MCCORMICK'S HIGHLIGHTS

Norfolk Collegiate's Head of the Middle and Upper Schools, Dr. Chuck McCormick blogs about what's happening in the Middle School. From classroom lessons, to standout student-athletes to recapping of Middle School events, Dr. McCormick keeps the pulse on the Norfolk Collegiate's Middle School. 

 


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A day in the life of a seventh grader
11/28/2015

Dear Middle School Parents,

One of my most fun days as Head of Middle/Upper School occurred last Wednesday when I shadowed seventh grader Harrison Williams (with his permission) for an entire school day! As part of a multi-pronged effort to assess our current 6-12 grade daily schedule and consider potential future changes for the 2017-18 academic year, members of the school schedule committee are shadowing a small number of middle and upper school students to better understand what it is like to “walk in their shoes” for an entire day.

I began with the Pledge of Allegiance and hearing announcements over the PA system in Mr. Stell’s advisory, then went on to PE, where my class (Coach Reilly’s group) competed against Coach Kenley’s class in a game resembling capture the flag. I did not compete for fear of blowing out a knee or perhaps injuring a seventh grader, but I was impressed by our seventh graders’ athleticism and positive spirit! 

Following PE, Harrison and I traveled to Mr. Booker’s geography class. Here, students took a quiz on the iPad as a warm up while Mr. Booker checked homework, and I took note of the unit’s learning target, which was, “To understand how Buddhism is practiced in Southeast Asia.” Mr. Booker explained that homework over the next few nights was to watch a full-length documentary on the Dalai Lama, 15-20 minutes per night (very manageable). After listening to several minutes of a podcast played through the SMART Board on monks in Myanmar, an interesting discussion ensued spurred by Mr. Booker’s questions, “What would your life be like if you were studying to be a monk?  Could you imagine it?”  We then reviewed the literary elements of foreshadowing, motif, protagonist and antagonist, and the use of lighting that were included in a graphic organizer meant to accompany the in-class viewing of the movie Kundun (1997).  When Mr. Booker queried students if they remembered those terms from Mrs. Hastings’ or Ms. Belle’s English classes, it was heartening to see how many students were able to recall this prior knowledge from other classes and deploy it in a different discipline.

Regrettably, I was unable to attend Mr. Stell’s science class, but like our students are asked to do, I saw him at the end of class to see what I missed and discover the evening’s homework. This was a one-page lab on genetics requiring pupils to ask family members information about things like dimples, freckles and free or attached earlobes!  Following science, I remained in Mr. Stell’s advisory to view some different images looking at facets of digital citizenship. Mr. Stell asked the group to put themselves in the shoes of some of the people who had taken selfie’s with backgrounds that were in very poor taste. I appreciated that we were helping our students understand why some of the images were not appropriate to post and how these reflected poorly on the persons posting them.

Following advisory, Harrison and I went to 7/8 grade band for D Bell. The group is preparing for their winter holiday concert in a few weeks, warmed up with scales, then practiced a number of songs, including Hannukah, Christmas Spiritual and Here Comes Santa Claus. Students tuned their instruments with the aid of Mrs. Francis and a tuner and were re-taught sharp, flat, and natural symbols, as well as crescendo. I hope that you are planning on attending the Dec. 17 concert. These guys sound good right now!  After this, we proceeded to fourth lunch, which is typically 25 minutes and appears more than enough time for our students to replenish their nutrient stores and gear up for the final three bells of the day!

In Pre-Algebra 7, Mrs. Curtis provided everyone a lollipop (she calls them suckers) and the posted learning target stated, “I can solve the four basic equations” (with decimels, fractions, and integers).  Students took a few notes on this learning target while Mrs. Curtis checked homework, then she coupled with the class in reviewing how to solve the different types of equations on the SMART Board. We then were allowed to have our suckers while practicing similar equations on our own individual white boards, then showing them to Mrs. Curtis for immediate feedback on our progress. Homework was a handout containing nine math problems, which was review and practice of what we had done in class.

