Middle School Notes – June 13, 2018
Dear Middle School Families,
I hope that you and your child(ren) are enjoying the start of summer. In our final newsletter of the year, I just wanted to reiterate my appreciation for your support, and we look forward to preparing for another fantastic year.
Final Grade Reports
Our Middle School Quarter 4 Report is now available online. As previously noted, you will see a complete set of quarter and semester grades for each subject as well as a narrative comment from your child’s advisor, summarizing his/her growth throughout the year. Please note that if you are moving on to a new school, report cards will be available to you online until Friday, June 29. Departing families will also receive a hard copy of their child’s final report card and unofficial transcript via mail.
Summer Learning Resources Now Available
Please be sure to visit the Preparing for the 2018-2019 School Year tile on the Resource Board, here, for links related to preparation for next year. Information about required summer reading and recommended resources for enrichment and skill maintenance are now available as part of this checklist.
Middle School Closing Ceremony and Grade 8 Promotion Photos
Images from the Middle School Closing Ceremony and Grade 8 Promotion are now available to view and download:
Eighth Grade Promotion and Middle School Closing Ceremony
Welcoming New Faculty and Staff for 2018-2019
Please join us in welcoming the following new Middle School faculty and staff for the 2018-2019 school year:
Robyn Nichols will join us as Assistant Director of the Middle School. Ms. Nichols has spent the last 16 years as a Fifth Grade teacher at Sidwell Friends School in Washington. Throughout her time at Sidwell, Ms. Nichols acquired several leadership roles, including interim dean of students and grade-level coordinator. For 11 years, she served as the jumpstart summer orientation director. In that role, Ms. Nichols created and enhanced the program’s study skills curriculum to ensure that newly-admitted Sixth and Seventh grade students were equipped to apply effective time management and retention strategies throughout the school year. Ms. Nichols served as the admissions grade-level representative and led a nationwide search for the assistant head of the middle school. She also facilitated faculty and staff information sessions to strengthen community awareness of kinesthetic “Brain Breaks” into the instructional day, to increase students’ ability to focus, for extended periods of time.
To enrich her leadership experience, Ms. Nichols attended the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Summer Leadership Institute and the Universal Design for Learning conference at Harvard University. In 2016, she was selected to attend the Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color.
Prior to Sidwell Friends, Ms. Nichols taught Fifth Grade and served as the grade-level coordinator at Francis Scott Key Elementary School in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in Huntsville, Alabama, and a Master of Science degree in school administration, from Trinity University in Washington.
Dimpy Bloodworth will join Flint Hill as the new Middle School learning specialist for the 2018-2019 school year. Dimpy received a master’s in education from Vanderbilt University, with a focus on teaching psychology and Spanish at the middle and secondary levels. She went on to teach Kindergarten and First Grade at a charter school in the South Bronx, as a Teach for America member, and then taught at The Windward School in Harrison, New York, where she was trained to work with students with language-based learning differences. Dimpy continued this work at The Gateway School in Manhattan, where she most recently taught Fifth and Sixth Grade math and Fifth grade humanities, and acted as the program specialist for the Self and Society classes.
Flint Hill is proud to announce Thomas Michaud as the new Grades 7-12 Modern Language Department chair and Middle School/Upper School Modern Language teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. Thomas is a native of Western New York. During his time in college, he fueled his passion for language learning and cross-cultural understanding, through participation in a wide range of programs, in Mexico, Quebec, France and Spain. He began his teaching career at Nichols School, a grades 5-12 co-ed, independent school located in Buffalo, New York. He strives to create a supportive classroom environment that actively engages students in the learning process, concentrating on both proficiency skill development and real-world language application and discovery. Thomas views language as a vessel to establish connections with others, to gain a greater understanding of our shared humanity. In addition to spending quality time with his wife and three children, Thomas enjoys further developing his skills in creative problem solving processes and engaging in mindfulness practices.
School Store Update
Check out the online School Store end-of-school-year clearance. All sale items are now 50 percent off!
Mark your calendars for our free shipping event, from July 5 to July 20. It is a great time to stock up on P.E. and athletic uniforms.
Thank you for supporting the School Store all year, and go Huskies!
Director of the Middle School
Final Grade Reports Available Online
Wednesday, June 13, 4:00 p.m.
If you are moving on to a new school, report cards will be available to you online until Friday, June 29. Departing families will also receive a hard copy of their child’s final report card and unofficial transcript via mail.
Summer Programs Begin
Monday, June 18
Required Back-to-School Forms Due
Friday, June 15
Annual Fund Deadline
Saturday, June 30