Monday, August 19, 2013

Welcome to Seventh Grade!

Tomorrow is the first day of school for us. I've spent the last week getting my classroom ready for my students' arrival, and, as I was getting ready to leave the classroom this afternoon it dawned on me. I still hadn't written my "welcome back to school" letter for my students. And that was one thing I really wanted to do this year, so I sat back down at my desk and composed the following:

Dear Seventh Graders:

Welcome Back! Now that you’re finally in seventh grade I have to tell you something:

I’m so excited to get to know each and every one of you!

Not a day passed this summer when I wasn’t thinking about you and our seventh grade classroom (I hope you noticed I said “our” classroom because this space belongs to all of us!) I know I haven’t gotten to know all of you yet, but I do know at least two things about each and every one of you:

  • You Matter! and
  • You Are a Genius!

I believe it is vitally important that every student who walks through the seventh grade classroom door understand that they matter to me. But it’s more than matter to so many people in your life. Stop for a moment and think about it.


How many people can you think about? Parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends, classmates...and every single person here at our school. We ALL know that YOU matter! You are a person of tremendous value and you are loved. Never forget that!

Seriously...don’t forget it!

You Are a Genius! Each and every single person in this classroom has genius within them. You may not have found it yet, but I know it’s there and it’s my job this year to help you find it. So, start thinking about it...what is something that you are really good at? What can you teach all of us this year?

Have you figured it out? It’s important that you recognize your genius and here’s why:

We’re going to change the world!!!

So, repeat after me: “I am a genius and the world needs my contribution!” Keep repeating that to yourself all year long.

Welcome to Seventh Grade! It’s going to be an amazing year!

Miss McMillan


All credit for this idea goes to Angela Maiers who shared two letters that Arin Kress has written to her own students. You can read Angela's blog post here: Two Letters That All Students Should Receive. Thank you to both Angela and Arin for this wonderful idea! 

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