Middle School Updates

Monday, October 10 is a Teacher workday - no school!
Social Media Reminders: We have seen an increase in peer conflict related to social media use outside of school. This includes posting on platforms like Instagram or TikTok and engaging in group video calls with other students. We encourage families to monitor your student’s social media use and discuss the impact social media can have on their life both in and outside of school. 


Personal Technology Use: With the exception of personal Chromebooks, all other personal electronics—cell phones, gaming systems, tablets–should be off and away throughout the day. This includes Advisory, lunch, and flex time. Please encourage your student to leave these items in the bag or at home to minimize distractions to the learning environment. If any of these items have to be taken by a staff member, they will be held until the end of the school day. Thank you in advance for your help with this.


Judges Needed: Hispanic Heritage Month: Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15). Each middle school Advisory has been assigned a country to research and honor. Classes are competing to design creative (and informative!) displays showcasing their country.  We are looking for volunteer judges to help score the displays on October 12th and 13th.  Sign up using the link  bit.ly/LabMSvolunteer


Quest Support: Do you, a colleague, or an associate have a particular skill, hobby, interest, or expertise you’re willing to share with our students? We are always looking for partners to support our Quest classes and YOU could be who we need most! Please share this form in your network and fill out your interests so we can tap into our community more deeply!

Student Clubs: Middle school has opened applications for after school clubs! All student groups require a staff advisor and at least 8 students. If your student is passionate about starting a club at Lab, please encourage them to submit a club application by the 10/29 deadline. Students can see Ms. Parker for more information.


Therapy Dogs: Get excited for Therapy Dog Thursdays! Starting in October, Lab will be offering 15min time windows for Middle and Upper School students to decompress with the help of a therapy dog. Please fill out this permission form HERE for your child to participate.






Absences: If your student needs to miss school for any reason, please contact our Campus Operations Manager, Lauri Clinch, at [email protected] to report the absence. 


Late Pick Up: Any family arriving after 4:00pm to pick up their student is considered late.  Starting Monday, September 26th you will be asked to sign your child out and we will begin tracking the number of times a student is picked up late.  If you are unable to pick up your child by 4:00 pm, we encourage you to consider after school options. 


School Photos: St. John Photography will be taking school yearbook photos at the MS/US on 11/7 & 11/8. Lab will provide Middle School/Upper School guardian 1 email addresses to St. John’s in order to facilitate the digital photo selection process. If you DO NOT want your student to participate, please complete this OPT-OUT form by 10/7/22.


Volunteer! New this year: Each campus has a dedicated sign-up genius with volunteer opportunities; easy to bookmark for quick reference.


Uniform Reminders: Please review the uniform guidelines for middle school to ensure that your student is looking their best on Monday! If they are out of dress code, we may ask them to change or contact home to provide appropriate school attire. If you need support with school uniforms, please reach out to our Family Advocate, Mr. Buggs, [email protected]


Parent Communication:  We have shifted toward This Month In communication for families.  This document comes out at the start of each month and will provide an overview of what’s happening in grade level core classes. If you would like additional information about Elective or World Language classes, please reach out to your student’s teacher.


Gender Support Plan: If your student has a name or pronoun that does not align with school paperwork, or a dead name or pronoun, please connect with the school counselor, Ms. Lese [email protected] to create a Gender Support Plan for your child. The purpose of a gender support plan is to ensure all staff are on the same page and to promote an inclusive educational experience.


Early Dismissal Instructions:

If you have a planned early dismissal:

-Parent/guardian fills out the Early Dismissal Form click here before the student arrives at school.

The student then:

-Picks up an Early Dismissal Orange Pass at the front office when they arrive at school

-Presents the pass to their teacher at the time they need to leave

-Walks to the office (with the pass) to sign out, and meets their ride outside

- All early dismissals end at 2:30 pm