Middle School Notes – June 12, 2019
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 June 30. Departing families will also receive a hard copy of their child’s final report card and unofficial transcript via mail. If there are questions related to exams for students in Grades 7-8, you may email the teacher and me. We cannot send copies of the exams home, but you are welcome to schedule a time to review them at school.
An amazing day captured in pictures!
Relive the precious moments between our students and their grandparents and special friends. Our photographers captured a lot of smiling faces! View the photos here.
Welcoming New Faculty and Staff for 2019-2020
Please join us in welcoming the following new Middle School faculty and staff for the 2019-2020 school year. We also want to congratulate current faculty and staff who are moving into new roles for the coming year.
Dr. Jean Marí Hernández-López, Grades 7-12 Modern Language Department Chair
Dr. Jean Marí Hernández López has been a teacher since 2002. She has taught French, Spanish, SSL and ESL. Her passion for languages and cultures has driven her interest for travel, which has led her to explore Europe, the Caribbean and North and South America. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she lived in France for six years and has also lived in Spain and England. She holds a B.A. in French language and civilization from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus; an M.A. in French literature from Middlebury College in Paris; and a Doctorate of Modern Languages in French and Spanish from Middlebury College in Vermont.
In the U.S., she has worked at the Westtown School in West Chester, Pennsylvania; Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland; and the Ensworth School in Nashville, Tennessee. She also has worked in independent schools in Puerto Rico.
Christen Newson, Fifth/Sixth Grade Teacher
Christen is a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and has taught for nine years in diverse educational environments. She began her career as a Fifth Grade teacher at FCI Academy, an urban charter school located in Columbus, Ohio. After two years with FCI Academy, she taught second grade in suburban Columbus with New Albany-Plain Local Schools. At New Albany Elementary School, Christen served as co-chair of the district’s Diversity Committee. In 2015, she served as a First Grade lead teacher at The Wellington School, an independent, co-educational, PK-12 school in Columbus. After some time abroad, due to her husband’s job and the birth of their son, Everest, Christen is looking forward to returning to the classroom at Flint Hill. Christen has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in journalism and organizational speech communication from Miami University and a Master of Education with early childhood specialization from Antioch University. She has endorsements in Reading (K-12), 4-5 Generalist, and a certification in Educational Leadership and Administration. For the past 13 years, Christen has been a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Erika Caruthers, Fifth/Sixth Grade teacher
After graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in environmental science and chemistry, Erika worked as a contractor with Tetra Tech. She worked with the EPA’s Office of Water modeling and writing total maximum daily loads for water bodies in the U.S. and U.S. territories. After a couple of years, Erika missed the interaction with children that she had while coaching soccer and decided to teach chemistry, in Fairfax County, at Oakton High School. She took some time off to raise her three children and started back to work developing a science curriculum for kindergarteners and first-graders for the City of Falls Church while working on her master’s in elementary education. After graduation, Erika taught math and science at Nysmith School for the Gifted. She spend four years teaching math, including Algebra II/ Trigonometry, as well as biology, chemistry, environmental science and physics. Erika enjoys many hobbies, including running, playing soccer, and spending time with her family. Two of her three children will attend Flint Hill in the fall. Erika lives with her family in Oakton.
Gregory Henderson, Middle School Learning Specialist
Gregory is a native Washingtonian and has worked and volunteered with youth in the District of Columbia for over 15 years. Gregory formally served as the director of summer studies, student engagement coordinator and space use coordinator at Georgetown Day School (GDS). At GDS, Gregory also served as assistant auxiliary director and director of after-school programs. He served as director of strategic partnerships and middle school director for a non-profit organization, Kid Power Inc., and is currently an active board member. Prior to this service, Gregory served as a Social Studies and African-American History teacher, basketball coach, football coach and tennis instructor at Sousa Middle School. Gregory has a Bachelor of Science in sociology and a master’s degree in special education.
Michelle Aspinwall, Assistant to the Director and Assistant Director of the Middle School
Michelle comes to us with a background in education administration and a passion for helping students and their families. She previously was the lead registrar for a network of private schools and, most recently, shaped young lives in her role as the director of student development at a private school in Washington. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Hofstra University. As a New York native, Michelle is always on a mission to find the best pizza and bagels and enjoys spending her free time at the beach.
Dress Code Updates for 2019-2020
Included in the Resource Board tile, noted above, is an updated dress code. All three divisions have been reviewing dress codes for consistency (from year to year and between genders), simplicity, and alignment with our Vision Statement. Below is a summary of changes:
- Grades 5-6: no changes to the available options, but they have been rewritten as a single set of gender-neutral options for simplicity
- Grades 7-8: the shirt options are now consistent throughout the year rather than changing in the winter months; students may wear either the FH polo shirts or white or blue oxford shirts year round. Neckties are now optional. Overall, the dress code has been rewritten as a single set of gender-neutral options.
Flint Hill Girls’ Basketball Camp
Leveraging more than 20 years of college and high school coaching experience, and her own experience playing basketball in college and coaching overseas, Flint Hill’s Head Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach Jody Patrick leads this dynamic camp experience. Campers will work on game fundamentals and improve their skills with other campers just like them. A typical day includes skill work and scrimmaging in the morning, a delicious lunch break and then team games and individual competitions in the afternoon. Campers are encouraged to wear their camp t-shirts proudly, and join us on the Hill for a great week of camp!
Lunch is not included.
|Time:||9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.|
|Grades:||Rising Grades 1-9|
|Cost:||$250 per session|
|Location:||Upper School Campus Gym|
REMINDERS FROM LAST WEEK
Approaching Deadline for Required Back to School Forms
The deadline for required back-to-school forms is this Friday, June 14. The forms include AfterCare registration, student information updates and registration for bus service. Please note that updates have been made to the bus routes for next year, so it is important to review that information closely. These online forms are required for student attendance at orientation, registration, classes, and for participation in all school-sponsored activities, such as athletics and field studies.
The forms can be found in Husky Hub. After you log in, a yellow block will appear on the top part of the page with a message detailing the number of forms you have to review. After clicking the link, you will be guided to the list of forms for your child/ren. If you receive an error message, while completing your forms, or have questions, please contact Admission Data Manager Stephanie Flores.
A detailed video describing the process for accessing and completing the forms is available here.
We will continue to provide periodic updates as new information is added to Husky Hub and future deadlines approach.
Summer Learning and Summer Reading
Summer Learning and Summer Reading information for all three divisions are now available on the Preparing for the 2019-2020 School Year tile in Husky Hub. These are excellent resources for enrichment and skill maintenance. To access the Resource Board, visit www.flinthill.org/app and then enter your username and password. After you log in, click “Resources” on the top navigation bar and then click on the Preparing for the 2019-2020 School Year tile.
Technology Updates for 2019-2020
Beginning in the 2019-2020 School year, administrative rights on school-issued MacBook Airs will be changing for all students enrolled in Grades 10, 11 and 12. Students in these grades will be promoted to an “administrator,” which will allow them to install software and make changes to the settings on their laptop without parental permission. However, all control over account permissions, filtration, auditing, and monitoring will remain in effect, in case of an inquiry or abuse.
No changes will be made to school-issued MacBook Airs for students in Grades 7, 8 and 9. These students will continue to be standard users with parental administrator accounts installed on their computers. We request that parents do not share their padmin account information with students in these grades.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this change, please contact email@example.com.
Director of the Middle School