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Principal’s Message – Nov. 2011

November 1, 2011

About one half of this first semester has been completed, and it is now time for a Fall Break. There is a lot of curriculum that has been covered already, and this break can help staff and students re-charge, plus do some reflecting on what adjustments should happen as everyone continues towards Christmas. Students and Staff have worked hard.

In October, students and staff participated in our first Spiritual Life Week where students chose from several sessions that included quiet reflection, worship, personal Christian journeys, open discussions, Q&A about the Christian faith, and science/faith DVDs.

We were privileged to have several guests share with our students, including three general sessions that presented Spirituality, God, and Jesus. Hopefully you had a chance to read some of the student comments on the wall as you entered the school and have some discussions around the dinner table.

Most mornings and afternoons you can hear volleyballs bouncing in the gym as our seven teams practice and compete. Applications are being received from high school students for our Global Impact trip to Cuba in March and our Tall Ship Sailing trip, also in March. We continue to challenge students in their courses to create, innovate, and collaborate, and to also become autonomous as they monitor the quality of their own work. Our pilot program in our High School, I.D. School, has students thinking big and wrestling with solutions to world systems and issues. Three of our teachers have returned motivated from an AP (Advanced Placement) Conference to continue building our High School AP program, and we strive to encourage students to be responsible digital citizens with their technology within a safe and caring community.

We enjoy hearing from parents at the monthly Principal Chats, and if you have not attended this informal time of discussion, I encourage you to come one of these months. We also want to thank those parents that were able to come to our first Parent Council meeting of the year where parents heard about some expansion plans from Tom Rudmik, and from both Doreen Grey and parents at their table groups about developing a culture of respect as one of the main hallmarks of our parent community. I want to also thank those parents that were able to attend our Parent-Teacher Conferences and hope that you keep approaching teachers with any questions. Thank you for having your child at Master’s and for continuing to contribute to the school community.

Peter Muller

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