Hello again and welcome to another edition of The Weekly Bridge. April is here and with it comes the fourth quarter of the school year--always a busy stretch of the calendar at Stanbridge, full of experiential trips, activities, and end-of-the-year events. This year is no exception, so be sure to stay in the loop as we begin the countdown to graduation.
As noted last week, we closed-out the third academic quarter on Friday, March 28. Report cards will be arriving in the mail this coming week, and remember that if you would like to discuss your student's academic performance with his or her instructors, all of our teacher email addresses can be found on the Teachers page. One-on-one conferences with teachers can be arranged by request.
This past week, all Stanbridge families should have received a packet in the mail containing the latest edition of the StanbridgeQuarterly newsletter, as well as payment agreement paperwork for next year. If you are planning to enroll your student at Stanbridge next year and have any questions about the information you received (or if you did not receive your packet in the mail), please contact Susan or Maggie in the main office. An online edition of the newletter, along with archived copies, can be found in our Parent Portal's StanbridgeQuarterly page.
On Wednesday, April 2, the Stanbridge Parent Association (SPA) held their monthly meeting in Hayden Hall. Minutes from the meeting have been posted on the SPA Spot page, along with additional notes from the meeting's roundtable discussion on summer camps. The SPA group plays a key role in organizing and coordinating many of our fourth quarter events, including Prom, Beach Day, and Graduation, so be sure to check their page regularly over the next few weeks. And remember that one of the best ways to stay connected to SPA is by attending their meetings. The final SPA meeting of the school year is scheduled for Wednesday, May 7 at 8:30 a.m. in Hayden Hall, so mark your calendars now.
The April SPA meeting featured a special discussion on summer camp options for Stanbridge students, but don't forget that Stanbridge offers a comprehensive Summer School program right here. This year's Summer School class offerings have been finalized and the course guide and enrollment forms were sent home this past week. Additional copies are available in the main office, and you can view/download the guide and forms on our site's Summer School page. Based on your feedback, we have extended this year's Summer School days to run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Additionally, many teachers have worked to incorporate more academics into their course offerings. The result is an exciting mix of academic, artistic, and athletic options for students in every grade division. Enrollment is open now and the initial sign-up deadline in May 16. Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't delay in returning your forms and make your student's summer amazing!
The first week of April was a busy one for our high school students. This past Thursday and Friday, all high school students completed their year-end reading and math assessments. These assessments allow teachers to gauge academic progress over the course of the year, mirroring the assessments that were taken in September. 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 this month.
Assessments took place all morning on both Thursday and Friday, so some down time was in order in the afternoons. On Thursday, the annual Students vs. Teachers Hockey Game took place on the Stanbridge campus courtyard. The weather cooperated and provided a sunny backdrop as the student body cheered-on from the sidelines. Bulldogs Hockey Coach Erik Tom had the student team ready, but the Teacher Team was out to avenge last year's defeat. Both squads played hard and the game was close throughout--so close, in fact, that it ended in a 4-4 tie! Still, it was an exciting game that featured some fancy footwork, great goaltending, and super shots. See for yourself in the gallery of pictures that we've posted to our Google+ page.
As for Friday, the high school headed in to the weekend by attending a unique student film festival. The division assembled in the Multipurpose Theatorium to screen four student-made short films. Earlier this year, students in Allison St. John's literature classes made movies based on Shakespearean plays. The films were written, directed, and performed by the students, with the twist that the famous plays would be set in a different time period or genre, resulting in some highly-creative interpretations of The Bard's work. All four films received enthusiastic, positive responses from the audience--Kenneth Branagh himself would have been impressed. Be sure to click over to our website's Media Room where we have posted all of the movies, because words alone simply don't do justice to the Stanbridge student version of Hamlet meets Star Wars.
The post-assessment down-time continues for our seniors this coming week as they head out on their spring experiential trip to Yosemite National Park. The 12th-graders will be departing from Stanbridge on Sunday morning, April 6, at 10:30 a.m. Postponed from September because of the fall wildfires, the seniors will finally get to enjoy their experiential trip to NatureBridge-Yosemite from April 6 to April 11. Bag checks were conducted prior to leaving campus for the weekend, but if your student was missing any necessary items, please ensure they have them on Sunday morning before departure. The group is scheduled to return by 3:10 p.m. on Friday, April 11. You can read more about the NatureBridge-Yosemite program on the NatureBridge website. Spring experientials for students in other divisions are scheduled for May and we will have more information on those trips as the dates get closer.
Before signing-off this week, a few final notes:
• We are happy to welcome Alex Von Anstead ("Miss Alex") back to campus. Alex was out for much of the year on medical leave, but we are pleased to report that she has recovered and returned as our K-8 resource specialist. A big thank you to staff members who helped cover for Alex while she was out, particularly Maggie DeLoach, who pulled double-duty covering Alex's classes and working in the main office. If you are on campus, be sure to stop by Alex's room in the Hayden Hall hallway and welcome her back.
• Stanbridge continues to expand our social media offerings, so be sure to visit and subscribe to our Google+, Facebook, and YouTube networks. All three platforms offer exclusive content and provide additional ways to stay informed and connected to the Stanbridge Community. This week, we added a gallery of photos to our Google+ page from the high school's mock trial in March. Our Facebook page includes candid photos from around campus and links to articles of interest. And you can watch every act from this year's Talent Show on our YouTube channel. Posting on these platforms makes it easier to share Stanbridge moments with your family and friends, so encourage them to join us online as well!
• On Wednesday, April 9, there will be an all-school assembly at 2:00 p.m. Presented by The Bureau of Lectures & Workshops (the same group who brought the Chinese Acrobats to campus earlier this year), this upcoming spring assembly will be all about animals of the rainforest. "Wonders of the Rainforest" will showcase live animals and products from the rainforests around the world and talk about their survival, natural history, geography, natural behaviors and conservation education. This should be a fun, colorful, and informative show--we'll be sure to post highlights online.
• On Wednesday, April 16, our 8th-graders and high school seniors will have their graduation photos taken. These will 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.
• On Thursday, April 17, the Bulldogs Basketball Team will close-out their season with the annual Students vs. Staff 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 will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park Rec Center (located in King Park, blocks away from Stanbridge) at approximately 1:30 p.m. An all-school lunch will be served at the park prior to the game at noon, and a ceremony for team players and their families will follow. We hope to see you there.
• The big game will serve as a celebratory prelude of sorts, leading into the start of Spring Break. Stanbridge Spring Break starts on Friday, April 18 this year, and runs through the week of April 20-26. School will resume on Monday, April 28.
Seniors will be leaving on Sunday morning, so have a great trip. See everyone else on Monday. Until then, have a great weekend!