Harrison’s penultimate class was English 7 and Mrs. Robb. Mrs. Robb led a discussion of some of the plot developments in the Agatha Christie novel, And Then There Were None, which students had recently completed or were finishing. Students referenced the novel on either their iPads or in traditional book form.  Based on her white board posting, I knew that there was an essay test on this novel pending, and following the plot discussion, Mrs. Robb clarified when this would be. For the second two-thirds of the class, students were provided a handout entitled define and identify elements of a mystery. She first reviewed these elements and students appeared that they were well-versed in what each meant. They were able to work on this handout alone or in small groups and were informed that they could use this reference when doing their essay test (My inner student leapt with joy when I realized this!). Consequently, they could go back through the book to identify setting, atmosphere, characters, and characterization, to name several, and also find quotes/pg. numbers (one quote per element) in their text to support each of these mystery elements.  What they did not finish in class was for homework, as well as organizing thoughts and reviewing notes for the essay test. It appeared that Harrison and most of his classmates completed this handout just prior to the class’ conclusion.

We finished the day in Chinese, which was very fun and engaging.  Mrs. Mitchell had students reviewing the names of family members, e.g., big sister, mother, father, big brother, then they made paper houses to symbolize their families and were tasked with depicting the number and types of people in their nuclear families within the house’s structure.  Very cool! 

All in all, I very much enjoyed my return to seventh grade and will probably choose to shadow students annually for the rest of my career, as the perspective is invaluable.  Classes and advisory were engaging and fun, and perhaps best of all, homework was manageable! 

Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Chuck McCormick

 

Students shine in class, talent show and Halloween contest
11/8/2015

Dear Middle School Parents, 

 

During a classroom visit to one of Mr. Booker’s sixth-grade geography classes, I noted that the day’s learning target was "Students will be able to recognize different geographical areas of the United States." The group was reviewing these via a team Pictionary challenge. The class was divided into five groups of four-five students each, and all were actively engaged – no one was sitting, student teams were creating images of different areas of the United States on the SmartBoard for other teams to guess, and everyone responded to Mr. Booker when he brought the group back together periodically after the team at the SmartBoard had completed its image and were ready to challenge their peers. I credit the latter to middle school students’ seemingly innate interest in competing for something, as well as their curiosity in problem solving with team members. The exercise, too, gave student artists the chance to creatively portray areas of the country, e.g., the Midwest as the “Break Basket” of America, and research certainly supports middle schooler’s interest in creating – especially when the audience is more than just a teacher. All in all, student involvement and consequent learning due to the activity’s use of creative, group problem solving, and competitive elements was exciting to see.
 
Over the past three weeks during school meeting, a number of middle school students showcased their talents in the now annual middle school talent show. Mrs. Francis initiated this wonderful tradition two years ago, and I love it because we always learn something new about the participants. I also appreciate the support and enthusiasm with which the audience responds to each and every act. Below are listed the names of our students who took part:
  • Daijah Kelly (sixth grade) sang Chains
  • Marah Gordon (sixth grade) talked about interesting facts
  • Tori Chapel (sixth grade) sang Fight Song
  • Dylan McCavitt (eighth grade) sang Photograph
  • Marlin Adams (eighth grade) sang I Can’t Feel My Face
  • Marlin Adams & Andrew Haire (eighth grade) performed a saxophone duet of The Weekend
  • Arianna McCavitt (sixth grade) sang Flashlight accompanied by her mother on guitar
  • Jaden Choudhury (sixth grade) performed a comedy
  • Katie Scott (sixth grade) performed a clarinet solo of In the Hall of the Mountain King
  • Sadie McNaughton, Gabby Guirand, Trinity Brown and Cameron Sommers (sixth grade) performed a humorous skit on Rapunzle
  • Elizabeth Hughes (eighth grade) sang Not About Angels 
Many thanks to all of these brave students for lifting our collective spirits!
 
Last Friday, the day before Halloween, we saw a record number of middle schoolers come in costume and participate in the Student Government Association’s Halloween parade. I will do my best to recount those costumes whom our panel of outside judges deemed particularly noteworthy.
  • The scariest costume went to eighth grader Perry McKay and her incredibly grotesque make-up job.
  • The best store-bought costume went to Coral Bowman’s (eighth grade) Gingerbread Man.
  • The best homemade costume was sixth grader Drew Hess’ scintillating recreation of a Dalek from Dr. Who. Drew was accompanied by Fez wearing Zach Fowler (sixth grade) as Dr. Who himself!
  • Judge’s Choice costume went to double stuff Oreo cookies Victoria Hargrove and Binal Patel (eighth grade).
  • The best group costume went to the cast of Winnie the Pooh (all eighth grade): Hailey Hux, Brooke Rogers, Emily Hastings, Emily Scott, Tyler Hamlin, Sam Janovetz, Nolwen Andre and Annabeth Cary.
Indeed, students and faculty went all in for Halloween 2015, which made Oct. 30, in the Middle School a lot of fun!!

