Believe it or not, we are now entering the last quarter of our school year. We have a number of important events and celebrations coming up over the next several weeks. Please keep checking this blog often to keep track of what's happening here in the Middle School.
Student Led Conferences- Next week on April 19th we will be holding our annual Student Led Conference (SLC) Day. This is NOT a regular school day for students as they will be required to be on campus only for their conferences. There are no scheduled classes or after school activities on the 19th.
During SLC's students will share with their parents/ guardians the story of their learning over the course of the school year. The portfolios they will share with you are the culmination of many months of work at school. It's important that all parents and guardians participate in this important reflective event with their children. I attached the link to sign up for SLC's below along with another copy of a letter I sent out before the holiday which gives more information about the event and how to sign up. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Why do we give students homework in Middle School? Many parents consider homework a necessary part of a student's after school experience without thinking about its purpose too much. At ISS, we set limits to the amount of homework students should be completing each evening as there is ample research that shows that increasing homework loads on children do not necessarily lead to increased performance or well-being. By the time students reach middle school, they are often put in a position where they are balancing the demands of homework, extracurricular activities, and family commitments. Very importantly, students also want and need time to socialize and be kids!
Please join Derek Pinchbeck and me as we discuss the important issue of homework at ISS at our next PTA meeting.