Closing the Book on the 2014-2015 School Year

The hall is a bit quieter today; and, though that means summer has arrived, the work begins in building our program for 2015-2016. Thank you, parents and students alike, for investing your time, hard work, and focus during the 2014-2015 school year. I believe that the middle school community offers a bounty of God’s blessings to all who pass through it, and the young men and women we have the honor of teaching are and will always remain the centerpiece. Our work is only beginning; please read and reflect on these few notes prior to unplugging and enjoying the break to its fullest:

Goodbyes

As the year came to a close, it was inevitable that some transition in leadership would occur as life offers new opportunities. Unfortunately, this means we must say goodbye to some incredible teachers:

  • Mrs. Mari Low will transfer with her husband, Kaylor, to Pasadena, California as he begins his residency at USC. Mari will work at Chandler School as their Middle School Media and Resource Specialist while teaching Debate.
  • Mr. Harry Isensee will begin a new chapter in his life as he reenters school to pursue a degree in civil engineering.
  • Mrs. Jane Doerries has announced her retirement and will focus on her family while working with her husband to build the home of their dreams. 

Please join me in celebrating these incredible people and in wishing them the very best as they ride off into the sunset. New faculty will be announced soon as we finalize our plans and placements for next school year. 

Report Cards

With our new 7th/8th semester exam structure, we wanted to give our grades one more look before sending them home in final report cards. Report cards will be mailed during the first week of June. Honor Roll and Dean’s List pins for students maintaining one of these levels for the entire year will be available for pickup at school once report cards are mailed.

Summer Work for Your Student (Summer Reading, Math Review)

Please make sure your child has received the summer reading book and information packet. Please read through these packets with your student as this is required work. You can email me any questions your may have regarding the summer reading program, but don’t wait until August to do so

As for math, we have mailed home a packet that explains how to register for the Khan Academy website. Note that the math review is optional for this summer. We encourage all students to explore this website, as it gives extremely valuable explanations of various concepts. All middle school students should use school Gmail accounts to access the application (these accounts should be active by the end of today, if not already – let me know if you run into trouble). For Algebra I students, I will follow up this email in June with notification of accelerated versus regular Algebra I placement. Students placed in the accelerated program should strongly consider the Khan Academy review.

As our teachers met for a final time yesterday after chapel, the theme for our brief meeting was not what has happened this past year, but what could happen as we dream big and aim for new heights in preparing for the coming school year. I am SO EXCITED about the future of the STE Middle School. We will continue to pursue excellence in our curriculum, in our student-teacher mentoring and guidance, and in our service to God. Have a wonderful summer, and stay tuned for more information down the road.

Gratefully,

Charlie

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