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Posted Date: 09/07/2022

September 2, 2022


“In a world where you can be anything, be kind”

Jennifer Dukes Lee, author

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope the summer was refreshing and invigorating for all our Middlebrook families. It has been wonderful to experience the energy and excitement once again as students filled our hallways and classrooms.  Our staff was thrilled to meet our new students and to welcome back our returning students. It is a pure joy to actually see the smiling faces of your precious children and inspiring to hear about their summer adventures and their goals for the new year.  While we recognize COVID restrictions are significantly different now, we continue to encourage our Middlebrook community to follow safe and healthy practices to continue our culture of care.  Our ongoing commitment to create a safe and supportive environment for students is paramount to students' success as they navigate the challenging and rigorous curriculum of Middlebrook School.  

This week’s topics:

  • SBA Results

  • Parent Coffee Series

  • Parent Open House Dates

  • MAP testing - September 7 - September 12, 2022

  • Please Join the PTA

  • Best Thing I Saw This Week

2021-2022 SBA Results

This past school year Middlebrook students performed exceptionally well on the State of Connecticut Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA). We are very proud of these impressive results. Congratulations students and staff. Job well done!


(DRG = Demographic Reference Group.   DRG A comprises Darien, New Canaan, Ridgefield, Westport, District 9, Easton, Redding, Weston, and Wilton)


6th Grade ELA

80% at Goal

1st in DRG A

6th Grade Math

81.2% at Goal

1st in DRG A

7th Grade ELA

81.8% at Goal

2nd in DRG A

7th Grade Math

80.1% at Goal

2nd in DRG A

8th Grade ELA

82.6% at Goal

2nd in DRG A

8th Grade Math

75.5% at Goal

2nd in DRG A

Parent Coffee Series

We plan to once again host our parent coffee discussions/presentations.  In our continued Home-School partnership, we welcome your input on topics you would be interested in or would like to discuss.  Please take a moment to fill out this one question survey to suggest topics for the meetings.  The survey will remain open through September 9, 2022. Once we create the calendar of events, we will share the topics, dates, and times in a future Friday letter.


Parent Open House Dates  

(Invitations and schedules will be included in my Friday, September 16, 2022 letter)


Grade 6 September 20, 2022 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Grade 7 September 27, 2022 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Grade 8 September 28, 2022 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.


MAP Testing - 9/7-9/12/22

All students will participate in MAP testing next week. Students will take the Reading test on Wednesday, 9/7 and the Math test on Friday. 9/9/22.  9/8 and 9/12 will be reserved for students to complete or make up testing. On testing days (9/7 and 9/9) we will run special schedules.  Students will still go to both of their STRIDE periods, but the rest of the day will be reserved for team activities.  As an added bonus, we will have our first “No Homework Night” on September 7.  The best preparation for MAP testing is for students to get a good night’s sleep and to eat a healthy breakfast.  


The PTA Welcomes You!

The PTA welcomes all families to join us at our events and meetings, as volunteers, and in our communications to support our Middlebrook community. Learn more about the PTA at   Do you plan to join the PTA as a member?  If you do - thank you!  Membership for the 2022-23 school year will open soon, please contact the MB PTA Vice President, Carolyn Lyon with questions. 


Best Thing I Saw This Week



The lifeblood of Middlebrook returned this week!



As always, we at The Brook continue to be thankful for the continued support of our families.  

Stay safe and have a fantastic week!


All the best, always and all ways, 


Jory Higgins