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Grey Matters, February 10, 2014; Volume 2, Number 22

posted Feb 9, 2014, 6:15 AM by Andrew Shen   [ updated Jun 26, 2014, 11:11 AM by James Marcotte ]

Grey Matters typically gets sent out to families on Monday mornings.  However, I thought I would send out this week’s edition on Sunday so it could also double up as a reminder to everyone that tomorrow (Monday) is a late start day.  This means that all students (Junior High and High School) will start the day at 10:30am instead of 7:30am.  During the morning, teachers will be participating in professional development activities and meetings.  Buses will complete their normal daily routes, simply three hours later.  So if your child’s bus usually arrives at your stop at 6:50am, it will come around 9:50am tomorrow.  

This will be a fairly short Grey Matters this week (though I suppose anything under three pages for me is “short”). Things are slowing down a little bit before February Break - which starts at the end of this week.  Two of my kids are with my wife in New York this weekend, so I’ve also had no parental meltdowns to confess to all of you, and no grievances to air.  When we enter March, things definitely pick up for students, families, and teachers - as we enter the season for course registration for next year, MCAS testing, the school musical, Project Wellness, etc.  So brace yourselves for epically long editions of Grey Matters in March.  In the meantime, a few notes and reminders for everyone:

  • The High School is holding it’s Curriculum Night this Wednesday, February 12th for current 8th grade families. This event will start at 7pm and is taking place in the High School auditorium.  

  • The Pan Choral Concerts will take place this week. The 7th Grade Choir performs on Monday, Feb. 10th, and the 8th Grade Choir performs on Tuesday, Feb 11th. The students should arrive at 6:45 in the High School auditorium. The performance should be done by 8 pm. Chorus T-shirts and appropriate pants or skirts should be worn.

Also, we'd like to remind families that there are many extracurricular programs and activities that are offered at the Junior High.  Many, if not most, of these activities welcome new participants throughout the year - so students shouldn’t assume that they can’t join and participate at this point in the year. For a list of this year’s clubs and activities, go to our website by clicking here.  

Finally, I wanted to end this week’s Grey Matters with a special note about our most recent installment of Poetry Fridays.  Last Friday, we had our first reading of an original piece by a student.  Ella Bull of 8 Green read her poem, “Time Suspended in Water” and is available to all of you to read by clicking here.  

Safe travels for those of you with plans to get away during February Break.  

Have a great week, everyone.