It’s spring time around Millbrook, the grass is growing, flowers are in bloom, the days are longer. As the days get warmer, you may notice your student not as focused on school work as you would like. Don’t let this happen. There is a lot of work (Advanced Placement exams, senior research, classroom projects, and final exams) that needs to happen for students to finish strong, make sure your student sticks to homework and study routines through to the end of the year. Two students who have finished strong are our 2012 Valedictorian Amir Jabr and our 2012 Salutatorian Laurel Keefer. We are very proud of their academic accomplishments and they are representative of this entire senior class. Amir has taken eight AP course, six of them this year. Laurel has taken ten AP classes, five of them this year. Neither student seems to have caught spring fever or senioritis. Congratulations to them both.
To parents of ninth graders – congratulations on navigating the new world of high school. As you may remember this journey started a year ago January when you first attended our curriculum night to understand course offerings for your student. The last “transition” activity was Cats’ Camp where your student was given a class schedule, met with teachers, did some team building with new friends. If you feel a sense of accomplishment, you should. You have earned an “A” in High School Basic. What are the basics? 1. The school calendar you stayed on top of grading periods, exam schedules, holidays, and vacations. 2. Attendance/Tardy Policies you got your student to school and class. 3. Graduation Requirements – you know what your student needs academically to graduate and work in tandem with, 4. School Counselors – you know who your student’s counselor is and have made contact. 5. School Rules – you know Millbrook and WCPSS policies and encourage your student to know these as well and finally 6. Extra Curricular Activities – you know that studies show that students who are involved with extracurricular activities enjoy school more and do a better job academically. High school will never again feel as intimidating as it did when you were first coming to Millbrook. One word of caution, the next three years will fly by and may seem like a blur!
And finally, what do these teachers have in common – Christy Blankenship, Emily Jolley, Mark Hartman, Josh Edwards, and Matt Crawley? These five all have international summer travel opportunities so when they return this fall our students can benefit from their global studies. Lorry Romano and Scott Wofford both were granted NEH summer studies awards that keep them in the United States but are sure to increase their classroom effectiveness.
To our seniors in the Class of 2012, these are ways you will be remembered:
Class song “Good Life”
Class flower Rose
Class motto “Remember yesterday, dream for tomorrow,
live for today.”
When you “remember yesterday” I hope that your Millbrook days are a warm and wonderful memory and that all your dreams come true. Congratulations Class of 2012.