Greetings from the Middle School

January 24, 2019

Dear Middle School Families,
I have just a small update this week for our 8th-grade parents, many of whom are preparing themselves, their neighbors, and their nerves for the onslaught of birthdays coming our way. As I was surprised and shocked to learn, North Carolina allows its teen residents to begin learning to drive at age 14 and a half. If you have very young children, you have heightened awareness of the much-emphasized half-birthday. Who knew it was so important in adolescence? I am sure that somewhere in our state capitol is a large sundial that marks each child's transition from young teen to mobile driver. I would imagine, too, there is a parental cardiac care unit nearby.

Upper School 101 will be offered to our 8th graders on Wednesday, February 12th. Students will learn about the programs and new initiatives put in place for them as rising 9th graders and hear from key US people. There will be an additional program for you that same evening. Matt Jacobs and Renee Ferrerio will send an invitation with more detailed information next week, but I thought you might want to mark your calendars now. There are a lot of interesting and exciting developments on the horizon for O'Neal's Upper School, and you should not pass up this opportunity to learn more!

Spring moves quickly, parents, and so do these parenting years. Make sure you have put on your seatbelts.
Have a good week –
Theresa Jespersen
Head of Middle School
Assistant Head of School


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