Thursday, 12 January 2012
Greetings Upper School Parents:
We have started 2012 with great enthusiasm in the Upper School, forging ahead into the second-half of the Winter Term. Here is a sampling of some of the exciting up-coming activities and events in the Upper School.
Tomorrow morning at 6:00AM, a stalwart delegation of MVS French students embark for a four-day trip to Quebec, under the planning and direction of Peter Camm and Julie Dube. Bon Voyage and safe return!
This weekend is the MVS College Prep Classic Basketball Tournament. The opening game is Friday at 2:00PM with our MVS girls’ varsity squad taking on Butlerville Methodist from Indiana. We have a special schedule to fill the gym for home court advantage. Games continue through the weekend.
Next Tuesday, 17 January is the MVS all-school Diversity Day Celebration, beginning at 8:25AM in the Lane Gymnasium. Unique to MVS is the empowerment of student initiatives and planning for this important community event, which includes some special performances this year. Parents are welcome to attend.
Reflecting a delightful blend of the MVS mission points of cultural diversity and global citizenry, on Tuesday afternoon we welcome 20 students from the Nanjing Foreign Language School, the first of our Chinese sister schools. The Chinese exchange students will be living with upper and middle school host families through Monday, 23 January. Abundant thanks go to our host families for extending MVS hospitality to our Chinese guests.
Next Saturday, 21 January, the Student Government is sponsoring a Winter Formal, from 8:00-11:00PM in the Alumni Theatre. The dance is themed “Sweet Escapes” and is promoted as a “Sadie Hawkins” dance, in which girls invite boys to attend. As is with all MVS social events, the dance does not require students to attend as “dates.” I predict that the vast majority of students will attend “in groups.” The dance is open to all MVS upper school students; tickets will go on sale next week. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Bryan Lakatos, advisor to the Student Government.
Sunday, 22 January is MVS Admissions Open House, from 1:15-3:30PM, beginning in the Lofino Atrium. Please encourage any friends, family members, or neighbors who have an interest in learning more about MVS to attend and experience first-hand our amazing school community.
Thursday, 26 January is the winter term music and dance performance, featuring “Oceans of Sound,” by John Cage and Merce Cunningham. The second part of the event will highlight a Broadway Review of familiar songs and performances. The program begins at 7:00PM in the Alumni Theater and is certain to be memorable.
In anticipation of foreboding winter weather on the horizon (literally), I reminded students during Morning Announcements today about the importance of safety, communication, and responsible proactive planning. The “upper school snow and inclement weather policy,” including the details of our “one-call” automated phone notification program, is archived in the November section of Wagner’s MVS Blog at: http://wagnersmvsblog.blogspot.com/
Stay warm, be safe, and hope to see you at an MVS event soon!
With sincere regards,
Head of Upper School