Head's Corner, March 25, 2015

March 25, 2015

Greetings CMS Families,

Happy Spring! I am convinced that our latter days are greater than our former as we spring into a very active time at CMS! This weekend we kicked off spring at our annual auction. It was a phenomenal event! Despite a few falling flakes early Saturday morning, the night was picture perfect! Parents and faculty showed up and showed out (did that darn thing, had fun!)  Everyone looked marvelous and the overall mood was electrifying. There‚Äôs something very special about getting dressed up and hanging out with a bunch of friends or that significant other that you never get a chance to see. The night was fun-filled with everything from Bollywood dancing to spin-the-wheel. The purpose of the evening was to increase our financial aid fund. At CMS, we value diversity and through our auction, we are able to provide access to students and families that have limited financial means. I could not think of a better way to help make that happen. There was something truly special in the air on Saturday evening: community.

A community is a gathering of people who share common values, goals and ideals in a safe and challenging way. At CMS, our classrooms are communities of thriving teachers and learners who are passionate. I always enjoy student observations in the spring because they are reassuring and rewarding. There is tremendous growth that occurs between the fall and the spring.  Children blossom socially and academically. Last week, I was fortunate enough to visit the Middle School. Our Middle School fosters community daily. It is such a joy to observe students in 7th and 8th grade during the spring. Students exude confidence and maturity. As I sauntered in their classroom, I was struck by the environment. Students were having a party, dressed in costume and truly immersed in conversation. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." - Atticus Finch.

The Infrared Room continued their exploration of identity, justice, and perspective in this year's Interaction Cycle with a reading of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. At the end of the novel's discussions, students really dug into exercises in points-of-view through the Middle School's version of a good old-fashioned Maycomb County Social. Students "walked around in the skin" of a character from the book, doing a very personal and interactive literary analysis. In character, they showed up to Miss Maudie's house, bearing gifts and food appropriate for their character, as well as presenting their choice of poetry, portraits, and prose. Much socializing took place as students struggled with the challenge of engaging in ways true to their character, considering the mindset of the 1930s south. As the event concluded with a viewing of the 1963 film, it was evident that everyone had learned something from the walk.

There are some wonderful spring events to look forward to where I hope to see many families celebrating our students. Tonight is the Elementary Spring Concert and next week the 6th year students will present their Senior Projects. They are another step closer to being Middle School students. Our Middle School students headed out to Washington DC this morning returning Friday, and our soon-to-be graduates are looking forward to their trip to Puerto Rico next month. Spring is definitely a busy season at CMS!

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