Coming Attractions: Progress Reports and Fall Play!

By Reed Gabhart, Head of the Goshen CampusAuthorVisit

A very hectic week on the Goshen Campus, with progress reports underway, a parent/student coffee about our Downtown Campus, our fall play in its final stages of preparation, an author visiting our campus, the Middle School Halloween Dance on Friday night … not to mention all the goings-on in the classroom! So here are a few brief highlights before heading back to the grindstone!

Going back to last week, I was very impressed with our 7th and 8th graders who attended the talk given by Dr. Chris Thurstone on the dangers to adolescent brains associated with marijuana usage (and other substances). Not only were they attentive and polite, but when it came time for questions at the end, they really showed their mettle. After a slow start, they asked numerous questions of both depth and breadth. Dr. Thurstone was impressed, too, and it is another example of how astute and aware our students are of the larger world around them.

I also wanted to remind you that first-quarter progress reports will be available to you electronically beginning early next week. Look for an email with instructions on how to access them. The timing is deliberate, as we are also gearing up for parent-teacher conferences next Thursday and Friday. Please sign up right away if you haven’t already!

Lastly, I’d like to invite you to the St. Francis Drama project’s fall play, the classic English comedy The Importance of Being Earnest.  This staple of the theater world written by Oscar Wilde is a somewhat difficult choice for middle school kids, but as usual our young thespians are handling it with aplomb and are eager to perform. This classic comedy poking fun of society manners and mores opens next Friday, October 23rd with three additional performances on October 25th (2:00 p.m.), 27th & 28th (6:30 p.m.). Tickets will be available at the door. We hope to see you for this “capital” production!