Why I Teach Middle School by Lisa Meyer, Middle school teacher
When I tell people that I teach Middle School, people often respond with WHY? This question often baffles me as I can’t imagine a better age to teach, especially Hope’s middle school students. The students we have at Hope are fun, inquisitive, kind and helpful. Yes, they can have what I call their “non-frontal lobe moments”, but I see these moments as an amazing opportunity to help them become better students and overall people.
A perfect example of the joy of working with middle school students happened this past week on the 8th graders annual trip to tour our state capital in Olympia. This is an all-day field trip where we learn the history of our capital, learn how bills are passed and even get to participate in a mock trial at the state Supreme Court level. Hope students represented themselves and our school well. They asked high level questions, showed respect to the public and made it fun to participate in our tour.
The middle school students also had an opportunity to show leadership with our younger students by sharing their children literature stories that they wrote and illustrated. Nothing warms my heart more than seeing such a diverse age work together and to shine while doing so. If you see our students in the hallway or on the playground with our younger students, you will find many opportunities to see their kind and helpful hearts.
The questions that this group of students asks are life questions: questions of why, how and who. They are able to take their inquiring minds and for the most part implement it into their daily decisions, social situations and Christian attributes. The answer to “WHY I teach Middle School” is simple, “because I absolutely LOVE them!”
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Wed. 2/14: Spirit Day – Blue & Gold / 8:40 AM Chapel led by Pastor Peter – Ash Wednesday / 11:00 AM PEP Assembly at Seattle Lutheran Gym / Noon Dismiss
Feb. 15 & 16 – No School – LEST/Mid-Winter Break / ESC “XTRA” & Regular Open
LEST Update: Please check the website under “events” for the latest LEST schedules.
Feb. 19 & 20 – No School & ESC Closed – Mid-Winter Break – School Office Closed
LEST PEP Assembly Tomorrow @ 11:00 AM – Noon Dismiss
Wednesday, Feb 14 is Blue and Gold Day, a day to wear our school colors and show your school pride! Hair and face painting is OK this day. Join us for our PEP assembly, held in the Seattle Lutheran gym at 11:00 AM, where we send off our LEST participants and our Hope cheerleaders will perform. Go Eagles! Please remember that we are dismissed at noon this day.
LEST Participants – Photos Needed
If your student is an LEST participant and you take photos at the events, the Yearbook elective would appreciate if you could share those photos with them to possibly be used in the Yearbook for the year. Download them to a flash drive or Dropbox them to Sally Heit or Leah Evjen-Bryan. Thank you!
Library Book Reminder
Have a student in kindergarten thru 3rd grade that loves library day?? Don t forget to return those library books!!! Currently, there are a lot of books that have been checked out for longer than a month and we would love to see them returned. This is a perfect time to search bedrooms, shelves, cars, and backpacks. Reminder slips will be sent home in March.
We have the following opportunities: Hopecoming Auction Planning help- still lots to do, Midwinter Dance, Co-Lead a Parents Night Out/Movie Night. Also, your PTH Board is anticipating vacancies for the following positions for the 2018/2019 school year: President, Member-at-Large.
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Auction News & Opportunities – Click Here – Next Meeting Feb. 26 @ 6:00 PM
On April 21, 2018, at Hopecoming, we are looking to raise big money for our playground. You can help ensure our kids reap the benefit of our fundraising by donating to this event. Specifically, we are in need of donations of beer, wine and spirits to serve at the event. We are also looking for volunteers to help with logistics. Visit the sign up genius at
Thank you for volunteering to help plan this highly anticipated FUNdraiser. When: Saturday, April 21 Time: 6:00 PM to ???.
Our next planning meeting is on February 26 at 6pm in the Hope commons. Be sure to join the PTH Facebook group to keep up to date on news and announcements!
Save the Date! – Spaghetti Dinner and Art Show March 9th
Join us for the 2nd annual home cooked spaghetti dinner and art show in the Hope Fellowship Hall benefiting students attending the East Coast bi-annual trip. Eat a scrumptious dinner of homemade sauce and pasta (gluten free option available) and bread served by the students, and treat yourself to dessert and a fabulous art show in the Commons! Two seatings available, 5:30 and 7:00 PM; RSVP to Sally Heit @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost: Free will donation.
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Ash Wednesday, February 14, Begins Our Mid-Week Lenten Services At 7:00 P.M.
We will gather for a short worship experience featuring some of the best of our traditional and contemporary worship hymns and songs, special elements, and inspiring messages to take us deeper into Jesus’ amazing love. Communion will be served on Ash Wednesday as we enter the Season of Lent.
Soup Supper – Come to the Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning this week on February 14, for an informal meal of a variety of soups, green salad, and bread. It’s a wonderful way to connect! Our first Host Group will be the Board of Elders.
Alpha Begins! – This Sunday, February 18, At 5:00 P.M.
Food, Talk, Discuss! Meet in the Commons. Alpha is designed for both Christians and those who know nothing about faith or Christianity. Join the group that is already signed up. Everybody is welcome. Visit the Alpha Table in the Commons. Leaders are John and Marci Reschar, email@example.com.