The period of time from April ‘til the end of the year represents a major growth period for your young adolescents and their schooling. The curriculum in every subject and in every grade ramps up a notch, taking advantage of the developmental growth that is occurring in our students. Our 6’s are gaining more confidence in their skill sets and are attacking challenging assignments, such as the book study of Lions of Little Rock, with vigor and enthusiasm. Our 7’s are deeply engrossed in the work that they see as purposeful, which fits nicely with the UN Sustainable Initiative PBL. And our 8’s respond well to challenge and choice as evidenced by their enthusiasm with our new Robotics unit. And of course, they are beginning to outgrow us—just when they should!
In this issue you’ll hear from our Deans on cultivating leadership in the middle years, and the MS/US Nurse (about allergies) as well as learn about grade level updates and community happenings. I encourage you to “Save the Date” for the annual D-E Spring Carnival and STEM Festival on Sunday, April 29 on Leggett Field, co-hosted by our Upper School (US) student clubs and the Parents’ Association, which is a free event open to D-E families of all ages. And in the meantime enjoy the photos above, of our Middle School String and Wind Ensembles, which performed together with the Upper School Symphony in a fantastic “Orchestra Extravanganza”here last Friday evening in Schenck Auditorium. For more on the arts at D-E, visit http://www.d-e.org/arts. And don’t forget to catch up with all our Middle School athletics teams which are now full ‘swing’ into the Spring 2018 season, at http://www.d-e.org/athletics!