Middle School Newsletter - June 1, 2022
Message From Division Director
It has been a pleasure working with your children and with you throughout this amazing and sometimes intense year. We start the year asking all of us to engage in doing our best and recognize that the growth and richness of the experience comes as much from our stumbles as from our successes. Like every school year, this one was wonderfully imperfect and full of learning opportunities for all of us — especially in the middle school. I appreciate your partnership and support throughout the year. Please see below for final details and reminders.
Director of the Middle School
As we do each year, we have faculty and staff who are departing due to retirement, relocation, or new career or educational opportunities. We are grateful for their service to Flint Hill and wish them well in their future endeavors. We also look forward to announcing and welcoming the new faculty and staff who will join us for the upcoming school year in August.
Woojin Kim — Middle and Upper School Classics Department Chair and Middle School Classics Teacher
Kaley Mason — Middle School Nurse
Blair McAvoy — Middle and Upper School Computer Science and Robotics Teacher
Michelle Odell — Assistant Head of School for Special and Signature Programs
John Thomas — Headmaster
Kaylynn Yankovich — Director of Marketing and Communications
Summer Learning and Summer Reading
Summer Learning and Summer Reading information for all three divisions will be available on June 15, on the Preparing for the 2022-2023 School Year tile, in Husky Hub. Summer Reading details the options for meeting our summer requirement. Summer Learning includes recommended resources for enrichment and skill maintenance across all disciplines.
Final Grade Reports
Your child’s Middle School Quarter 4 Report will be available on Husky Hub at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15. In addition to providing a complete set of quarter and semester grades for each subject, we will include a narrative comment from your child’s advisor, summarizing their growth throughout the year.
Eighth Grade — Independent Service Project
We are excited to resume our community service programming for next year. For rising eighth graders, this means the return of our independent service project. Similar to a model used in our Upper School, students will independently research organizations, set up their service opportunities, fulfill a minimum of ten hours of community service work, and prepare a presentation for peers about their experience. Students may complete service hours during the summer prior to eighth grade, and full details and documentation forms will be available by the start of school.
Community Service Resources — whether you are exploring opportunities for your family or yourself, here are some great resources to get you started.
If you have any questions about this information, please contact Middle School Community Service Coordinator Ann Bazzarone.
Middle School Advisory Placement Process
In the Middle School, we recognize the unique challenges facing students in early adolescence and the importance of developing impactful, trusting relationships and a climate of physical, emotional and intellectual safety. Our Advisory Program fosters a sense of belonging and personal development for each student while building a community within the advisory group. Read more.
Upper School Advisory Placement Process
Advisory experiences supplement the day-to-day academic and social-emotional growth of our students. Our placement process is intentional and centered on the student, like everything else at Flint Hill. The process involves many voices and steps in creating a well-composed advisory that becomes a tight-knit community the following year. Read more.
Medication Pick Up
Any medication sent to the School Clinic for this school year must be picked up on or before Friday, June 3, between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., or Monday, June 6, between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Emergency medication (EpiPens, inhalers, diabetic supplies) must be picked up by Monday, June 6.
Medications are not stored at the School over the summer.
All medication not picked up by June 6 will be discarded.
Please call the division clinic to schedule a time for you to pick up your child’s medication.
The phone numbers for the clinics are:
Lower School Clinic
Middle School Clinic
Upper School Clinic
To help protect the integrity and privacy of virtual events, we have placed all the links to Google Meet virtual events in Husky Hub via the All-School Calendar.
Middle School Closing and Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony
Thursday, June 2, 1-2 p.m., Upper School Gym
- All Middle School students should arrive at the Middle School by 12:30 p.m. Parents should park in the Upper School lot and head directly to the gym.
- Eighth graders will gather on the John M. Thomas Terrace for a class picture at 12:30 p.m.; seventh graders will report to advisory rooms.
- Middle School students and faculty will walk over to the Upper School gym.
- Our closing program will showcase reflections on the year and a musical performance before turning our focus to the eighth graders for some awards and the promotion certificates.
- Parents and relatives are invited to attend.
- Recommended Dress for students — a collared shirt or blouse with khaki-style or dress pants; skirt with a blouse; or sundress.
- Students may go home with their parents immediately after the ceremony, either by leaving together from the Upper School gym or returning to the Middle School for pickup.
Eighth Grade Dance
Thursday, June 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Middle School Commons
- Recommended dress — a dress or a suit jacket, dress pants and a tie.
- Parents are welcome to take pictures on the John M. Thomas Terrace at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, June 10, 10 a.m.-noon.
Final Grade Reports Available Online
Wednesday, June 15, 4 p.m.
Summer Reading and Summer Learning Available Online
Wednesday, June 15, 4 p.m.
Summer Programs Begin
Tuesday, June 21
All of these links can be found on the COVID-19 Health Information tile on the Resource Board.
Reminder: Keep Everyone Healthy by Staying Home if Sick
If your student has fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, you should keep them home to recover. They must be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
Thank you, Volunteers!
Thank you to all who participated and volunteered at the Flint Hill Golf Invitational. It was great to see everyone! For me, one of the best things about being a parent at Flint Hill is the opportunity to volunteer. Being able to see the school firsthand is so special, and being able to meet fellow parents and develop friendships is important. Read more.