#TeacherAppreciationWeek Photo Essay (and Thank You Card)

Teachers team up to seek greatness – victory (for kids) is the only option!

It is Teacher Appreciation Week. Let’s press pause on the kinetic bustle of their daily work with 520 energetic adolescents to enumerate all the things that teachers do – and all the ways they make our school, community and society a greater place for ALL.

Teachers are thinkers, dreamers, artists, creators, innovators. (Image courtesy Amy Burvall)

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Skyscapes Over Hall, Part III

Each year we like to share some of our favorite moments spent looking upwards to the ever-changing, fascinating and powerful phenomena of the sky. Our classroom is the world – terrestrial and airborne!

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Celebrating Diversity and Confronting Adversity with Brodie Kaster!


We were incredibly honored to have presenter Brodie Kaster join us on Monday, February 6 to lead 90-minute grade level gatherings. The themes he addressed including cultivating grit and perseverance to both accomplish our goals and to overcome adversity, while also developing deeper empathy for ourselves and others. The day was made even more special by Redwood High School’s Peer Resource students joining us as co-facilitators for the day.

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We Are One!


Students gathering around the Kindness Tree in late September.

School Culture Update – by Tenisha Tate, Assistant Principal

Our goal at Hall Middle School is to develop all students both academically and socially. We aim to foster the whole child. As such, we value the development of school culture equally with academic progress. Our approach to building school culture is robust and multi-layered, ranging from a school-wide focus on positive behavior supports to specialized interventions for smaller groups of students. Some examples of the aforementioned include regular student assemblies, student lead discussions/presentations to the entire student body during advisory, systematic implementation of our Cougar Code, including daily opportunities for students to be recognized for implementing the cougar code, student of the month and staff consistently responding if and when student concerns arise. This includes issuing consequences to students for participating in behaviors that counter our Cougar expectations.

Please ask your child about their experience with the following:

  • Caught Being Kind or Showing Respect (Aspects of the Cougar Code)
  • Advisory Talks
  • Student Clubs
  • Staff following up when students report concerns
  • No Bully System

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Kindness Is…

img_5711What is kindness? Kindness is a word on our Cougar Code poster – but, more importantly, kindness is an action, an attitude, a state of mind, a way of being. Kindness is something you can see, feel, hear, touch – and when someone shares with you something delicious to eat, it is something you can taste as well!

The theme of our first quarter of school is Kindness. Our amazing Leadership students accepted a challenge posed by administration and created this video in three days, which we debuted at Back To School Night last week:

Leadership students also decided to celebrate staff by going around with a coffee cart last week.

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We Step Up and Interrupt Acts of Hate!

Greetings Hall community,

Please view our message about how Hall Middle is responding to the racist graffiti found at neighboring Redwood High School yesterday morning.

All Advisory classes set aside normal activities today to discuss this matter. Please review and reflect on our Advisory discussion with your child at home. Continue reading

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Hall Middle Through the Eyes of Our New Teachers

 IMG_5293New Cougar energy radiates between Mt. Tamalpais (in the fog) and our very own “milpa” (cornfield)!
For our new teachers’ first day on campus we decided to take a walkabout and take pictures of things that inspired/interested us and things that prompted questions for further investigation.
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