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Grey Matters, May 5, 2014; Volume 2, Number 32

posted May 4, 2014, 7:04 AM by Andrew Shen   [ updated Jun 26, 2014, 11:08 AM by James Marcotte ]

At some point each year, we often hold a “crazy hat day” at RJ Grey where we encourage students to come to school wearing something on their respective heads. I thought of our tradition this weekend when I read about this year’s Kentucky Derby, and many news sites posted pictures of the various oversized and over-the-top hats that are part of that event’s tradition (slightly more elaborate than ours). For those who might enjoy spending a few moments viewing what one publication called “a veritable cavalcade of crazy chapeaus” (I had to look up the definition of chapeaus as well), you can see a sampling of hats by clicking here and here.  

This past week was heavily devoted to welcoming current 6th grade families to the RJ Grey community.  We had a strong turnout at our Curriculum Night presentation on Wednesday, and then a steady stream of parents and guardians visiting us on Thursday and Friday to participate in some tours of the building.  I even think a few of them signed up for our Twitter feed, which brings us to 122 followers.  Special thanks to Jenna Frizzel (7 Green) for speaking at our Curriculum Night, and to our many student Ambassadors for serving as tour guides to our visiting families.  

In the town where I live, the elementary schools were also holding welcome events this week for new families, and my youngest son was invited to an event for incoming Kindergarten students.  While preparing Parker for this event, I gave a plug for his soon-to-be school’s principal (gotta help fellow principals whenever you can).  I mentioned how exciting it would be to meet Mr. W. during his visit, to which he replied, “yes, I can also see where his office is, so I’ll know where to go when I get in trouble.”  My wife thought that this was a positive sign of his ability to plan ahead, whereas I took away something entirely different from his comment.  

Our final round of MCAS testing began today, with the first day of 7th grade Math.  Here is the schedule for the whole week:

Monday, May 5 --  7th grade Math

Tuesday, May 6 -- 7th grade Math

Wednesday, May 7 -- 8th grade Math

Thursday, May 8 -- 8th grade Math

Friday, May 9 -- 8th grade Science

(Monday, May 12 and Tuesday, May 13 are make-up days)

We had our latest round of Everyday Leaders take place last week.  I am still trying to figure out some alternative to serving pizza during our quick Everyday Leader lunch, but options are limited given that our first lunch starts before 11am.  It’s not that the pizza isn’t good and well-received, but it just seems a bit cliche when it comes to food that is served at a school event.  Nevertheless, it was great to spend some time with a number of our students and see how the year is going, and to hear from their teachers about the contributions they are making to our school and their peers.  Congratulations to this group of Everyday Leaders: Hannah Gearan, Allie Pearson, Noah Chinitz, Katy Holt, Harish Raman, Jake Abramowitz, Olivia Nikopolous, Varsha Jawahar, Grace Fitzgerald, Sanjana Cheerla.

Finally, a few reminders about upcoming events:

  • The 8th grade class picture is being taken this Wednesday, May 7 after MCAS.  Order forms were distributed to students last week.  If you have any questions about ordering a picture, please contact Jim Marcotte a

  • The Drama Club’s “Festival of Short Plays” is taking place this Friday, May 9 at 7pm in the auditorium.  Tickets are $4, and you can find more information about this event by clicking here.  

  • The Spring Band Concert is taking place on Tuesday, May 13th at 7pm in the auditorium.  For any questions, please contact Mark Hickey (Band Director) at

  • One last date to note -- the End-of-Year 8th grade dance is scheduled for the evening of Friday, June 13th (while I write this, I am realizing that it’s Friday the 13th).  I mention this because this is a new date that was the result of the several snow days that we had.  Plenty more information about the event will be forthcoming later in May.  

Have a great week, everyone.