Greetings from the Middle School

March 22, 2019

Dear Middle School Families,

I hope that you and yours have a restful and rejuvenating spring break! The students and teachers have been working hard this semester and this break will offer all the opportunity to recharge and be ready for the final months of school (!).

Long breaks are great times to settle into some reading. Our 7th graders put together a bookshelf full of great suggestions- I hope you saw the post on Facebook! Your local library is also a great resource. And if you are looking for some reading about middle school students, here are some links to articles I have enjoyed. I hope you find something to interest you!

Once adolescents begin to think abstractly, they are increasingly vulnerable to the impact of cognitive distortions, and that can lead to a lot of discomforts. They can imagine what their peers might be thinking, and they often imagine the worst.

“It’s far too easy for students to overestimate their understanding of a topic simply because they’re familiar with it. Metacognition helps students recognize the gap between being familiar with a topic and understanding it deeply.”

“Purpose is critical because it is linked to dedication, energy, and resilience — “psychological goods,” Damon said, that most aspire to. “Purpose is the number one, long-term motivator in life," according to Damon. Unlike passion or ambition, which focus on the self, purpose touches on the needs of the wider world.”

“The hallmark of moving from childhood to adulthood is that you start to recognize that things aren't black and white," says Ostenson "and there's a whole bunch of ethical grey area out there." Which makes dystopian fiction perfect for the developing adolescent brain, says Laurence Steinberg, a psychologist at Temple University.”

“Empathy, creativity, and self-control are strengths that can be learned. And when they’re taught with respect for a child’s autonomy and decision-making capacity, they can support lifelong well-being. By nurturing these traits in our children, Clabough writes, “we will raise creative thinkers who get things done in a way that benefits others as well as themselves.”

“Agency may be the one most important factor in human happiness and well-being."So write William Stixrud and Ned Johnson in their new book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives. Feeling out of control can cause debilitating stress and destroy self-motivation.”
I am looking forward to hearing about how students spend this break when we return - no joke - on April 1.
Virginia Andres
Fri, March 22 - Fri, March 29 - Spring Break  
Monday, April 1 - Classes Resume
Wednesday, April 17 - Heritage Festival, 5-7 pm, Hannah Center Gym
Fri, April 19 - Mon, April 22 - Easter Break 
Tuesday, April 23 - Classes Resume 
April 23 - April 26 - Spring Spirit Week 
Friday, April 26 - Field Day - Noon Dismissal; Athletic Physicals, 12:30-3:30 pm, Hannah Center Gym
Saturday, April 27 - Science Olympiad State Tournament 
April 29 - May 2 - ERB Testing - 3rd - 8th Grades
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