 

BARK recipients, new NJHS board elected and more!
10/18/2015

Over the past several weeks during School Meeting we have recognized great citizenship and new student leaders, and I wanted to share some of the particulars of these events with you. We recognized our first group of BARK (Bold Acts of Random Kindness) recipients. This is a program that we initiated four years ago whereby students and teachers nominate other students and teachers for doing random acts of kindness. This year’s inaugural list of recipients and their deeds are cited below:

  • Marlin Adams: Turned in money that he found on the ground.
  • Marlin Adams & Josh Reid: A student twisted his ankle in PE and both Marlin and Josh immediately pitched in to help. They got ice and helped him to the side. Josh also carried his books. Both boys were very caring and great friends.
  • Raymond Tahhan: Caught him doing a good deed. He saw Mrs. Dobrinsky with her hands full trying to unlock a door and Raymond offered to hold her bowl of ice so she would use two hands to open the door.
  • Elizabeth Hughes: Elizabeth waited with me and helped me with my homework. Max Edwards: Crawled under the bleachers to retrieve a missing dodge ball.
  • Mrs. Ortiz: Found a student’s iPad in the middle school gym and turned it in to the middle school office.  Thank you so much!  

Next, the National Junior Honor Society, a group for which seventh- and eighth-grade students are eligible to apply for membership (please click here for details and criteria for community service hours), elected their executive board for this academic year. Abe Musselmani is the new president; Rachel Cooke is our vice president and Ashley Stack is this year’s secretary. Additionally, this group then selected four members-at-large from the pool of members who had not been selected for an executive position. These four members-at-large are Hailey Hux, Chas LeHew, Austin Doyle and Josh Reed. Congratulations to all!  

Thirdly, in addition to all of our students signing the Honor Code last week, middle schoolers had the opportunity to nominate and vote on grade-level representatives to the Middle School Honor Council.  To be voted into this group by one’s peers speaks to a student’s exemplary reputation for integrity and character among those who know them best – their peers. Representing the eighth grade are: Ella Bashara; Tyler Hamlin; Abe Musselmani and Ashley Stack. Seventh graders are: Ellie Robertson; Ellie Smith and Thomas Walden. Our sixth-grade honor council members are Henry Glover and Julianna Selig. Kudos to these students!  

Finally, at the start of October we recognized National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and in the spirit of inspiring one another to be our best selves, we have watched the following two video clips during the past two weeks.  "Ripple: The value of a kind gesture from a stranger." http://www.dump.com/kindgesture/ and https://www.facebook.com/WinniethePooh/videos/10153036859356237/.

Next week is Spirit Week, as well as the second-to-last week of the quarter. Encourage your children to work hard and play hard!  

Best,
Chuck McCormick

 

And on the ballot is ....
9/24/2015

This week our community heard some fantastic speeches from candidates for sixth-grade Student Government Association secretary, and I wanted to share them with you. They include speeches from: Ellie Walden, Garry Guirand, Kadin Ewing, Sydney Matthews, Topher Francis, Jack Carson, Stanley Synenko and Ariana McCavitt.

 

Ellie Walden

Hello my name is Ellie Walden. I came to NCS in fifth grade. Everyone was so nice and very very welcoming; they made me a huge fan of Norfolk Collegiate. As your secretary, I would make sure we had better hangout nights and more fun at sporting events and so much more. I would be willing to listen to any ideas or concerns to make this an even better school. I don’t only want to be part of this school, I would like to be a leader. So vote Ellie Walden for secretary!

 

Gabby Guirand

Hello. My name is Gabby Guirand and I am a sixth grader here at Norfolk Collegiate. You may have seen me around the sixth-grade hallway, or if you have been attending Collegiate a bit longer, around the lower school as I have been attending Norfolk Collegiate since kindergarten. Those of you who know me know that I am a very fun-loving and trustworthy person - which I think are both great characteristics to have in your secretary. I am happy to be at the middle school and love to get involved with planning school events. If you vote for me as secretary, I will do my best to make this school the best in any way I can from hangout nights to pep rallies. I will be sure that your ideas are heard. So please vote for me, Gabby. Because a vote for Gabby is a vote for a better tomorrow.

