Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. Bookended by Winter Break in February and Spring Break in April, and with no days off for holidays, the month of March is a relatively uninterrupted one at Stanbridge. That does not mean, however, that there isn't a lot going on. Plenty of activities and events to look forward to as we march through the next three weeks, but first a quick look back before springing forward:
This past week began with a bang, or rather a BANG! POW! and perhaps even a ZOINK! as comic book artist Jerry DeCaire visited Stanbridge and presented "The Science of the Superhero." DeCaire has drawn Superman, X-Men's Wolverine, and a host of other comic book favorites. He used his experience in the field to speak to Stanbridge students about how the creative "right brain" and more analytical "left brain" personalities converge in creating comic book art. DeCaire illustrated his points (literally) and distributed souvenir sketches during the all-school afternoon assembly. Our intrepid A.S.L. teacher Thomsen Young assumed his secret identity of staff photographer to take some pictures and shoot some video of the event. You can view said pics and vids by clicking over to our Google+ page. And while you're there, it would be Marvel-ous if you gave us a +1, followed us on G+, or even posted a review.
Last Wednesday, high school history teacher Travis Callan organized a tour of the USS Hornet for our sophomores and juniors. The group enjoyed a guided tour of the historic aircraft carrier and the many exhibits on display; look for photos from the trip to be posted online later this week. Also on Wednesday, the Stanbridge Parent Association held their monthly meeting in Hayden Hall. Slightly less exciting than touring a military vessel that saw action in World War II, we will not be posting photos online from Wednesday morning's SPA meeting. We have, however, posted the meeting minutes on the SPA Spot page, which has also been updated with additional news, notes, and upcoming lecture/workshop dates. Be sure to click over for the latest buzz.
On Thursday, the Bulldogs Basketball Team played a game against a group of players from Serra Catholic High School. Co-organized by Coach Mark Kelley and our Business Manager Anne Barrows (whose sons also participated), the Bulldogs played hard but came up short, 29-20. The game was competitive and fun, however, and a great practice for the team's upcoming regular season finale--a rematch against Our Lady of Angels. The game will be played at the OLA gym in Burlingame at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 21 and all students, parents, friends and family are encouraged to attend. Details on the Bulldogs Athletics page, including directions to the venue.
If you click over to the athletics page, you'll notice that our Bulldogs Hockey Team also has a game coming up. The squad will face off this Monday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. in a rematch against Charles Armstrong School. Last month's game between these teams was a thriller that went down to the wire, and coach Erik Tom is hoping that this time the Bulldogs come away with a win. The game will be played at CAS, and team players will be excused from school early on Monday. Please note that all players must have a permission slip on file in order to travel with the team on Monday--a copy of the necessary form can be downloaded from our Files & Forms page. All Stanbridge students, families and friends are invited to cheer the team on after school. Good luck and go get 'em Dawgs!
The big event coming up this week is the annual Student Talent Show which will be held on Friday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. on campus in the Multipurpose Theatorium. Organized by Jay Huston, this year's show will feature students from all grade divisions showing off their unique talents...and anyone who has been to one of the shows in the past knows that "unique" is an understatement. With over 20 acts ranging from sining and dancing, to comedy and original skits, this year's talent show will be another unforgettable night. Admission is free and we encourage all students to attend, along with their friends and families. Staff members will be on-hand afterschool this Friday to supervise students who wish to stay on campus for the show, and pizza will be provided for dinner. If you have any additional questions about the event, please email Jay. Not to be missed, the talent show is a highlight of every school year. We will be posting plenty of pictures and videos afterwards, but we hope to see you there in person.
A few final notes before signing-off:
• Prior to the basketball game on Friday, March 21, SPA is organizing an afterschool trip to the movies for high school students that afternoon. Interested students will meet in Hayden Hall at dismissal and then walk with parent chaperones to the San Mateo Cinemark Theaters to see the sci-fi thriller Divergent (time TBD). This is a pay-your-own-way, voluntary event for students, and they are welcome to invite friends and family members to join (note that the film is rated PG-13). More details on the SPA Spot page, including information on how to sign-up as a chaperone.
• We are in the process of finalizing the curriculum for this year's Summer School program--thank you again for your feedback. The schedule should be finalized this week, with the course guide and enrollment forms distributed to students and posted online before the end of the month. Thank you for your patience as we update our Summer School offerings, and remember that this year's program runs in week-long sessions from June 23 through August 1.
• Speaking of the end of the month, the third quarter of the academic year ends on March 28. Progress Reports were sent out last week, and if your student received one, please ensure he or she talks with their teacher about how to improve their grade. Teacher email addresses can be found on our Teachers page if you would like to request more information from an instructor or set up a one-on-one meeting to discuss your student's academic performance.
• With the fourth quarter starting in just three weeks, it seems like time is flying. An appropriate feeling given that we "spring forward" this weekend for Daylight Saving Time. Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour this Saturday night/Sunday morning. Studies show that the Monday after the DST change can be a bit rough for some people, so here's to a relaxing weekend and a good night's sleep. Take care and see you--and an extra cup of coffee--on Monday morning!