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Singing our Praises

I wanted to share a few experiences I had in the last two weeks to illustrate why Middle School is such a special place.

The other day Mrs. Fisk and I were interviewing a girl for admission to our 7th grade class for next year. We told her we use the time at the end of the tour to get to know the applicants a little better. When we started talking to this young lady, she proceeded to tell us why Warren-Walker Middle School is such a special place. She had come with her older sister a couple of years ago and was so excited when it would be her turn. She talked about the creativity afforded students in all areas of learning, bubbled with enthusiasm about our sports program, was excited about our community service projects, told us how friendly our students are, and bascially sold us on our school!

This week we had an Open House/Preview for prospective and Lower School families. We had a student panel for questions and answers and to tell a little about life at Middle School from a student perspective. I had randomly chosen students and had not really "prepped" them to say anything in particular. We were so impressed, as were our guests, by the poise our students have talking in front of a group as well as what they had to say. The recurrrent theme was how dedicated our teachers are, from availibility and attention given, to exciting classes and opportunities to grow.

Today I had a visit from a former student. He reiterated what we hear time and again from students who have gone off to high school. (And what a compliment it is that they come back to visit on a regular basis) He felt prepared in all areas from academics to study skills. He came back to thank Sra. Qirko for such a strong Spanish base and Ms. DuBois for teaching him to write. He wanted to let Mrs. Shackelford know he was in Honors Geometry. Having just finished finals, he was one of the few students in his school who knew how to study and not be nervous because he had had the practice of mid-terms and finals in Middle School.

These recent experiences really reinforce what we know here at Middle School. It's nice to remind ourselves of how special and effective our teachers are - the extra effort they put in on a daily basis really pays off.

That's what Middle School is - a group of innovative, creative people who care a lot about your kids!

Posted by spettigrew on Friday January, 20, 2012 at 11:06AM

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