Weekly Notes from the Head of Middle School, 9/25

Dear Middle School Families,

Today the entire middle school is on a field trip to watch the production of The Bully Plays, performed at the CV Rep Theatre in Cathedral City. This is a wonderful and exciting opportunity to be out of the classroom and yet still engaged in learning. Thank you to those parents making it possible for us to attend this production. We are most appreciative!

As you consider sending your student on one of our Outdoor Education trips, please keep in mind the value of learning about the environment. By being outdoors, students gain an appreciation, knowledge, and sense of wonder needed for them to become invested in being stewards of the earth. Lessons learned outside the classroom often spark the imagination needed to create and invent. These are characteristics I have always believed to be pillars of a solid American education.

Here is some information about the upcoming middle school trips:

6th grade trip to CIMI
The Catalina Island Marine Institute at Toyon Bay is an outdoor education science camp providing students with experiences that build self-esteem and self-confidence. Students will learn the basic concepts of marine science and island ecology. The trip is planned for Wednesday, October 16th - Friday, October 18th. Permission forms have been sent home, please return those with payment to Sarai at the Middle School front desk by Friday, Oct. 4th.

7th Grade Trip to Pathfinder Ranch
This excursion is an Outdoor Education Program providing safe and meaningful learning experiences intent on building conservation awareness and confidence in becoming responsible global citizens. Pathfinder offers academic and recreational classes that help build communication and problem-solving skills and perseverance. This trip is planned for Monday, October 21st - Wednesday, October 23rd. Forms and payment are due Friday, Oct. 4th to Sarai at the Middle School front desk.

8th Grade Trip to Lake Mead Recreational Area
Scheduled for Tuesday, October 1 - Friday, October 4th.  The 8th grade class will be camping and canoeing along the Colorado River starting at Hoover Dam and ending at the Willow Beach campsite. Students will develop interpersonal dynamics, outdoor skills, self-reliance, and confidence while creating unforgettable friendships and relationships with peers and adults through shared experiential activities. School permission slips and final payment is due today.

Student Led Conferences
Student Led Conferences are coming up Wednesday, October 9th. There will be no regular classes scheduled on this day. Your student’s advisor will send an email with details on how to set up an appointment.

Upcoming Dates:
9/25 - Field Trip to the CV Rep Theatre for The Bully Plays performance - 9:30 departure
9/27 - All School Buddy Assembly - 8:20am - Gym
9/28 - Open House - 10am - 12pm
10/1 - 10/4 - 8th grade trip - 8:00 am departure
10/4 - Free Dress Day
10/9 - Student Led Conferences
10/14 - Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL
10/16 - 10/18 - 6th grade trip
10/17- Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

Manny Mulé
Head of Middle School