Middle School Fall Update

Oct 22nd, 2014

The first two months I have been here have been fantastic. I want to thank you for all of your support as I have transitioned in my position. It’s exciting to be part of a community that is so passionate about the education their children are receiving. I am excited to begin sending out a regular email to you about Middle School specific topics. My hope is that this will provide you information that will make your day-to-day life a bit more simplistic. I hope you find it helpful and informative.

High School Visits

On Monday, October 20, 8th grade students heard presentations from Holy Angels, De La Salle, Visitation, St. Thomas Academy, and Benilde-St. Margaret. The school’s shared information about their program, allowed Q & A from students, and encouraged the Annunciation students to visit the campus. You are encouraged to attend the high school open houses to get more information on their schools. Information on public school open houses was given to students as well.

Courage Retreat

On Wednesday, October 22, 7th graders will participate in a Courage Retreat that will be presented by Youth Frontiers. We have 8 Holy Angels Students who are former Annunciation students coming to assist with this retreat.


On Friday October 24, Middle School students will participate in a Color Run. This is an exciting event and a first for Annunciation. All Middle School students will participate in this event that will be from 1:15-2:15.

The Color Run is APO’s major fundraiser for the year. APO sponsors mini-grants for teachers and staff, provides classroom supplies for teachers each year, hosts parent information night, and supplements special projects. Thank you to those who have participated in this. A few items to consider:

  • The Color Run will be from 1:15-2:15. All are welcome to attend. We will be running at the Whiffle Ball Field.
  • Students are not in uniform that day. They are encouraged to wear white. White will show the colors the best.
  • Students will have colored corn starch thrown during the run. They will be messy. Please plan accordingly for this. (I.E. the car ride home)
  • All students will participate, regardless of pledge amounts.
  • We have set two goals for the students. 100% participation will result in the “Assistant Principal- Mr. Degel - Duct taped to the wall” . Participation is defined as setting up an account.
  • The codes for each grade are:
    6th grade - 7841-0656
    7th grade - 1712-8984
    8th grade - 1468-5058


This year, with conferences on October 29-30, and no school on Halloween, we will not have a Halloween Parade or Dance. In lieu of the Halloween Dance, Middle School Student Council will be sponsoring a dance at the end of Trimester One around Thanksgiving time. We will also have theme dress on Thursday, October 30. Students may wear orange and black that day.

Look for more details for this dance with a specific date and time.

Conferences will be held on October 29 from 4-8 PM and October 30 from 2-8 PM

Thursday, October 30 is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 1:00 PM. If you need extended care, please contact Jeff Wisdom in the Extended Day office.

Conferences are scheduled for 5 minutes per teacher in the auditorium. If you have more to discuss after the 5 minutes, please make arrangements to meet with that teacher at a later time.

I look forward to seeing you at conferences, please feel free to stop by and talk with me. My door is always open and I encourage you to reach out with any concerns or questions.


It’s not too early to start thinking about Carnaval. After last year, the teachers and staff looked at ways to continue this great tradition and also expand the learning opportunities for the students.

In looking at the best ways to capitalize on this experience for students and teachers, Middle School is excited to work together on one country for this event. By focusing together on Cuba, the middle school students will be able to go deeper into an understanding this country’s culture, providing an expanded learning for all.

Teachers will be able to combine resources effectively when researching and incorporating lessons into each classroom throughout the creation phase of this event. They will integrate specific, content-area lessons into their teaching without losing core instructional time while creating their grade-level project. This will also allow teachers to add Middle School Art Standards to this large undertaking within their lessons.

Middle School will have decorations, a booth displaying culture and history, a game, and food that all represent Cuba. Each grade will take on one of these areas.

As we look into costume design, we are still in need of an 8th grade parent representative to help decide the layout. If you are interested, please email your child’s homebase teacher.

Lastly, I want to state that I feel very humbled and blessed to be a part of Annunciation and to serve you. I am excited to witness more of Annunciation’s traditions that are upcoming!

Thanks for your support as we strive to make Annunciation the best Catholic School in Minnesota.

Anthony Degel
Assistant Principal