 

Kadin Ewig

Good morning everyone! My name is Kadin Ewing and I want to be your SGA secretary. I have been at Norfolk Collegiate since I was in the first grade, so this is my sixth year. I am very familiar with NCS, and I understand our missions as a school. I have been here a long time when I think about it. I love NCS, and I think we can be the best middle school in ALL of Hampton Roads. If you vote for me, and I'm elected as SGA secretary, I will always listen to ALL of your ideas no matter what! Just find me in the halls and let me know your ideas. Here are a few ideas that I would propose as secretary: to have more 'hangout nights', more spirit dress code days, and more social gatherings and events off campus - for example our sixth-grade bowling party during the first week of school was INCREDIBLE!! That was a great way to start the year off. I would also suggest that ALL of us can participate in some things like that at LEAST once a quarter. Now I know that secretaries are supposed to take notes so that's why I have my note pad and pen with me. Now if you tell me your idea in the halls and I didn't write it down, remind me because I might forget. I'm Kadin Ewing the WRITE choice for SGA secretary. Thank you.

 

Sydney Matthews

Hi. I'm Sydney Matthews. I love kitties and dolphins; I am on the JV tennis team. I play golf, and I play piano. I loved being at the Lower School for six fun years, and now I am super excited for three fun years at the Middle School. I have been here at Norfolk Collegiate since kindergarten and I was a classroom representative for two years, so I know what it is like to be part of the Student Government Association. Norfolk Collegiate is a great school, and a great school deserves a great secretary. I have met so many awesome friends and teachers over the six years that I've been here. Now, I would like to make a contribution to our school by serving as your SGA secretary. I think that I would make a great secretary because I am smart, I have neat handwriting, I am organized, and most of all because I love NCS. I am super creative and I think that I can come up with a ton of fun, new things for our school. If you vote for me, we will have a great school year together. And remember, vote Sydney Matthews for SGA secretary.

 

Topher Francis

Students, faculty, and administration my name is Topher Francis, and I would like to be your secretary! Even though this is my first year as a student, I've been a part of this community for six years. My two older brothers go here and my mom teaches band. I have attended most after-school events, concerts and plays and my point is I know how things work around here, and I've got ideas to add. I want to help make things better in a way that the students and faculty will like. I would be honored to be secretary of the middle school SGA and help with things like hangout night. Please vote for me, Topher Francis.

 

Jack Carson

Good morning. My name is Jack Carson.

Last week’s speaker, retired Navy Seal Lt. Jason Redman, inspired me with his six tenets. I believe that by following these six tenets, I can help guide us through the year.

The first one is OVERCOME. It was the one word that kept him going. As secretary, I'd help you overcome big challenges, such as a team's loss, a friend transferring, or even when the cafeteria doesn't serve pizza.

LIVE GREATLY. I feel that living greatly is how you fill life with amazing memories. I could help you live greatly by trying for more fun events, inside and outside school hours - being surrounded by the Norfolk Collegiate family, having fun with fun people.

LOVE DEEPLY. Although some of us may look at this as weird, I think it's a big part of Norfolk Collegiate. It defines how we stand out from other schools. It's not that you need to love each other, but just love the community. And if we didn't, the community wouldn't be as great as it is.

STAY HUMBLE. This one shouldn't be a problem, for all us superstar, honor role students. If no one was humble, it would be much harder to live life. Teams wouldn't get along. Group projects wouldn't get started. But if we are humble and are modest, we should get along and accomplish great things.

LEAD ALWAYS. This one has to be my personal favorite. It's how I live my life. I feel that as secretary, I could do really well with this. I think I could lead the school really well (along with the President and Vice President).

NO REGRETS. This one is especially tough for me, because I'll always think back to see how I could've done better. Instead I think you should make a decision in which you'll have no regrets. That decision is to vote for me, Jack Carson, for your Middle School Secretary.

 

Stanley Syneko

Good Morning, I’m Stanley Synenko, and I want to be YOUR secretary.

I have been here since first grade, and I have plenty of experience here. . .at Norfolk Collegiate. I want to be your secretary because I will make your life at the middle school BETTER. I'm not thinking about myself, though. If you vote me as your new secretary, if you see me in the hall, tell me what you want and I will bring it up in the next SGA meeting. I am also here to make the hangout nights more fun, have more hangout nights, and make the dress code and pretty much everything here a bit more cozy. Vote for me and the change will be received!

