The Meadows Mirror college preparatory, nonprofit, nonsectarian, PK-12 www.themeadowsschool.org September 2010 Volume 27, Number 1 You Are Invited to the Grand Opening Celebration and Open House of the Athletic Complex Improvements Friday, October 1, at 5:30 p.m. The Meadows School was created by families and parents who saw a need for an educational program that would offer a challenging curriculum for grades preschool to 12. All funding of the physical plant at TMS has come from the generosity of Meadows families and members of the Las Vegas community. The School has always addressed its construction program with a focus on its mission and with careful planning to meet the needs of the student body and School, but always with “academics being first.” Several years ago, it became apparent that there was a need to provide an auxiliary practice gymnasium for use by both Middle and Upper School students. Because the campus had one gym, grades 6 through 8 could only use the facility for team practices at 6:00 a.m. or after the Upper School teams finished using it after 7:00 p.m. Given the rigor of The Meadows’ academic, performing arts, extracurricular, and adjunct activities, Middle School students were not getting home until late in the evening and were up early in order to develop and practice their athletic skills when the gymnasium was available and open. In addition, the locker and training facilities were old, out-of-date, far too small, and thus crowded and inadequate. Outdoor facilities used too much water during these days of environmental conservation; the weight-training area was inadequate in the old Field House; and overall there was a growing awareness of the less than ideal condition of the facilities. Thus, the Board of Trustees voted two years ago to embark on a program to address improving the physical fitness facilities at the School. The architectural firm of Lucchesi Galati was selected, and plans and budgets were created. What has resulted is that new additions to the School’s Athletic Complex have been completed, and a Grand Opening and Open House will be celebrated on Friday, October 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m., including a ribbon-cutting ceremony and thank you’s. Phase I of the project included Linda R. Richardson new turf on the football field, a new Hall of Athletes surface on the track, a press box, and remodeling of the Field House. Phase II included new boys’ and girls’ locker facilities, the Key Fechser Fitness Center, a trainer’s taping and treatment facility, a sports studio (multi-purpose use for wrestling, dance, cheer practice, and a 60-75 seat lecture room), the Linda R. Richardson Hall of Athletes, a new and relocated concession area, a small, outdoor amphitheater, and new public restrooms. Phase III was the new practice gym. The new practice gym provides students with room to prepare for team competition and room to hold classes for New addition to Athletic Complex four groups (two in each gym) throughout the day rather than holding some practices outdoors. You are cordially invited to celebrate the completion of the improvements and join the School in thanking those whose support will enrich the lives of countless young people by making it possible for them to learn about maintaining healthy physical activity. It has been proven that Key Fechser physical activity Fitness Center increases intellectual and artistic productivity and promotes stronger emotional and psychological growth. Physical exercise goes hand-in-hand with the mission of the School because it enhances the qualities of leadership, fosters cooperation and teamwork, and builds character. We look forward to you joining us for a familyfriendly picnic and open house. Come and see the new facilities and then stay for Kindergarten Key Fechser Night and the Varsity Football game Fitness Center against White Pine at 7:00 p.m.! All Divisions TMS Wel comes New Faculty M embers by Henry L. Chanin, Head of School It gives me great pleasure to introduce readers of The Meadows Mirror to the very talented group of new faculty members joining the School for the 2010-11 academic year. In alphabetical order, they are: Douglas E. Bowser begins this fall as the Lower School Music Teacher after teaching in the Clark County School District for the past 11 years, during which time he received a number of honors and recognitions. Doug is an Orff-Schulwerk specialist who leads training sessions for music teachers around the country, including a summer session at UNLV. He has earned an M.S. in curriculum and instruction from UNLV and a B.A. in music education from Grove City College. Sarah A. Buchanan (TMS Class of 2003) returns to her alma mater as Upper/Middle School Librarian. Sarah holds an M.L.I.S. from UCLA and a B.A. in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her library duties, Sarah will be