Copious amounts of sugar disguised as doughnuts and juice/chocolate milk were consumed during morning Advising, and given that the boys are dressed in coats-and-ties, it must be Friday. These seventh graders pause briefly from their ravenous pursuit of the ever-elusive diabetic coma before having to expose their Assignment Books for homework verification with their Advisor.
Hewes Scull (7) descended the glucose rush and offered a thorough accounting for the current week's activity with an eye on expectations for next week. Daily, he should record his grades as returned to him within the proper section of his official Assignment Book. This way, Hewes and his parents can have an immediate monitoring of results as they wish to see them. Hewes will be reminded of his progress with a sure eye of what each official grade report will bring so there should be no surprises.
Faculty should upload their assignments for the next week by each Thursday afternoon in order for the boys to arrive in Friday's Advising session with a specific plan for fulling next week's expectations. That's our goal: plan, plan, plan. By doing so, the boys will gradually improve their personal understanding of what efficiency and priorities mean in order to support their complex, highly scheduled lives.
The Community Creed directs them toward the high ideals both MUS and life expects of them. The Assignment Book disciplines aim to support each boy's ability to fulfill the Creed. Maturity does not happen in a vacuum. Schoolwork, planning it and doing it, is manual labor.
Both Parents and Advisors can guide, but our middle school boys should be responsible for the majority of the effort required for thinking through what it takes to plan and to demonstrate the sustained mental and physical effort needed in order to follow up on successfully completing that plan.
Of course, once the bell rings at 3:15 p.m., the extra-curricular responsibilities confront them, and since everything required is recorded in their ABs, everything should be plainly laid out before them: practice and game times/locations, carpools, food arrangements, all the stuff that goes into supporting the individual on the team.
It's a lot to ask of these young boys, and they can do it. They must learn how to think through these kinds of daily life responsibilities. They'll be happier eventually for doing all of this now as 12-13-14-year-olds, and both school and home should be calmer for them as a result of their mindfulness.