October in Upper School
By Erica Reynolds Hager
There is a wonderful energy that comes with working with Middle School aged students. Every day is a new day, and each day our students bring with them an attitude of possibility and a willingness to give it their all! The culture of Applewild is such that each student, each day, has the opportunity to achieve a point of pride. For some it is remembering every item for a class, for others it is studying for a test a bit at a time over a few days, or running the Cross Country course without stopping, or enjoying a new partner in a lab, or remembering manners. The milestones for young adolescents are many! Because of the relationships our students build with their teachers, these adults are cheering our students on as they approach and then celebrate these points of pride. Applewild is a great place to be!
We are settled in to academic life. Students are busy with classes, sports, rehearsals and art and shop projects and much more. Advisors are checking in daily and helping kids as they grow in their ability to balance the many demands and opportunities that Upper School life presents each day. Our eighth graders- our leaders- are learning the expectations that come with leadership.
October is a month to acknowledge many things in our world; it is the second half of Hispanic Heritage month as well as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’ve been sharing facts about Hispanic Heritage around the world and in the Americas. We’ll have a Spanish speaking lunch table before the month ends. We’ll see how many of us have been touched by Breast Cancer. When we share common experiences like this we help students look outside themselves and we reinforce our connectedness.
Social Media Minute: Many of you know that I am passionate about moderation for our kids with regards to social media. I encourage us all to have clear limits on screen time and help give our kids a break from a 24 hour a day social life. Monitor their interactions. Feed back to them on their social interactions on line. They need us!
Our first social event was a great time! Kids planned and enjoyed pizza and a spirited game of capture the flag. Nearly all of Upper School attended.
Our next event is the Halloween Dance, for kids in grades 7&8, on Friday, October 24 from 6:30-9:00. THIS DATE IS A CHANGE! We realized that some of our kids may still want to put on a costume, grab the old pillow case, and hit the neighborhood! It’s important for kids to be able to be kids as long as they can!
Dances at Applewild are a time for kids to be together and have fun. They are not a “dating” or “romantic” event. Kids do not have to come with someone special- they should all arrive and have fun. And the Halloween dance is particularly spirited, with everyone in costume! There are costume and limbo contests; it’s great fun!