A Message from Dani Steele, Interim Head of Middle School | May 24, 2023
Dani Steele, Interim Head of Middle School
Dear Families, 
As we near the end of another school year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the wonderful journey we have shared together in Middle School. 
Our students have embraced a variety of challenges presented to them and have risen above expectations, both academically and personally. They have often shown resilience, creativity, and a thirst for knowledge. From outstanding performances on the stage to building models in Science classes, from engaging debates in the classroom to impressive athletic achievements, our students have demonstrated some exceptional abilities!
But it's not just about the academic and extracurricular accomplishments; it's also about the relationships that have been forged and the character development that has taken place. We have witnessed acts of kindness, empathy, and inclusivity, which have helped foster a warm and welcoming school community. We recognize that this is a journey, and that kids can and will make mistakes, but we are all committed to helping our students develop into responsible young people who are driven by compassion and respect. 
Throughout the next few weeks, we have planned a variety of activities to help students wrap up the school year with a sense of closure, reflection, and appreciation for their growth. Students will engage in reflection of goals they set earlier in the year, closing circles in classes and Gibush, wrap up year-long portfolios, participate in Move-Up Day, and celebrate their achievements in the Music Awards Banquet, Sports Banquet, Graduation, and the Close of School Ceremony, to name a few of our various end of year programs. 
None of this would be possible without our dedicated faculty who have worked tirelessly to create a nurturing and stimulating learning environment. Their passion for their subjects, combined with their commitment to the well-being of our students, is inspiring. 
However, none of it would be possible without our parent partnership as well! I want to thank you for your unwavering dedication to, trust in, and participation in your child's education. 
As you also help your child reflect on their past year, consider asking them: 
  1. What are some things you're really proud of accomplishing this school year? Why are they special to you?
  2. Were there any subjects or topics that you found tricky or challenging? How did you handle them, and what did you learn from those experiences?
  3. Can you think of a time when you felt you learned or grew a lot? What happened that made you feel that way?
  4. When you look back on this school year, what are some things you're excited about doing again or trying differently next year?
  5. Were there any times when you felt stressed or overwhelmed? How did you manage those feelings, and what strategies worked well for you?
  6. How do you think you've grown as a person since the beginning of the school year? What are some things you believe or care about more now?
Once again, I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to you for your ongoing support and for entrusting us with the education of your children. It has been an incredible journey, and I am excited for the future that lies ahead. We are already planning exciting initiatives and curricular enhancements for next year, and excited for the leadership of Ms. Crane… but these next few weeks of school? They are about reflection. It has been a year filled with growth, discovery, and countless achievements, and I am incredibly proud of each and every one of our students.
Dani Steele, 
Interim Head of Middle School

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