PTSA Bingo was the place to be on Friday night! I look forward to hearing the final total for service funds raised, but we can anticipate good numbers as it was a full house! A big thank you to the PTSA for organizing this annual fundraising event and to everyone who attended!
Our final MS Conference session of the school year will be on Tuesday, April 17. These parent/student/teacher conferences are intended to allow time for you to meet with each of your child’s teachers. Similar to the November conferences, teachers are available for brief conversations about your child’s learning. The best conversations will occur if your child is also present to participate in the discussion. Different from the November conferences, the location will be in teacher classrooms. Your first stop will be to your child’s mentor teacher to collect the Progress Report, and then you may visit any of the teachers. Teachers will be in their classrooms, with the exception of “specialist” teachers, and cross-divisional teachers, who will be in the Library.

Conference time is 7:45am - 3:45pm, with lunch from 12:30 - 1:30. You do not need to schedule appointments. I look forward to seeing you at AC on April 17.

Reminder: Student Absences
If your child will miss two or more days of school, for any reason, s/he must obtain a Pre-Arranged Absence form from the MS Office. The student takes this form to all teachers to discuss homework obligations, and then the form is signed by the MS Principal. Additionally, parents should call the MS Office as far in advance as possible to report these types of absences. Thank you.

Counselor’s Corner
Parent Expert Presentation: Drug & Alcohol Impact on Teens with Silvia Martins
Friday, April 20th 2:00 - 2:50 pm.

Dr. Martins is a psychiatrist and psychiatric epidemiologist, maintains a faculty position at Columbia University, and she is the parent of a third grader here at AC. She is an expert on depression, anxiety, drug use and smartphone addiction in adolescents. She has kindly offered her time for this parent organized event to meet with MS and HS parents to listen to and discuss your concerns. All high school and middle school parents are invited to her presentation and discussion.
This week in Cougar Time mentor groups had a lesson (view the lesson here) and lively discussions about gender roles and stereotypes. Middle school is a key time prior to puberty and high school when gender stereotypes are becoming more cemented and impacting future decisions such as subject and extra-curricular choices. Below you can find some conversation starters to explore with your adolescents:

  • The idea that gender stereotypes do exist and can be subtle
  • Where these messages come from
  • Jobs and roles for women and men both inside and outside the home: that these roles and personal decisions are not good or bad, but rather how stereotypes can reinforce or limit these options
  • Cultural expectations about feminine or masculine fashion, activities, and behavior
  • How gendered expectations have changed over-time (i.e. their generation compared with previous generations). One example of this is illustrated by this International Journal of Science article

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."