Good Morning MOT Charter Community,
The end to another amazing year is upon us! Despite the challenging winter and the extended days, we have worked together and have supported and encouraged each other to reach the successful completion of our 12th school year! Over the next few days, the school will be buzzing with lots of fun activities -- stepping up day, field day, yearbook signing and end of year cleanup.
In a beautiful ceremony last Friday, we celebrated the accomplishments of our 8th graders. We were blessed to have Kaden back with us for the evening. Click HERE to view a thank you note from Mr. and Mrs. Curtis thanking the MOT Charter community for its support.
Sue Symes is a parent of three MOT Charter graduates and a current seventh grader. She has logged hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteer hours over the years and has supported MOT Charter through her graphics design business in countless ways. For the past few years, Sue has been fighting a battle with cancer. Sue’s family is holding a benefit golf tournament to help Sue meet the financial burdens of this fight. Click HERE to view the flyer that explains in more detail how we can help.
Odyssey of the Mind
Congratulations to our MOT Charter Odyssey of the Mind teams. We had 2 teams finish in the top 20 at the world tournament at the end of May. The following students participated: Kyndall Sears, Victoria Kostur, Anjana Nandagopal, Bethany Sullivan, Natalie Epps, Sarah Powel, Bridget Andrews, April Dy-Reyes, Thomas Alie, Brandi Sweetman, Alayna Rivera, Elijah Deverteuil, Vignesh Parthiban, Marisa DiBenedetto, Alex Yu, Abieshek Subramanium, Arkan Christian, Shachi Shah, Sarah Symes, and Vani Parthiban.
Congratulations to the following student artists – winners in the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Art Contest: Ashley Campagna, Rylee Craighton, Cordelia Evans, Brett McKune, Rachel Salati, Jordan Tierney, and Kaitlyn Williams. Students received awards for their winning pieces at a reception held in Legislative Hall on May 19.
Stepping Up Day
Stepping Up will take place this afternoon. Students will visit with the teachers and classes in the next grade to learn a little about that grade and to receive summer reading and math assignments.
Click HERE to view the flyer regarding field day activities. Parent volunteers are needed! However, for safety purposes we ask that younger siblings not attend with parents.
Lunch and Breakfast Next Year
You will see some changes in the cafeteria next year, including improved lunch menus and the addition of breakfast. Due to increased food and fuel costs, you will also see an increase in lunch prices. This is the first time we have increased lunch prices since we opened our doors 12 years ago. The new price has not yet been determined, but we will have that information out to you in early August. If you have not yet responded to the Breakfast Survey from Mr. Burke, please do so. To access the survey, click on this link or cut and paste it into your web browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q6DZT8X
Parent Survey – Your feedback is important to us. Please take a few minutes to complete the annual parent survey. To access the survey, click on this link or cut and paste it into your web browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3JX2G2T
Yearbooks will be distributed on Thursday, June 19.
Report cards will be mailed out by Friday of next week.
7th and 8th Grade Language Arts
For several years now we have enjoyed the benefit of “looping” students in grades 7 and 8 in all core subject areas with the exception of Language Arts. Looping offers many benefits to students in the middle grades. The looping process preserves valuable instructional time. In the second year of the looping cycle, teachers know students' strengths and weaknesses and this allows them to begin instruction immediately. Also, teachers and students do not have to engage in the "getting to know you" process again and students begin the year aware of the expectations of the teacher. The additional time and deeper knowledge of students’ abilities provides a greater opportunity for teachers to differentiate to meet the needs of all students. Finally, the middle school years are characterized by profound and rapid developmental growth and change – comparable to the toddler years. Providing students with a stable learning environment that promotes the development of consistent meaningful relationships helps adolescents manage successfully through this time.
Over the years, parents, teachers and even students have suggested that we consider looping students in Language Arts. In addition to the obvious benefits of looping that we have experienced in the other core areas, the adoption of the Common Core standards has provided an additional impetus to attempt this shift at this time. With the increased rigor and academic demands placed on our students with the Common Core standards, it is more important than ever to preserve as much instructional time as we can. Therefore, beginning next year, Pam Andreavich will teach writing to all 7th and 8th grade students and Jen Taylor will teach reading to all 7th and 8th grade students. We are fortunate that we have two outstanding language arts teachers who not only share a passion for reading and writing, but also for helping students reach their potential. I am confident that students will gain immeasurably from deep and meaningful instruction in reading and writing that the looping will afford.
Thank you for trusting your children to our care and education and for another super year. I feel truly blessed to be working with such wonderfully supportive and helpful families and such terrific students!
Best wishes for a safe and happy summer break.
Linda J. Jennings, Esq.
Head of School