Friday, 17 June 2011
Greetings Upper School Parents:
I hope these first couple days of summer break finds you rested and well. Following end-of-year faculty meetings and scheduling sessions with students new to MVS, it is has been a productive week here at MVS. This e.mail serves as the official acknowledgement that grades and comments for the Spring Trimester, as well as final grades for the 2010-2011 academic year, are now available via My Backpack.
As way of gentle reminder, summer provides an opportune time for completing outside service learning and community service hours. Students are required to complete 20 hours of community service for each year they attend the upper school. A list of approved local service organizations in need of student help, and related community service forms are available on the documents section of the MVS upper school homepage at: http://www.mvschool.com/academics/upperschool/overview/upper-school-documents Considering how busy the school year becomes, summer remains a convenient and highly recommended time to work towards maintaining service learning contacts and completing outside community service hours.
The required 2011 Shared Summer Reading Selection is Peace, by Richard Bausch. Though an exciting partnership with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Mr. Bausch will visit MVS in mid-September to speak with students and attend classes. A list of additional recommendations for summer reading is posted on my MVS Blog.
Descriptions and schedules for 2011 Summer Camp at MVS are available on the MVS web, including “College Application Fun Land,” a great way for rising seniors to get a serious jump-start on their college application processes. There are also a number of academic refresher courses, as part of August Academic Review.
In mid-September, I am thrilled to share that MVS will again host a student delegation from our sister school at The Thomas Jefferson School in Concepcion, Chile. We are again seeking MVS families to serve as hosts for our 10-12 Chilean visitors, ranging in ages from 14-16, for the two weeks that they are in the Dayton area. If you have interest, please send me an e.mail and I’ll be happy to discuss additional details with you. Thank you for your help with this important sister school connection, affirming MVS’ commitment to supporting global citizenship.
Many folks have asked for a copy of my Graduation Ode to the Class of 2011, presented as a traditional part of MVS Commencement exercises Victoria Theatre last Thursday. A printable version is available on my MVS Blog http://wagnersmvsblog.blogspot.com/ along with the archives of all letters and e.mails sent from the upper school office this year.
Best wishes towards a relaxing, invigorating, and productive summer.
With sincere regards,
Head of Upper School