Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Dear Families in the Middle,

Please forgive my oversight in not sharing more information about our Middle School Open House earlier! Our Middle School September Open House has a very similar purpose as the Elementary Meet Your Teacher evening. It is an opportunity for your child to show YOU around their middle-level learning community and also an opportunity for you to personally meet each of your child's teachers and for your child's teachers to meet you. We so enjoyed the brief chats and visit last evening with several families! Your questions, feedback and suggestions help us in our efforts to live out the Raider Way at Hudson Middle School! The Raider Way is Welcoming, Student - Centered, Transforming, and a Culture of Excellence.

Please note the following additional opportunity to "hang out" in our Middle Learning Community, connect with other parents, and ask questions:
* Monday, September 19 - Parent Chromebook Orientation - 5:30 PM (Media Center)
                      Hudson Middle School Parent Group Network - 6:30 PM (Media Center)

Thanks to one of our Middle School families, you may find value in this link regarding Instagram
Instagram is the online photo-sharing arguably at the top of the social media empire. It is owned by Facebook and is a fantastic place to post interesting photos that illustrate your life---like a daily visual journal! On Instagram, you can find drool-worthy food shots, artsy-type photos, and fun pictures of your friends and family. We love Instagram! But sadly, there are people out there who try to corrupt a good thing.

Each week, I plan to feature a student or two I've learned something about. Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Will Golden, a seventh grader. Will has already thought about his 8th grade electives, his plan after graduating from high school, and even his plan after retirement! I am amazed at his kindness (he sat down with me after all students had left the lunchroom), his communication skills, and his thoughtfulness. Will and I agreed, "Life is full of connections between ideas, people, and places!" 

Chase James, a sixth grader here at HMS, shared his short research and slides on "black holes." I had very little knowledge of that phenomenon and Chase indicated he first developed an interest in black holes from his second and third grade teachers. "They let us choose what we wanted to learn about in science," he said. Kudos to Mr. Sahli (Houlton) and Ms. Swanson (EPRock) for fostering Chase's love of science! 

Sophia Nault, another sixth grader, did a bit of research on Habits of Mind. She has also applied to serve in a Student Leadership role. So proud of the positive risks our students are taking in-the-middle! 

Construction Update: Please anticipate the parking lot closest to the south entrance (near the main office) closing September 26. Staff and visitors can park in the south-south parking lot (near the fields) and along the sidewalk (NOT during bus times). The south lot near the building will be used for construction deliveries. Thank you for anticipating this change! 

Enjoying the start of a positively hope-filled year,
Mrs. Ann Mitchell

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