Upper School Newsletter - February 15, 2023
Message From Division Director
As we approach the beginning of the course registration process, it is important for us to reflect upon the class recommendation process. Every year, the Academic Office directs teachers to examine each student from a holistic perspective with the goal of predicting which class would be the most appropriate fit for the student when they return to campus in August. This examination looks far beyond just an overall grade in a course; it also includes a student’s academic habits, curiosity for the subject, consistency, and relevant skills. Each teacher is aware of the particular skills that the classes in the subsequent year required for a student to be successful. With that in mind, the teacher’s goal is to determine the placement that will keep the student in the Zone of Proximal Development. In other words, which class will challenge them enough to grow but won’t be so overwhelming that the student feels resigned to be unsuccessful in the course.
With this in mind, I use my mid-February message to parents to talk about how students should be thinking about class recommendations at this point of the year. If a student has a particular advanced-level class that they are seeking for next school year, I encourage them to visit their current teacher now for feedback. This allows the student to ask “what qualities or traits do I need to demonstrate for you to feel that I will be successful in ________ class next year?” By having this conversation now, it allows the student time to demonstrate any particular skills that might need more development before they attempt to tackle a particular class. Whether the advice to the student is to become more consistent with their notetaking, to work on organizing their writing around central themes, or to add more detail to their lab reports, February is the perfect time for students to get this type of individualized feedback so they can create a plan to further strengthen those habits.
Director of the Upper School
Major Minors Concert — TONIGHT
Love is in the air! The Major Minors, Flint Hill’s award winning a cappella group, invite you to their annual concert, featuring songs of love for Valentine’s Day. Bring a date. It’s sure to be a heartwarming experience. The concert is free and will be held in the Upper School Commons on Wednesday, February 15, at 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Kaleidoscope Parent Book Club Discussion, "Dress Coded" — Monday, March 6
The Kaleidoscope Book Club provides an opportunity for parents to connect and discuss a variety of topics through books. The group will discuss the book "Dress Coded" by Carrie Firestone on Monday, March 6, 8:30-9:30 a.m., in the Peterson Middle School Conference Room. You are welcome to attend even if you haven't read the book. We look forward to building and deepening relationships through this shared learning opportunity. Please contact Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Miles Henderson if you have any questions.
A Message From The Yearbook Staff
Hello, Flint Hill parents! We are doing a flashback section in the yearbook this year and are offering the opportunity for you to submit old photos of your Flint Hill Husky. They can be pictures from Flint Hill or outside of Flint Hill. There is no age specification, any picture from before high school works!
If you’d like to participate, please email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include the following information:
- Your student’s full name
- Your relationship with them as the submitter (ie. mom/dad)
- Their current grade
Major Minors Concert
Wednesday, February 15
Upper School Commons, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Presidents’ Day, No School
Monday, February 20
Upper School Division Coffees
Wednesday, March 1
Rising Grade 9 Families—8:30-9:30 a.m.
Rising Grade 10, 11, 12 Families—1:00-2:00 p.m.
Parent Morning Mixer
Thursday, March 2
Miller House, 8:15-9:15 a.m.
Kaleidoscope Book Club
Monday, March 6
Peterson Middle School, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Spring Break, No School
Monday, March 13-Friday, March 24
Meet the Parents’ Association Divisional Ambassadors
The Divisional Ambassadors are here to help you connect! They are actively involved in our community and will be encouraging you to get involved, too, by sharing information about volunteer opportunities and Parents’ Association events. Read about them on our website (click the “Divisional Ambassadors” tab).
Join the Divisional Ambassadors (DA) for an informal social, following the Lower School Division Coffee this Friday, February 17, 9:30-10:00 a.m. in Room 201 of the Hazel Lower School. They will be hosting informal socials after each Divisional Coffee for parents to get together and make connections. Mark your calendars with these upcoming dates:
- Friday, February 17: Lower School Grades JK-3 Divisional Coffee, 8:45-9:30 a.m., followed by DA parent social, 9:30-10:00 a.m.
- Friday, February 24: Lower School Grades 4-6 Divisional Coffee, 8:45-9:30 a.m., followed by DA parent social, 9:30-10:00 a.m.
- Wednesday, March 1: Upper School Rising Grade 9 Divisional Coffee, 8:30-9:30 a.m., followed by DA parent social, 9:30-10:00 a.m.
Spring Uniform Drop-Off — Monday, February 27 - Friday, March 3 & Monday, March 6
Parents may drop off gently-used, clean uniforms, P.E./athletic and spirit wear on the Miller House front porch from Monday, February 27, to Friday, March 3, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Monday, March 6, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Middle and Upper School parents are also welcome to donate.
Parent volunteers are needed to help sort and organize donations on Thursday, March 9. Sign up to volunteer! Questions? Contact Melissa Riley in the Advancement Office.
Spring Uniform Exchange — Friday, March 10
Time for some spring cleaning! Mark your calendars for the Spring Uniform Exchange on Friday, March 10, 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., in Room 101 of the Hazel Lower School. Enter the Lower School through the front entrance (Door 1) to check in with Security, and head down the stairs to Room 101.
There is no cost for this event, and you do not have to donate uniforms in order to participate. Item availability is based on donations and will be first-come, first-served.
School Store Open During the Uniform Exchange — Friday, March 10
Great news – the School Store will be open during the Uniform Exchange! Stop by for in-person shopping on Friday, March 10, 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The School Store is located in the Hazel Lower School in Room 112, just down the hall from the Uniform Exchange (Room 101). Be sure to stop by the School Store and check out the new spirit wear. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Save the Date for A Night on the Hill — Friday, April 14
All JK-12 parents, alumni parents and alumni are invited to A Night on the Hill for an all-adult, social evening at the Peterson Middle School – Friday, April 14, 7:30-10:00 p.m. An electronic invitation and more details will be sent soon.
Volunteers Needed: Concessions
Volunteers are needed to sell concessions during the day, after school and during basketball games. Check out the schedule and sign up for as many shifts as you'd like. Feel free to invite a friend to sign up with you too, or come ready to make a new connection!
17—Parent Social hosted by Divisional Ambassadors following LS Division Coffee
24—Parent Social hosted by Divisional Ambassadors following LS Division Coffee
27-28—Spring Uniform Exchange Drop Off
1—Parent Social hosted by Divisional Ambassadors following US Division Coffee
1-3—Spring Uniform Exchange Drop Off
2—Parent Morning Mixer
6—Spring Uniform Exchange Drop Off
10—Spring Uniform Exchange
11—Parent Social hosted by Divisional Ambassadors following Learning Center Coffee
12—Parent Social hosted by Divisional Ambassadors following MS Division Coffee
14—“A Night on the Hill”
19—Parent Social hosted by Divisional Ambassadors following US Division Coffee
19—Parent Social hosted by Divisional Ambassadors following LS Division Coffee
25—Flint Hill Golf Invitational
31—Volunteer Appreciation Reception