Division Head Letter – February 2014

Dear Middle School Families,

Two consecutive snowstorms have provided a great deal of excitement and opportunities for rescheduling key events. Despite the winter weather, student learning has continued untethered to the physical space of “school.” For more thoughts about learning, take a moment to read this thoughtful blog post from our Chief Learning and Innovation Officer Bo Adams.

February 18 – Field Trips for Grades 7 & 8 – Students need to wear dress uniforms and bring money for lunch ($10-15). If you have any food allergy concerns, please contact Suzanne Couvillion.

February 19 – The Honors Assembly has been rescheduled and will take place in the Glenn Campus Gymnasium from 8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. for grades 5-8. We will recognize students for academic achievement with the Head of School Awards, Honor Roll, and the MV Mindsets.

February 20 – Class Trip Parent Meetings have been rescheduled and will take place in the Founders Campus Media Center. Each meeting lasts about 45 minutes each. If you cannot attend the meeting or would like to preview the presentation in advance, please click on the link below.

7:30 a.m. – 6th grade

8:30 a.m. – 7th grade

9:30 a.m. – 8th grade

February 21 – The Bowling Social Event for Grades 5 & 6 will continue as planned from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Stars and Strikes on Roswell Road.

For planning purposes, the upcoming conference days (February 26 for grades 7/8 and March 26 for grades 5/6) on both campuses will now be regular school days. Families who have previously scheduled a conference will be contacted by teachers to reschedule soon.

We are pleased to welcome Elizabeth Collins as the Middle School Teacher Intern for Spring Semester. Elizabeth graduated from Miami University in 2010 with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in French. She has worked as an Account Associate for News America Marketing, a division of News Corporation, for the past two years. In pursuit of her goal of a career in teaching, Elizabeth will be observing classes and working with students across the Middle School alongside our staff.

7/47 Challenge

Through Christian Education this year, Middle Schoolers have been discussing the 7 Checkpoints. Beginning March 5 through April 20, the Middle School is challenging every student, teacher, and parent across the school community to the following three things:

1) Live out the 7 Checkpoints 7 days a week for 47 days (40 days in Lent, plus weekends).

2) Take a break from social media, instead spend that time with family and friends, reading, playing, studying, or praying.

3) Walk through each of the four Gospels during the Lent season. Prepare for Easter by reading the complete story of Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection. (A reading chart/bookmark will be provided to students.)

We encourage you to take part in this challenge with your family alongside the Middle School community.


Chip Houston
Head of Middle School


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