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Thank You, Easter Bunny: Dream Big but Believe in Reality
The Easter holiday has me thinking of the power of belief. Not only in the spiritual sense of having faith in a deity or higher power, but also in the ability we possess to trust in what we want to believe is real or possible....

Wrapping It Up Middle School Style!
This week I want to call your attention to the middle school end-of-year schedule now available for download. You may also download the 2013-2014 Bus Transportation Calendar.

I ask that you take the time to consider how carefully the final days of the year are planned. You will see that the busy schedule reflects our core value of balance as we strive to give opportunity to wrap the year up with appropriate academic and social events. For example...

An Artistic Tour of New York City
Every year the Advanced Studio Art class makes real its study of art, and travels for two long days of deep immersion in art galleries. This year’s trip began at 6:00 a.m. so we could arrive at Dia Beacon for a private tour of Michael Heizer’s North, East, South, West. Standing directly beside these shaped voids that drop 25 feet down through the gallery floor was a great wakeup to a very full weekend ahead....

Please Exit Stage Left
This spring, my son turns double digits and I am left wondering where 10 years has gone. I am pretty sure that it was just last week that we were celebrating the fact that he could walk on his own! This has me thinking a great deal about my parenting and how it has shifted, evolved, and hopefully improved over the past decade. Needless to say, the learning curve has been steep! I am reminded of the power struggles, bonding moments, laughs, tears, and blunders we have shared. He has taught me volumes about myself, life, and the purity of living in the moment. I can only project what it must feel like to be the parent of a graduating senior, though I suspect that in the blink of any eye, this milestone will be at my door. This also has me pondering the varying approaches to parenting that I experience every day as a college counselor....

Sharing Your Student’s Work
Early in the year I did a presentation and blogged about supporting the DS middle school curriculum from home. I talked about how our website allows parents to be aware of all nightly and long-term assignments. It also makes it easy for parents to get in touch with faculty when they have questions and concerns. At the last MS Communications Meeting, a parent made the great point that although she is very aware of the work her child must do, it doesn’t necessarily make it easier to see the work he has done. In fact, with more work being exchanged digitally there may be fewer hard copies of work available to the parent who braves a dive into their child’s backpack. It was an excellent point, and it inspired me to put the topic on the agenda for our next MS faculty meeting....
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