Middle School Notes – May 22, 2019
Dear Middle School Families,
As we approach the end of the year, I would like to extend a thank you to all of you for supporting your children and the Middle School throughout the year. While we rightly focus our attention on the students, we do recognize the incredible amount of time, energy, laughter and tears that you put into navigating the journey with your children. You have been well represented this year by your Parent Board, and I am particularly grateful for the leadership of:
Doreen Kramer (Parents’ Association President)
Jill Wishkoff (Middle School Vice President)
Meenu Potdar (Grade 5 Parent Representative)
Sally Burns (Grade 6 Parent Representative)
Regina Gramss (Grade 7 Parent Representative)
Anna Marie Carrico (Grade 8 Parent Representative)
Linda Rupli (Grade 8 Parent Representative)
I wanted to make you are aware of the individuals who will not be returning to Flint Hill next year. Please join me in thanking Rachel Bertie (Grades 5-6 Teacher), Susan Biggs (Learning Center Director), Thomas Michaud (Grades JK-12 Modern Language Department Chair), Kathy Miller (Grades 5-6 Teacher), Katherine O’Donnell (Grades 7-8 Learning Specialist), Ruthie Rado (Grades 5-6 Drama Teacher), Lisa Waters (Lower and Middle School Innovation Teacher), and the incomparable Anne Young (Middle School Assistant) for their service to Flint Hill and your children, and in wishing them the best in their next opportunities.
Middle School House Olympics
We are looking forward to our annual festivities this Friday, May 24, during which students will engage in various games and activities throughout the afternoon, as part of our Husky House Challenge. Students should wear their House colors and athletic clothing. They are also welcome to add accessories (hats, wigs, etc.) in their House color in the afternoon.
Medication Pick Up
Any medication sent to the School Clinic for this school year must be picked up, on or before your child’s last day of the school year, Friday, May 30. Emergency medication (Epi-pens, inhalers, diabetic supplies) must be picked up on your child’s last day of the school year.
Medications are not stored at the School over the summer, and medications are not transferred from the School Clinic to summer camp attendance at Flint Hill. All medication not picked up by June 3 will be discarded.
REMINDERS FROM LAST WEEK
Exams in Grades 7-8
As they did in December, all students in Grades 7 and 8 will take two exams (math and language) at the end of the semester. This involves a modified schedule and early dismissal for Tuesday, May 28 (math), and Wednesday, May 29 (language), prior to our Middle School Closing Ceremony and Grade 8 Promotion on Thursday, May 30. While each exam does count as 15 percent of the semester grade in a particular course, our focus is as much on the review process and long-term study skills as on the results themselves. Complete details about the process and schedule for exam days are available here.
Middle School Closing Ceremony and Grade 8 Promotion
Thursday, May 30, 8:30-10:00 a.m., Lower and Middle School Campus Gym
Parents are welcome to join us for our program. Grades 5-7 students should be in regular school dress. Grade 8 students should dress more formally, as outlined here. All students should arrive in time for regular advisory at 7:50 a.m. and are free to go home with parents immediately after the ceremony, but we will provide supervision until 11:30 a.m. in the building and, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., in AfterCare. We will not be providing lunch; students may wish to bring snacks, and bus riders and those who will be here for AfterCare should pack a lunch. We will run a carpool dismissal from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. If you need to pick up your child at any other time, you will need to park and come to the main entrance of the academic building. Please note that this is the last official day of school for Middle School students.
Flint Hill Volleyball Camp
Campers can join us for another exciting summer of volleyball at Flint Hill! Led by Flint Hill Head Varsity Volleyball Coaches Carroll and Dave DeNure, this camp is designed to help players of all levels improve such basic skills as setting, digging, attacking and serving. Basic offensive and defensive sets are incorporated into drills and scrimmages. Most importantly, campers have loads of fun!
Lunch is not included.
|Time:||9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.|
|Grades:||Rising Grades 5–9|
|Cost:||$250 per session|
|Location:||Upper School Campus Gym|
End-of-Year Bus Service
All morning buses will run as scheduled through Friday, May 31.
4:00 p.m. Bus
The 4:00 p.m. bus will run 15 minutes earlier, beginning Tuesday, May 28, through Thursday, May 30. The shuttle will leave the Upper School Campus at 3:30 p.m., and all 4:00 p.m. buses will leave the Lower and Middle School Campus at 3:45 p.m. Please adjust pick-up times at all bus stops to be 15 minutes earlier.
The 4:00 p.m. bus will not run on Friday, May 31.
Grades 7-12 Vienna Metro Shuttle
We will provide two additional Vienna Metro shuttles from Friday, May 24, to Thursday, May 30. The shuttle will leave from the Upper School circle at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and will pick up Seventh and Eighth Grade students, in front of the Lower and Middle School Activity Center, at 1:05 p.m. and 5:05 p.m. Students who would like to take the shuttle must email both Upper School Receptionist Cathy French, and Sharon Giuliani at least 30 minutes prior to the departure time.
If there are no riders, the shuttle will not run.
Director of the Middle School
Flint Hill Golf Invitational
Thursday, May 23
Middle School House Olympics
Friday, May 24
Memorial Day Holiday
Monday, May 27
Grades 7-8 Exams
Tuesday, May 28-Wednesday, May 29
Please note that the schedule and dismissal times are modified for Grades 7-8. Complete details about the process and schedule for exam days are available here.
Middle School Closing Ceremony
Thursday, May 30, 8:30 a.m.
Additional information for Grade 8 students is available here.
Grade 8 Dance
Thursday, May 30, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
Additional information is available here.
Contract Binding Date
Saturday, June 1
Friday, June 7, 10:00 a.m.
Final Grade Reports Available Online
Wednesday, June 12, 4:00 p.m.
Summer Programs Begin
Monday, June 17