Friday, 18 December 2009
Greetings Upper School Parents!
End-of-December events at MVS, including advisory lunches and the traditional all-school-sing, gleefully contributed to a pleasant start to Winter Break. This e.mail serves as official notification that the comments, work habit/effort marks, and grades illustrating your daughter or son’s Winter Trimester mid-term academic progress are now available via the on-line portal My Backpack, at: https://miamivalley.seniormbp.com/SeniorApps/registration/loginCenter.faces.
Mid-term comments for the Winter Trimester are required only for students achieving grades of “C-” or lower or effort marks of “3” and below. As before, mid-terms provide a “snapshot” of a student’s academic performance, and should be considered accordingly. Ample time remains to attend to concerns mentioned up to this point, yet attentive preparation and follow-through are crucial. Consider it a good new year’s resolution to start 2010 with robust academic vigor.
On a related matter, I am working closely with Ken Laake (Athletic Director) and upper school faculty members to devise and implement an enhanced model for academic support and oversight for students encountering academic difficulty. We are piloting facets of this revised academic eligibility process during the Winter Term, with the goal of sharing the specific details with the larger MVS community in February.
On behalf of the upper school faculty and staff, I send hearty wishes towards a restful, safe, and warm winter break. I look forward to feeling the renewed spark of energy and intellect when we return to MVS on Monday, 4 January to usher-in 2010 and the second half of the Winter Trimester.
With sincere regards,
Head of Upper School