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Grey Matters, December 14, 2015; Volume 4, Number 15

posted Dec 13, 2015, 7:48 AM by Andrew Shen   [ updated Jun 24, 2016, 5:29 AM by James Marcotte ]

Hi Everyone,

I recently discovered the “Ask a Tween” series on The Atlantic’s website, where they interview 7th graders from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington D.C. on a variety of topics, mostly light-hearted ones.  The most recent video from this series is comprised of responses to questions about dating, and some of the rituals they associate with that particular kind of relationship.  There were a lot of responses that included references to texting each other, and then this gem, “It’s not, like, really serious. Maybe you go to Starbucks or Chipotle, Panera...CVS isn’t really a good date spot, but they have cheap candy so I go there…..” Click here if you want to watch the short video.  

I also want to direct your attention to the RJ Grey Library’s Twitter feed, where you can get a glimpse of different activities taking place during the school day, as well as information about the annual Guess the Book competition.  More importantly, you can get a preview of the new Library bulletin board display, which pays homage to Adele, whose new album has now sold, I believe, about 3 billion copies.  Our librarian, Ms. Latham, may have photoshopped book covers of popular teen titles into Adele’s arms in place of other things, like her many Grammy awards.  Rest assured, we re-tweeted a photo of the bulletin board to Adele’s Twitter account, and keeping our fingers crossed that we might get a shout out from the international superstar (as opposed to a cease and desist order from her attorney).  

Some useful reminders for the next two weeks:

  • RJ Grey Yearbooks are on sale until Wednesday, January 6th.  Students MUST order a book by January 6th.  The cost of the book is $37 and can be paid by credit card by using this link.  Students may also order a Yearbook with cash or check (made out to RJ Grey) by bringing payment to Ms. Weeks in Room 406 or to the main office.  Make sure students include name, grade, and homeroom teacher’s name with payment.  

  • Our next set of Parent-Teacher conferences is scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday, December 15).  That means we have another early release for all Junior High students, and dismissal will be at 10:40.  Be sure to coordinate with your child expectations about where to be after school.  

  • Thru this week, RJ Grey will be collecting toys this holiday season to donate to local families.  Our teachers and students have coordinated this Toy Drive as an annual holiday effort, and it’s always been a wonderful opportunity to offer some holiday cheer to children in and around our community.  Toys must be new, unused (and unopened) and may be dropped off in the collection box in the main lobby.  All toys will be donated to families in the Acton, Boxborough, and surrounding towns.  If you have any questions, you can email Gabrielle Berberian at  

  • Our last day of school before the Winter Break is Wednesday, December 23. Please know that this day is scheduled to be a “regular” full day of school.  If you have plans that involve your child being absent next week, please be sure to communicate that with the Main Office (Katy Frey, and your child’s team teachers.  

We had our latest round of Everyday Leaders take place last week. It was great to spend some time with a number of our students and see how the year is going, and to also get some of their initial feedback on topics like homework, sleep and school start times, and strategies they use to fit everything they have into our tiny lockers.  Congratulations to this group of Everyday Leaders: Katy Gonzales, Molly O’Neil, Priyanka Nanda, Amalia Mojica, Audrey Maxwell, Aidan Reed, Sadie Fidler, Kevin Liu, Kirtana Krishakumar, and Ashleigh Vittum

I want to acknowledge and highlight our school’s Speech & Debate team, which hosted a tournament for their league this past Sunday.  An event of this magnitude (over 200 students) couldn’t be offered without the commitment of our students and the guidance of Mr. Spencer Harvey, 7 Orange Social Studies teacher and Ms. Valery Glod, 8 Green Social Studies teacher.  Additionally, we appreciate (again) the volunteer work of our many parents and teachers who also spent their Sunday at the tournament.  

Last Friday’s morning announcements included another installment of Poetry Fridays.  In this session, 7 Gold Social Studies teacher Chuck Donovan read a poem that was originally written as a song, “Twined and Twisted” that was released in 2013 by the musician Valery June.  Click here if you’d like to read the poem.  Parents and guardians on 7 Gold already know that Mr. Donovan will be leaving RJ Grey once we reach the Winter Break, as he will be moving out to the West Coast where his fiancee will be starting a post-doctoral fellowship this Spring.  We are going to miss Mr. Donovan who has been a valued member of the RJ Grey community, starting from when he himself was a student at the school!  

Have a great week, everyone.