teaching Latin in Upper School. Hillary Jarvis Campos joins the Middle School faculty as an English teacher. She holds an M.A. in British literature and a B.A. in humanities from Brigham Young University. Mrs. Campos has taught both literature and composition classes at BYU and at Stevenson University. Sarah D’Stair is also an English teacher who will become part of the Upper School faculty this year. Mrs. D’Stair advanced to candidacy for her Ph.D. in English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst after completing both an M.A. and B.A. in English at San Jose State University. In addition to teaching modern fiction and drama, she has a number of years experience in editorial work. Courtney K. Friedman (TMS Class of 2001) is another alumna who will be back at the School serving as the Co-Teacher in Lower School. As part of the “Teach for America” program, Courtney spent two years teaching at a local public elementary school. She holds two advanced degrees, an M.S. in publishing from New York University and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from UNLV, as well as a B.A. in communications from Denison University. Francesca M. Gerbino is joining the Middle School faculty as a science teacher. Ms. Gerbino holds an M.S. degree in education from Florida State University and a B.S. in biology (magna cum Front row from left: Sarah D’Stair, Doug Bowser, and Colleen Kodweis. Back row: Sarah Buchanan, Dr. Luke Turner, Hillary Campos, Francesca Gerbino, and Courtney Friedman. laude) from St. Thomas Aquinas College. She has been a science camp counselor as well as a zookeeper. Colleen C. Kodweis will be teaching mathematics, also in Middle School. A former award-winning instructor and Department Chair at a local public middle school, Mrs. Kodweis earned both an M.S. in Education and a B.A. in Mathematics from Potsdam College of SUNY. She also has a number of years experience as a Math Counts coach. Luke E. Turner has relocated to Las Vegas from Florida to assume the duties of a chemistry teacher in the Upper School. Dr. Turner holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University, an M.S. from Illinois State University, and a B.S. from the University of Evansville, all in chemistry. He has also done postdoctoral research at the University of Bath in England under a fellowship funded by The Royal Society. Dr. Turner has taught chemistry at Brevard Community College and North Broward Preparatory School in Florida since his return to the USA. Anticipating the upcoming retirement of veteran TMS instructor Duane Loesch, David Santo Pietro is assuming the duties of Chairman of the Science Department beginning in 2010-11. Mr. Santo Pietro, who teaches both AP and Honors Physics, joined the School in 2007. He holds an M.S. in physics from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. in physics/mathematics from UNLV. Irene Frazier began work this summer as Administrative Assistant to Head of School Henry Chanin. She will also serve as Governance Coordinator for the School’s Board of Trustees. Mrs. Frazier holds an M.S. in library science from the University of North Texas and a B.A. in industrial technology from Southern Utah University. www S tudent/Parent Ha ndbook a nd Director y 2010-2011 Updates PK Campos Corrections m:Hillary f: Joshua 10 Hilts f: E.J. Hilts (h,f) 233-9509 (c,f) 203-5590 8 NEAL m: Teresa (o,f) 256-4006 9 NEAL f: Rick (c,f) 283-4656 e-mail: [email protected] PK PK 2 4 WOLFF m:Maryann WOLFF f: Scott WOLFF e-mail: [email protected] WOLFF 5 ANDERSON Additions m:Hui-Li Chien (h) 838-9256 f: Aaron e-mail: [email protected] PK DUNCAN PK DUNCAN m:Tracey f: Clay e-mail: [email protected] PK RICHARDS m:Janice f: Kevin (o,f) 515-2057 (c,m)581-3591 (c,f) 460-2819 e-mail: [email protected] e-mail: [email protected] 8 9 (h,m)616-9595 (c,m)358-1694 e-mail: [email protected] KILVINGTON m:Kathy KILVINGTON If you have any corrections or additions, please call the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 254-1610 ext. 5935 or e-mail [email protected] 2 The Meadows Mirror All Divisions / Upper School Mustang Pride and Annual Fund by Kari Halkyard, Board Member I am excited as a parent and as a new Board of Trustees member as we begin a new phase in the growth of The Meadows School. The last 25 years were spent building this great school, but the next 25 years will be spent sustaining The Meadows as a top-notch educational institution. While tuition “pays the bills” in many respects (80 cents of every dollar goes back into the classroom), how do we keep the momentum going? The answer involves giving back with a little Mustang Pride. Here is what I see: First and foremost, The Meadows School is a great school. I have lost count of the number of times my children have told me something they learned at TMS that blew my mind. Have play dates or have your child play sports with