Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. After a week of Winter Break, students and staff returned back to school this past week, and from college tours to talent show auditions, we picked up right where we left off. Highlights below from the last week of February and notes on what to look forward to as we head into March:
This past Tuesday, many of our high school juniors and seniors spent the day touring Foothill College and the College of San Mateo. Both schools have been popular post-Stanbridge destinations for a number of our graduates and Resource Specialist Diane Chau organized this day-long event to show current upperclassmen what these schools have to offer. Knowledge is good when it comes to understanding the various post-secondary options available to Stanbridge students, and Tuesday's tours were enhanced when the tour group met with a few recent Stanbridge graduates on the Foothill campus. Diane is working to schedule addition transition events for high school students and their families throughout the year, but if you have specific questions about what options are available for your student, email Diane with your questions or contact her to set up a meeting. Don't forget that you can also download the notes from January's Alumni Parent Panel on the SPA Spot page, or request a DVD of the panel discussion.
After school on Tuesday, Jay Huston assumed the role of Simon Cowell and--along with a number of other staff members--auditioned student acts for the upcoming talent show. Talents of all stripes were represented: singing, dancing, comedy, and acts that defy easy description. Alas, not all students who want to be in the show were able to stay afterschool on Tuesday, and a few of the auditionees were asked to polish their performances and return for a second audition. Jay will be holding the Make-Up/Re-audition session this coming Tuesday, March 4th afterschool at 3:15 p.m. If your student needs to participate, please ensure they have the necessary props/equipment to perform their act, and remember that stage time is limited to a max of five minutes. All students who wish to be part of the talent show must have their act pre-approved through the audition process and this Tuesday is the final cutoff. If your student is unable to attend for any reason, please email Jay and request an alternate date and time. The talent show is always a memorable night and a highlight of every year, so be sure you save the date now: March 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Theatorium.
Said Theatorium was in full footlights mode before break when our Theater Club debuted their sci-fi spoof "Trek Star II: The Wrath of Nahk." Featuring a technically-complex set, special effects, homemade props and costumes, plus an entirely original script, it was a Theater Club paradise, and the show bedazzled the standing room only crowd of students, staff, families and friends. But if you were unable to attend, don't worry--you can klingon...er, click on...our Media Room page, where we have posted pictures from the show, as well as some exclusive behind-the-scenes shots. While on the Media Room page, you will notice that we also posted a bonus video of Jerry DeCaire, a comic book artist and lecturer who will be coming to Stanbridge on March 4th. DeCaire is part of a national lecture tour "Science of the Superhero," and talks to students about the math and science skills involved in creating comic book characters. He should have a fairly receptive crowd when he speaks at our all-school assembly Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
Before signing-off, don't forget that Mark is organizing swim lessons at the San Mateo YMCA for Stanbridge students later this spring. Whether you find yourself in a pond or pool, knowing how to swim is a great skill. This pilot program is a unique opportunity for our students to learn the basics or develop their technique. Mark is going to be finalizing the schedule this month, so 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 this Wednesday, March 5.
Also, this coming Wednesday is the monthly SPA meeting, 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall. As always, all Stanbridge parents and guardians are encouraged to attend. At the previous meeting, Chris Myers distributed summer school interest surveys and I would like to thank everyone who gave us feedback on the program. Over break, Chris analyzed this and analyzed that and we are currently in the process of developing curriculum based on your suggestions. The course guide will be published later this month, at which time you will be able to register your student for summer school at Stanbridge. In the meantime, a reminder that summer school classes are week-long sessions, and this year's summer school will run from June 23 through August 1.
Finally, don't forget that we have 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. The more followers and reviews we have, the more prominent our online profile becomes, so multiplicity helps!
Clearly, our webmaster Chris is armed and dangerous when it comes to online updates. Perhaps with relatively few interruptions in March, he is worried about a Groundhog Day-like month ahead. Still, with next week's superhero assembly and the mid-month Talent Show, there are some highlights to look forward to. Plus, another long Vacation is coming in April with Spring Break. So we have that going for us, which is nice.
Until our streams cross again, have a great weekend.