From your midtown campus principal, Rhonda Jones
Parents, What a busy week at Midtown! Our Forensics Team competed in the state Mock Trial competition on Wednesday and won this round! They will advance in the competition. I’m so proud of Mrs. Stall’s leadership. She has weathered difficult challenges (created by COVID restrictions) while continuing to offer our students an excellent experience. She has encouraged students to see the good! Not only in their competitors, but also in their circumstances. Wednesday was a great example of how her leadership has influenced resilience in students’ hearts when they face difficulties. Wednesday’s Mock Trial competition was virtual and true to form, offered challenges as students managed online competition standards. Students began the day with a makeshift configuration of 4 laptops to meet competition demands. Laptops failed for various reasons and work-arounds had to be created in midstream. They rallied as a team, supported one another, stayed positive, and won the day! The level of resilience and astute maturity students displayed as they competed with teams completely separated from them was amazing! Go Griffins!
A Few Logistics
1. February 11th Coffee Truck At Midtown – Our wonderful Culture & Events Team has coordinated a Coffee Truck for the Midtown Campus. Students have the option of purchasing coffee drinks or pastries from 7:30am to 8am. The truck will be parked under the portico in the North lot.
2. Feb. 12th Non-Uniform Day – One of our Midtown families purchased the “non-uniform day” at The Academy auction in November. Students may wear any clothing that aligns with our Academy modesty guidelines.
3. Spring Formal – I’m pleased to announce that we WILL have our Spring Formal. It will be in April. The event will occur outside. We will have the formal at the Oklahoma City Zoo! It will be a beautiful setting, with a rain option as well (an open, covered pavilion). Debbie Rankin will manage event details, along with House Leaders and our student dance committee.
4. 2021-22 Student Handbook & Uniform Updates – On Wednesday I encouraged students to review the updated Student Handbook, which goes into effect at the start of next year. Specifically, I gave them a heads up regarding a few uniform updates decided upon by The Academy Uniform Committee. As you may have noted when reading the Handbook while completing enrollment paperwork, our Uniform Committee has updated policies. Next year, on regular uniform days, uniform component tops need to have an Academy Crest on them to be worn. This includes the new crew sweatshirt offered at Lands End. Griffin hoodies and other athletic sweatshirts (without a crest) can be worn on Spirit Days. Our students are so compliant with uniform expectations. My hope in communicating this change early is to honor the respect and maturity students’ practice. Concerning uniform guidelines, it’s always my hope to honor them without allowing school relationships and culture to be superseded by an inflated focus on them. This perspective is the why I felt it necessary to offer students a heads up about these changes. I encourage you to read the school handbook with your student. I’m a firm believer in students having awareness of handbook guidelines. This practice will be vital for them if they pursue college, as handbook guidelines truly play a part in student expectations.
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