children who attend other schools in Las Vegas, and you will see what I mean. The quality of the education our children are receiving is remarkable and probably the best in all of Nevada. We all want to give back to our community, and there are many charities I see TMS parents support. However, wouldn’t you rather support a nonprofit that DIRECTLY affects the one thing that is most important to you: your family? The Meadows School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution. The School is unique in that it was started by parents over 26 years ago, and it continues to be sustained by parents. (Our Board is comprised of all TMS parents/alumni parents. TMSPA is run by parents). The School is not owned by a church, run by a foundation, nor financed by a rich person. All the School has is YOU. I have thought about why 100 percent of our faculty give. It is not because they love all of our children. They give because they believe in the School’s mission. It is frustrating to apply for grants and to be eliminated in the first round because of the Annual Fund giving rate among parents. Participation is always important. Every gift, large or small, is meaningful and shows your pride in the School. This is the point where I want you to consider continuing The Meadows tradition of being a parent-driven school. Please give to Annual Fund today. Get it off your “to-do” list. We parents can support our School with pride every year and beyond for the next 25 years of excellence. www Please join The Meadows School Board of Trustees for the inaugural fundraiser “ALL IN” FOR THE MEADOWS NO LIMIT HOLD’EM POKER TOURNAMENT Sunday, September 12, 2010 Caesars Palace Tournament Poker Room Not sure of the rules? Ongoing tutorials and check-in at noon. Tournament play begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. Tournament and awards shall conclude by 5:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit The Meadows School. ALL 10 PLAYERS AT FINAL TABLE TO RECEIVE PRIZE PACKAGES! UPPER S CHOOL AP S CORES SET A NE W ST AND ARD by David Lamb, Upper School Director Upper School has been busy throughout the summer prepping for the new school year with a few new faces and some old ones in new places. In the middle of our preparations, we received exciting news from the College Board regarding our 2010 AP Scores. During the first two weeks of May, the School had 135 students sit for 292 AP exams in 22 different subjects. The results were electrifying as Meadows students earned a passing rate of 90 percent! An AP course is a college-level course taught in high schools throughout the country, and in May students sit for a national standardized exam. The exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best, by either college professors or high school AP experienced teachers. A “passing grade” is considered to be a 3 or above, meaning that a student who receives a 3 on the exam would be able to pass that course at the university level. A five demonstrates superior knowledge of the subject. In a typical year, students across the nation have about a 55 to 60 percent passing rate (meaning students scored a 3 or above on the exam), and students in Nevada have between 40 and 50 percent. The Meadows School is usually somewhere between 75 and 80 percent on any given year. One can easily see that our 2010 AP scores were nothing short of brilliant! Of course, our wonderful students and faculty deserve all FIRST PLACE WINNER HOLDS THE TITLE OF 2010 “ALL IN” CHAMPION, RECEIVES THE GOLD AND DIAMOND MUSTANG CHAMPIONSHIP BRACELET, AND CHOICE OF HIS OR HER TAG HEUER WATCH. FOOD, SILENT AUCTION, PHOTOS, AND GIFT BAGS FOR ALL SPECTATORS AND PLAYERS provided. TO register: use the enclosed registration Form or CALL KATHLEEN FRANTZ AT 702-797-5911 or e-mail [email protected] No one under the age of 21 is allowed to attend this event as it is being held in a gaming area. AP Scores continued on page 6 3 September 2010 www . t h e m e a d o Everyone in The Meadows community is encouraged to check the news and calendar pages under “The Meadows Today” sect Aca dem ic s & Sc hool Li fe Upper/ Middle/ Lower/ Be ginni ng School Inform at ion Information for prospective families or current families who would like to learn more about a particular division can be found under this section. Colle ge Counseling The “Announcement” section will be regularly updated to relay information to Meadows families about all aspects of college access including college entrance testing, evening programs, city-wide events of interest, and college visitors to our School. Please make a habit of checking this comprehensive resource. Upper/ Middle Sc hool Li bra ry Contains links to reference materials, newspapers and magazines, and homework and writing aids for Upper and Middle School students. About Us Learn about general School information such as the mission