ms mar 24

Thank you for the incredible amount of support you are providing for your child at home as we enter week two of distance learning. We are each working out the details of creating distance learning environments in our own homes, and the past week was challenging for everyone. I am so proud of our MS students, of their parents and teachers. We are all doing our best to quickly adapt to our current reality. We continue to welcome your feedback regarding what we can do to make distance learning a better experience for your child.
Thursday, March 26
As noted in my email communication last week, the Middle School and High School will not hold Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences on Thursday. Rather, Thursday, March 26 will be a report writing day for MS and HS faculty, and we will NOT hold regular student class meetings on this day. Students may use this day to catch up on classwork, or reinforce tech tools (the AC Student How To site is a great resource). March 25 is a distance learning Day A and March 27 is a distance learning Day B.
The MS Quarter 3 ends on April 1, and Progress Reports will be shared with parents on April 3, as originally scheduled.
You are welcome to contact your child’s teacher(s) at any time to schedule an individual meeting. Teachers will also be reaching out to some of you in the coming weeks to set appointments. In the MSl, we have built this time into our daily schedule, from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. This is the time for student/teacher, parent/teacher, student/parent/teacher, or other needed meetings.
Middle School Distance Learning Student Expectations
We are all very proud of the way most MSers have adapted to Distance Learning. Please take time to go through the Middle School Distance Learning Expectations for Students with your child(ren), to reinforce our agreements. 
Counselor’s Corner - Ms. Aubrey Jordan
The Counseling Team is continuing to update our AC Counselor Corner website to assist and support you during this time of distance learning. One of the resources we have listed under the Well-Being Tips page is an article about free mindfulness apps to try at home. In the Middle School Bulletin, I have been posting pre-recorded mindfulness exercises for students to try in their own time. Mindfulness is a great tool to train the mind to focus, to learn to observe thoughts, feelings, and body sensations, as well as to calm and relax during times of stress. 
I greatly look forward to the time when we see one another on campus. We are all in this together! 

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."