS Conference Night
Middle School hosted its first Conference Night on Thursday, April 24. Twenty-four families took advantage of this opportunity to check in with Middle School teachers about their children’s progress. Logistics worked well and parents appreciated being able to talk to a wider variety of their children’s teachers. Teachers welcomed the opportunity to speak directly with the parents of students in their academic classes, not just their advisees. We intend to offer this opportunity again next year.

Unit IV Overviews
Unit IV overviews and calendars have been sent home by individual teachers. Your children should have these documents in their binders, so ask to see them if you have any questions.  We’re always available to answer questions as well, so please call or email if need be.

Middle School Dance
The last dance of the year will be held Friday, May 2 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Middle School Commons. All Middle School students are invited to attend. In addition to music and dancing, there will be a game room set up next to the Commons. During the dance, parents may reach one of the chaperones at 868-0551, extension 3141. Parents are reminded to pick students up promptly at 9:30 P.M.

 Sixth and Seventh Grade Play
Laura Hutchins and a core group of sixth and seventh graders are hard at work on this year’s play, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Rehearsals have taken place on Tuesdays and Fridays after school and the performance is scheduled for May 8. WMS students will attend the 1:30 p.m. performance and parents and friends are invited to the 7:00 p.m. show. Any sixth and seventh grade parents who are available to help Laura before the play should let Sheila or Laura know ASAP. We need parent support to make these plays successful.

Grandparents Day
Grandparents Day (May 9) is considered a special occasion and we ask that students dress nicely. Boys have been asked to wear long pants (not jeans) and a collared shirt. Girls may wear pants (again, no jeans) or an appropriate-length skirt. As always, no tank-tops, please.  Dismissal is at 11:45 a.m. on Grandparents Day.

Chorus Festival
On Friday, May 16 the Middle School Chorus will participate in an adjudication festival hosted by Fantastic Festivals. The chorus will perform at Wallace Middle School in Newington, and afterwards will spend the afternoon at Lake Compounce. This festival is a wonderful opportunity for our singers, who will perform two or three pieces for a panel of judges and be adjudicated on their performance. The adjudication results in a score (out of 100 points) on blend, balance, intonation, note and rhythm accuracy. When they have finished singing, a clinician then works with our group for 20-30 minutes, capitalizing on our strengths and giving insights on how to improve.  Our students will also be allowed to listen to other choruses, bands and orchestras before departing for Lake Compounce.

Hero’s Journey
During the year, our seventh grade class has been involved in a rite of passage program called The Hero’s Journey. Theo Grayson and Nora Hulton have been coordinating this project. On Thursday, May 29, a Council of Elders will convene, giving students the opportunity to present their year-long work.  Seventh grade students are expected to be at school from 6:00-9:00 p.m. If this is a problem, please speak to Theo or Nora directly, or to your child’s advisor.

Spring Camping Trip:
On Friday, May 30, Tom and Jared will take a group of intrepid outdoorspeople on a hiking and camping trip on the Appalachian Trail, location to be determined by the interests and experience of the group. The group will get together on Friday in Tom’s room to organize and pack, and will leave school at about 3:15 p.m. After hiking, cooking, camping…(and hopefully sleeping) the group will return to WMS at 11: 30 a.m. Saturday.  Pickup will be at noon.

MS Arts Night
On Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m., the Middle School Chorus Rock Band will perform in the WMS theater. Trisha Barry and Emily Anderson will also have Middle School art on display in the foyer outside the theater. All Middle School families are encouraged to join us for this celebration of the arts.

Middle School students will be doing end-of-year standardized testing on Monday and Tuesday, June 9 and 10. The best preparation for these tests is a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast. Students should remember to bring pencils with them, as well as calculators. It’s also a good idea to have books to read in case they finish early.

This year’s eighth grade graduation will be held on Wednesday, June 11th at 3:30 PM. We look forward every year to this final celebration in honor of our eighth grade class.  Sixth and seventh grade students perform an important portion of this ceremony and are expected to attend graduation as well. If your child cannot be here, please let us know as soon as possible. On the day of graduation, sixth and seventh grade students wear casual clothes to school and bring dress clothes to change into for the ceremony (no T-shirts or jeans, please). The school will host a short reception for the graduates immediately after the ceremony. Pickup for sixth and seventh grade students is at 6:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please give Sheila a call.

Last Day of School
On Thursday, June 12 graduates return to WMS to visit each of our classrooms to say a final goodbye. Graduates should come to school at 10:45 a.m. that day.  Sixth and seventh grade students come to school as usual at 8:30 a.m. Dismissal for everyone is at 11:45 a.m. Our school hosts an end-of-year picnic for families that day. The PA will send home information about this celebration soon.

As you can see, this time of year gets very busy, so I hope these reminders are helpful.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Sheila at 868-0551 x3071 or e-mail scoadbernard@washingtonmontessori.org