and history, take a campus tour, or find faculty and staff e-mail addresses. Employment/ career opportunities may be found under this section. Low er School Librar y Contains links to reference materials for Lower School students. Summer Pro gram This section will be updated when the 2011 Summer Program becomes available. Athlet ic s S ecti on Upper School Team information (schedules and results) is listed by season. A history of state team championships may be found under Mustang Hall of Champions. Middle School Team information (schedules and results) is listed by season. Directions to Games Contains links to MapQuest for most competition sites. Athletic Faciliti es Displays a map of the athletic facilities. Athletic Forms Contains PDF files of Meadows athletic forms and a link to NIAA forms. Athletic News Newsletters from the Athletic Department will be posted periodically. Booster Club Contains information about the Booster Club such as positions, activities, and store items. Pa rents Sec tion Parent Links Contains links to other websites that may be useful to parents, such as where to purchase uniforms or how to register store cards for fundraising. Parents Asso ciation Informat ion Lists committee chairs and descriptions for the 2010-2011 school year. Parents Social Events The Meadows School offers events for the parents to participate in and socialize with each other. Some events may be “friend” raisers; others may be fundraisers to benefit the School. School Store Displays items which may be ordered through the Parents Association. You may print an order form to return to School with your child (online purchasing is not available). S ummer Camp Expo Contains information about the annual event held the first Saturday in March. The Meadows Tod ay Links to the “News/Calendar” sections. The Meadows Mirror Registered users may view The Meadows Mirror online. Directo ry Direct link to faculty and staff e-mail addresses. Al u m ni Click here to link to the alumni website to connect with former classmates and find information about alumni events. Some of the features available to registered users include viewing The Meadows Mirror and photos of alumni events. owsschool.org tion for the latest information. Please e-mail [email protected] with questions about the website. The Meado ws Tod ay A d m is s i ons Learn about the application process, financial aid, and tuition information. Application forms may be downloaded and printed from this section. News News is updated as it becomes known to the Webmaster. Please check this section regularly. Students’ last names will not be posted on the Web for security reasons. School Calendar Events are posted under the month in which the event takes place. Updates to the 2010-2011 School Year Calendar are noted in this section. The 2010-2011 Calendar link contains the entire school year as published in the school year calendar as of June 2010. The Two-Year Schedule link lists the major dates for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. All dates may be subject to change. Links to the athletic schedules may be found in the Calendar section each month. Photo Galler y A selection of student artwork is displayed in the Photo Gallery section. Click on the thumbnails of a photo to view a larger display. S earc h E ngine The site contains a search engine to assist users looking for particular information. To use this feature, type in a keyword(s) in the box following “SEARCH” in the lower, right-hand corner of each webpage, then press enter or click on “Go.” You will receive a list of all webpages on the School’s site that contain the keyword entered. Course Links Middle School students and parents have the capability to view the syllabus, course outline, and homework assignments for a given course. Users must be registered to access the system. Middle School parents will be receiving a letter with login access request information shortly. Upper School students also have access to this system. Faculty and staff use only. Giving to The Me ado ws Read about the various ways to donate to the School, check on the progress of the Annual Fund Campaign, and donate online using a credit card. Fa mi ly Connection Used mostly by Upper School seniors to track their progress during the college admission process. Users must be registered to access the system. The College Counseling department distributes information about using this link. Upper/Middle/Lower School of the semester grade. It would seem that these two very simple policies have played an important role in encouraging our students to perform at their highest level. In an article that ran in The New York Times on February 11, 2010, the author, Tamar Lewin, discusses how the expansion of AP Exams has brought about more failures across the nation. In another New York Times article dated August 5, 2009, the author, Jennifer