Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. If you are an NCAA basketball fan, you know that March Madness is going on now. Here at Stanbridge, however, that phrase might apply just as well. From hoops highlights to calendar craziness, we are marching into April full steam ahead, so break away from your brackets for a few minutes to read-up on the latest:
Appropriately, we are tipping things off with an update on Friday night's Bulldogs Basketball game. The team travelled to Our Lady of Angels in Burlingame for their regular season finale against OLA. In an offensive showcase, both teams lit-up the scoreboard during an exciting, back-and-forth contest. But thanks to some strong late-game defense, the Bulldogs held-off their opponents and triumphed 44-38, ending their regular season with a hard-fought win. Congratulations to the players and coaches from both teams, who displayed a great sense of sportsmanship throughout the game. And way to go Bulldogs on another fantastic basketball season!
Of course, the season is not completely over for the basketball team. The Bulldogs will take the court one more time this year in the highly-anticipated Students vs. Teachers Basketball Classic. Last year, the student team defeated the teachers for the first time in a game that went down to the wire. Will the students make it two-in-a-row this year, or will the teachers get their revenge? The rivalry game is tentatively set for the afternoon of Thursday, April 17, and we will have more details as the date gets closer.
Prior to that, however, is another of our Students vs. Teachers sports showdowns: The annual Students vs. Teachers Hockey Game, which will be held during the afternoon of Thursday, April 3 on the Stanbridge campus courtyard (weather permitting). Coach Erik Tom has been working with the team since the start of the school year and, like their basketball counterparts, the student Bulldogs of hockey are looking to win their second straight game over the teachers, having defeated the staff team last year for the first time as well. Families and friends are invited to attend this exciting event, which will feature special pre-game and intermission activities. Check the Bulldogs Athletics page for more details and for a summary of this year's Bulldogs sports action.
As March comes to a close, so does the third quarter of the school year. This coming Friday, March 28, marks the final day of the third academic quarter, meaning that grades will be finalized and report cards sent out in early April. If your student is behind in any classwork or received a Progress Report, please ensure that he or she talks to the appropriate 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 fourth quarter approaching, thoughts begin to shift toward the end of the school year. The April and May calendars are packed with notable activities, including a few for our high school students right off the bat. On Thursday, April 3 and Friday, April 4, high school students will take their year-end reading and math assessments. These assessments allow us to gauge your student's academic progress over the course of the year, mirroring the assessments that were taken in September. Students will take the "GRADE" (Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation) on Thursday and the "GMADE" (Group Mathematics Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation) assessments on Friday; with the assessments taking place throughout the morning until lunch time. Please help students do their best by ensuring they get a good night of rest before assessment days, a healthy breakfast in the morning, and arrive to school on time. If you have any questions about the assessments, please contact Program Specialist Diane Chau. Year-end assessments for students in other grade divisions will take place later in April.
By completing their reading and math assessments on April 3 and 4, the 12th-graders will certainly have reason to celebrate their week-long trip to Yosemite the following week. Postponed from September because of the fall wildfires, the seniors will finally get to enjoy their experiential trip to NatureBridge-Yosemite, departing on Sunday, April 6 and returning on Friday, April 11. Click over to the NatureBridge website for more information about the program and be sure to return all necessary paperwork to the main office by March 31. Spring experientials for students in other divisions are scheduled for May; more information coming as those dates approach.
Don't want to get caught looking too far ahead right now, so a few final notes before signing-off this week:
• Our Summer School Course Guide and Enrollment Forms will be distributed this coming Friday, March 28, and will also be posted on the website. Enrollment will begin the following Monday, March 31, and remain open through the end of the school year. We have an exciting roster of classes to offer this year, with something for students in every grade division during each of the program's six weeks. This year's program runs in week-long sessions from June 23 through August 1, and you will be able to officially sign-up your student soon.
• As we enter the final quarter of the school year, we will be preparing an updated version of our Stanbridge Family Directory. Please click over to our Files & Forms page to view the current edition and ensure that the information listed for your family is correct. If you need any changes made, request them by emailing our webmaster. Corrections, changes, and additions for the Spring Directory will be published in early April.
• Graduation may not be until June 6, but our graduating 8th-graders and high school seniors will have their graduation photos taken on Wednesday, April 16. These include pictures of the students in their caps and gowns, as well as group shots of the graduating classes. Students should dress smartly for the shoot (shirts and ties, slacks, dresses, and dress shoes), and forms will be distributed/posted online if you would like to order prints.
• We have added some pictures of the high school day trip to the USS Hornet to our website's Media Room; click over to check them out. Additionally, we have posted photos from last week's Talent Show on our Google+ page, as well as our newly-relaunched Facebook page. We are working to expand our social media footprint (hence those pesky little icons at the top left of this page), so be sure to follow us on both platforms for the latest news and notes about all things Stanbridge. And be sure to check the sites next week, as we will be posting video clips from the Talent Show, too.
Until then, enjoy the madness of March as we prepare for an exciting fourth quarter at Stanbridge. Have a great weekend!