Friday, November 11, 2011

Graduation at TJS in Chile, Wellness Week, Jeff Wolfsberg, & November Advisor Conferences

Friday, 11 November 2011

Greetings Upper School Parents:

Happy 11-11-11 and Veterans Day.  Following our fire drill yesterday, MVS experienced the first snow flurries of the season, so winter cannot be too far away.

During Morning Announcements earlier this week, I shared with students that I will be away from school much of next week, participating in a true “MVS moment.”  I have accepted the invitation to serve as graduation speaker at The Thomas Jefferson School, our sister school in Concepcion, Chile.  It has been great fun to coordinate the exchange program for the past two years when TJS students come to visit MVS; I am thrilled to now have the opportunity to visit TJS, especially as guest speaker for their 2011 Commencement Exercises.

Next week brings Wellness Week to the upper school. Under the careful planning of Christie Kemper (School Counselor) and the robust student members of the Red Cross Club, we have a week chock-full of themed days, activities, and purposeful events: 

Monday 14th - “De-Stress” Monday
Focus on Emotional Wellness
Students wear “comfy” clothes
“Battle of the Grades” Jeopardy, during extended Morning Announcements

Tuesday 15th - “Mix It Up” Tuesday
Focus on Social Wellness and building healthy relationships
There will be no “out to lunch” privileges for Juniors & Seniors

Wednesday 16th - “What to Eat” Wednesday 
Focus on Nutrition & Healthy Living 
Student Health Fair 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, in SAC Gym

Thursday 17th - “Going Green” Thursday
Focus on Environmental Wellness 
Students wear green
MVS Parent’s Association, featuring Jeff Wolfsberg: 7:00-8:30 PM, in Alumni Theatre

Friday 18th - “Fitness” Friday
Focus on Physical Wellness 
Students wear workout clothes
Hoops for the heart, during extended lunch, in the gym

Jeff Wolfsberg (drug education specialist) returns to MVS to meet with all upper school grade-levels Tuesday through Friday, 15-18 November.  There will be a special program for parents, hosted by the MVS Parents’ Association on Thursday, 17 November at 7:00PM in the Alumni Theater.  Please attend to speak with Mr. Wolfsberg regarding the important subject of educating our adolescents of the dangers and temptations of at-risk behaviors.  As before, Mr. Wolfsberg will also share his impression from his meetings with upper school students during the week.

A reminder that Winter Advisory Conferences are Tuesday and Wednesday, 22 and 23 November. In preparation for conferences, we are again using the Pick-A-Time on-line scheduling service. This service offers real time access to your child’s Academic Advisor’s schedule. You access this system by going to the upper school homepage on the MVS website, then click the “schedule your conference” link at the top right-hand corner.  This scheduling system will be available until Friday, November 18.  Scheduling slots with Academic Advisors are available on a first-come first-served basis.  Since all upper school teachers also serve as Academic Advisors, parents should not schedule meetings with teachers during these conferences.

This weekend is the 2011 awards ceremony for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.  I look forward to seeing other members of the MVS community at this exciting event.

With sincere regards,

Sam Wagner
Head of Upper School

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