MD News: 12.5.19

Middle Division Events

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Head of Middle Division

Lisa Strauch

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Dear Parents,

I hope you enjoyed a restful Thanksgiving break! Thank you for keeping the movie a secret! It was so fun to see the looks on their faces when Mr. Jebson called off school and told them they were going to the movie! They were so well behaved and grateful!

Since Thanksgiving is so late, I feel like Christmas is around the corner! That means the Grade 5 Invention Convention, Grades 7-8 Holiday Dance, and exams are coming up soon!

Monday, December 9th- Grade 5 Invention Convention
2:15-3:15 PM, Marx Gym. Parents are invited to attend. Please use the Crosstown Parking lot.

Friday, December 13th- Grades 7-8 Holiday Dance
7:00- 9:00 PM, Marx Gym
This is a dressy dance. Please see the dress code below.

First Semester Exam Schedule

Wednesday, December 18th
7:55-8:10 AM: Chapel
8:15-9:45 AM: English Exam (Grades 5-6 use the first 15 minutes for study)
9:45 -10 AM: Snack
10-11:30 AM: Latin Exam (Grades 5-6 use the first 15 minutes for study)
11:30-12 PM: Dismissal (ASP runs until 6:00 p.m.)

Thursday, December 19th
7:55-8:10 AM: Chapel
8:15-9:45 AM: Science Exam (Grades 5-6 use the first 15 minutes for study)
9:45-10 AM: Snack
10:00-11:30 AM Social Studies Exam (Grades 5-6 use the first 15 minutes for study)
11:30-12 PM Dismissal (ASP runs until 6:00 p.m.)

Friday, December 20th
7:55-8:10 AM: Chapel
8:15-9:45 AM: Math Exam (Grades 5-6 use the first 15 minutes for study)
9:45-10 AM: Snack
10-10:20 AM: Locker Cleanup
10:20-11:20 AM: Faculty vs. Basketball/Volleybvall Games
11:30-12 PM Dismissal (No ASP)


Has your middle-schooler always had a dream to be one of Santa’s elves? Do they think that Christmas should be celebrated all year long? Then auditioning for the Middle Division’s Spring Musical might be just what Santa has on your child’s “nice” list!

There will be a mandatory parent and student meeting on Friday, December 6th at 3:30 PM in the Middle Division Chapel, for any Middle Division students in Grades 5-8 who are interested in auditioning for our Spring Musical production of “Elf the Musical, Jr.”. Based on the popular film starring Will Ferrell, “Elf the Musical, Jr.” tells the story of Buddy the Elf and his mission to find his family in NYC.

This meeting will go over the audition process, the tentative rehearsal schedule and expectations for participating as a cast member of the show. Show dates are Thursday, March 5th, at 7PM, and Friday, March 6th, at 7 PM, and students must be able to attend both performances in order to audition. We hope to see you there!

Mrs. Curley and Mr. Fisher
Director/Assistant Director

Dear Parents:

The Holiday Dance for Grades 7 and 8 will be held on Friday, December 13th from 7-9 PM. This is a dressy event, so please note the dress code below.

Dance Dress Code
Boys: Button-down dress shirt, tie, pressed pants and nice shoes.
Girls: Holiday or chic/classy dress (straps must be 2 fingers wide or more), dress flats or wedges (No Heels!)


*National Junior Honor Society Requirements

All Grade 7 and 8 students who are interested in applying for the St. John’s Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society in March must have a minimum of a 3.4 GPA for semester one of 2019, excellent citizenship, and earn 20 service hours. St. John’s offers opportunities to earn service hours on Service Day in January. Please keep in mind students earn the remaining hours outside of school. Please use the NJHS Service Hour Log to log service hours.

The application process for Hillsborough County IB schools opened on Thursday, October 25, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. The application process closes on December 31, 2019. Attached you will find links for the application and the steps to apply.

Steps to Apply (Select High School)

Important! If your student plans on attending Plant High School in the fall, starting November 4, 2019, you must drop by the guidance office and provide proof of residency. After providing proof of residency, you may call to set up an appointment to complete your child’s schedule on January 6, 2020. (All appointments will be scheduled for January 6th.) Contact Kathleen Craig at 813-272-3033 ext. 225.

Panther Preview will be held on January 27, 2019. Please check the Plant website for updates and registration.

Campus tours for private school students and parents will be held in the last week of January. For more information, please view Plant High School Tour Information.

The Plant High School Curriculum Guide is available at