Hello again--or should I say "Ahoy!"--and welcome to another edition of The Bridge. The view from my office is a bit different this afternoon, as Hayden Hall has been decked-out floor-to-ceiling, starboard to port, to look like the ballroom of a luxury cruise liner. A group of dedicated parent volunteers assisted in the transformation, putting up the decorations and setting up tables for tonight's (Friday's) Prom. The students have been abuzz about this event for weeks and their excitement reached a fever pitch when they arrived to school Friday morning to see the "S.S. Stanbridge" docked in Hayden Hall. Pam has full details on the big night in her SPA Spot, and be sure to check her page later this weekend for a recap of this year's Prom and some photos from the event. Next week we'll have a full rundown of how things went and a complete collection of pics in our online gallery. Of course, there is a lot more going on around here next week, such as...
• On Monday and Tuesday, high school students will be taking their end-of-year academic assessments. These will be similar to the standardized assessments that the students received at the beginning of the year and the results will help us to measure progress, track individual goals, and evaluate curriculum. I stress that these assessments are given for those reasons and are not to be considered tests--the results will not affect a student's report card grades. Nonetheless, we realize that these types of assessments can make some students anxious and will have accommodations in place for those who need them. You can assist by ensuring your student gets a good night's sleep on Sunday and Monday and eats a healthy breakfast before coming to school. Reading & Language Arts assessments will be given Monday morning and Mathematics will be covered on Tuesday. The assessments will run from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m., canceling morning classes. Lunch and afternoon classes will be held as scheduled on those days.
• With the assessments out of the way early next week, students will be able to fully enjoy Thursday's and Friday's big events. The cruise-centric Prom decorations will remain in tact for Grandparent/Special Person Day on Thursday, May 2, which will have a "Hawaiian Luau" theme. Guests attending the event should arrive at 9:30 a.m. and the ramp on Claremont Street will provide access to those unable to enter through the main foyer. Visitors will be welcomed with an introduction to Stanbridge from Marilyn, followed by special presentations from students in all grade divisions, a classroom "sit-in" with their student, and then lunch. If you haven't formally RSVP'd for the event but your student is planning to bring a guest, please contact Maggie or Susan in the main office on Monday.
• And the S.S. Stanbridge pleasure cruise will keep sailing into next Friday night, when we will hold our annual Student Talent Show. All grandparents and special people who come on Thursday are welcome to return to campus the following evening for show, which begins at 6:00 p.m. and runs until approximately 8:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. There will be performers from all divisions and the acts this year are as fun, artistic, creative and diverse as our student population. Admission is free and the event is open to parents, guardians, friends and family. Look forward to seeing everyone there!
P.S.--Be sure to click over to the Weekly Bridge mainpage for additional notes on the Summer School deadline and a wrap-up of this year's Students vs. Staff sporting events.
Parents/Guardians can log-in with their Parent Portal password to access the following:
• Click here to go to The Weekly Bridge mainpage
• Click here to go to the SPA Spot mainpage