Friday, 7 May 2010
Greetings Upper School Parents:
Even all varieties of May weather (cool temperatures, spots of sun, and occasional drizzle) cannot damper the spirits of MVS Grandparents Day and Spring Fling! It was wonderful to see so many MVS families (and in multi-generations!) as part of the day’s festivities.
This e.mail serves as notification that the comments, work habit marks, and grades illustrating your daughter or son’s Spring Trimester mid-term academic progress are now available via My Backpack. Mid-term comments for the Spring Trimester are required only for students achieving grades of “C-” or lower or effort marks of “3” and below. Since mid-terms provide a “snapshot” of a student’s academic performance, they should be considered accordingly. Time remains to attend to concerns mentioned up to this point; however, attentive preparation and follow-through are necessary in anticipation of the speedy approach of June. Consider it a good start-of-May resolution to conclude the 2011 academic year with appropriate academic vigor.
With the hopeful arrival of warmer weather, we continue to seek your assistance relating to matters of appropriate spring apparel, specifically regarding: ripped and torn clothing, shorts and skirt length, and overly revealing tops. As a quick guide, ripped clothing is not permitted, shorts and skirt must be longer than the extended fingers of a students hands at their sides, and shirts should cover a students’ shoulders and not be overly revealing. We appreciate your assistance (and good humor) in helping our students to be presentable and aware of their appearance.
Next Friday, 18 May is Bump-Up Day, providing the opportunity for current 8th grade students to attend upper school classes and further whet their appetites for life in the Upper School. The Freshman class will be bowling (with the 6th grade) off campus to allow room for the 8th grade to visit classes. The Freshman will return to campus in time to attend the class period before lunch.
Prom, hosted by the Junior class in honor of the Seniors, is Saturday, 21 May, followed by After Prom, hosted by the Parents Association. Following concerns raised by various constituencies in our school community, breathalyzers will likely be included in our monitoring efforts this year, as an additional safety precaution for our students and for peace of mind for parents. I will share further details in my accustomed “prom awareness letter.”
Although the last day of academic classes for seniors is Thursday, 2 June, seniors are required to attend Senior Seminar at MVS on Friday 3 June, during which a number of transition and graduation details will be addressed, including a formal graduation practice.
For Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors, Spring Trimester and final exams will be held 6 - 8 June. Academic Awards Evening, on Wednesday, 8 June at 7:00PM in the Lane Gymnasium, is an Upper School tradition not to be missed. In addition to faculty member presentations of departmental book awards, the Senior Class of 2011 will be acknowledged as a lead-up to their Graduation. Graduation occurs on Thursday, 9 June at 7:00PM at Dayton’s historic Victoria Theater. I hope to see you there!
I appreciate your support of and attention to the many events, activities, and initiatives at work in the Upper School. The early May edition of “Articles of Interest” will be posted soon on my MVS Blog at: http://wagnersmvsblog.blogspot.com/ As always, should you have a question, feel free to contact your child’s Academic Advisor, Grade-level Dean, classroom teachers, or me. Best wishes towards a refreshing and celebratory Mother’s Day.
With sincere regards,
Head of Upper School