From your midtown campus principal, Rhonda Jones
Parents, we have almost made it to Christmas break! I have started a count down with teachers as we anticipate finishing this semester on campus together. While we have students in our community who are joining us on zoom, I am very thankful for each day we that we come together as a community. Please know that I recognize online learning creates stress and fatigue for students. If this is creating unnecessary stress for your student, please reach out to me. I’m sure we can collaborate and find some way to alleviate some aspect of stress related with online learning.
I want to brag on your students for a moment. We hosted the North Campus Rising to Rhetoric Day on Thursday. As I watched your students interact with 8th graders, speak about the Rhetoric School Culture, and converse in a welcoming manner throughout the day, I was overwhelmed with gratitude. Gratitude toward every student and their sweet manner toward fellow students. Gratitude for the safe, fun, and collaborative community (student words) we inhabit at Midtown. This is a special community…..one where students seem to feel content with those around them and competently assured of their ability to add something good to their community. This is the messaging I heard Rhetoric students share with 8th grade visitors. Their words touched my heart, because the culture they described aligned with my deepest hopes for this high school community. I want our community to be a place where teens feel supported, seen, and able to thrive as they learn who they are. Thank you for sharing your children with me! They are dear to my heart and I thank God for them daily as I pray.
A Few Logistics
1. December 18th – This is the last day of the semester. We will dismiss at 11:55am. Carline will occur as usual, just earlier in the day.
2. December 17th – Midtown Christmas Feast – We are incorporating contingency plans that account for social distancing necessities. While I treasure the opportunity to have parents join us for this event, we will forego that tradition for this year. Students may wear Christmas finery (business casual/festive wear – no jeans or athletic wear). Students will follow dress guidelines, such as length of skirt (longer than mid-thigh) and shirts/dresses with sleeves. Women may wear nice pants/rompers if they desire.
Upcoming Lyceum Guest Speakers: Lyceum speakers will be rescheduled
1) Academy Father, James Wickersham will lead a discussion on the Reformation from a Catholic perspective.
2) Academy Father, Reverend Ben Janssen will lead a discussion on the Reformation from a Protestant perspective
Upcoming Calendar Events
January 11 Classes resume, 2nd semester begins