Medina, discusses how some schools have created policies actually to pay their students for certain AP scores. Here at The Meadows, we are not only bucking the national trend of more failures, but we are also blessed to have such a dynamic faculty and student body whose main motivation for success is that intrinsic desire to pursue excellence. Well done! AP Scores continued from page 3 the congratulations possible for a job well done. These scores are indicative of the hard work put forth by so many. It is not uncommon to drop by Upper School on a weekend in March or April and find an AP teacher holding an extra session with his or her AP students. I have observed that their passion and dedication is a sweet manifestation of the pursuit of excellence. Some of the credit, however, may also go to our Head of School, Henry Chanin, who installed two minor policy changes three years ago. The first being that all students enrolled in an AP course must sit for the AP exam. The second policy change is that all students in an AP course must take an AP style exam as their final for the course which must be worth somewhere between 25 and 33 percent Assignments/Syllabi Posted on Course Links on the Website by Abby Hilson, Middle School Director A new Meadows School year is beginning, and everyone this information online, and you as a parent will know there is in Middle School is excited about the beautiful changes around something for you to read when an Alert notice comes up as you campus and about new students coming to us from Lower School log on to Course Links. There will still be both types of notices, and outside. Every year we, as teachers and administrators, try to those complimenting your child for work well done as well as those make adjustments to programs and policies which will make life notifying of a need to improve. This system will expedite notification easier for everyone involved and to hold on to things that have since it will be faster than the mail, and it will also eliminate the proven helpful in previous years. temptation for students to remove the less-than-complimentary One of the biggest assets for parents and students in Middle notices from the mailbox before parents arrive home. As with the School is our Course Links system, which allows viewing of course hard-copy postcards, the information in the Alerts will be short and syllabi and outlines as well as weekly homework assignments for without lengthy explanation so they will not ever take the place of a every teacher and every class. For Middle School students it is vitally Progress Report which explains in detail items that might be missing important to keep on top of all work that must be completed, and or unsatisfactory patterns of behavior or work that are continuing. your child’s teachers aid in this process by posting all homework, Progress Reports will come from some teachers on a one or twotests, and long-term assignments every Friday on the School’s week basis throughout the year and as needed by others, but you website under Course Links. This is supplemental, of course, to can always request a report or parent conference at any time. The making sure that they write all daily assignments down in their only Progress Reports that will be mailed out for every student in agenda books which the School also provides for each student. Middle School will come after the first four weeks of School to let All students of Middle School age struggle with organization, you know of your child’s achievements or difficulties up to that and you as parents can check online to make sure your son or point. Parents of students whose grades have dropped one letter daughter has completed the assignments that are posted and has grade or who are at a C- or below at any time during the year will studied for any tests or quizzes he or she might have. Most of them always receive a Progress Report notifying them of this status. are not of the age yet where you can trust their judgment or their Students whose weekly grade drops to an F or who have two D’s accuracy wholeheartedly, and checking what has been assigned for an overall average at any point will be ineligible to play a sport online, even if they are not aware that you are doing it, is never or participate in any other extracurricular activity, including dance a bad idea. There definitely are some children in Middle School team and drama presentations, for the following week or until the whose parents never need to check that they are doing what has grades are in the satisfactory range. been assigned, but those are the exceptions. If yours is one of these Communication is always a key for Middle School parents, children, you are extremely lucky. Those of you whose children need teachers, and students, and our Course Links online setup is an constant reminding and guiding, please realize that your child is the