Greetings, middle-schoolers and Menaul School families! Check out this helpful newsletter from Middle School Director, Julie Shuler-Misra, for the 2017-2018 school year.
Where can I buy uniform shirts?
New uniforms can be purchased online through epluno.com and used uniforms can be purchased at the Panther Den on campus at the start of the school year.
Online orders with epluno are accepted between July 3 and 24 for free delivery to orientation sessions at school. All sales are final, so please drop by the school to try on uniform shirts if you’re concerned about fit.
My student is having trouble in a class. How do we get help?
At the first signs of trouble, students needing assistance in a class will be assigned to afternoon support sessions for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) or Humanities (English and Social Studies) for one-on-one or small group tutoring and skill building. These support sessions take place during part or all of afternoon Physical Education classes, and ensure that students leave for the school day with the support they need to successfully complete homework and studying in the evening.
Second, students are always encouraged to meet with teachers to discuss course topics and get extra help. Teachers are generally available after school, and by arrangement, before school and during part of the lunch period.
Third, the Tinnin Center provides help with study strategies, time management, and organization, as well help with accommodations for documented learning differences. In general, the School offers the following accommodations: preferential seating, extra time on tests and other assessments, use of the iPad for note-taking, and use of the iPad for tests and other assessments.
Finally, tutoring is available from a variety of sources. Peer tutors are high school students who volunteer to guide younger students through challenging material, and can be a valuable resource for review. A list of paid tutors who accept individual students or small groups is kept on file in the Tinnin Center.
What does my student’s advisor do?
Advisory groups meet each morning to provide a launch pad for each student’s day at school, and to help advisors track students’ academic work and technology use. Advisors pay attention to individual students’ progress, both academically and socially, helping to form a safety net for each child. If you have questions about your student, his or her advisor is the first person to contact.
When does my student need to be picked up after school?
Students need to be picked up from campus by 4:00 pm, unless they are participating in a sport or other after school activity. The campus After Care program provides for supervision for Middle School students between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm on school days, while also providing snacks, time to complete homework, games, crafts, projects, and field trips. If your student will be on campus after 4:00 pm and not in a sport or other activity, he or she must go to After Care.
When does the school day start and end?
On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, school begins at 8:00 am, and ends at 3:25 pm. Students need to be picked up by 4:00 pm, or attend the After Care program. On Wednesday, school starts at 9:00 am to allow faculty to meet for professional development and collaboration, and ends at 3:25 pm. Students need to be picked up by 4:00 pm on Wednesdays, as well.
Are there clubs and after school activities?
Yes! Clubs and other after school activities are one way for students, especially those in Middle School, to develop new interests and make friends. A variety of clubs are offered after school, from 3:25 until 4:00 pm. Sports practices end at 3:25, although times vary for game days, and students are able to participate in both clubs and sports.
What are the criteria for being on Honor Roll and President’s Honor Roll?
Students who earn a GPA of 3.25 in the first and third quarters and the first and second semesters are placed on the Honor Roll. Students with a GPA of 3.75 or higher are placed on the President’s Honor Roll for that period.
Does the School administer standardized tests?
For the most part, no. The only exception is the evaluation of basic skills that eighth graders complete, using the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS)/Terra Nova in the spring. Testing will take place over the course of two days, and is not used to determine students’ readiness for passage to the ninth grade, but helps teachers and parents better understand students’ progress.
Is my student’s outfit consistent with the dress code?
Students’ outfits are in dress code if they are wearing a white or red polo shirt with the embroidered Menaul School logo, either short or long-sleeved. Shirts may be tucked in or left untucked. In addition, students need to wear tan or khaki-color twill shorts, skirts, skorts, jumpers, pants, or capris to complete their outfits.
Why do students have to wear uniforms?
The goal of the uniform is to help students focus on schoolwork rather than on outfits, to build community spirit, and to reduce pressure on parents to keep up with the latest fashion trends for students.
Do Menaul students need uniforms for Physical Education class?
No. For PE classes, students need to wear sneakers and appropriate workout clothes. T-shirts (no tank tops), shorts, sweatpants, and sweatshirts are all acceptable clothing for PE class.
I need to talk to one of my student’s teachers. What’s the best way to get in touch?
There are a variety of ways to get in touch with your student’s teachers. For a faster response, you can email the teacher at his/her school email address, but please be cautious – it’s sometimes difficult to hear the tone of an email, and quickly typed messages can sometimes sound harsh. Teachers also have classroom phones and voicemail, although you’ll probably leave a message and wait for a call back in that case – teachers can’t answer the phone while they are teaching!