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Middle School Director Update: October 2, 2022

Kristen Tuma

This week, Middle School Counselor Katelyn Williams shared advice on ways to navigate the routine question of “How was your day?” with your children.

Katelyn interviewed middle school students about this issue, and they had the following to say:

  • Avoid broad questions such as “How was your day?” or “What did you do in school today?” 
  • Stay away from anxiety-inducing questions such as “How did you do on that test?” or “What are your grades looking like?” 
  • Instead, ask questions such as “What would you like to talk about instead?” “Do you want some food?” or “What was something funny that happened today?”

Your children would like you to know that they appreciate you trying to connect with them even if they don’t always feel chatty at the end of the day.

Be on the lookout for more Pawsitive Parenting Tips from the Counseling Department posted on the GDS Instagram account. 

Speaking of Katelyn Williams, I would like to share some exciting news. Katelyn and her husband are expecting their first child in March. Ms. Glosky (Associate Head of School for People and Program), Ms. Gwinnett (Counseling Department Chair), and I have started a search for a maternity leave sub (early March through the end of the year). Once this person is finalized, we will work closely with them to ensure a smooth transition.

Head of School Tracie Catlett met with middle school students this week to share some of the details about our new Campus Master Plan. Students are very excited about these big plans for our campus!

BengalFest is this Friday!

BengalFest: Fall Fun for the Whole Family

We hope you will join us on this Friday, October 7, from 3:30–7 p.m. for BengalFest. This is going to be a great time with fun for the whole family! Click here for more details.

NC A&T Drumline

Speaking of fun, this upcoming Tuesday, our middle school students will have the opportunity to enjoy music by North Carolina A&T’s Cold Steel Drumline. Be sure to ask your child about this exciting performance!

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

For Hispanic Heritage Month, the Upper and Middle School will welcome local food truck owners to campus. These small business owners will talk with students about their journey to food truck ownership as well as the cultural significance of the food they make. Middle school students will also have the opportunity to purchase small food samples from these vendors. Click here to learn more about this event.

Bengal Cafe and Bookstore Balance

This is a gentle reminder to check your child’s spending habits in the Bengal Bookstore and Bengal Cafe. This information is located in the Resources section of myGDS. The tab titled “Bengal Bookstore and Balance” will give you a breakdown of spending. Fifth through seventh grade students are only permitted to purchase from the Bengal Bookstore before/after school or once a month with their advisor.

Parent Meetings with Division Directors

Thanks to those who came to our first meeting this week. We discussed the characteristics of solid graduates, and we had a great time getting to know you! As a reminder, these meetings are held in the Bengal Cafe, and all four division directors provide you with a brief overview of the topic listed (about 15 minutes or so) and then break into smaller division-based groups for some connection and Q&A. Dates and topics are listed below. 

October 21 8:30–9:30 a.m. How Students Learn
November 29 6–7 p.m. The Neuroscience of Gratitude
January 13 8:30-9:30 a.m. Public Purpose

Coming Up

  • National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15–October 15
  • NC A&T Drumline: October 4 
  • Yom Kippur begins in the evening of October 4 and ends in the evening of October 5.
  • School closed: October 5
  • Bengal Fest: October 7, 3:30–7 p.m. This family-friendly fall festival is good fun for the whole family.

As Hurricane Ian has impacted so many this week, I hope that your extended families and communities have remained safe.

Warm regards, 

Kristen Tuma
Middle School Director