7th Grade Weekly Note

Good Afternoon, Parents,

Thank you to everyone who came to our Seeds of Change Maze. We hope that you enjoyed the event. The kids’ research papers, projects, and presentations could not have come together without your support at home, so thank you for all of your time and energy throughout this unit! Any feedback about the event is greatly appreciated, as always.

On the heels of this exciting week is another – Spring Mini-courses! Students received their Mini-course schedules this afternoon. Be sure to ask them which courses they are enrolled in and what they’re most looking forward to and excited about.

We will also be having our Decisions sessions next week, in which we will examine and discuss issues such as puberty, sex, hallmarks of healthy and unhealthy relationships, friendship challenges, changing relationships with parents, self-image, sexual orientation and gender identity, mental health, and substance use and abuse. At the beginning of this week, we sent two books home for kids to read and explore to help introduce some of these topics and get them generating questions about points of curiosity or confusion. We hope that you’ve seen them reading, and have had the opportunity to speak with them about some of what they’ve read. Our Decisions work will roll over into the subsequent week (March 21-23) as well, when we have arranged for various experts from our community and local organizations to conduct panel discussions on topics from mental health to gender identity to the most likely causes of adolescent ER visits. This will be a great opportunity for students to follow up on areas of curiosity or confusion.

As a reminder, Thursday, 24 March and Friday, 25 March are spring student-led conferences. You should have a time set with your child’s advisor via the Doodle poll distributed by email some weeks ago. If you have not set a time or do not remember, please contact your child’s advisor as soon as possible. Students continue to prepare their conference portfolios, highlighting areas of growth, challenge, and success across academics, as well as their reflections on their social and emotional lives here at school. We are confident that these portfolios will give you an illuminating look into your child’s growth and experience so far in the seventh grade.

A note about child care during conference days: If you need child care (for a TPS-enrolled sibling) during your conference time on March 24 or 25, it will be available in the Lombard Street building from 7:30am to 5:30pm. A receptionist will direct you to the room where supervision will be available. Children may not wait in the office.

Some questions to ask your child this weekend:

  • What was your favorite part of the Seeds of Change maze event? 
  • What was the most surprising part of the event? Why? 
  • What is something you would do differently if you could start over? 
  • Which of your mini courses are you most excited about for next week? Why? 
  • Which mini-course do you think will push you farthest out of your comfort zone? Why?

Until next week,

Steve, Virginia, and David