 

Ariana McCavitt

I’m Ariana McCavitt. I just moved up to Norfolk Collegiate’s middle school. I am very excited for this year. I’m running for Student Council. Here are some reasons why I would like to be in the Student Council. I think it would be fun to work to set up hangout nights and dances. Also just seeing other people have a good time puts a smile on my face!  I think I could be very useful to help out. I have also had some experience from National Honor Society. I feel it’s going to be a great year! Please vote for me!!!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

And on the ballot is ....
9/24/2015

This week our community heard some fantastic speeches from candidates for sixth-grade Student Government Association secretary, and I wanted to share them with you. They include speeches from: Ellie Walden, Garry Guirand, Kadin Ewing, Sydney Matthews, Topher Francis, Jack Carson, Stanley Synenko and Ariana McCavitt.

 

Ellie Walden

Hello my name is Ellie Walden. I came to NCS in fifth grade. Everyone was so nice and very very welcoming; they made me a huge fan of Norfolk Collegiate. As your secretary, I would make sure we had better hangout nights and more fun at sporting events and so much more. I would be willing to listen to any ideas or concerns to make this an even better school. I don’t only want to be part of this school, I would like to be a leader. So vote Ellie Walden for secretary!

 

Gabby Guirand

Hello. My name is Gabby Guirand and I am a sixth grader here at Norfolk Collegiate. You may have seen me around the sixth-grade hallway, or if you have been attending Collegiate a bit longer, around the lower school as I have been attending Norfolk Collegiate since kindergarten. Those of you who know me know that I am a very fun-loving and trustworthy person - which I think are both great characteristics to have in your secretary. I am happy to be at the middle school and love to get involved with planning school events. If you vote for me as secretary, I will do my best to make this school the best in any way I can from hangout nights to pep rallies. I will be sure that your ideas are heard. So please vote for me, Gabby. Because a vote for Gabby is a vote for a better tomorrow.

 

Kadin Ewig

Good morning everyone! My name is Kadin Ewing and I want to be your SGA secretary. I have been at Norfolk Collegiate since I was in the first grade, so this is my sixth year. I am very familiar with NCS, and I understand our missions as a school. I have been here a long time when I think about it. I love NCS, and I think we can be the best middle school in ALL of Hampton Roads. If you vote for me, and I'm elected as SGA secretary, I will always listen to ALL of your ideas no matter what! Just find me in the halls and let me know your ideas. Here are a few ideas that I would propose as secretary: to have more 'hangout nights', more spirit dress code days, and more social gatherings and events off campus - for example our sixth-grade bowling party during the first week of school was INCREDIBLE!! That was a great way to start the year off. I would also suggest that ALL of us can participate in some things like that at LEAST once a quarter. Now I know that secretaries are supposed to take notes so that's why I have my note pad and pen with me. Now if you tell me your idea in the halls and I didn't write it down, remind me because I might forget. I'm Kadin Ewing the WRITE choice for SGA secretary. Thank you.

 

Sydney Matthews

Hi. I'm Sydney Matthews. I love kitties and dolphins; I am on the JV tennis team. I play golf, and I play piano. I loved being at the Lower School for six fun years, and now I am super excited for three fun years at the Middle School. I have been here at Norfolk Collegiate since kindergarten and I was a classroom representative for two years, so I know what it is like to be part of the Student Government Association. Norfolk Collegiate is a great school, and a great school deserves a great secretary. I have met so many awesome friends and teachers over the six years that I've been here. Now, I would like to make a contribution to our school by serving as your SGA secretary. I think that I would make a great secretary because I am smart, I have neat handwriting, I am organized, and most of all because I love NCS. I am super creative and I think that I can come up with a ton of fun, new things for our school. If you vote for me, we will have a great school year together. And remember, vote Sydney Matthews for SGA secretary.

 

Topher Francis

Students, faculty, and administration my name is Topher Francis, and I would like to be your secretary! Even though this is my first year as a student, I've been a part of this community for six years. My two older brothers go here and my mom teaches band. I have attended most after-school events, concerts and plays and my point is I know how things work around here, and I've got ideas to add. I want to help make things better in a way that the students and faculty will like. I would be honored to be secretary of the middle school SGA and help with things like hangout night. Please vote for me, Topher Francis.

 

Jack Carson

Good morning. My name is Jack Carson.

