I am proud to be a Bengal.

Yes, faculty, parents, students, and staff … we are all part of this community that we call Bengal Nation and all hold a stake in making it great and singing its praises.  I don’t know that I can list all of the reasons that being a Bengal makes me ferklempt (Yiddish, for being overcome with emotion), but in the last few weeks alone, I was proud of our students and how they came together as a community to show their spirit and raise money for Bengal Games.  I watched a number of young high school students donate blood at the first opportunity their age would allow.  We had students fight hard on the field in the Face-Off Against ALS Challenge against Page, and our drama students put on yet another remarkable show.  I am sure you can add to this list of accolades and boasts.

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School News

MS Director Letter: April 14
Posted 04/14/2017 10:00AM

Good Day Middle School Parents,

I have recently started reading the book UnSelfie, Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, by Michele Borba, Ed.D. I’m finding it to be an interesting and thought provoking read. In a section entitled The Rise of the Selfie Syndrome and the Fall of Empathy, they speak about the dip in empathy among today’s youth. They see selfies as representing a me-centered culture and contributing to the self-admiration craze. They say that teens are at 40% lower empathy levels than three decades ago, with a marked increase in narcissism levels. While I am not sure what survey was conducted to determine these figures, I thought you might enjoy the read and take the opportunity to discuss it with family and friends.

 “The world is never saved by grand gestures, but by the accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion every day.” Chris Abani

Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 22, Bengal Dash: Please sign up to run at greensboroday.org/bengaldash.

For the Gardener in You

Are you looking for a summer project with the kids?  A service endeavor? A way to grow your own food?

Annual beds are available this spring and summer for use by the GDS community. Please contact Mrs. Marshall or GDS parent, Dana Davis, if you would be interested in your own growing space in the Andreve Teaching Garden on the south side of the Bell Family Middle School.  The garden is stocked with tools, availability to water, good soil, full sun and endless learning opportunities. Please contact Clarissa Marshall for more information. 

Did you know?

After two weeks of trial and error, our 5th grade engineers have completed their Mousetrap Race Cars. I love watching as they go through the many iterations. Their attitude remained positive as they tried, assessed, retried, and reassessed. I’m anxious to see how this translates into other forms of assessments. How can we keep the positive attitudes as they assess and reassess?  Please ask your 5th graders about their car and the process.

Barry L. Davis
Middle School Director 

  • April 29, 2017
    • All School Art Show
    April 30, 2017
    • All School Art Show
  • May 1, 2017
    • All School Art Show
    • Senior Projects Begin (through May 26)
    May 2, 2017
    • 8th Grade Trip to DC

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