Middlebury Family Newsletter

Weekly Updates and Announcements

October 15, 2021

A Message from Principal Clark

Greetings to all Middlebury families! Another week of in person learning has passed and we are happy to have spent our time guiding your son or daughter through their educational journey. This week highlighted scholars being a part of our Reading Advantage program and Akron University's education department. We are gearing up for our third graders first Ohio State testing opportunity later this month. The date for our third graders to test ha not yet been determined, however the testing window will open for third grade only on October 18, 2021.

Scholars met with our Reading Interventionist for supports in English/Language Arts and Reading. Akron University has partnered with Middlebury through their education department and provided us with student teachers in the area of Language Arts that have been assigned to grades 3-5 to further support efforts in Reading and Language Arts. These college students provide further instruction and assessments for scholars who may need extra help with Reading and Language Arts. We are excited about our scholars being provided the best curriculum that fits their educational needs! We know Reading is essential to learning and that the more comfortable and confident our scholars feel about Reading the better they will do academically. I have witnessed first hand our teachers preparing scholars for Reading, and it is my pleasure to announce our teacher who has led the way this week in those efforts. Congratulations are in order for our teacher of the week Mrs. Becky Drushell. Mrs. Drushell is one of three of our Reading Interventionist who has done an awesome job with small group reading instruction, and building relationships with our scholars that is trustworthy and puts our scholars first at all time. Thank you Mrs. Drushell for all your hard work. We also want to celebrate our scholar of the week Brandon Allen. Brandon is an eighth grader here at Middlebury. He is a model student who is always completing his school work, participating in class, and following school rules and procedures. Congratulations Brandon keep up the good work. Today October 15, 2021 marks the end of the first grading period. There will be no school for scholars on Monday October 18, 2021. Teachers will be finalizing grades in Progress Book for all scholars by no later than October 20, 2021. Report cards will be mailed on October 22, 2021. Once report cards are mailed we will be hosting our first quarter awards assembly on Monday November 1, 2021. The time for this assembly has yet to be determined. I will send updates as more information becomes available.

We are still practicing our recommended guidelines from our local health authority and the CDC. Scholars will continue to keep their masks on at all times, keep a safe a social distance, and consistently wash their hands throughout the school day. Classrooms and the lunch room have been reconfigured so that we continue to stay safe during the pandemic. We value in-person learning, so we will keep abreast of CDC and Summit County Health Department updates and provide you with up to date information as it becomes available. Below is Summit County Health Department's link if you want further information regarding COVID protocols. https://www.scph.org/

We want you all to know that we are aware of bussing issues for our scholars. Bussing for scholars is still on-going and will continue throughout the school year. We apologize to those families who have been experiencing difficulties with pick ups. We have been reaching out to transportation to inquire about what we can do to help support and resolve issues with our scholars being picked up on time. We will continue to support our parents concerns and share those with transportation, so that a resolution for picking up your son or daughter in a timely manner can occur. I have attached a link to transportations website for parents who may have further questioning. https://www.petermannbus.com/

Enrollment is still being offered here at Middlebury, our emphasis on smaller class sizes, our newly assigned Art elective, and soon to start after school programming is what makes Middlebury a welcoming and conducive environment for scholars to learn and feel supported in their educational journey. We welcome our Student Enrollment Coordinator Mr. Audley Mcgill. Mr. Mcgill has been in the community promoting all that Middlebury has to offer. We look forward to a boost in our enrollment because of his efforts in the community. We would love for your son or daughter to be a part of our community here at Middlebury Academy. So please enroll with us today.

We have implemented cell phone turn at the start of class the week of 9-27-2021. This is in an effort to keep our scholars safe and engaged in class instruction and increasing class assignments completion for all grade levels. Cell phone collection and securing of all cell phones has been going well, however we have been met with some resistance from a few of our scholars, so we ask that you help us in these efforts by talking with your son or daughter about not being on their phones and also turning them in. We thank you for your attention to this matter.

Secondly, all students were expected to be in dress code beginning on 10-4-2021. Several messages were sent out to families regarding our dress code implementation. Having our scholars in uniform increase the likelihood of positive traditions at the school level as well as student body cohesiveness I am happy to report that a majority of about 80% our scholars have been in dress code this week. We hope to have 100% of our scholars in dress code by 10-15-2021. I appreciate our families' support in these efforts to have each and every scholar in uniform.

Now that we are establishing the norm of being in uniform we want to identify what scholars can and can not wear in school.


Students must be in uniform every day unless students earn dress down privileges. Uniform includes: burgundy polo and khaki shorts, skirts, skorts, pants, and jumpers. NO CARGO SHORTS OR CARGO PANTS. Requirements for student dress are listed below:

  1. All shirts must be tucked in at all times.

  2. All trousers, pants or shorts must totally cover undergarments, including boxer shorts.

Safe and appropriate footwear must be worn that includes brown or black dress shoes and/or all black tennis shoes. Inappropriate footwear includes, but is not limited to, roller skates, skate shoes and bedroom slippers. This is necessary for participation in Physical Education.

  1. Sweaters and jackets must be solid and in the following colors: white, burgundy or

black. Sweaters and jackets must be button down or zipper. No hoods are permitted.

If you have any questions or comments regarding dress code please contact the school at your earliest convenience.

Lastly, we have been made aware of some very concerning information regarding a social media platform called TIK TOK. I have provided the link so that all of our parents can view the site and read about this ongoing behavior that will not be tolerated here at Middlebury. We ask that you speak with your son or daughter about this. The student wide assembly has allowed us to talk about this topic regarding these TIk Tok challenges, but we ask that our families continue to talk with your son or daughter about not involving themselves in this behavior. I have attached Ohio's safety center website for more information. OhioSchoolSafetyCenter@info.dps.ohio.gov>

We want to keep all our scholars safe, and by reviewing, talking, and addressing these issues will help us do just that. Thank you for all your support.


Calvin Clark


Middlebury Academy

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Scholar of The Week of October 4-11 2021 Brandon Allen/8th Grade

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Meet our founder

Reinventing America's Schools: Earl Phalen, CEO, George & Veronica Phalen Leadership Academies
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School Calendar

Week at Glance

Week of 10-18-2021

  • 10/15 Grading period ends
  • 10/18 No School for scholars (Staff PD)
  • 10/22 Report cards mailed home
  • 10/29 Family Harvest Party (Middlebury Campus)
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COVID Resources for Families

Reopening schools safely for our teachers, scholars, and families for the new school year is our top priority. We have a strong commitment to our families and community to continue to improve the lives of children through quality education in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our school reopening plans have been developed using state and national health guidance.

The goal of our plan is to provide clear policies and protocols to reopen safely. As with every COVID response plan right now, this information is fluid and will change as necessary based on guidance from the state, Center for Disease Control (CDC), and considerations to our families and our staff.

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Mrs. Drushell Teacher of the Week 10/11/2021

Phenomenal week of work!!!
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