7th Grade Weekly Note

Good afternoon, parents!

We hope that you have had a great week and enjoyed hearing about all of the exciting mini-course experiences your children have been having. We also concluded our week of Decisions discussions. It was a productive and informative week, and we will continue exploring issues of gender identity/expression, physical and sexual health, nutrition, mental health, and depression next week when experts from CHOP, the College of Physicians, and our own TPS community come to conduct presentations/discussions each day. Students have the option to attend the sessions that most interest them.

As you know, next week are also our student-led conferences, and for the three days we have beforehand together, students will be practicing in earnest. They have worked over the past few weeks to compile a portfolio of work representing their strengths, challenges, and areas of growth. Having the students reflect on their work, name their challenges, celebrate their accomplishments, and identify their goals is essential for taking ownership of one’s learning. This weekend, we encourage you to spend some time thinking about questions you might like to ask your child at their conference to prompt/extend discussion. These can range from their academic/study habits, specific academic subjects, or social lives here at school.

We also want to give you a heads-up that we will be assigning a small amount of homework over Spring Break. If your child will not be here next week, we will be sure that the homework is sent with them already or accessible online. You can also expect an email next week to inform you of what the Spring Break homework is.

Some questions to ask your child this weekend:

  • What mini-course most surprised you? 
  • Which of your minicourses would you most likely recommend to a friend? Why? 
  • Were there any particularly valuable or interesting things that you learned/discussed in Decisions this week?

See you at conferences!

David, Virginia, and Steve