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MS End of Year Schedule
The middle school final days schedule for the 2013-2014 academic year is now available for download. Please take note of the bus departure times. Also take note that there will be no afternoon study hall and no lunch srevice June 5-10.  The school will host a barbeque lunch for all students on the last day of school, June 11. The school day will end at 12:30 p.m. and the buses will depart at 1:00 p.m. on June 11. For more details about the end of year bus schedule, please look under All-School Announcements or clilck here for the 2013-2014 Bus Transportation Calendar. Please contact Mrs. Stevenson with any questions.

End of Year Bus Schedule
Below is listed the bus schedule for the end of the school year: 

June 4: last day of regular bus schedule (both early and late buses will run per usual) and last day of afternoon study hall.

June 5: 2:00 p.m. bus only, no late bus.
June 6: 2:00 p.m. bus only, no late bus.
June 9: 2:00 p.m. bus only, no late bus.
June 10: 2:00 p.m. bus and 3:40 p.m. bus.
June 11: 1:00 p.m. bus only, no late bus, last day of school.

Click here for the link to the 2013-2014 Bus Transportation Calendar.

Afternoon Study Hall Important Information
Please remember to email Mrs. Stevenson about your child's afternoon plans if he/she is not leaving campus when school ends at 3:20 p.m. If your child plans to attend a home game, please email or call during the school day with permission for him/her to be dismissed from afternoon study hall in order to attend the game. All middle schoolers who have permission to stay after school for a home game must go to afternoon study hall until the start time of the game. Thank you!

MS Course Registration
Course registration forms for ninth grade were given out to the current eighth grade class this past Tuesday during advisory homeroom. Please review and sign the 2014-2015 course registration form. The forms are due to Mrs. Stevenson by Friday, April 18, and will be reviewed by Mr. Blaisdell. Please email your child's advisor with any questions about required and recommended courses for next year. The course registration process for current sixth and seventh graders will begin in a few weeks.

Special Dress for Founders' Day
Friday, May 2 is Founders' Day. Students should be in "Dress for Special Occasions," the details of which can be found in the All School Handbook, page 21, section 6 d. Students not in appropriate dress will need to call their parents so that appropriate clothes can be brought to school.
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An Artistic Tour of New York City
4/16/2014
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....
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Please Exit Stage Left
4/16/2014
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....
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Sharing Your Student’s Work
4/15/2014
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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The College Office…
4/9/2014
She approaches my office cautiously, bright colored paper in hand. Her timid head peeks through the door, as if stepping into a carnival “fun house,” ...
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