5th Grade

Matteo Tozzi's teachers describe him as a steady student, always willing to help peers in the classroom when a concept comes more easily to him. Matteo consistently sets a positive example for his peers and is an excellent model of the WATCH principles both in advisory and in classes.

Astrid Hildell is a great student in so many ways. She has a positive attitude, helpful to teachers and peers, and she influences others in a positive way. Astrid is kind and engaged at all times.

6th grade

Gray Holland is encouraging, patient, and helpful to his classmates. He has a great attitude and he is always positive!

Sarah Grace Champagne is courteous, friendly, responsible, and leads by a great example, as a student and as a person. She is excited to learn and grow!

7th

DeeDee Lucas is always prepared for class, willing to help her classmates, and enthusiastic about learning. She shows leadership potential in both advisory and her classes. Dee Dee consistently helps her peers in class and has a positive attitude every day!

Ethan Lehrman is kind, polite, patient, and mature. He chooses his words carefully. He puts forth his best efforts in class. He is excellent in class, well behaved, always contributing constructively to the class discussions, and serves as a positive example to his peers.

8th grade

Sarah Allen is the first student to offer to help a classmate. She has impeccable manners and is always "all in" with everything she does.

Miriam Woodhull is cited by her teachers as prepared, participatory, and a leader in the classroom. Miriam was also observed stepping in to help a student who was having a conflict with another student. She is a leader in all the right ways.



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This week we celebrate our first annual WATCH week. WATCH week honors our School's founding touchstones of WATCH (Words, Actions, Thoughts, Character, and Habits) and the many ways that this informs our mission and vision today.

Our programming for the week includes:


Monday-Friday - advisory quotes/videos/discussion questions; student signing of the WATCH pledge.

Wednesday - Life 101: The Matsiko Orphan Choir will perform for our Middle School students. This choir was created with children from Peru, Liberia and India, who share their lives and culture through song and dance, and connect their hearts with audiences across the United States.
Chapel and Jewish Life- themed around the concept of WATCH

Thursday - Study Hall mini courses - 6th grade - lesson on Empathy, 7th and 8th grade - how we develop our core beliefs and values in a way that's inclusive.

Additionally,we'd like to share some discussion questions and suggested readings you may use at home to prompt conversations about cultivating empathy! You may use these questions to engage your middle school student in discussions to promote positive behavior and kind treatment of all.

1. Name some actions that show you're being sensitive to people's feelings.
2. How does it make you feel when people show they understand what you're going through? How does it feel to help someone by showing compassion?
3. Why is it important for people to empathize with others?
4. What images of empathy do you see around you on TV and in the movies?
5. What does this saying mean? "Don't criticize someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes."

Here are some novels you may want to read with your middle school student:


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8th Grade:

Catherine is described as "confident in the ways that count." Catherine asks questions as needed and is a leader in class discussions. Catherine's confidence and leadership are particularly exceptional since she is starting out at a new school.

Katey is described as 100% invested and all in- participatory on a regular basis. Katey is engaged, delightful, and a hard worker. When a student sitting alone at lunch wouldn't accept an invitation to join Katey's table, Katey mobilized her entire table to go sit with that student.

7th Grade:

Rowan is always willing to help any student, whether in the classroom or in the hallways. Rowan smiles, is friendly to all, and frequently helps straighten up the cafeteria at lunch dismissal.

Ellen's teachers cited her consistent display of the "little" things that actually aren't little. She enters the classroom politely. She is kind and helpful to both peers and her teachers. Ellen makes sure she regularly recycles items that are recyclable. She is always willing to push in chairs and is a positive example for her peers.

6th Grade:

Kyle has been cited by his teachers as helpful, both to peers and teachers. He is positive and participatory in all he does.

Sawyer is noted as mature and helpful to teachers and peers. She has a good self-concept and is always prepared.

5th Grade:

Matt is very welcoming and made sure a student new to Porter-Gaud found his way. It is hard to come to a new school, so Matt's efforts to make this student feel at home are appreciated.

Ella Grace is always helpful to her peers. She took time out to help a student who struggled with a binder mess in the hallway. She also extended forgiveness and kindness to a student who made a mistake.

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