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Bulldog Beat, May 1, 2017

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May 1, 2017

Greetings Middle School Families,

Upcoming Middle School Events
There are a number of year-end culminating events that we would like to bring to your attention.

Friday, May 5: Middle School Sports Celebration. Athletes and their families from all of our sports teams are invited to come celebrate all of the hard work and effort that has gone into this season. Please RSVP to Molly Whittaker ( to let us know how many family members will be attending. The start time is 5:00 p.m. in Founders' Hall.

Tuesday, May 9: State of the School. Come to Founders’ Hall at 6:00 p.m. to hear the latest update on the progress of the school. Head of School Molly Huffman and Board Chair Cheryl Porro will be the main presenters, and there will also be a Q & A session at the end.

Thursday, May 11: Middle School Art and Music Spring Spectacular. All of our middle school students will put on a performance in Founders' Hall to showcase the work they've done in music this year. The students have been working hard to increase their knowledge and understanding of music theory and create their own pieces of music and movement. There will also be several pieces of visual art on display throughout the 601 campus. Come early or stay late, but definitely come out to enjoy this evening of the arts! 

Friday, May 26: Final Middle School Dance. This will be the current fifth grade class’s first dance! The event begins at 6:00 p.m. in Founders' Hall; the entrance fee is $5, but students can pre-pay if they do not want to carry any money with them that evening. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The dance will end at 8:00 p.m. for grades 5-7, allowing the final hour of the dance to be exclusively for the eighth-grade class. This dance is for CDS students only; please do not bring any outside guests.

Friday, June 2: Graduation. This year's graduation ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the yard of our 333 Dolores campus. All students in grades 5-7 should either arrange to be picked up at 3:30 p.m. in the white zone on Dolores Street or (if they have self-sign out) make sure that their pickup location is at least two blocks away from 16th and Dolores Streets. Eighth graders and their families will stay for a reception following the ceremony.

Dress Code
At a recent faculty meeting, we revisited our dress code to ensure equity, as it has been criticized for being biased against girls’ clothing. As a result of that discussion, we would like to present our new dress code.

  • Students must be adequately covered
  • No inappropriate (ie. violent, sexual, drug-related, etc.) images
  • Properly dressed for Physical Education and all necessary movement
  • Clothing can not disrupt learning

Please have a conversation with your children about these changes. We recognize that much of the fashion geared towards girls can be a challenge, but we hope that through our mutual conversations about this topic we can help keep our community focused on everyone’s learning.

Middle School Stress Survey Results
We would like to thank the 85% of middle school students and 60% of middle school households who completed our recent Middle School Student Stress Survey. The survey showed an average middle school student stress level of 5.0 on a 10-point scale, but stress levels varied widely by child and by grade. When asked to rank the most significant causes of middle school stress, both parents and students ranked "too much homework" and "lack of sleep" among the top three sources. Parents and students would like to see CDS better coordinate assignments, tests, and projects between teachers, and both groups also emphasize the need for parents to provide emotional support for their children and ensure they get sufficient sleep. For a complete summary of the survey results, click here.

Rethinking Down Time
In light of the stress survey above and the approaching conclusion of the school year, it is more important than ever for students to have true down time to help their minds rest to ready themselves for the upcoming weeks. In a recent article, Olivia Goldhill wrote about the advantages of "wasting time" and how, if done properly, it can really become "time well spent." In a world of constant connectivity, our students need opportunities to completely rest from the academic and social pressures that school places upon them. As parents, guardians, and teachers, let's help model and protect our kids' true down time.

Important Upcoming Dates
May 3                 5th Grade field trip to Ocean Beach
May 4                 5th Grade FAS trip to Growing Up Farms 8:45-10:00 a.m.
May 5                 Dia de Español
May 5                 Special MS Assembly with Asian American Activist Peter Kang
May 5                 MS Sports Celebration 5:00-6:30 p.m.
May 6                 Country Fair
May 9                 State of the School 6:00 p.m.
May 10               6th Grade field trip to Angel Island
May 11               MS Art and Music Spring Spectacular
May 16               SMART event at 601
May 18               ½ 6th Grade FAS trip to Stanford
May 23              MS Orientation for rising 5th grade and new to CDS families
May 26              Step Up Day Assembly @333
May 26              Final MS Dance
May 29              Memorial Day (no school)
June 2               Passing the Torch Assembly @333
June 2               Graduation 1:30-3:30 p.m.


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