MS Sep 10

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Back to School Night last week. The format allowed parents and teachers to engage in a meaningful way and opened the door for further conversations. We are very open in the Middle School - please feel free to contact your child’s teachers at any time with wonderings or simply to say hello.

We are less than two weeks away from one of the most important weeks in Middle School! Discover Ecuador is quickly approaching! You may find packing lists and other relevant information on the Discover Ecuador website. There are only three Middle School trips, grade 6 to Yunguilla, grade 7 to Ibarra/Zuelta, and grade 8 to Tsa’chilla. This week is a foundation of how Middle School students embody the AC mission: We are an English language-based international learning community that values diversity, embraces a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence, and inspires empathetic and ethical student leaders. Parental support of this week of experiential learning is crucial to help us grow as a community and it is a privilege to work with so many supportive families.

As noted in last week’s newsletter, we are MAP testing this week in the Middle School. Take a moment to check-in with your child to converse about the tests.

Counselor’s Corner
Last week we had our first two Cougar Time lessons. For students who are new to the Middle School, they received an introduction to our social-emotional learning program and worked together to create mentor group norms. Grade 7 and 8 students also worked collaboratively in their mentor groups to create group norms (agreements for how they will treat one another during our social-emotional lessons). Mentors will continue to check in with their groups on which norms they are following well and which norms they could follow better and how. Doing so helps us build relationships amongst group members as well as contribute to creating a respectful and kind community.  

Students have a half day on Tuesday, September 17. These monthly half days allow our faculty to engage in important professional development work, which benefits all students. All MS students leave campus at 12:00 noon on half days. Thank you.

With kind regards,

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001
"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."