Last week’s speaker, retired Navy Seal Lt. Jason Redman, inspired me with his six tenets. I believe that by following these six tenets, I can help guide us through the year.

The first one is OVERCOME. It was the one word that kept him going. As secretary, I'd help you overcome big challenges, such as a team's loss, a friend transferring, or even when the cafeteria doesn't serve pizza.

LIVE GREATLY. I feel that living greatly is how you fill life with amazing memories. I could help you live greatly by trying for more fun events, inside and outside school hours - being surrounded by the Norfolk Collegiate family, having fun with fun people.

LOVE DEEPLY. Although some of us may look at this as weird, I think it's a big part of Norfolk Collegiate. It defines how we stand out from other schools. It's not that you need to love each other, but just love the community. And if we didn't, the community wouldn't be as great as it is.

STAY HUMBLE. This one shouldn't be a problem, for all us superstar, honor role students. If no one was humble, it would be much harder to live life. Teams wouldn't get along. Group projects wouldn't get started. But if we are humble and are modest, we should get along and accomplish great things.

LEAD ALWAYS. This one has to be my personal favorite. It's how I live my life. I feel that as secretary, I could do really well with this. I think I could lead the school really well (along with the President and Vice President).

NO REGRETS. This one is especially tough for me, because I'll always think back to see how I could've done better. Instead I think you should make a decision in which you'll have no regrets. That decision is to vote for me, Jack Carson, for your Middle School Secretary.

 

Stanley Syneko

Good Morning, I’m Stanley Synenko, and I want to be YOUR secretary.

I have been here since first grade, and I have plenty of experience here. . .at Norfolk Collegiate. I want to be your secretary because I will make your life at the middle school BETTER. I'm not thinking about myself, though. If you vote me as your new secretary, if you see me in the hall, tell me what you want and I will bring it up in the next SGA meeting. I am also here to make the hangout nights more fun, have more hangout nights, and make the dress code and pretty much everything here a bit more cozy. Vote for me and the change will be received!

 

Ariana McCavitt

I’m Ariana McCavitt. I just moved up to Norfolk Collegiate’s middle school. I am very excited for this year. I’m running for Student Council. Here are some reasons why I would like to be in the Student Council. I think it would be fun to work to set up hangout nights and dances. Also just seeing other people have a good time puts a smile on my face!  I think I could be very useful to help out. I have also had some experience from National Honor Society. I feel it’s going to be a great year! Please vote for me!!!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

We're off to a great start
9/6/2015

We have covered a lot of orientation ground thus far – sixth graders had a full day of orientation before school started, capped off by our traditional trip to a bowling alley last Friday to bowl and bond.  Moreover, eighth graders ventured to Triple R ranch for the “Eighth Grade Experience,” a one-day leadership and team-building event that we began two years ago. Thirdly, our seventh graders came together as a class with advisors today during Choice Time and did a variety of team-building and fun games to help them connect, learn about each other, and have fun. 

IN THE CLASSROOM

I had the opportunity to visit several classes this week, and all were engaged in helping students develop the critical skills needed to take on the increased workload in the middle grades.  Ms. Smyth’s sixth grade class was using the game Socrative to test their knowledge about how to properly read and find information in their textbooks.  Mrs. Hastings was reviewing elements of a good book review and helping seventh grade English pupils understand the rubric by which their reviews would be assessed.  Finally, Mr. Stell focused on honing students’ organizational skills via helping them arrange notebooks, while also having them do in-class exercises on the usefulness of grouping concepts when notetaking.  Having also done this exercise, I can vouch for this strategy’s value in helping one recall information.

SCHOOL MEETING

During this week’s School Meetings we heard wonderful remarks on the importance of kindness from Mr. Booker and from our SGA President, Anna Flynn, and Dean Kelso. I reviewed expectations regarding appropriate iPad use and digital citizenship. This coming Wednesday, at 8:30am, we will be hosting visiting author Jason Redman, who will talk to us about his experiences as a Navy Seal, being wounded in Iraq, dealing with adversity, and leadership lessons gleaned through these challenges. He has written the book, Trident, which was a required summer read for our eighth graders. Parents are welcome to attend this hour-long talk in the Hackney Theater on Wednesday morning, and I encourage you to read Jason’s inspiring story.

Thank you for sharing your children with us, and we look forward to seeing you at Thursday’s Parents’ Night.