Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. Winter Break is officially underway and there is no school next week, February 17-21. The time off is certainly deserved, as our students, staff, parents and guardians were busy with a wide variety of activities over the past few days. Highlights from a whirlwind week below:
On Monday, our Bulldogs Hockey Team played in their first competitive game of the season, taking on Charles Armstrong School. It was a reunion of sorts, as Armstrong's hockey coach is none other than former Stanbridge counselor Nick Peruzzaro, who started the Bulldogs Hockey program three years ago. Alas, the Bulldogs came up short against their former coach, with a final score of 7-5, but current Stanbridge coach Erik Tom was pleased with the performances of all the players and both squads had fun in what has become a friendly rivalry. You can see for yourself, as photos from the match have been posted in our website's Media Room gallery.
Both the basketball and hockey teams have this week off from practices, and their are currently no future games scheduled for either squad. Fear not, however, as there will still be opportunities to see both Bulldogs teams in action. Erik and (Basketball Coach) Mark Kelley are working on scheduling matchups to take place after break and we will post updates on the Bulldogs Athletics page once details are finalized. Also, don't forget that Mark is organizing swim lessons at the San Mateo YMCA for Stanbridge students later this spring. This pilot program is a unique opportunity for our students to learn the basics or develop their skills. If your student would be interested in participating, please complete the swim lesson survey posted on our Files & Forms page and return it to Mark by month's end.
Back on campus, Hayden Hall was a hub of activity this past week, beginning on Monday with the start of our Maker's Fair. This first-ever event featured a variety of student-made creations on display, ranging from LEGO and SnapTite models to robots, sculpture, and even a homemade radio housed in a cardboard box. Organized by counselor James Warren, students from all grade divisions participated and since words alone don't really do these projects justice, be sure to click over to our Student Art Gallery page to see these creative endeavors for yourself.
It was a great week to have such creativity on display, since Wednesday was our Winter Open House. It was a well-attended event with visitors inquiring about all grade divisions. In addition to the Maker's Fair projects and anti-bullying posters on display in Hayden Hall, Open House guests also toured the campus and got to see our dynamic teachers and students in action. A big Thank You to the staff for helping to prepare for Wednesday's event--all of the guests were impressed with our school and its likely some will soon become part of the Stanbridge Community.
And what a community it is. More "Thank You"s are in order for all of the SPA volunteers who participated in Thursday's Soup From the Heart. An annual February treat for our staff, this year's event featured over a half-dozen delicious homemade soups, along with a variety of breads, salads and desserts. It was a wonderful spread, and all of our teachers and staff members appreciated the hard work and thoughtfulness in putting it together (as well as cleaning-up and taking it apart). More details and appreciations have been posted on the SPA Spot page, but on behalf of the entire faculty, thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.
Did I mention this past week was busy? In addition to all of the events above, the week culminated with an afternoon of fun and drama on Friday. The headline event of the week was the world premiere of our Drama Club's original production Trek Star II: The Wrath of Nahk. Playing to a standing room only crowd of students, staff, friends and family in the Multipurpose Theatorium, the play was a smash hit, earning waves of thunderous applause. Virtual encores to all of the cast and crew for a job well done, particularly Theater Club advisors David Hopper and James Warren. We are still negotiating whether to take the show to Broadway or do a national tour first, but in the meantime, Camille, Thomsen and Erik were on hand to photograph and record Friday's performance. We will be posting pictures online after break, as well as posting video of the entire show, so be sure to look for that in the weeks ahead just in case the tour plans fall through.
After all the activity, it only seemed fitting that the week end with a party. After the show ended on Friday, students spent the remainder of the afternoon celebrating with their classmates in each division's Valentine's Day party. Again, a round of thanks to the teachers and parent volunteers who helped coordinate Friday afternoon's activities. It was a busy, sometimes hectic week for all and it was nice to see everyone leave school and start their break with smiles on their faces.
So before settling into a long Winter's Break, a few more quick notes and reminders:
• Don't forget that shortly after break, we will be announcing our Summer School courses and sending out enrollment packets. The Stanbridge Summer School dates are set for June 24-August 1, and we are looking for feedback from parents/guardians on what types of classes you would like to see offered. If you plan to enroll your student in this year's Summer School, please take a moment to complete this short Summer School Interest Survey and return it to Chris Myers or the main office by Feb. 24. The Summer School course guide, schedule, and enrollment packet will be distributed in early March.
• Staying up-to-date in the realm of social media, we have officially launched a Stanbridge Academy Google Plus page. Similar in some ways to Facebook, Google Plus allows you to "Follow" us and stay connected to the latest news and events at Stanbridge. If you have a Google Plus and/or GMail account, be sure to click over to our G+ page and follow us (and, if you'd like, give us a +1, too). Given that it is a page visible to the public, if you'd like to post a review for us, we'd appreciate that as well (just click the pencil icon).
• Upon our return from break, High School Science Teacher/Talent Coordinator Jay Huston will be holding student auditions for this year's Student Talent Show. The show itself isn't until Friday, March 14th, but students who wish to perform must audition their acts to a staff member prior to the event. The first round of mandatory auditions will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25 after school from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Students should bring any necessary props, costumes, instruments, and accompanying music that they will be using in the show, and acts should run no longer than 4-5 minutes. Auditions will be performed for a staff member who will verify that the student is sufficiently prepared. (Note: This is not American Idol; acts do not need to be "perfect," we simply want to ensure that students are not going to get onstage and simply ad-lib). There will be a make-up round of auditions (date TBD) for students who cannot attend on Tuesday, as well as for those who may need to polish their act a bit. Students from all grade divisions are encouraged to participate, and talents of all varieties are welcome (except maybe sword-swallowing and fire-juggling--those tend to be insurance risks). The show is a highlight of every school year and we will have more details as the date gets closer. In the meantime, you can email Jay with any questions.
• Also when we get back, our high school juniors and seniors are scheduled to take a day trip, touring the College of San Mateo and Foothill College on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Details and the necessary permission form are posted on the Files and Forms page. A tip of the hat to Resource Specialist Diane Chau for organizing this--if you have any questions about the event, please email Diane.
• Finally, the votes are in and our 2013-2014 Yearbook Cover Contest winner has been announced. Congratulations to ninth-grader Andy H. for drawing this year's winning entry. You can see Andy's submission along with the other top finalists by logging-in to the Weekly Bridge mainpage (Andy's drawing will grace the cover, but the three runners-up will be featured inside the yearbook). Narrowed-down from over 25 initial entries, there were many fantastic, colorful, creative ideas to choose from. A job well done all around, so a big "Hooray!" to all of the students who took the time to submit an entry this year.
That's it for this week...and next. Enjoy the week off and see everyone back at Stanbridge on Monday, February 24. Until then, have a safe, relaxing and fun Winter Break!