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Middle School Survey Results: Email & Blog

February 16, 2021 | Abby Hall Choi

In January almost 40 (37 to be exact) of you took time to tell us your experience with our middle school blog posts and our Wednesday emails.  Thank you so much!

Here is a summary of what you shared with us. We are redesigning our team meetings to better communicate with you.  We hope that in the coming months the content we provide will be even more in-line with what you would like to learn about.

 

We see that almost all of you read the weekly email from the homeroom teacher. Here are some additional summary notes:

  • Overall, you want to know more about what students are working on and more about the curriculum.
  • More photos.
  • You like it where there is a personal touch from the teacher.
  • You suggest putting new information at the top of the email.
  • You like having important dates and events highlighted.
  • You suggested having defined sections. (maybe like the This Week)

Additionally, we heard you say that you like having links to further resources/further learning (like the political articles).

We saw that there is not much traction around the idea of receiving text updates instead of an email.

Here is what you shared about the middle school blog posts. 

  • 42% only read when the topic is of interest
  • 42% read always
  • 94% believe that it is just the right size!

Some notes on our blog content

  • Overwhelmingly you want more information about what students are doing in class and the curriculum.
    • So we are thinking about pictures! We want to share more about what’s happening and why. Sometimes to help support at home? What are we reading?
    • We heard you ask to see examples of student work.

Some of us want more info about math so that you can better help your middle schooler at home. 

You would also like more information about big projects and the process: More about exhibitions

We also heard you say that you want to know how social-emotional needs are being met, building community, conflict resolution (particularly during this time)

Here are some additional facets of the program you would like to read about:

  • Spotlight on extracurriculars 
  • Spotlight on the teachers–get to know them better
  • How can parents support schoolwork at home, expand upon the learning 
  • Worship topics and essential questions, how is faith being integrated into the classroom 
  • Social justice and DEI 

Thank you so much!  Thank you! We will get to work on your recommendations.

Abby

Abby Hall Choi

Head of School

Abby Hall Choi has a Masters in Social Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a BA in Psychology and Elementary Education from Covenant College. She is also completing a Certificate in School Management & Leadership from Harvard University. As she helped lead Mustard Seed School’s NJAIS accreditation efforts and our most recent strategic plan development, she has gotten to apply and grow her learning. 

Ms. Hall Choi has worked as a fifth-grade teacher and a multi-grade fourth-fifth grade teacher. She has held several administrative roles including Middle School Director, Director of School Initiatives and Improvement, and Assistant Middle School Director.

She likes thinking about how people work together. She enjoys leading work and conversations that enable our community to thrive because we work through complex problems together.

Ms. Hall Choi values caring for the whole person. She believes it’s most important that everyone knows they are a child of God and loved all the time, no matter what. 

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