Letter to the Community
Monday, January 25, 2010 11:30 PM

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Dear Families:

Last weekend, our S.T.E.M. Club (GISE and GEMS) teams, competed against other MPS schools at Anwatin Middle School and won the competition on six categories. As part of S.T.E.M. Club, the students design and build Lego robotics and create the computer program to run the robot. They also research an area of interest and design possible solutions. One of our students chose as his area of interest the difficulty and safety issues of the traffic patterns around Upper Campus with parent drop-off and pick-up of students. His plan so impressed the judges that they recommended he take it to the city. It was an exciting day for students and adults alike. LHCS Vice Principal Jay Alexander was there and said it was captivating to see the things the students had done. Congratulations to our S.T.E.M. Club teams and their coaches, Gino Marchetti and Jeff Tousignant, who have worked hard with our student teams outside of the school day. Next year, we plan to expand the number of student teams.

We have had painters at the UC since mid-January. They finished the main office and are now painting the hallways. The repaired surfaces and fresh paint look great. It is very important that we do not put tape on the walls. If you need to post items, please come to the office and we will help find space on the cork strips, bulletin boards or on glass surfaces.

Middle-grade students enjoyed an end-of-semester dance. The Upper Campus Winter Activity Day was also a huge success. A special vocal concert to celebrate National African American Parent Involvement Day is planned for Feb. 8 at the Lower Campus.

One last word on the continuing safety issues for our students with parent pick-up: We have had two car accidents in the Vincent and 49th St. area. And at the 49th and Vincent corner heading toward 49th and Upton, some drivers have been ignoring the patrol flags and coming through as children are crossing! Please be overly cautious for the children’s sake and model good driving habits.

Sincerely,

Mary Rynchek, Principal