CDS Middle School

Weekly Newsletter

May 24th, 2019

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,

Once again, I'd like to thank all the parents and family members who showed up for our first annual Self Determined Learning (SDL) Showcase last Tuesday evening. The night was a big success, and that wouldn't have been possible without your participation and engagement.

I'm so glad our 7th and 8th grade students had the opportunity to share their hard work, research, and interests with all of you. CDS Middle School is very fortunate to have dedicated teachers like Mr. Drews and Mr. Thach who coached these students throughout the year and organized this memorable evening. We're already looking forward to seeing how the program will evolve next year.

Final Exams: On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next week students will sit for their end of year exams. I know this can be an overwhelming time for many students. As such, I hope everyone found some balance this weekend. I hope students found time to study, but were also able to get some exercise, spend time with family and friends, and get plenty of rest. This will go a long way in reducing stress and ensuring you have a fresh and agile mind on Monday morning.

MAP Testing: All students have completed MAP testing and we will send them home with their NWEA MAP Progress Reports this Tuesday (5/28). If you have any questions, or would like help interpreting the scores, please contact the MS Office and schedule an appointment with your child's Math or English teacher.

Arch Day & MS Graduation: The end of the school year is quickly approaching and we will be sharing information early next week about Arch Day and the 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony. For now, please remember that Arch Day will be a half day and school buses will depart at 11:30am.

Have a great weekend!

Benjamin Scoville

Director of Middle School
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[Upcoming Events]

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The 2nd Dalton Soiree

The Student Council continues to work hard preparing for the 2nd Annual Dalton Soiree on Friday, May 31st.

This year's theme is Starstruck. Sophia Seo, our Student Council President says she "...hopes that it gives the middle schoolers an opportunity to relax and build community after they take their finals and finish up their schoolwork at the end of the year". Students are still able to purchase tickets from their student council representatives next week!

- Ms. Montelibano

2018-19 MS Summer Art Exhibition

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2018-19 Optiphonix (MS Summer) Concert

Optiphonix (MS Summer Concert) Concert Dress Information:

Please help your student prepare their concert dress clothes. Students may wear the following items:

-White dress shirt (No CDS uniform polos)

-Black pants or modest black skirt

-Black dress shoes and black socks/black tights

The concert is not a time to make a fashion statement, it is a time to blend into the group, so please support your student with the correct clothing.

- Ms. Van Liew

[This week, around CDS MS]

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2018-19 SDL Evening Showcase

The Self Determined Learning (SDL) program held its first annual Evening Showcase on Tuesday, May 21st. The event was a great opportunity for parents to show their support and see what their students have been up to in SDL class this spring. Students did a great job stepping up to the challenge and represented themselves well through various presentations, exhibits, and TEDx talks.

Thank you, parents, for providing a great authentic audience for our SDL students and for actively discussing and engaging with students about their work! We look forward to seeing you again next year!

- Mr. Drews & Mr. Thach

7th Grade Award Winners

Maria Montilla - On the Ball Award

Erica Lee - Da Vinci Award

David Bae - Best in Show

8th Grade Award Winners

Jinyu Ogura - On the Ball Award

Taehun Kim - Da Vinci Award

Erica Jeon - Shoot for the Stars Award

Han Na Shin - Best in Show TEDx

Grace Lee - Best in Show Presentation

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5A Dave Kim's Drum Skills

Resistance Training 101 with Mr. Cavasin

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[MS Athletics]

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Upcoming Events

  • 5/27-29 - Spring Final Exams

  • 5/31 - MS Dalton Soiree

  • 6/3 - MS Summer Concert (6PM)

  • 6/5 - End of School Year Assembly

  • 6/7 - Arch Day (1/2 Day)

  • 6/7 - 8th Grade Graduation Party @Phoenix Cafe (5-8PM)

  • 6/8 - Graduation Day