The smiling faces above participated in the first AMIS (Association for Music in International Schools) festival in South America! AMIS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of excellence at all levels of music education. We are proud to have had AC Middle School representation at this special event. Speaking of special events, the MS will welcome Grade 5 students on Wednesday for Step Up day, while our Grade 8s will spend time in the HS. On Thursday, the entirety of AC participates in Senior Roll Call, as a way to honor our graduating seniors in advance of Graduation on Friday.

Counselor’s Corner
As the school year is coming to a close, we're looking back at growth and forward at goals. This past week in Cougar Time Grade 8 students joined Grades 9 & 10 for a special presentation lead by a US DEA intelligence officer. Students left feeling moved and motivated  to go after their dreams as well as having more information regarding substance use prevention. 

Grade 6 & 7 students had their own motivational lesson on leadership qualities, what makes a good leader, and how each student can promote positive changes in the Middle School for the following school year. We have one remaining cougar time lesson for the school year where we will be tying together everything we have learned and worked towards this year. This is a time to reflect back on your child's growth and progress. Can't believe the school year is almost over! 

Service Learning Campaigns
Below are opportunities for your families to contribute to different service learning campaigns from different divisions.  All donations can be brought to the elementary office.

First Graders’ Invitation!
Grade one students are taking action to help provide the Venezuelan refugees with items they need such as food, water and money. They will be using their PYP assembly to both collect donations and sell items to raise money to help the refugees. To make this action as successful as possible we need as many donations as we can get. The slide show will explain what items people can donate. Please feel free to drop off donations at any grade one classroom or the elementary office: Grade 1 Donation Request for Venezuela
Backpacks and thoughtful cards...
The backpack and school supply drive begins this week.  Share with your children that they can donate their used backpacks for children who cannot afford backpacks.  This is a great opportunity for children to get involved.  We encourage children to write a letter that will go in the backpack with well wishes for a great new school year for the child who will receive their backpack.
Newspaper needed!
Emily, a 10th grade student, is conducting a newspaper drive to complete her GIN project:  "Weaving for Venezuelans", which consists on creating and selling paper baskets to raise funds for Venezuelan refugees. 

Support local orphanage with infant formula & powdered milk
From Julia, a Middle School student, “The objective of my project is to help Hogar Para sus Niños in every way possible. I visit to provide support and also ask for donations for their 52 children (26 babies and 26 kids).  I will hold a drive for powdered milk from the May 21 to June 1. The donations will be taken to the orphanage on June 10th.”  See Julia’s video invitation here.

Thursday, June 1, is a half day for students, and a professional development afternoon for faculty. All students should depart campus at noon.

The final MS Social is on Friday, June 8, from 6:00 - 8:00pm in the Gym. All students are welcome, and while students may choose to “dress up” for this Social, no special attire is required.

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."