extremely valuable tool for disseminating important information norm, and there is absolutely nothing to be upset about. and for assisting students in staying organized and on top of their A new addition to Course Links this year is Alerts, which will assignments. Teachers find this tool indispensable, and you as be taking the place of the parent postcards that teachers have mailed parents need to take advantage of the opportunities offered on out in the past, complimenting your child on a job well done (beige Course Links, including the new Alerts, to keep you as informed and card) or notifying you of disruptive behavior, a missing assignment, updated about your child’s Middle School academic life as possible. or a low test or quiz grade (white card). Teachers will now post Welcome Back to Lower School by Sara Carlson, Lower School Director Welcome to Lower School. The energy in the building is friendly and caring staff can help you with your needs, each member exciting as we begin a new academic year. Teachers and staff are of the Lower School office team is assigned specific duties. These thrilled to be back to begin working with the students again. In their are, in part: Mrs. Connie Boily watches everyone coming and going ongoing pursuit of excellence, the Lower School teachers have been from her seat at the reception desk. She takes care of attendance and busy creating an inviting learning environment in each classroom arrival and dismissal changes. She also offers loving and competent and planning lessons for the new year. We are always amazed at how first aid and comfort to all of the children. Ms. Starr Moore is much the children have grown over the summer! On behalf of the alongside Mrs. Boily on the front lines. She also takes your calls entire Lower School I sincerely welcome both new and returning and makes dismissal arrangements. Additionally, Ms. Moore enjoys families for the new school year. her time as one of our lunch time playground supervisors. Mrs. As always, Lower School strives for regular, productive Diana Romo makes sure each classroom has all of the necessary communication between parents, faculty, and staff. The Front books and supplies and a teacher every day when a substitute is Office staff is always happy to assist you. While each member of our Lower School continued on back page 6 The Meadows Mirror Calendar Events Times/dates/locations may change due to last-minute conflicts. Please check www.themeadowsschool.org for updates. * denotes a change from what was printed in the 2009-2010 School Year Calendar All Divisions Aug. 30, Monday First semester lunch program begins Sept. 3, Friday 9:10 a.m. All-School Assembly in gym dress uniform required Sept. 6, Monday NO SCHOOL - Labor Day Sept. 12, Sunday 12:00-5:00 p.m. “All In” For The Meadows fundraiser at Caesars Palace Sept. 13, Monday Annual Fund Campaign 2009-2010 begins Sept. 16, Thursday 8:15 a.m. TMSPA Open Meeting in Athletic Complex Sports Studio Sept. 29, Wednesday 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Blood Drive in the Upper School Common Oct. 1, Friday 5:30 p.m. Athletic Complex Build-Out Grand Opening Celebration Upper School Sept. 7, Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Upper School Parents Night Sept. 11, Saturday 8:00 a.m. ACT Exams - TMS is not a test site Sept. 14, Tuesday 6:30 p.m. College Night for seniors and parents in CFA Sept. 20, Monday Picture Day Sept. 24, Friday Final day for seniors to have yearbook photos taken at Bernhard & Williams Sept. 29, Wednesday 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Blood Drive in the Upper School Common Upper School Sports - Varsity Home or Championship Games/Meets Only Go to www.the meadowsschool.org, click on “Athletics” for updates Sept. 7, Tuesday 2:30 p.m. Boys’/girls’ tennis vs. Arbor View 6:30 p.m. Girls’ volleyball vs. Pahranagat Valley Sept. 11, Saturday 6:00 p.m. Football vs. Virgin Valley Sept. 13, Monday 2:30 p.m. Boys’/girls’ tennis vs. Legacy Sept. 14, Tuesday 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Girls’ volleyball vs. Calvary Chapel Sept. 16, Thursday 7:00 p.m. Football vs. Calvary Chapel Sept. 22, Wednesday 2:30 p.m. Boys’/girls’ tennis vs. Cheyenne 3:00 p.m. Boys’/girls’ soccer vs. Moapa Valley Sept. 24, Friday 3:00 p.m. Boys’/girls’ soccer vs. Virgin Valley Sept. 28, Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Girls’ volleyball vs. Beatty Sept. 30, Thursday 2:30 p.m. Boys’/girls’ tennis vs. Palo Verde 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Girls’ volleyball vs. Lake Mead Oct. 1, Friday 7:00 p.m. Football vs. White Pine Kindergarten Night Middle School Sept. 16, Thursday 6:30 p.m. Middle School Parents Night Sept. 20, Monday Picture Day Middle School Sports - Home or Championship Games/Meets Only Go to www.the meadowsschool.org, click on “Athletics” for updates Sept. 11, Saturday 10:00 a.m. Football vs. Cornerstone Sept. 16, Thursday 4:00 p.m. Football vs. Calvary Chapel Lower School Sept. 2, Thursday 6:30 p.m. Lower School Parents Night Sept. 7, Tuesday 1st/2nd quarter Meadows After-School Programs (MAPS) begin Sept. 24, Friday 2:00 p.m. Lower School program Sept. 29, Wednesday 8:15 a.m. Parents Coffee in the Lower School Common Oct. 1, Friday Picture Day 7:00 p.m. Kindergarten Night at Upper School varsity football game Beginning School Please check student backpacks for information. SAVE THE DATE Arbor Day/Renaissance Fair October 22, 2010 Volunteers are always needed for the Arbor Day event. If you wish to help in any way, please call Debbie Youngblood in the Development Office, 254-1510 ext. 5935. Thank you. 7 September 2010 The Meadows School 8601 Scholar Lane Las Vegas, NV 89128 Lower School continued from page 6 necessary. Mrs. Romo also works with the students on programs and choreography. She is very talented and enjoys each grade level. Mrs. Judy Mace is the Lower School Registrar. She handles all student records, tracks grades, test scores, immunizations, etc. She also takes care of admissions and schedules my appointments. I could never list everything these incredible ladies do in the course of a day, but it is always done with a smile and the goal of giving each child (and parent) a wonderful school experience. The teachers and I also want to hear from you. I am happy to chat with you when I am in the office or via telephone or e-mail. I enjoy getting to know each family, and I value your input. I work hard to make the Director’s Office a positive place. I WANT the teachers to send students to my office with good news and/or good work to share. The teachers also strive to be accessible to parents. They check e-mail and phone messages regularly in their effort to keep the lines of communication open. During the school day, of course, instruction is the priority, but the teachers make every effort to return messages in a timely manner. This school year marks the third year of our MAPS after-school program. While the course offerings vary somewhat each semester, the program always offer a variety of enrichment opportunities for the students, focusing on arts, athletics, and academics. MAPS provides a way to extend learning after the regular academic day in exciting ways. Again, welcome to a brand new year. We are thrilled to be sharing in the education of your children. Stay tuned for more news from Lower School. NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID LAS VEGAS, NV PERMIT # 970 WELCOME TO BEGINNING SCHOOL! by Heather Kristich, Beginning School Director Welcome back! It is hard to believe that Beginning School is starting its twelfth year and a new era of administration. Most of you already know me, but I would like to take a moment to introduce myself. I am Heather Kristich, the new Director of Beginning School. However, I am in no way new to The Meadows School. As an alumna of The Meadows, I knew that when I was offered a teaching job in the preschool twelve years ago, I could not pass it up. My love for The Meadows and the education it offers its students is incomparable. I knew when I began teaching here that I would build my career not only to teach, but some day, be in administration. So when Carolyn Goodman asked me to be Assistant Director in 2007, I willingly embraced the opportunity. While we were all sad to see Mrs. June Pierce retire at the end of the 2009-2010 school year, I was more than pleased to accept the Director position. Teaching is my passion and so with that being said, I am going to stay in the classroom teaching one morning class. My hope is that as this new period in the life of Beginning School commences, you will all join me in celebrating The Meadows and its pursuit of excellence. PARENTS ASSOCIATION by Christine Ramenofsky, TMSPA President Please plan to attend the first Open Meeting on September 16, at 8:15 a.m. for conversation with Head of School Henry Chanin in the new Sports Studio. www TMSPA Fundraising TMSPA fundraising links may be found under the “Parents/Parent Links” section on the School’s website eScrip Register your debit, credit, and grocery club cards, and participating merchants will donate a percentage of your purchases directly to TMS. Innisbrook Wraps and Premium Gift Products by Cindy Eaton and Erin Luebke, Gift Wrap Committee Chairs Meadows family and friends can help support TMSPA by ordering from Innisbrook. Any order, big or small, will help increase the profit for school. The 2010 selections include a variety of quality gifts for everyone on your list. Items ordered between August 23 and September 13 will be delivered during mid-October. Please feel free to contact Cindy Eaton at [email protected] com if you have any questions or need assistance with online ordering.
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